Bangsaphan Attractions and Koh Talu
Beaches, islands, temples and waterfalls
The main attraction has to be the endless sandy beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. It is fringed with coconut palms and dotted with the occasional bungalow.
Koh Talu (also spelt Koh Thalu or Ko Taloo) is a private
island in the Gulf of Thailand, 30 minutes boat ride
from Bangsaphan. It has two beautiful resorts,
unspoiled beaches and coconut palms encircling the pristine
evergreen tropical rainforest covering the most of it.
The shallow clear blue sea with rich marine life is the
perfect choice of nature lovers for fishing, snorkeling,
diving, kayaking, sailing, trekking or just for relaxing.
Half day trips to Koh Talu cost around 350 baht per person and depart from the pier towards the south of the bay at 9am, returning at 1pm. You can book them at a small ticket office the day before. The tours are very popular with locals who travel down from Bangkok at the weekends, they can get very busy.
Coral and marine life around Koh Talu is very impressive with schools of seargent major fish, moon wrasse, parrotfish and all kinds of hard coral. Take a look at our Koh Talu marine life guide. Scuba diving is possible here but the reef is quite shallow with a maximum depth of 12 meters and visibility can be murky (3 to 10 meters). More information on Koh Talu dive sites can be found by clicking that link.
Koh Talu Boat Tours
You can also charter your own boat trip to Koh Talu, the advantage being that you can get away from the crowds, go around the island, stop off at the beach and seek out your own snorkelling spots.
The vessel can comfortably sit 8 to 10 people and life jackets and snorkelling equipment is provided. Food is available also and you can take your own esky of beverages.
You can charter the boat and can decide when you want to leave and return though it may be weather dependent.
Contact Suchat Boat
Tour on 081-7594997 ("dude")
to make a booking or visit their website: Koh Talu Tours.
You can also book boat yours with Kig Tour who are affiliated
with the Marine Resource Conservation Group that carry
out a lot of work preserving the local coral reef ecosystem.
You can contact them on 081-9953787.
Koh Talu offers crystal clear water, stunning beaches and abundant marine life, you can even stay on the island at the Koh Talu Island Resort which can be booked online.
Bang Saphan Beaches
There are several good beaches further south and the beach town of Ban Krut to the north which are also worth visiting.
Bo Thong Lang (pictured left) cove really is a little hidden away jem of a place, it is set in a cove on a headland in temple grounds. To reach the bay cross the small bridge as you are leaving Bangsaphan for Ban Krut. There is a local temple at the same spot and 4 or 5 small beach restaurants where the food is good. Keep asking directions until you find this one.
There are a number of waterfalls in the area these two (Sai Ku and Ka-po) are both a short drive south of Bangsaphan. There is another waterfall and swimming hole called Chai Rat just after the Khao Po service station. More info and photos here: Sai Ku waterfall, Chai Rat waterfall.
There is a small driving range in Bangsaphan where you can practise your golf swing. It is near the Sailom Hotel on the Mae Rampheung beach road, trays of balls are 30 baht. The nearest golf courses to Bangsaphan are both military 9 holes, one at Ao Manao an hour north in Prachuab and the other is an hour south in Chumphon, just off the highway after you turn right to Ranong. Costs to play are a couple of hundred baht.
Temples and Caves
Wat Tum Marong has an impressive deep cave system with hundreds of Buddha images and a resident bat colony. More photos: Wat Tum Marong Caves
Bang Saphan has a great daytime market which is in the centre of town opposite 7 Eleven. Bustling, friendly and busy.
Tuesday night market - go over the railway lines as though you are leaving town for the main highway and you will find the market on the right hand saide after a few hundred metres.
Thursday night market - this is the bigger of the two night markets where you will find just about anything and it really is fun looking for it. Located just past all the banks in the town's main road after you have come into town over the railway lines and past 7 Eleven.
There is a concrete air craft carrier on the beach at Luang Suan which is 65km further south of Chumphon. Not many people are aware of it, the vessel was constructed in celebration of a high ranking military official who was very close to His Majesty the King. It is about a third of the size of a full scale one and a must to see.
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