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One more idyllic tropical Paradise in Thailand, Sai Noi Beach!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

© Frank P. Schneidewind



An estimated 250 KM South of Bangkok on Phetkasem Road is another true beach-gem to be found. A nice bay for bathing and swimming with fine sand, hardly any tourists and virtually none of the side-effects, as found in the tourist magnets and hot spots. Developments are typically Thai style ad so are the prices asked here. Less than a handful of food vendors tend to the needs of the guests and provide basic Thai dishes, cold drinks and a bit of beach furniture, such as relaxing beach chairs, tables and umbrellas. Turn left, when coming from the North about 20 minutes after you passed Hua Hin. Just the same approach as to Suan Son Pradhipat, only a bit further South.


Even the TAT could give this treasured area no less than 4 stars in order not to loose their face entirely in public, despite the total lack of tourist developments. Accommodations are indeed difficult to locate, but first signs of tourism can be spotted. It will not gain Hua Hin’s fame, but the world famous seaside resort town makes a great stepping stone and for those staying in Hua Hin, these fabulous beaches are surely worth a day trip. On a rented scooter, moped or car, one can cover the distance on the sunny side of half an hour. Beachlovers just need to follow road number 4 towards Pranburi.

An idyllic beach for those with kids or seeking to chill out.

Sai Noi stretches from Khao Tao, the bold mountain with it’s rocky surface in the South to large boulders in the North. We were surprised by it’s cleanliness and found it in the same condition on subsequent visits.

No brochures can be had about Sai Noi, nobody needed to photoshop away sharp rocks or dirt here! Undiscovered yet by beachchair-blockers, umbrella-mafias or full moon DJ’s, great for us since 2001!

The back row under the shady trees is ideal for those, who wish to dine by the seaside or just enjoying the breezes. Beachwalks reveal a busy beachlife, predominantly in the northern section, where crabs have their homes and can be watched from a distance.

The waters are shallow and very suitable for children of all ages and water fun, good swimmers need to wade a distance before depth is sufficient. Even on a perfect day in High season, Sai Noi doesn’t count many visitors. This location seems to be near perfect for those, hunting for alternatives to overcrowded beaches elsewhere. Prices were found to be extremely moderate with drinks and snacks only slightly over main street market rural Thai charges. Use of the provided beach furniture was free for customers or charged a minimal daily rate for all day occupation.

The water quality was at all  times good enough for water activity, no questionable debris or trash was spotted here. Nature in general appeared widely undisturbed and the lush forests in the backdrop plus the near National Parks offer a variety. Sarm Roi Yod with it’s caves is worth a trip, so is the fishing village nearby.

Shells and occasional seaweed line the water’s edge, the tide and all features like waves and currents etc. seem to be much less dangerous and milder in the Gulf. A cow or water buffalo can at times be spotted, with the later one being a welcomed extra attraction to the guests here. Pastures border the northern part of Sai Noi and the farming never stopped existing here.

For all those, that enjoy lenghthy beach walks, the Sai Yai beach to the North stretches far and offers a similar environment. Minus the food establishments, beach furniture providers and drink vendors, I should add.

Sai Noi can be reached by train or public bus (from Sai Mai Terminal Bangkok) to Hua Hin (around 200 Baht). A taxi or Tuktuk to Sai Noi may cost you 300 to 500 Baht. Any southbound bus can take you for 20 Baht to the kilometer marker 244, from there it is only about 1800 meter to you beach chair. Southbound buses leave Hua Hin several times per hour.