Ao Plai Laem beach - a really secret place

Ao Play Laem belongs to the category of wonderful places that are under your nose, remaining unnoticed. And you can get here within three minutes after unloading from the ferry to Tong Sale.

But people are designed so that they are not always ready forthe fact that happiness can be obtained here so easily. Therefore, 99% of tourists with wide open eyes and maps fly past this secret (for the hustle) places. But it is here that you will find a mix of the most important things for a beach holiday: sheltering stones, fine sand, azure sea, palm trees above the water and - sunsets. But the beach is not without comments.

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Beach description

Plai Laem is located at the foot of a low wooded hill that separates Tong Sala and Ao Hin Kong. Due to this geography, the beach is completely invisible from the side of the road, has a very winding and interesting coastline, about 1.2 km long.

At the very beginning of the beach to go down to the sea is enoughproblematic because of the steepness of the slope, but from the middle and farther to the north, the already not the steepest hill becomes gentler. There are already good concrete paths leading directly to the beach. At its core, the Play Lam on Phangan is not a continuous strip of sand, but a series of small coves separated by mangroves or rocks.

Sunset, depth and waves

Ao Play Lam is perfect for a beach holiday.without special claims for a full swim. The bottom is shallow, and to the depth you will have to cut from 200 to 400 meters towards the horizon, and this is not all. The first hundred meters will be clean and soft, and the next 100-200 are slippery, overgrown with shells stones. In general, walking there barefoot is very fraught.

This is his only drawback. For the rest, we have here: a clean sandy bottom along the coast, huge boulders and stones are scattered around the beach, behind which you can hide from prying eyes.

The sand is fine and greyish yellow, with no extraimpurities. In good weather, the beach looks like a picture on the screen saver. At high tide, the beach disappears along its entire length, and the sea comes close to the rocks, shore and artificial barriers.

Sun beds and shade

There is no specialized on Ao Play Lamrental point, and all the chairs are on the territories of rare hotels. The whole beach, in principle, looks weird, and the sun loungers for it are the exception rather than the norm. During low tide, sun loungers can be put on the sand closer to the water, but within the shade of the trees.

The main shadow here is of natural origin,from palm trees and mangroves, this kind of bulk here. If you walk along the coast, sometimes you have to wade straight through the mangroves, under which, if desired, you can quite comfortably settle for a time of low tide.

Beach photo

View to the left in the direction of Tong Sala, which is not visible from behind the cape.

View to the left in the direction of Tong Sala, which is not visible from behind the cape.

The water is slightly muddy and visible stones under water. The rainy season, the beginning of low tide, the second half of the day.

The water is slightly muddy and visible stones under water. The rainy season, the beginning of low tide, the second half of the day.

View to the right, because of the mangroves, the rest of Ao Plai Laem beach is not visible

View to the right, because of the mangroves, the rest of Ao Plai Laem beach is not visible

The shore behind the beach is all overgrown with greens of various sizes.

The shore behind the beach is all overgrown with greens of various sizes.

If you walk along the shore, it is not before the beginning of low tide and not in shale

If you walk along the shore, it is not before the beginning of low tide and not in shale

In some places have to go through the thickets of mangroves

In some places have to go through the thickets of mangroves

Here I shot a sequel to Ao Play Lam, after leaving the thickets

Here I shot a sequel to Ao Play Lam, after leaving the thickets

In the approximation, it is clear that the coast is generally deaf on, did not want to go to the end

In the approximation, it is clear that the coast is generally deaf on, did not want to go to the end

Infrastructure

On Ao Play Laeme, most infrastructure is located between the sea and the main road, and for the most part they belong to those resorts and hotels that are built on the first line.

In fact, this is a small hotel village, wherethere is almost no private sector, and tourists receive all services and amenities by accommodation. The building is very rare, there are a lot of vacant lots, practically no shops, only a few private tai-shops.

From local attractions - Amsterdam barwhich is located higher up the slope and is considered a cult bar and a viewpoint in the west of Phangan. Nearby there is a lesser known and more behind the scenes. Top Rock Bar.

All the main shops and banks, restaurants and rentals are located three minutes south of Thong Sale.

Houses and hotels on the beach

As I said earlier in the text, mainly housing on Ao Play Leam is represented by hotels and guesthouses. On the hill behind the road there are several private villas with a great view of the Gulf of Siam, Samui and Andaman Marina Park.

More than half of the resorts have high marks.visitors, so there is where to roam when choosing a place. In my opinion, it makes sense to settle on Ao Play Lam only if you like to watch the sea and go for a walk, and prefer to swim in the pool.

Due to the unpopularity of the beach there is always a littlepeople, but alongside Tong Sala, magnificent views and a lot of cozy places on the shore. Here are three options that I considered for myself on my recent trip:

  • Glass cottage
  • The green palm
  • Sea Scene Resort

Playa Lame Hotels>

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How to find the beach

The main thing is not to accelerate much, moving away from Tong.Sala to the west. Literally in five minutes of the trip you will be already in place As a guide, I would recommend looking out for a metal construction, such as those on which traffic signs are hung in the Russian Federation, as they go.

U-shaped metal arch with a banner acrosslength, overlooked so difficult. Near this arch any turn to the left will lead to the sea. I went down the pedestrian path at the very beginning of Ao Play Lem, walked along the coast about a hundred meters and returned to the road at the new resort Ban Jaidee Resort.

Hiking trail from the main road. On the fan.

Hiking trail from the main road. On the fan.

Access to the sea from Glass Cottage and Baan Jaidee Resort

Access to the sea from Glass Cottage and Baan Jaidee Resort

View from the beach to the side of Glass Cottage and Baan Jaidee Resort

View from the beach to the side of Glass Cottage and Baan Jaidee Resort

Beach map

Ao Play Laem beach map

Ao Play Laem beach map:

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