Cherngtalay includes seven or eight Laguna hotels and resorts, Canal village and the new Boat Avenue plus the best residential community in Phuket such as Laguna Homes, Laguna Links and Laguna Fairways. Its sea front is the beautiful Bang Tao Bay with 6km of arc-shaped beach.
A half day trip provides a refreshing contrast to the crowded Patong. Start at Boat Avenue at lunchtime at Sirinyas and enjoy some of the best lab gai, tom yum kung and fried rice on the island. Have a pedicure and manicure at the Nailedit. Walk around the shops and visit the Villa Market and marvel at the prices of imported fruit – highest in the world! Buy a bikini or a dress at the shopping Mall.
Take a taxi (in front of the Villa Market) to the Canal village. Walk around and take the water ferry trip that provides a beautiful view of all the hotels. Finally get down at the Dusit hotel. Walk on the beach to Angsana and have a drink at the Xana beach club. Relax and wait for one of the best sunsets in the world. Walk back to the Dusit and have an early dinner at the stunningly beautiful Trattoria Italian restaurant.
Cherngtalay markets are on Soi Bang Tao 2 which is the road that runs off the main Bang Tao road alongside Tesco Lotus.
These local markets are on 2 nights a week Mondays and Thursdays and start around 4pm. The rest of the time you will just see buffalo grazing around there. A lot of the stall holders are the same people from Phuket Weekend Markets so you will find plenty of fresh food and meats, clothing, jewelry, handmade products, delicious snacks and everything is very cheap.
So if you hear there are no authentic markets in Phuket, do not believe it as these type of markets are scattered all over Phuket Island.