Nopparat Thara Beach is a 5 km long beach split into two halves by a river a few minutes drive from Ao Nang Beach. The sand is hard-packed and very comfortable for walking and running. During low tide, it’s possible to walk all the way out to the small limestone islands, and you will see both tourists and locals walking out taking pictures. Nopparat Thara Beach is a quite beach with mostly Thais who like to come here for a picnic in the shades of the casuarina trees.
During low tide the canal dries up, leaving a long beach as you can see right on this island.
My wife at Koh Khao Sam Nuai, one of the small islands during low tide.
Sunset at Nopparat Thara Beach.
There are several restaurants on the beach, and I would like to recommend A-one where we had dinner twice. It’s a cozy little place with soft lighting when the darkness falls. The food tastes good, and they serve both Thai and international dishes.
The Separated Sea (Thale Waek) is a cool natural phenomenon. It happens when there is a low tide and a unique sand pathway connects three islands (Koh Gai, Koh Tup and Koh Mawr) that visitors can walk to. This place was voted the number one destination, in the poll ‘7 Wonders of Thailand 2015′ on the 7wondersthailand.com website.
The best time to visit Thale Waek is 5 days before and after the full moon from December to the beginning of May. The separated sea is the last stop in the amazing ‘4 islands boat trip′ that goes from Ao Nang, Krabi. Tour agents can be found everywhere along the street in Ao Nang.
I have visited some superb beaches that I do not include in this list. You know the typical long sandy beach with umbrellas lined up. I think of Chaweng, Patong and Kata Beach. They are all great, but in this post, I want to show you some different kind of beaches in Thailand.
I bought a GoPro camera just before we went to Thailand this time, and it was a lot of fun to put together this video. The model I used is a GoPro Hero3 White Edition Slim and the locations in the video are Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Krabi, Lam Thap, Ao Nang, Railay Bay, Poda Island, Koh Kho Khao and Phuket. Please watch the video in 720p60 HD.