Haad Chao Samran

The closest beach to Phetchaburi

Photo of Haad Chao Samran, , Phetburi

What we say: 2.5 stars

A better beach than Haad Puk Tian, this still remains a pretty mediocre beach and we were surprised at just how many hotels are here -- all deserted on weekdays. The sand runs up to a rocky beach break and a series of rocky breakwaters are a little off the beach.

We wouldn't bother swimming here, though there were tubes for hire. As with its southern sister, if you're staying in Phetchaburi town it may be worth visiting here for a seafood meal by the sea, but otherwise we wouldn't bother.

For birdwatchers, try the expansive marshy land (competing with the inevitable shrimp farms and half-constructed condominiums) between Haad Puk Tian and Haad Chao Samran.

Last updated: 15th September, 2013

About the author:
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.
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