Suan Luang Beach is a beautiful quiet and unspoilt beach located in Bang Saphan (more info, maps & pics of Bang Saphan here).
A secluded paradise similar to it's neighbour Bang Krut beach but in my opinion nicer as Suan Luang is closer to nature, surrounded by undeveloped land, accommodations nestled in old coconut plantations with just a small quiet road which is far from the beach.
This is certainly the place to come if you are looking for quiet, seclusion, no frills, just you nature, sand and sea. There is no nightlife to speak of and just a few restuarants to choose from. No 7 Elevens, banks or even ATM machines here either, all of which can be found in Bang Saphan town. So make sure you bring enough cash and your staples to last you while your here otherwise you'll be making the 5km trip into town.
Getting to Suan Luang Beach
By Car or Motorbike
In Bang Saphan (also known as Bang Saphan Yai) town turn south at the traffic lights into Takeawn Road (HY3374). Follow this road until you see a hardware store with a large TOA sign on the right side of the road. The turning is on the left side almost opposite the hardware store. Signs for Coral Hotel and Suan Luang Beach Resort can be seen near the turning (see the photos right). Following this road takes you towards the Suan Luang beach and goes round to the right, parallel with the beach leading to restaurants and accommodations.
Trains or Bus to Bang Saphan
Trains from Bangkok Hualampong Station all stop at Bang Saphan Yai train Station. Buses from Bangkok will stop at the bus station in town. Motorcycle taxis from the Bang Saphan Yai train station and bus station to Suan Luang Beach can be hired for about 80 Baht, 100 Baht at night and 150 Baht from HY4. Pick-up truck taxis will cost you more.
Suan Luang Beach Accommodations
Bungalows & resorts are right on the beach at Suan Luang and range in price from as low as 150 Baht to 4000 Baht a night. The cheapest bungalows are generally located in the best most tranquil settings amidst coconut plantations next to a beautiful and clean beach.
Suan Luang Beach Resort
Nicely furnished bungalows with fan or air-conditioning, television, fridge and hot water showers. Air-con bungalows are in the first row next to the beach with sea view and cost 800 Baht, breakfast is included in the room rate. Family houses which sleep 3-5 are available from 1280 Baht per day. There is a pick-up service, laundry and a good restaurant that serves Thai and some western dishes. Suan Luang Beach Resort is a favourite of Thai people holidaying on weekends and public holidays.
Fan Room 480 Baht, Air-conditioned Room 680 Baht.
Lola Bungalows Lola Bungalow is wonderfully set in a large coconut palm tree garden right on the beach. Small, simple and very colourfully painted bungalows with hammocks on wooden verandas are spaciously spread around the tropical grounds and shaded by the palms. A bed with a mosquito net, fan and bathroom is all your going to get but it's all you are going to need. No two bungalows are the same and prices range from 150 Baht for the most basic to 350 Baht for newer concrete bungalows. Prices depend on season and deals can be made for long renters. There is a small restaurant which serves a few basic Thai meals and eggs on toast. A nice chilled out vibe at Lola's with many long term stayers, mostly traveller backpacker types with alot of guests returning year after year.
Ploy Bungalows Ploy Bungalow has four older but spacious concrete bungalows with a fan, bathroom and nice big shaded verandas right on the beach facing the sea. Three newer concrete bungalows were completed in 2010 and are situated behind the older facing what must have been another coconut palm plantation. The bungalows are clean and well kept. The owners house is near the road away from the beach but they serve no food or drinks but will pick you up from town for free. Rooms cost 300 Baht a night.
If you are lucky like we was when we stayed at Ploy's, you could be rudely awakened early one morning. From the noise I thought someone was trying to break into the bungalow through the wall with a sledge hammer. When I had woke up alittle more the noise resembled construction work going on nearby cause it felt like the ground was shaking with each THUD! I went outside to investigate when I found the true source of the commotion. Monkeys, trained macaques to be exact were climbing the coconut palm trees and pulling off the large green coconuts which were falling the 20 or so feet to the ground with an almighty THUMP!. Not something you see everyday (not me anyways).
The Coral Hotel is set in a well tended garden with a swimming pool set amongst palm trees. The Coral hotel is close to the beach and has comfortable and stylishly furnished rooms and luxury suites for 2 to 4 people. The 1 and 2 storey bungalows have air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar and telephone. The restaurant at Coral Hotel serves a large buffet for breakfast and dishes adapted to western taste. Windsurfing, diving and tours are available, free pick-up service and Wi-Fi internet. The Thai team is very nice and speaks several languages, the professional management comes from France. During low season, the rates for rooms and bungalows are about 300 Baht less per day.
Standard Double Room 1,825 Baht, Deluxe Bungalow 3,850 Baht
Suan Luang Beach Restaurants
I Talay Restaurant is right on the beach located just outside the Coral Hotel. A real fabulous location with a nice driftwoody feel in keeping with the surroundings. Great food with generous helpings. Nice too for a drink whilst watching the sea and soi dogs play in the sand.
Why Not Restaurant & Bar
Inbetween I Talay and Lola Bungalows. Serves Thai and a few western dishes. Not much to look at but food is ok. Had nice noodle soup if I remember correctly (but could be wrong).
We had a nice home made pizza from a nice Thai lady who sells them from her home which is up away from the beach, Hope you can find it.