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Day trip to Baan Laem and Bang Tabun

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A day trip from Phetchaburi to the coastal towns of Baan Laem and Bang Tabun reveals old-style Central Thai scenes of salt farms, rice paddies, riverside temples and crab-fishing huts dotting the ocean to the horizon and beyond. Very few foreigners come this way, but those with a car or scooter who are up for something different should consider giving it a shot.

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Starting at Haad Chao Samran, we motored north beside the coast on Highway 4028. Vast salt flats defined the landscape, mirror-like squares of shallow water rimmed by “flower of the sea” salt collected in neat mounds by the workers. Galvanised metal roofs of log-and-bamboo barns reflected on the water, the Tenassarim Mountains rising in the west.

Classic Thailand scenery. Photo taken in or around Day trip to Baan Laem and Bang Tabun, Phetchaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Classic Thailand scenery. Photo: David Luekens

While most of the salt is packaged and shipped, some of the finest stays in the Laem Phak Bia area for use in sea salt spas offering facials and body scrubs. Ruen Sabai Spa at I-Tara Resort provides hour-long treatments in the 900 to 1,500 baht range, though you’ll also find smaller spas operating out of humble houses and most of these sell local products if you’d prefer to bring your salt scrub home. In Laem Phak Bia, you could also take a stroll through a mangrove forest to check out the mud crabs ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 900 words.)


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