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Things to see and do

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Bang Saen beach's central area is a hawker paradise, with an overwhelming number of deckchairs and umbrellas. Get away from here however and the beach becomes pleasant and definitely peaceful. The white sand is maintained by local authorities to a high standard, and shady palms line the boardwalk. Weekends see the most visitors and should be avoided if possible, but during the week things are ... Read more about Bang Saen Beach .

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If you want to get away from the beach for half a day, take a hike up the local 'mountain' towards the western end of the beach, past all the hotels and heading to the old town. It's more of a large rock formation, with a paved road in good shape winding up. Walking it is reasonably easy, but avoid the midday heat. At the top you will be rewarded with views across the bay. There is also a ... Read more about Khao Sam Muk .

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Bang Saen's university has a marine faculty which has been an integral part of building, and maintaining, this huge aquarium. It competes with any large aquarium in Thailand and is definitely worth seeing. Check out mantas, sharks, corals and some of the most exotic fish you will find. There is only one drawback to this attraction -- the price. The overt display of a dual pricing system can be ... Read more about Bang Saen Aquarium .

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