Photo: Reclining Buddha, outside Phetburi.

Haad Chao Samran and Haad Puk Tian

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Haad Chao Samran and Haad Puk Tian are two of the closest beaches to Phetburi and while neither are great shakes from a beach or swimming perspective, they do make for a pleasant afternoon under the shade with some cold drinks, a sea breeze and perhaps a guitar.


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Haad Chao Samran is the closest beach to Phetchaburi and enjoys immense popularity among Thais, so if you are after a quiet day at the beach, weekdays are your best bet. 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.

As with nearby Haad Chao Samran, the tiny coastal town of Haad Puk Tian is very popular on weekends but remains virtually deserted during the week. The coastline is straight, flat and not particularly interesting but fine for a quick dip if you are staying in Phetchaburi town, plus there are a multitude of places to eat in the area. As with Chao Samran the beach is a bit grotty and lined by a retaining wall, but people do swim here.

Aside from eating stacks of cheap and tasty seafood under the casuarina trees there’s not much to do—you could always marvel at the statues of Thai mythological characters that are arranged down on the beach. Protagonists in the Thai epic “Phra Aphaimani”, the gruesome six-metre tall Pee Seua Samut (an aquatic she-demon) emerging from the sea is particular worthy of comment. Others include a flute-playing prince poised on a nearby pile of offshore rocks, a motley collection of mermaids, wizened old men and other characters from the same tale.

The seafood is good here and it has a more rustic feel than Chao Samran, but don’t mistake this for cheapness—you’ll be looking at 250 baht and up for a plate of fresh seafood. Ann Seafood, towards the centre of the strip, is good and very friendly.


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