Photo: Just another day on Bang Tao beach.

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Bang Tao Beach

Bang Tao's northern stretch is dominated by the Laguna Complex, which tends not to see too many budget travellers. However, the southern stretch is home to some more reasonably priced options so backpackers and mid-range travellers can enjoy Bang Tao's serene sands too.

Bangtao Beach Chalet
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
73/3 Moo 3, Bang Tao Beach
T: (076) 31 4306

Ah, paradise. There are only 10 impressive chalets here, all nestled in lush gardens and facing a small pool, The chalets are plush, but with organic, down-to-earth touches like bamboo detailing, bowls of lilies and sheer curtains surrounding the beds. We love the daybed on the balcony (there's one inside, too) rather than the usual stiff chaise lounger. You may find yourself sitting on this... Read our full review of Bangtao Beach Chalet.

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Andaman Bangtao Bay Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
82/9 Moo 3 Bang Tao Beach
T: (076) 270 246

Situated on a stretch of sand next door to the Best Western, Andaman Bangtao Bay has only eight bungalows. They're spacious and tastefully decorated, and each one looks out onto the beautiful beach running directly to the resort. Though the stretch of sand outside is dreamy, during low season extra high tides steal the beach so the small pool here is a nice touch. Equally popular with non-guests,... Read our full review of Andaman Bangtao Bay Resort.

Blue Garden Resort & Spa
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
82/31 Moo 3 , Bang Tao Beach
T: (076) 27 1554

Overshadowed by the large restaurant and bar, we may have overlooked the Blue Garden Resort if not for its oh-so-inviting aquamarine pool crowded by wooden chaise loungers. The rooms didn't disappoint either — modern with dark wood accents, they have sliding glass doors that open onto the pool. Though built in 2008 and yet to be renovated they are still spotlessly clean. Rooms are outfitted... Read our full review of Blue Garden Resort & Spa.

Baan Armeen Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
202/86 Moo 2
T: (086) 270 5519

On the way out of Bang Tao sits this great new option, with a handful of white, modern bungalows sitting around a small lily pond. The family-run resort, built in November 2010, includes small areas for sitting and within the rooms there are very sleepable beds, with white duvets, LCD TVs and modern baths. At the price, the resort is very impressive. There was no free breakfast or WiFi at the... Read our full review of Baan Armeen Resort.

Bangtao Village Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
72/26 Moo 3, Bang Tao
T: (076) 270 474

Just when you think you've left beach territory, you see the sign for this place. In a bit of an odd location past the cluster of beachfront commerce and down a soi, the sloping roofs of Bangtao Village Resort's bungalows look like Buddhist temples tucked away behind a fence. The design is classic Thai, and while the rooms are comfortable, the furniture, TV and fridge could be updated. All have... Read our full review of Bangtao Village Resort.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Bang Tao Beach? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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