Laem Singh Beach, a lovely sandy cove surrounded by jungle, has been closed to the public by the owners of the land surrounding it from April 20, 2017. As you may know, private beaches are illegal in Thailand but it the entire land around it belongs to someone, that someone has the right to give access or not, so there is not much anyone can do about it.
Weather is cloudy but you really wanted to go to the beach today… don’t give up yet! Laem Singh Beach happens to look better in this weather. Beaches are always associated with blue sky, blue sea and sunshine, but Laem Singh has this beautiful tropical feel that goes well with any weather. It’s like being in the Caribbean, a bit nostalgic, very green with palm trees leaning over the sand and you’ll have the beach almost for yourself.
Once a secret remote beach hard to access, Laem Singh is now almost a tourist attraction on itself, blame it on internet. Three rows of beach chairs, not less than six restaurants and bars, access stair as wide as a highway… it can accommodate a serious crowd on a sunny day. Parking is scarce and expensive (40 baht for a car) and if the stairs to go downhill are easy to walk down, you might be surprised how steep they are on the way up… or was it that Singha beer I had?
Crowd, foot massage, beach vendors, jet-skis… it’s so busy when sun shines. But when clouds arrive and sun worshipers run to the nearest spa, it is your time to rediscover this amazing little creek barely visible from the road. A couple of beach chairs will cost you 200 baht and beach staff is really helpful: few drops of rains and a young guy will come and add three more umbrellas to the one you already had… since you are his only guest.
Lunch on the beach is surprisingly good, price is a just a bit higher than usual but once you’ve been climbing those stairs, you’ll forgive them. Two restaurants stand out a bit from the others: Da Ali, an Italian-Thai restaurant run by a popular Muslim guy who has acquired a word to mouth reputation, and ‘Lame Singh Restaurant’ with it’s funny misspelled name. A good point: toilets are really clean compared to what the old horrible wreck was in the past…
Once a month a party with DJ is held on Laem Singh Beach, some might like it, some might find the music starting at 5pm rather annoying. So at the end, if you are after secluded beaches, go to Banana Beach while it lasts, or drive to Mai Khao Beach on sunny days, but save Laem Singh for an occasional cloudy day!
Version Française de la Plage de Laem Singh