ABOUT PHUKET

Our vacation apartment at Bangtao Beach Gardens is situated 200 meters from BangTao Beach. Only 30 minutes drive from the airport. The neighbouring village of Surin is just a 10 minute walk. Enjoy the many amazing restaurants nearby and activities such as, wakeboarding, riding, diving, parasailing, jet skiing, & Fantasea.

Phuket International Airport - 30 minutes
Surin Beach 3 minutes
BangTao Beach 2 minutes
Laem Sing Beach-5 minutes
Patong-15 minutes

Bangtao Beach Gardens is on the doorstep of three of Thailand's most popular beaches.

Bang Tao Beach is 200 metres away. A Magnificent 8km long calm, shaded, white sandy beach, and trendy Surin Beach is 3 minutes away by car. Soak up the sun and play or relax on the pristine white beaches. Sit in the shade under beach umbrellas sipping on anything from fresh coconut juice to cafe latte. Eat like a King! Walk to Restaurants. Enjoy the restaurants, bars and cafes. You can also walkto the many restaurants open day and night on Bang Tao Beach & Surin Beach or take a short taxi ride. Thai food, delicious fresh seafood, Italian and much more. The restaurants turn out surprisingly authentic Western food and cafe latte etc. Bang Tao is a study in contrasts, with the luxurious resorts and villas along its 8-kilometre stretch of beach just a few minutes' away from the town of Cherng Talay, where many villagers still make their living as their ancestors did - by fishing, farming and rubber tapping. The northern tip of the beach, so far untouched by development, is still an area where visitors might find that they have the beach to themselves.

Some of the island's best finds for antiques and other treasures can be found at Laguna's Canal Village and in the rows of shops just outside the Laguna entrance. The open-air village markets are also worth visiting, if only to take in the sights and sounds of a typical Thai bazaar. While there are many fine dining options withinLaguna's resorts, a decent range of bars and restaurants have also sprung up down the road in recent years to cater to the increasing number of visitors to the area.

Surin Beach just a 10/15 minute walk is a casuarina-lined beachfront and a gathering place for locals and visitors to snack on barbecued seafood, enjoy a cool drink and escape the heat of the day. Unlike the other busy beaches of Phuket, there's a refreshing absence of jet-skis and speed boats here since Surin lacks a launch area.

Surin is a magnificent long uncluttered beach but in low season, care must be taken when swimming as surf can be rough and tides strong. During the calm months, Surin's clear waters are good for snorkeling or kayaking. Boogie boarding and surfing are also popular activities. During high tide when the swells are big and running swiftly good surfing conditions exist here and are becoming an increasingly popular sport. There are no vendors renting surf boards at the beach yet but that may change in the future.

Surin is the site of Thailand's second-oldest golf course, now being developed into a public park. While there are few facilities in Surin, the narrow road back from the beach is filling up with some classy cafes, bars, shops and small hotels, as well as a new luxury resort: the Twin Palms Resort and its fabulous Oriental Spoon Restaurant and their beach restaurant Catch which is famous for their Friday buffet and chocolate fountain.

Laem Sing Beach is 20 minutes north of Patong, and just 5 mins drive from Bangtao Beach Gardens. The beach is not visible from the road but the small parking area is located about half way up the grade at the north end of Kamala Beach look for the small handmade signs. This is one of the undeveloped beaches frequently missed by visitors who are unaware of its location. Its a five minute walk down a fairly steep path to reach this remote little beach. The natural beauty of this beach is enhanced by the fact it sits well below the highway which lends a serene and quiet feeling that is not always present on other beaches in Phuket. The interesting rock formations along Laem Sing Beach offer some the best snorkeling opportunities on the island. One of our favorite Beaches. Try Alax Restaurant.

There is also plenty of shopping nearby in Patong or the Central shopping plaza and Tesco Lotus is just 30 mins drive away. A new Tesco Lotus is being built just 10 mins drive away and is expected to be completed by end of 2007. The huge supermarkets are well stocked with all the goodies you require.
There are spas and massage places all over Phuket , so take time to try out a traditional Thai Massage.
Exploring Phuket is easy. Either hire a car or a car and driver. Or take one of the many boat trips available to the surrounding Islands.

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