I have recently posted this pic in my FB account and immediately have been attacked with the questions like ‘Where is it?’, ‘Is it Koh Samet?’ and ‘Wow, are you in Samui?`.
Well, no, I am still in Pattaya and this is Hat Sai Kaew, aka Military Beach, located on the premises of Sattahip Royal Thai Navy Base, some 20-minute drive from central Pattaya.
I am a frequent guest there, especially in summer when a low tide makes it possible to spend the whole day lying on the sand in the shallow waters in a nearly deserted beach.
In winter or during weekends all year round you are more likely to find hordes of tourists or local families lunching under the trees or frolicking in the sea.
Five reasons I love Hat Sai Kaew
- No need to catch a ferry. It is much easier to get to the beach with your own transport, but even without it you can buy a transfer for about THB300.
- The sea is usually transparent and turquoise – no way to find the same sea in Pattaya or Jomtien.
- There is whistling white sand near the water – an absolute wow!
- Local restaurants – my favourite is Supa Seafood – offer a great choice of Thai and international seafood dishes at very reasonable prices.
- Clean toilets and showers – after a day at the beach you do not need to go back home covered with sand and salt.
What you should know before going to Hat Sai Kaew
- Admission for foreigners is THB100/50 for adult/child. Work permits or Thai driving licence are not accepted.
- You need to present your ID card at the entrance.
- There are no sunbeds in the beach – only chairs (THB30) and mats (bring your own or hire one at THB20 with a THB1000 deposit).
- There are monkeys coming to the beach. Some days they stay at the parking lot, some days (seldom) they riot beach-goers’ belongings.
Come on weekdays – better after 3pm – to beat the crowds. Enjoy the sea!
Sattahip Military Beach Map Location