About 80Km south of Prachuap Khiri Khan this little place offers a quiet existence with an idyllic beach and a small mix of local and ferang run businesses that cater to the occasional backpacker. From Prachuap one could either shell out ~200Bht for a mini van or opt for the most basic 3rd class on the ‘ordinary’ train for a grand total of 16Bht.
Of course there simply was no discussion. Train it was for us. We chanced upon this information when we enquired at Top Deck in Prachaup Khiri Khan to one of the staff while waiting for our check. Lucky for us one of the waitresses was from Bang Saphan and suggested we get the 2pm ‘ordinary’ train from Prachaup Khiri Khan. It’s free for Thais. Ferangs may have a discount. Unfortunately the local tourist center in Prachuap Khiri Khan was not really helpful with train schedule or price. We ended up checking out our hotel and getting a motortaxi to the train station. Turns out she was right.
For a quick bite to eat, something with a western flair we picked the Country Road pub. This is one of the few eateries that is not on the beach but the food was worth the short trek. And being the expat bar, best place to gather some local info. Which is where we ended up chatting to John one of the 30 or so expats in town living in Bang Saphan Yai, a home away from home.
Our stay in Bang Saphan Yai would have been perfect except for the fact that the beach was literally infested with jellyfish. Yes, I did say infested. And no I’m not exaggerating. There were swarms of them, clearly visible in the shallows, washed up on shore and as far as the eye could see in the depths of the ocean.
Brad says it’s not the norm, Jellyfish travel with the currents and there must have been a strong one before we arrived. Well, 3 days in and there was still no sign of them leaving and I refused to swim in the ocean even if they did leave. What if there were strays or ones just lingering on for some action?
And that’s how we decided to say our goodbyes to our lovely little hideaway and on wards to the next leg of our journey. My favorite kind – island hopping in Thailand.