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Baan Hat Rawai Restaurant
This is one of those perfect little places where everything seems to be just right. A beautiful sandy beach located in a small bay, sheltered by Koh Kaeo Noi (Kaeo Small Island). In the centre of the beach a rock formation juts into the sea.
The beach has powdery sand that slopes smoothly into the sea. There are a few rocks around the seabed so it is not a perfect bathing location but nice enough.
There is some good snorkeling. The northern headland has a few corals and some beautiful fish. It is a shame to see all the flattened dead coral on the seabed. It is a reminder of the tsunami and the terrible damage it inflicted. The rock formation that juts out from the centre of the beach has better snorkeling. The corals here survived the tsunami quite well and there are plenty of fish.
The tsunami hit the beach hard. It destroyed the beach restaurant and bungalows. The owner, a popular ex-pat woman, tragically became one of the many victims. After that, the beach was left untouched for a year and a half. There are now a couple of touching memorial plaques on the rocks at the northern end of the beach.
The beach is now very much back on its feet. They have rebuilt the small beach restaurant and the bungalows on the other side of the road. You can rent sun loungers for 100-baht each and refreshments are available at reasonable prices.
You can rent kayaks to explore the headlands, go out to Koh Kaeo Noi or even all the way to Laem Promthep. They are available for a very reasonable hourly rate of 100-baht for a single-seater or 200-baht for a two-seater.
How to Get There
It is located on the other side of the southern Nai Harn headland. Take the road from Nai Harn to Promthep and this beach is halfway between.
There are a couple of small bungalow operations on the other side of the road.
Nai Ya Bungalow