Bangtao beach

The island of Phuket is a major Thai tourist destination, and only a short flight from Bangkok (1.5 hrs). Patong is the most famous resort on the island, with a lively nightlife and wealth of shopping opportunities. Mum doesn’t recommend staying in Patong for a peaceful family stopover. Bang Tao sits north of Patong and is infinitely quieter. The transfer from Phuket airport to Bang Tao is about 40 minutes by taxi.

Bangtao and Surin Beaches

Bangtao beach is around ten kilometres long; we stayed at the southern end, close to the fishing village.

We were a five minute walk to Bangtao beach which was child-friendly. Flanked by towering palms, the sand remains in the shade until mid-day. The sea was calm and clear so children quickly find their water confidence.

From Bang Tao you can walk south to Surin beach. Surin beach is clean and has a good variety of restaurants. For us, a large step down into the sea made it slightly less child-friendly than Bangtao.

Practicalities – nappies and food

In terms of practicalities, Bang Tao is a small resort and the shops don’t stock many familiar products. We wanted breakfast cereal for the children and nappies. We got a taxi to the Tesco Lotus in the centre of Bang Tao but found the selection of products limited. The best bet for shopping was the Carrefour supermarket in Patong, 25 minutes by taxi. Carrefour is in the Jungceylon shopping centre which has a number of western shops, food and drink outlets.

Although we made a few supermarket trips during our stay, we frequently ate out. Finding decent restaurants that catered for children was easy. Most restaurants serve a mixture of local and western dishes, favourites for our boys became omelettes, tuna sandwiches, fried noodles and rice.

Where to stay

During our stay we couldn’t ask for a better set-up. Our apartment, at Club Lersuang, came with a travel cot, high chair, and selection of indoor, outdoor, and pool toys. The resort has a separate children’s pool and larger pool with swim up bar for Dad. There is a well-equipped modern gym, and welcoming club house and restaurant serving great quality food, including an excellent Sunday roast if you fancy a taste of home.

The final highlight from our time in Bang Tao was a day spent at the Sheraton Grande Laguna, we paid for day membership. Twice a day, baby elephants come to the beach to swim in the sea, and eat bananas provided by the guests. Being squirted with sea water by a baby elephant was a fun experience for Mum and Dad, never mind the children.

If money’s no object staying at the Sheraton Grande Laguna won’t disappoint. There’s a children’s pool and kids club, we used the playground and the kids club looked very well run.

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Club Lersuang

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