Exploring the Chumphon coast

Exploring the Chumphon coast

Beaches and more beaches

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Chumphon province’s 240 km of coastline includes many long and attractive beaches drawing only a trickle of Thai travellers and barely any foreigners. In this article we explain options for day trips, overnight stays and where to arrange boat trips to some of the province’s many islands.

Travelfish says:
Chumphon province’s most popular beach is Haad Thung Wua Laen, whose name means more than the literal translation, “Playing Cow Beach”, according to a faded TAT sign that stands in the area. Instead the name harks to a folk tale about a hunter chasing a gaur that runs—laen actually means “run”, not “play”, in the local dialect—off into the forest at sunset.

Lazy days at Thung Wua Laen Beach. Photo by: David Luekens.
Lazy days at Thung Wua Laen Beach. Photo: David Luekens

The only running at Thung Wua Laen nowadays is most likely done by exercising tourists staying in the little hotels that back this three-km expanse of powdery white sand shaded by drooping coconut trees. The beach has a quiet, family-friendly vibe, but it’s not almost deserted like most of Chumphon’s beaches. You’ll find several restaurants, lodgings in most price ranges and even the Chumphon Diving Centre at Cabana Resort, where diving trips to sites in Mu Ko Chumphon Marine National Park can be arranged.

Heading south, the next two beaches are Ao Phanang Tak and Pak Hat, both making up for the not-so-attractive tan sand with secluded atmospheres and little more than some coconut farms occupying the beachfront. The water is notably shallow offshore at low tide, enabling you to wade hundreds of metres out without needing to swim. Between these beaches you can to drive to the end of Laem Hua Mong Kho Kwang, a rocky cape with a ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,200 words.)

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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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