The broad bay of Bang Saphan Yai is probably one of the more low-key, relaxing, and pleasant destinations in Thailand. Regular visitors here relish the fact that it's a foot note in most guide-books, and dread the day the tourist community at large gets wind of it.
This small town some 80kms south of the provincial capital Prachuap Khiri Khan and 100kms north of Chumphon has several nice beaches, and apart from the beaches there are caves, a freshwater lake, waterfalls and even a goldfield to visit in the area. The nearby island of Ko Thalu also has reasonable snorkelling and diving.
Most of the bungalow operations offer plentiful information and maps of the surrounding area, which offers some good snorkelling from January onwards and constitutes an all round 'nice kind of place to hang out for a few days' kind of place.
Bang Saphan Yai is an 'off-the-beaten-track' resort area, too far for the Bangkok mobile phone set and well off the Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao route so it is quiet at present though slowly developing as a tourist destination and has several bungalow resorts.
Bang Saphan is actually two separate towns with Bang Saphan Yai situated at the northern end of the bay and Bang Saphan Noi some 15km to the south. Most resorts lie near the beach some halfway between the two towns off route 3374. While popular guidebooks tend to steer their readers towards the northern beach, we'd highly recommend the southern beach -- it is far better.
Bangsaphan is a small coastal resort town on the Gulf of Thailand, it is blessed with a warm climate year round, clear waters in which to swim or snorkel, and miles of uncrowded beaches. The town is approximately 400 kilometers from Bangkok and a two hour drive from Hua Hin and its plentiful golf courses, an hour to the south is Chumphon and easy access to the islands of Koh Tao, Pha-ngan and Samui. Life in Bangsaphan goes on at a laid back pace so it would be the perfect environment for those seeking a retirement home, a quiet holiday getaway or an investment property for the future.
Other areas of Thailand have witnessed sharp price increases for property and real estate and recent strong local currency rates do not help the matter for foreign investors. In Bangsaphan property prices have been slowly but steadily increasing so now is the best time to invest. Land prices in the desirable spots have been going up in value at around 15-20% per year despite the economic slowdown.
In desireable spots along Suan Luang beach prime plots of land are being snapped up fast by both Thais and foreigners indicating that the area is a good spot for investment and prices are still reasonable. So far the area has not see the vast price over-inflation that can be found in Hua Hin.
Bangsaphan Expat Life
There is a very small expat community in Bangsaphan consisting of 40 or so permanently residing foreigners from the UK, US, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, New Zealand and other nations. A handful of western restaurants and bars is all there is to cater for them, there are no top-end tourist high-rises here, Bangsaphan is for those seeking a laid back beach lifestyle. More information can be found on the Bang Saphan Forum
Bangsaphan Property Listings
Here are a select few property listings in Bangsaphan, please contact us for more details and let us know when you are in the area.