Welcome to Ao Bang Thao & Cherngtalay

Bounded by Ao Bang Thao (อ่าวบางเทา), the region's southern end is dotted with midrange resorts and the odd beach club. Further inland you’ll find an old fishing village laced with canals, a number of upstart villa subdivisions and some stellar restaurants. Smack in the centre of it all is the somewhat bizarre Laguna Phuket complex, a network of top-end resorts tied together by an artificial lake. At the northern end of the bay, mother nature reasserts herself, and a stretch of powder-white sand and tropical blue sea extends into the peaceful bliss you originally had in mind.

Cherngtalay is an increasingly popular expat hangout and, more than anywhere else on Phuket, this mostly Muslim area is still being remodelled.

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