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6 reasons why Bangtao is becoming the most popular place in Phuket

Bangtao is a beautiful beach region on Phuket’s west coast. It has quickly become one of the most popular places to stay on the island. Here are six reasons why Bangtao is so special:

1. Beach Life

The beauty of Bangtao Beach is in its serenity. It’s a long stretch that runs halfway between the airport and Patong, and it’s never too crowded. The pristine beaches of Bangtao have become a mecca for those looking to enjoy some luxury in their beach life. There is something perfect no matter what your taste or budget may be!

Surin Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket is Surin Beach. It still has great sand and blue sea, it is a great surfing spot for those who like to catch some waves. It is one of the most pristine beaches in Thailand, owing to its crystal-clear blue seas and white-sand shores.

Grab a 50-100 baht fruit shake while you are at the beach with one of the locals and enjoy one of the most relaxing places in all of Phuket.

Kamala Beach

Kamala Beach is a popular destination for families, next to Kamala’s there’s The Intercontinental Hotel or Cafe Del Mar beach club that provides great views right next to the ocean.

Surf season

The west coast of Phuket is a perfect destination for those who want to experience the thrill and excitement that comes with surfing. While it’s not Hawaii, there are still some great waves here!

The most experienced surfers in Phuket will love Surin Beach because it has some of the best heavy waves on this island.

As challenging as they may be, these powerful ocean swells make for great competition and fun with other like-minded individuals who are up to speed on all things surfing-related!

The best time to surf in Phuket is during September and October when the waves are big enough for beginners but still manageable by experienced paddlers.

2. Endless Food Options

Bangtao is a host of endless food options from markets to restaurants. Whether you want seafood, Thai cuisine or international dishes there is something for everyone!

Night markets

The Friday Avenue Market is a tiny weekend market that opens every Friday evening on Boat Road towards Phuket Laguna. Night markets have been an integral part of Thai life since ancient times and wherever there’s one – food always seems abundant too!

Some of the best food in Thailand can be found in a market setting like this, so it’s worth a visit if you’re looking for some unique and tasty dishes to sample!

Our personal favourites are:

  • Fried Ice Cream – A dessert made from shaved ice, condensed milk, and flavouring agents such as chocolate or strawberry.
  • Roti – A flatbread made from flour, water, and oil, usually served with a sweet or savoury filling.

You have to try these two!


Bangtao has every restaurant you can imagine, The Boat avenue area is a fantastic place to search for your next meal. With a range of international and Thai restaurants, you are spoilt for choice!

If you’re looking for Thai dishes to try we suggest:

  • Tom Yum Kung
  • Green Curry
  • Massaman Curry
  • Papaya Salad
  • Pad see ew

Even if you’re in Phuket, you can still get your favourite fast food. McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC are all located here.

So if you’re ever feeling homesick or just need a break from Thai food, these places will be able to satisfy your cravings!

3. Training

Bangtao has some of the best training facilities in all of Phuket. With world-renowned instructors, you can’t go wrong. Whether you’re looking to learn Muay Thai, MMA, BJJ, or just get fit and healthy, Bangtao has got you covered!

At Bangtao Muay Thai & MMA we have a team of highly experienced and certified Muay Thai, MMA, and BJJ instructors who are passionate about teaching and helping our students to achieve their goals, whether it’s to get fit, learn self-defence, or compete in fights.

We offer a variety of classes for your needs along with the opportunity to train one-on-one with our instructors. Our facilities are also second to none, with a large matted area for training as well as a fully-equipped fitness area.

Everyone is Welcome to Visit!

At Bangtao Muay Thai & MMA, we welcome everyone, regardless of their age, gender, or fitness level. We have something for everyone, whether you’re a beginner who’s never stepped into a gym before or a seasoned fighter looking to take your training to the next level.

Everything you need under one roof

We have everything from a world-class gym to a professional fight team, all under one roof. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive training experience, Bangtao is the place for you!

4. Nightlife

Bangtao has a great nightlife scene with a variety of bars and clubs to suit everyone’s taste. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax and have a few drinks or you’re looking to dance the night away, Bangtao has it all!

Cafe Del Mar

Cafe Del Mar is one of the most popular sites to see the sunset. This open-air bar and restaurant have a beautiful setting overlooking the beach, making it the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or two while watching the sun go down.

After dark, Cafe del Mar transforms into a nightclub, with a DJ playing a mix of house and techno music until the early hours of the morning.

This is the place to go if you’re looking for a party!

Catch Beach Club

Catch Beach Club is another popular spot for sunset cocktails. The laid-back atmosphere of this beach club makes it the ideal location to unwind and soak up the sun. Infinity pools, cabanas and spa treatments are just some of the amenities that this resort offers.

5. Jump Into the Culture

One of the best things about Bangtao is that it’s a great place to learn about and experience Thai culture. From temples to markets, there’s so much to see and do!

Wat Choeng Thale

Wat Choeng Thale is a little far from the beach, but it’s a very stunning temple that offers interesting photos. Temples are a staple feature of Thailand and this one is worth a visit!

When you go to a temple in Thailand try to soak up the atmosphere and be respectful. Always remove your shoes before entering, dress modestly (long pants and sleeves for men, no shorts or tank tops), and don’t take any photos of the monks without asking permission first.

Bangtao Fresh Market

The Bangtao Fresh Market is a fantastic location to purchase fresh produce, meat, and seafood. It’s open every day from early in the morning until late at night, so there’s always something new to see!

6. Take a Splash

The Blue Tree is the most recent and largest water park on Phuket Island. It features slides that are designed for both beginning riders as well those who want an extreme experience, such as with their zipline overlooking calm waters below! There are also several restaurants within this wonderful facility to enjoy your meal while taking time out from all of these activities.

They also feature a children’s area which is perfect for the little ones. This is a wonderful spot to spend the day with your family and friends!


Q: How can I get around Bangtao?

A: You can rent a motorbike or scooter from one of the many rentals or you can take a taxi.

Q: What is the most secure way to exchange cash?

A: There are plenty of ATMs and currency exchanges in Bangtao. The best rates can usually be found at the airport or in larger hotels.

Q: How hot is Bangtao?

A: The weather in Bangtao is tropical and humid. The temperature is around 28 degrees Celsius.

Q: What should I bring with me to Bangtao?

A: Lightweight clothes, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellent, and sunglasses are all essential items to pack for your trip to Bangtao.

Q: What is the ideal time of year to visit Bangtao?

A: The ideal time to go to Bangtao is between November and April when the weather is hotter and less humid. These months also represent peak tourism.


Bangtao is a fantastic location to call home, with plenty of things to do and see nearby. There are several reasons why Bangtao has become the most popular place in Phuket, and we’ve highlighted six of the above. From its convenient location to its wide range of activities, Bangtao has something for everyone!

Coming to Thailand is an experience you will never forget, it will leave you with lasting memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

At Bangtao Muay Thai & MMA, we’re proud to be located in such a vibrant and friendly community. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to drop by and say hello. We provide a wide range of classes for all abilities, so there’s something for everyone. We hope to see all of you soon!

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