When Mike and I decided we were not going to stay in Chaing Mai (which was a very difficult decision), we decided that before settling anywhere else, we needed some quality beach time.

On our previous visit to Thailand we spent some time at a big fancy resort on the west side of Pukhet Island, as well as on the backpacker-haven island of Ko Phi Phi. Both places were a little over-built and touristy for our tastes, so this time we decided to get a little farther off the beaten path.

Mike pulled out a map of Thailand and pointed to a city at random. It turned out to be Bang Saphan Yai, a small town about 7 hours south of Bangkok on the train. While the town itself is nothing special, the beach, a long curving stretch of soft sand and turqoise water, is perfect.  Not a high rise in sight, just clusters of bungalows and the occasional small, family-owned restaurant.  Fisherman bring their latest catch to the shore every day, so all the seafood is incredibly fresh!

We found a bungalow for $40 a week, and although it has no A/C and no hot water, the setting more than makes up for those slight shortcomings. img_6099
A little ways up the beach is an adorable little cafe where we eat breakfast every morningimg_6052This sweet little puppy lives at one of the houses near our bungalow, and she comes to visit us throughout the day.img_6058
The cafe makes typical American breakfast food – banana muffins, omelets, scrambled eggs, and french toast, served on a patio overlooking the water.  This banana muffin with raisins and sliced almonds was divine!img_6064


1 Response to “Paradise”

  1. 1 Jillian March 11, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    What a gorgeous beach and bungalow! Makes me want to travel. Thanks for sharing all your experiences…the food and scenery both look divine.

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