Bangtao is a village along Bangtao Beach on the west side of Phuket. Once used for mining tin, Bangtao is a large open bay that hosts one of Phuket's largest beach. Just a few minutes from the town of Cherngtalay is the 6km stretch of beach known as Bangtao Beach, where many locals still make their living as farmers, fishermen and rubber tapers. At the very northern tip is Layan Beach. With its mild current, white sand and tree-lined shores it is a quiet place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With many little restaurants dotted along the coastline, you could easily spend an entire day here. It is also home to Dream Beach Club, one of Phuket's most upcoming venues. Located in the middle of Bangtao Beach is one of Asia's largest and most luxurious resort complex's, Laguna Phuket. Laguna offers a wide range of restaurants and bars from the Xana Night Club to fine dining at Benny's American Bar and Grill and everything in between. With spas, shopping and planned activities and celebrations such as Loi Krathong. there are endless activities to help you make the most of your stay in Phuket. The southern part of Bangtao has a strip of small resorts and restaurants lined along the beach. Set back a bit is a small village that, you may not realize until you hear the prayers coming from the speakers in the mosque, is predominantly Muslim. While everyone is friendly and welcoming, please remember that they have very conservative beliefs so, if you plan to wander off the beach into town, cover yourself up. While no one would harass you for wearing a bikini to the store, it is impolite and inconsiderate. Bangtao is about 25 minutes from Phuket airport and most hotels offer a shuttle service to and from.