Photo: Reclining Buddha, outside Phetburi.

Haad Chao Samran

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.

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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.

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