Actually, it’s right to say Si Tanu, notShritana and not Sritana, but everyone says "Sri." Generally, in the area of Phangan there are as many as three beaches smoothly flowing into each other: Si Tanu beach (also known as Shritana) in the south, Ao Niad beach in the middle, and Chao Pao beach in the north. Even at the preparatory stage for the trip, reading the reviews of tourists and the advice of longsters, I concluded that confusion constantly arises with these three.
Most likely because longsters wholive on Phangan, do not use these place names, preferring to summarize all three beaches in one word - Shritana. It is possible that it is, and the conditional fragmentation was due to the fact that all three beaches are separated by stone placers.
I made a separate post about Chao Pao beach, because it is very separate, and Shritan and Ao Niad have a common infrastructure, so the description will be the same for them, only the photos are different.
The content of the article
- 1 Beach description
- 2 Sunset, depth and waves
- 3 Sun beds and shade
- 4 Beach photo
- 5 Infrastructure
- 6 Houses and hotels on the beach
- 7 How to find the beach
- 8 Beach map
Sri Thanu Beach will meet you first,if you are driving from Thong Saly to the north of the island along the coast. Shritana begins next to a cluster of fishing boats, not far from the fairly well-known Orion cafe, then passes by the resorts of Phangan Cove Resort
and nice sea resort
and ends approximately opposite to Laemson Bungalow
The main feature of the beach: parallel to the coast is a channel that cuts off Shritana from the rest of the island and can only be reached at certain places - see below.
Ao Niad Beach is the second to go.movement and is far from the main road (Hin Kong Road), in a kind of reserved pocket with a lake and palm groves, and therefore the beach is not visible from the road at all.
If you look at it on the map, you can see thatalong with the shore of Ao Niad rounds the lake from the houses of Laemson Bungalow to Golden Rock Bungalows. By the way, the beach of Ao Niad Kopangane is sometimes called either Zen Beach or Naked Beach.
Chao Phao Beach (Chao Phao) is a place where longsters do not go at all, and here mostly guests of local hotels live, and I already talk about this beach wrote in detail here. Well, the last clarification: if you stand on Zen Beach facing the sea and look to the right - there will be a part of the beach, which is called a nudist. That is, Ao Niad is Zen plus Naked, this is the beach arithmetic.
Sunset, depth and waves
All parts of the beach are the same in terms of sand and sunset.into the water: fine fluffy, light yellow sand closer to the grass, and small stones with fragments of coral closer to the water, sometimes there are quite extensive placers of cobble stones larger.
If you are lucky to get to the sea duringtide, then already at a distance of 5 meters from the coast, the depth reaches you on the shoulders, well, in general, the depth of the sea to Shritana varies greatly depending on the stage of ebb and flow. There is no buoyancy here: you can lie on your back or even portray a tack of a crawl, but at any moment you can stand on the bottom and have a rest.
Shritana is perfect for families with children; on ordinary days with good weather and a slight breeze, I didn’t see serious waves here, and we don’t take into account the season of storms, for obvious reasons.
Sun beds and shade
Sun beds are only on Si Tanu and only onresorts. I suppose that when ordering a drink in a cafe, you can use the sun beds, because there are always free deck chairs. I did not notice any unreal crowds of people on Shritan, even in high season and during peak daytime hours. As for the beaches of Zen and Naked - here I did not see any lounges, neither rolling nor private.
The shadow is found very sporadically, but firstly: trees along the water grow only on the beaches of Zen and Nayeked. And secondly: at low tide the sea goes so far that the beach turns out to be unrealistically wide, and all the available shadow is too far from the water - you get tired to run.
That is, you have to choose - or swim, orhide from the sun. Although, speaking as it is: there is no sense to swim at low tide on Phangan - it's too small, and this is typical of all the beaches of the Pangan east.
Naked Beach Beach
Shritana is full of shops and cafes, alongthe roads are scattered in Thai and European institutions, and in principle, the streets here are replete with restaurants with all possible cuisines of the world. There are two yoga centers, a sauna, a lot of good local cafeterias. Here the infrastructure corresponds to the colorful public who chose C Tan for recreation.
In this area, a lot of yogis are constantly hanging out,raw foodists, vegans, all kinds of esotericism - if this way of life is close to you in spirit, then you will definitely like it here. In my experience, the main tusa occurs in Orion, where people gather with laptops under the same roof, immediately work online, have a snack and chat.
There are well-known 7-Eleven convenience stores.FamilyMart and many purely Thai local shops. Of the sights: the lake Sweet Water Lake, about which few people know that it is a flooded former tin mining quarry, the soil from which was dumped directly into the sea, which did not improve the already shallow-water relief of the bottom.
According to local long-livers, no one has yet reached the bottom of the lake, without special equipment.
Wellness is on Shritan Orion Centerwhere you can practice yoga and go to the bath; There are also yoga center agamaand also a mass of cafes with cuisines from different countries of the world, with a range from the Jewish edalni (for example, Taboon) to an Italian restaurant.
By the way, in Orion they make good burritos and fruit salads, and in the north of the beach there is a Belgian restaurant and amazing beer. A well-known institution works for vegans. Macrobiotic. In short, I did not have time to visit allthe places that my eyes have seen, but this is understandable - here you can really spend your entire vacation every evening going to a new place. While I lived on Si Tanu, I did not eat Thai food at all - I did not have time.
Zen Beach got its name thanksadjoining bungalow complex. Sometimes it is called Zen Beach - maybe due to the fact that musicians come here, who during the high season hold a nightly jam session. With drums and wind instruments, they roll mini-concerts that collect a bunch of listeners.
I myself went to listen several times; they usuallythey begin at sunset, at five o'clock, and continue until about seven o'clock, that is, until full darkness. The point where these jams are going, I have on the map, there is a dirt road leading there, as a last resort, if you miss with access to the beach, then you can easily navigate through the crowd of people and music.
Houses and hotels on the beach
Si Tanu Beach - one of the districts of Phangan, where they lovestop not only tourists, but also longsters. There are rented houses, right on the beach of Zen, and there are several complexes of houses a little further away. There are a lot of options, even if you have the first line, even the second one, but there are places where the houses stand right on the sand by the sea. My friends lived like this for almost a year, they say that the place is not bad.
There are no problems with hotels either. If you do not bother with the proximity to the sea, then you can live not only between the road and the sea, but also calmly look out for a hotel in the depths of the island, there are plenty of options. But here, for example, you have 3 decent bungalow resorts for Shritan, in two of which I stayed on my own, all the first line:
- Seaview rainbow bungalow
- Nice Sea Resort
- Phangan Cove Resort
They essentially took a piece of Shritan beach, stand wall to wall. And, by the way, in Phanghan Cove Beach a cool Thai cafe, civilian with a pleasant interior.
Hotels in Sri Tanu>
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How to find the beach
Consider several options in relation toeach of the above parts of the Si Tanu area. All options - based on the fact that we are traveling from Thong Sahl on the shore, and not through the center of the island. That is, from south to north along the west coast.
Shritan beach. As I have already said, the peculiarity and problem of this beach is that a river bed runs from the lake to the sea, which runs parallel to the shore and, as it were, cuts off the entire beach from the rest of the island. Therefore, you need to know the places where there are normal bridges over this river, where you can go, and even better - go by bike.
There is a congress, before reaching the main Xi Tanu. The convention starts at the place where Hin Kong Road turns 90 °. I cannot call reference points; they are all not reliable there, except for the turn itself. After 50 meters after the exit, the path will run to the left towards Orion, but you do not need to go there.
As soon as you look up at the advertising posters, turn right on the path, there you will notice the bridge. Passing along it and along the path you will get Phangan Cove Resort
. Still, as an option - the bridge Nice Sea Resort
, it can be reached immediately from the main road. Look for signs on the main road, throw the bike at the bridge and walk to the sea on foot - this is normal, everyone is walking. In Phangan Cove, by the way, excellent Thai cuisine and you can dine well.
Ao Niad Beach and Naked Beach. It's better for someone to show the road, of course. Because in words the description of the road looks a little confused. Drive there 7-Eleven, in front of the ticket box office of the attraction on the lake there is a nondescript turn in the direction of the beach (there will still be a big sign "Thai Cultural School") and take the road to the very end.
Ahead there will be a fork in the road, where you need to turn right and go to the beach houses. You will see where many bikes will be parked, leave your vehicle there and walk to the beach.
There is another option to get to Naked Beach. You need to drive along the Hin Kong Road past the lake and look for the Golden Rock Bungalows sign. As you will see - turn onto a narrow road. There is a nuance: here the path is shorter and more convenient, but - you cannot ride a bike, because this is a private road and the requirement of Golden Rock Bungalows is not to ride a motorcycle.
So at some point the bike will have to throw and walk to the beach. In theory, if you eat at a cafe or order a drink, then you can drive through the territory.
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