Learn more about this long stretch of lonely Gulf coast from our various travel guides:
- Ban Krut - lonely beaches, fishing villages and some surprising beach resorts
Bang Sapan Noi has endless natural beaches; lonely, undeveloped, with just a few beach hotels
Bang Sapan Noi is a quiet little fishing village on a small estuary that breaks seemingly endless kilometres of untouched beach. Except for such occasional fishing communities, there’s nothing along this coastline but the vast coconut plantations covering the flat and rather featureless land beyond the ocean. Geographically it’s not very exciting, but for anyone who dreams of beachcombing far from the developed world with no other humans in sight, this coast might be just the place. You’ve definitely got to like solitude and natural places to enjoy Bang Sapan Noi.
This part of Thailand is not well known to Thais either. It’s too far from Bangkok to be a weekend destination, too far from modern transport for foreigners to get here easily. Perhaps the most regular customers here are Thais from upcountry provinces heading for multi-day trips to the south. Their big tour coaches pull in here for the night, head off in the morning.
As the photos in our galleries show, the few accommodations here are somewhat basic. Most are family-run hotels with clean, air-con rooms and restaurants and can meet all basic needs. Few foreigners are seen in the Bang Sapan area, but the hotels welcome everyone. We have marked all accommodations of reasonable quality, and there are no other non-beachfront ones.
Not much to do in the Bang Sapan area; visit the fishing villages, seafood restaurants
There are few activities here, save absorbing the local village atmosphere or watching the fishermen come and go. Anyone planning a stay here should first be sure they are compatible with complete tranquillity, then bring books, and be ready for a real chill-out time. Having your own transport is a major advantage. While there were no motorcycle or bicycle rentals in Bang Sapan Noi in 2017, these could be rented in Ban Krut, about 40 kilometres north. It could thus make sense for travellers heading this way to jump off the train in Kan Krut, then rent a motorcycle to gain the freedom to go anywhere at will along this coast. This entire region is dead flat, so the same could be done by bicycle.
Bang Sapan Noi fishing port is quite interesting, with one relaxed but pleasant beach hotel right nearby, Haan Son Beach Resort. The village of Bang Sapan Noi is several kilometres inland, alongside the railway station. There are a couple of restaurants in the port area, and of course fresh seafood is readily available. Good Thai food at basic prices can be found in local restaurants in virtually all of the beachside communities along this coast, widely scattered as they may be.
Bng Sapan, the bigger of the two name-alikes, lies 20 kilometres north
Bang Sapan – as opposed to Bang Sapan Noi – is somewhat larger that it’s Noi, or ‘little’ sister town. This lies 20 kilometres north, about half way to Ban Krut. It’s a lonely drive along another good beach road to get there, with a large fishing port on the ocean and the town again some kilometres inland on the rail line. Bang Sapan has a few hotels, but none on the beach, though there are a some very pleasant beachfront restaurants here.