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    Lightbulb Best beach local to Bangkok to live by

    Obviously Pattaya and Hua Hin are the two obvious choices. Experts on these, please list the pros and cons of each, and other places I haven't mentioned.

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    Baen Saen ( about 30 b4 pattaya ) is nice for food and loads of thai's actual beach is so so.

    Rayong - very nice, treeed beaches

    Dolphin Bay - past hua hin - the best - but the futherest.

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    How far past hua hin is dolphin bay? Why is it the best?

    Whats that place phraha cha keripub or sumfink like that like?

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    Phrachuap Khiri Khan is nice, but the town roads can get very congested crowded on weekends (not unlike Hua Hin). The bay (Ao Manao) is very picturesque and the beach itself is nice, but crowded on weekends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    How far past hua hin is dolphin bay? Why is it the best?
    ok a touch of hyperbole - its about another hour past HuaHin.

    I quite like it - because its very quiet - has 2 or 3 small 'resorts' including swimming pool and green grass (so kids can run around a little)

    its a smallish bay with moutains backdrop and non gravel road winding along the seafront = some trees - plenty of sand and clean water.

    i look for some pics but couldnt find much but heres one or two...

    as you can see it was a bit of a wild and wet day - but normally the water is a tourquise blue









    Beach road ! haha. and a small village.

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    I find that Dolphin Bay beach is fine and sandy when the tide is in but at low tide you have to walk through shin deep mud before you get to a depth of water where you can swim.

    Ao Manao beach is similar but the mud is not so deep. I was at Ao Mano in low season last year but it was clear form the number of tourist tat shops that it got fairly crowded.

    Had Sai Yai the first beach beyond Hua Hin is my favourite. The beach is about 10Km long and can be reached from either end or by going through the army camp which is roughly in the centre. Apart from a few beach cafes at each end and the army camp there are no other facilities along the length of the beach - at the moment.

    Further South of Pranburi are several long beaches up Khao Kalok, there are a number of resorts along the beaches the residents never seem to stray from the pool.

    Be aware that all these beaches suffer from various jelly fish infestations during the wet season.

    This one is Dolphin Bay


    And this Had Sai Yai



    This last one is to to the North of Khao Kalok - ignore the incorrect label I put on the picture.

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    Yep, I stayed at the one next to Dolphin Bay resort - errrr.... Anchana or Anchara, something like that - anyway, nice area, quiet with plenty of things to see and do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwillyhggtb
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    Beach sucks! Food is so so..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smeg
    Obviously Pattaya and Hua Hin are the two obvious choices. Experts on these, please list the pros and cons of each, and other places I haven't mentioned.
    Excellent idea for a thread, Smeg. But something that I would always want - sorry, Thaiophiles - is proximity to a Big C or Tesco Lotus. Can't do without some farang food.

    So does anyone know whether these places have such stores nearby?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDN
    proximity to a Big C or Tesco Lotus. Can't do without some farang food.
    You are very sad RDN. Hua Hin has a brand new Tesco Lotus and there is a Big C at Petchaburi, I don't know about other places.

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    Bang Saen is basically a Thai beach. Always has been and always will be. Not much in the way of accomodation save the Tides which is very very much overpriced.

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    I am thinking of buying a little weekend apartment in jomtien.
    - prices are not too bad - I think properties in Pattaya area will rise in value in the short term
    - Will be near new International airport
    - Beach is not too bad

    Would do other members think?
    Would anyone suggest somewhere else?

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    DD lives in Jomtien.

    Need I say more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buadhai
    Phrachuap Khiri Khan is nice, but the town roads can get very congested crowded on weekends (not unlike Hua Hin). The bay (Ao Manao) is very picturesque and the beach itself is nice, but crowded on weekends.
    I remember Bangkok Phillip praising Phrachuap Khiri Khan for being the cleanest town in Thailand. Is this so?

    Are there any family friendly western type guesthouses on the beach there?

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    Hua Hin and Prachuap I have found to be more expensive than Pattaya. And the Chumphon Cabana is the worst place I have stayed on a beach in Thailand.

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    Here is Prachuap Kiri Khan town beach taken last August. The beach in the town is a bit scruffy but about what you would expect for a town with a fishing pier stuck in the middle of the beach.

    The town is OK but not particularly lively, I didn't see (m)any other non-Thais when I was there. I would be happy there but then I'm not a very sociable person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal
    I'm not a very sociable person.
    Yes you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    Hua Hin and Prachuap I have found to be more expensive than Pattaya.
    Why is that?

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