Thap Sakae Beach, Thap Sakae

BEACH
Thap Sakae is nice wide beach and is 3 kilometers long, making it perfect for travelers who are looking for a quieter and less commercialized beach experience. If you value serenity, natural beauty, and a slower pace of life, this pristine beach is definitely worth a visit.

The beach is great for swimming, although there are often waves, making it not always suitable for small children. It offers a peaceful and authentic Thai beach experience away from the crowds of more touristy destinations. We are usually the only Western tourists when we visit this beach.

WHERE TO STAY
We have found about 10 accommodations in the budget, mid-range and more upper range category. If you like more comfort, we recommend going to Tungtong Beach Villas or The Bloc @ Sea. An alternative budget option is Arun Resort, which offers simple bungalows for a good price, however, it doesn’t have a restaurant, so you have to walk about 10 minutes to find a place to eat. Another budget alternative is Lazy Beach Camping.

Heading south on the more social part of the beach you will find 2 nice mid-range stays next to each other, both are good overnight accommodations. Malai Asia has elegant concrete bungalows gathered in a pleasant garden, while The Beach Resort, has decent concrete bungalows right on the beach.

Most hotels have their own restaurant and in addition you can go dining at a few restaurants near the beach.

PLACE
Thap Sakae is situated south of the popular beach destinations of Hua Hin and Cha-am. The unknown beaches in the Thap Sakae District near Prachuap Khiri Khan are good places to go if you like peace and quiet and want to explore the hinterland.

The area around Thap Sakae has a laid-back and traditional Thai atmosphere. The locals engage in traditional fishing and farming and the district’s culture reflects these rural traditions. The beach is still the home of the local fishermen. Huay Yang is a small Scandinavian enclave aimed more towards Western tourists, and has a golf course, for instance.

WHAT TO DO
A nice day trip is the city of Prachuap Khiri Khan, a pleasant city with cozy shops, small markets, nice bars and fine restaurants. We often dine at the night market. Climb the hill adjacent to the center, a very long staircase then takes you to the temple at the top of the hill. On this hill you can admire a temple, as well as the monkey population. Moreover, climbing the hill provides beautiful panoramic views of the city and the sea.

The small border town of Dan Singkhon with neighboring Myanmar is located about 50 kilometers northwest of Thap Sakae. On the Thai side, a nice market is located, offering many goods from Myanmar including clothing, wooden furniture, pottery and many plants. Before the COVID pandemic, the market was a well-known tourist attraction, but now quite a few shops are still vacant. Only Thais and Burmese are allowed to cross the border.

TRANSPORT
The beaches in Thap Sakae District are accessible by minibus services between Prachuap Khiri Khan and Bang Saphan. From Bangkok there are good connections by train, bus or minibus to Prachuap Khiri Khan (4 to 5 hours).

If you are coming from the south, most trains, buses and minibuses will pass through Bang Saphan and Prachuap Khiri Khan. The minibuses will drop you off at the motorway junction. From this junction to the beach is less than 5 kilometers and from this point, motorbike taxis can take you to your stay. With your stay, try to arrange a pick-up service from the highway.

Only on Huay Yang is it possible to rent a scooter.