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The Laguna Complex
Laguna Golf Club
This is a beautiful and secluded beach with only a couple of resorts. Layan Beach is at the north end of Bang Tao Beach. The mouth of a small river separates it from Bang Tao Beach. Just offshore is turtle-shell shaped Kata Island. This island gives the beach shelter from the worst of the rainy season waves.
Layan Beach is a shallow bay. When the tide is out it becomes a plain of rippled sand and shallow pools. You can walk to the island without getting your feet wet. Even when the tide is in you can wade across to the island. This beach and the islet form a small tranquil bay ringed with casuarina trees and coconut palms.
The shallow, calm water is ideal for children, especially when the tide is out when they have the whole bay to explore. Beware the area around the river mouth where there will be a current could catch a small child.
It is a paddling beach rather than a bathing beach. Even when the tide is in, it is too shallow for bathing.
There is some nice snorkeling around the open sea side of Kata Island.
There are no sun loungers or refreshments at this beach so you need to bring your own picnic supplies..
How to Get There
You get to this beach from the coast road between Bang Tao and Mai Thon. From there turn onto Soi Layan 4 and drive passed the two holiday resorts to the end of the road.
The coast road is quite difficult to find if you are coming from the Bang Tao end. Drive north passed the entrance to Laguna. Three kilometers on there is a left hand turn at the start of a right hand bend (there is a billboard for Layan Beach View Apartments). This is the coast road.
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