Low-key beach town
The broad bay of Bang Saphan Yai is probably one of the more low-key beach destinations in Thailand. Regular visitors here relish the fact that it’s a footnote in most guidebooks, and dread the day the tourist community at large gets wind of it. We kind of agree.
Bang Saphan Yai is a small town some 80 kilometres south of the provincial capital Prachuap Khiri Khan and 100 kilometres north of Chumphon. It has a decent stretch of beach, a waterfall, red cliffs and a cave temple worth visiting. It’s also the jumping off point for visits to Ko Talu, which has ok snorkelling and diving.
Bang Saphan is a seasonal destination and in off-season, some places close-up or run with a skeleton staff—on a really quiet day it can feel like you’re the only person on the entire beach. For some people, this is perfect, but others may find it almost too quiet—especially in low season—as you’re fairly isolated from town. This is not a party zone.
The beach has a steeper drop off than Ban Krut to the north, so it does make for better swimming, but overall, we’d have to say Ban Krut’s beach is better than here. Much of Bang Saphan has an active fishing boat industry and small fishing villages are dotted along the way; because of this there seems to be a bit more flotsam on the beach, especially to the north where the beach really isn’t very ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)
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