Bang Tao Beach shares the bay with Layan Beach and Laguna Beach located in the northwest of the island. These beaches mix over a length of 6 km...
The current luxurious surroundings around Bang Tao beach were completely different in the past...
The lands around Bang Tao were full of huge quantities of tin. In the 17th century, tin mines were established, with first the British and the Dutch and then the French owning the tin mines. There were so many metals to be extracted that Bang Tao became a major site for minerals on the island and even in Thailand. Bang Tao area had become one of the most productive regions in Thailand and was where much of Phuket's incomes came from.
Bang Tao has therefore always played an important role in the development of Phuket.
Many Chinese residents living in Phuket today are descendants of Chinese miners who came to Phuket to earn a living.
In the late 1970s, the value of tin and rubber fell dramatically, the mines closed and the place was left abandoned as it was. The result was a completely destroyed and unusable landscape. , filled with large holes, lakes and pools. A war field, the result of open-cast mining.
The water-filled holes were considered the ideal location for Phuket's booming tourism industry. This is why the idea of transforming Bang Tao into a vacation destination came to the minds of some developers and investors in Singapore.
Bang Tao Beach itself was still beautiful and untouched. But the mines had destroyed the surrounding land and polluted and poisoned the rivers and canals. The work lasted several years and Bang Tao came back to life and splendor.
Government and real estate developers have perfectly integrated the lakes and holes into the landscape by filling them with fish and surrounding them with lawns and tropical gardens, thus giving the villas or hotels an extra charm. 30 years ago, the beautiful park, lagoon and beach you see today in Bang Tao was just a desolate, ruined landscape.
The old mines have been transformed into magnificent lagoons and parks, connected by narrow canals.