Suan Luang, Bang Saphan

BEACH
Suan Luang is a long and relaxed beach near Bang Saphan. It is nice and quiet and the main road is far from the accommodations. The beach is long, so even though there are other tourists, it still feels very peaceful.

Most bungalows have a sea view. This is the perfect place to relax in your hammock, enjoy the view over the Gulf of Thailand and then take a dip in the sea. The sea is usually calm, only with easterly winds the waves can become higher.

When we visited this beach in October, the sea was full of jellyfish. After asking around and checking remarks on the internet we realized that we had arrived during the jellyfish period, which explained why, during our visits in February and December, the sea was good for swimming.

WHERE TO STAY
You will find a good number of stays that are a good mix of budget, mid-range and upper range options. Good budget-friendly places are Yan Bungalow and Ploy Bungalow. If you are looking for more comfort, we can recommend Coral Hotel or Seanery Beach Resort. Make sure to check the internet to find out which hotel suits you best.

Most hotels have restaurants, although you can also visit one of the beach restaurants, which are only a few minutes’ walk along the beach. There are several beach bars along the beach.

PLACE
Two beaches south of Bang Saphan are good places to spend time. The beautiful bays and the few visitors make these beaches definitely worth a visit. The beaches are very different, so make sure to take a look at the photos to find out which one you like best. The most developed beach is Suan Luang. On the other beaches you will be one of the few Western tourists. Besides Suan Luang, the beach at Bang Saithong made it to our database.

WHAT TO DO
The city of Bang Saphan has various facilities and a good variety of shops, restaurants and coffee corners. Bang Saphan’s main attraction is Wat Tham Marong, located 3 kilometers away from the town. This temple is known for the Ploenchit cave near the temple. The cave consists of several underground spaces.

Thirty kilometers south of Bang Saphan are sand dunes, which were created as part of a pilot project to direct tourists to less crowded destinations in Thailand. The dunes are approximately 12 kilometers long and have a maximum height of 30 meters. The dunes are just south of Bang Saithon.

You can book a trip to Ko Talu. Ko Talu is known for its diving and snorkeling spots. During our snorkeling trip we especially enjoyed the many beautiful fish we saw. The coral, however, was less colorful and therefore less impressive. On the island you will find a sea turtle and coral reserve. It is possible to volunteer here.

The landscape on Ko Talu is definitely worth seeing, because of its green hills and dense vegetation. The forest is home to a variety of bird species and is an excellent place for hiking. Various routes are available that lead you through the beautiful nature. In addition, there are opportunities for kayaking and fishing.

TRANSPORT
Bang Saphan is 85 kilometers from Prachuap Khiri Khan and 65 kilometers from Chumphon Airport. Nok Air has daily flights from Bangkok to Chumphon. Alternatively, minibuses run every 40 minutes from Prachuap Khiri Khan to Bang Saphan, about a 90-minute drive. From the south there are good minibus connections to Chumphon and Surat Thani.

Bang Saphan has its own railway station. You can take the morning train from Bangkok at 8:10 a.m. scheduled to arrive in Bang Saphan at 15:03 p.m. The first TreasureBeach is 6 kilometers south of town. You can rent your own scooter or ask for a motorbike taxi to take you to the beaches.

At Suan Luang and Ban Saithong you can rent scooters.