Bangtao Beach Phuket
Bangtao Beach is a study in contrasts, with the luxurious resorts and villas along its six km (four mile) 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. Taking up a huge area in the middle of Bangtao beach, Laguna Phuket, one of Asia's largest resort complexes.
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. Apart from going to the beach and a few bars and restaurants there's not much that you need to leave your resort for.