White Sand Beach
(aka Ao Thong Beach / Oaw Thong Beach / Pakweep Beach / Pak
Surely one of the
best beaches around the wider
Khao Lak area (in my opinion still the best!) with
although it looks a little "disheveled" after the
tsunami and the water is not as clear as before.
The beach is quite
secluded, but offers
simple, good and beautiful beach
restaurants with reasonable prices and nice
stone-bungalows close to the
beach. It's a good starting point for long beach walks in both
The nearby luxury hotel
disturb the tranquil atmosphere at all.
Sadly the once
Resort at the northern end of the beach has been shut down and
will be replaced with another excrescent luxury hotel.
the north-west position of the beach, you cannot really see
the sun sinking into the sea (left picture), but (a 10 minutes
bike-ride away) there’s a great place for
sunsets at Laem Pakarang or Coral Cape (right picture) - stop
about 300 meters before the end of the street at Pakarang Cape and
you are alone, except for some water buffaloes, fishermen and
The Prayod-family, nice and friendly
Chinese people, has build another couple of bungalows in their two
Now they rent 5
bungalows at "Oaw Thong Beach Restaurant
and Bungalow" and about 8 at "Oaw
Thong Bungalows" (1500 Baht/night).
But the place is still very calm from
evening to morning. Though during the day, the parking place behind
the Oaw Thong restaurants resembles sometimes the central bus station
of Krabi ;-).
Most of the
(expensive) hotels in the wider area offer a daily taxi service to
White Sand Beach (knowing that their own beach doesn’t compare). So
there is a continual coming and going of taxis,
songthaews and motorbikes.
But you don’t hear them around the restaurant area and of course not
on the long secluded beach.
people of the upmarket
Le Meridien Hotel (on the next beach about 1,5 km working distance
away) use White Sand Beach for sunbathing, swimming and lunch
(which affects the prices), luckily they keep staying mostly around
The Similana Resort
is still closed and fallow -
about to reconquer the whole area. No
building activity is observable at the time. However, new hotel
buildings are emerging close to the beach right in the (left) front of
what makes it surely more difficult for them to attain again the "Luxury
Hotel Award" as "Luxury Romantic Hotel" or "World
Travel Awards" as "Asia's
Leading Boutique Hotel 2008".
The people of the
simple but good "Boatyard Restaurant" (about one km further left) are
also thinking about building some bungalows.
No spectacular news. They built some
new bungalows last year. "Oaw Thong Beach Restaurant and Bungalow"
arrange more and more sunbeds on the beach in front of the restaurants
and - now they charge for them (if you don't stay at their place)!
No (visible) changes at the Similana
area, but beside and behind the Sarojin are a lot of terrific (hotel-)
The Boatyard Restaurant still has very
good soups (and no bungalows).
New pictures will follow soon.
Update January 2011:
The beach is changing quickly. The
building-activities of the "Kantary Hotel and Serviced
Apartment"-Group came to an awful end. The new ugly and sterile
Kantary Beach Hotel has opened business and offers "Villas and
Suites" on a large bare area between the Sarojin and the Boatyard
Fortunately there is no much to see
right from the beach, except the new sunbeds and of cause the many
(and new kind of) guests. But you cannot avoid passing this complex
driving to Oaw Thong Beach, Goon & Gib or Boatyard and – it looks
during night like a closely guarded prison
There are still no (visible) changes at
the Similana area and around Boatyard. But the owner of Boatyard seem
to support her relatives with questionable jobs (managing new long and
empty rows of colored sunbeds).
But after talking to her it was for
customers of her restaurant possible to use "the blue once free of
Still a nice and relaxing place!
If you prefer even more secluded
Pakarang Villa on the
Cape Pakarang with 20 bungalows in two rows, managed by the friendly
and helpful Montha (from there it's only a 20 minute walk to White
Khaolak Riversite Bungalow
(with the new attached
Sabai Dii Restaurant)
Bungalows. The last two are only a
few miles away from White Sand Beach (and managed by Germans).
(Khuk Khak, Takuapa,
Phang-Nga, Thailand - geo-coordinates: 8°44'21.17"N