Surfing Bang Tao beach along the west coast of Phuket, Thailand
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Surfing Bang Tao Beach

Surfing Bang Tao beach along this spread out beach break can surely offer some fun when conditions are just right. The southern headland does a great job of protecting the crescent shaped bay from onshore winds allowing more days with glassy conditions. When the winds do pick up, head toward the southern end for cleaner (and smaller) conditions.

A klong (canal) located around mid way up the beach leads to a drop off section underwater that helps to create a fun left hander when conditions are right. You’ll find this left just north of Catch Beach Club.

Bang Tao Beach Overview

Bang Tao is the second longest beach along Phuket’s coastal waters at just over 8 km (almost 5 miles) long. Situated about the midway point between Phuket International Airport (HKT) and the popular, notorious nightlife scene of Patong Beach is where you’ll find this upscale part of Phuket. The northern region, commonly known as Laguna Complex, houses some of the most luxurious 5 star resorts offering top notch service and all the amenities you never even thought existed.

After a 2 hour surf sesh, hit the greens for a round of 18 along “Thailand’s Best Golf Course” as voted by World Golf Awards in November 2015. Laguna Golf Phuket is an 18-hole, par-71 golf course, set within the world renowned Laguna Phuket Resort. Soak in the spectacular sights of the native Banyan trees, water lilies, and nature’s wildlife as you make your way down their fabulous fairways.

For a truly memorable experience, take a stroll along Laguna beach in the morning or around sunset to check out some adorable baby elephants when they go cool off for a swim!

Bang Tao’s Details

Best Tide:

Medium to high

Best Swell Direction:


Best Wind:



Sandy beach

Ability Level:

Beginner to intermediate

Best Season:

May to October


Easily accessible from street

Crowd Factor:


Local Vibe:

Mellow & friendly

Paddle Out Power:

2/10 (1=easy peasy; 10=feels like paddling on a treadmill)

Poopie Patrol:

1-6; can get messy after it rains

(1=clean; 10=dingleberries in the lineup)


Strong rip currents when there’s swell; elephants cooling off on the inside around morning time and sunset

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