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Hat Sai Kaew

Hat Sai Kaew Navy Beach Sattahip Chonburi

Hat Sai Kaew is one of two Royal Navy Beaches on the East coast of Thailand competing for the ‘best beach on east coast award’ as far as we are concerned (the other being Hat Nang Ram).

The beach is a shallow crescent of pure white soft sand, with clear water and few facilities to spoil the peaceful atmosphere.

The whole of the beach area is clean and tidy thanks to the general administration of the navy staff.

Hat Sai Kaew is in the region of 500metres in length with a good depth of sandy beach.

It is generally hot! But, backing onto the beach, there several well laid out sitting places and a good attractive assortment of shade trees.

A small bar area together with a few restaurants are the main facilities.

There are also a few non-intrusive shops set back from the beach area. A navy coffee shop completes the picture.

There is little to spoil the peaceful nature of this superb beach, and certainly nothing by way of jet skis or speedboats. Long may it be so! The whole beach and sea area are essentially for peaceful relaxation.

The most active thing we have seen here is a little bit of kayaking or canoeing, and of course the banana boats - courtesy of the Thai Royal Navy staff.

Hat Sai Kaew Navy Beach Sattahip ChonburiIt is a photographer's dream with many backdrops and panorama view to be taken for the holiday – I was here – photo album.

The professional wedding photographers love the place for their bridal shots.

Whilst the beach is administered by the Thai Royal Navy, there is little to make you aware of this when actually on the beach.

To get to the beach – once entering the grounds of the Chumpol Royal Naval School near Sattahip, you will be required to deposit your identification document.

Driving licence, Thai ID card or Passports are the norm. You will be directed to the kiosk for this transaction by the guards at the entrance.

Make sure that you keep the slip of paper you receive as a receipt. You will need this when exiting for the return of your document.

Drive on down through the school grounds for a few kilometers, bearing round to the left beach road at the sign before you get to the sea.

This will then take you to a small car park area. Over to the left, there is another military kiosk adjacent to the road barrier. Here you will pay for entry and access to the beach area. (30 baht for Thai nationals and 80 baht for foreigners - well worth it!)

At weekends, you will need to park in this car park, and then get a songthaew up over the hills to the beach. This is provided for you.

Midweek, you will probably be allowed to drive the narrow winding hill road which will then take you down to the beach area proper.

An interesting, twisting and turning, scenic drive. Be careful. It is narrow. The beach car park is on the left – set well back from the peaceful beach area.

Things to do at Sai Kaew Beach

Basically, relax, soak up the sun and have some good food and a drink. Pattaya beach it is not! The Royal Navy is very accommodating – don’t push your luck with nudity or drunken behavior.

For the ladies, it is not unseen for them to lay face down and undone bikini tops. For the men, you can flaunt your stomach – no more than that.

Hat Sai Kaew Beach at Sattahip Shady Palm Trees at Hat Sai Kaew Beach Sattahip Sai Kaew Navy Beach at Sattahip Chonburi

When to go to Hat Sai Kaew Beach

As with the majority of the East coast beaches, those that are accessible at weekend from Bangkok tend to get a little overladen for Saturdays and Sundays.

Otherwise the beach is normally pleasantly populated with plenty of space for relaxation and peace. It is not generally over run with ‘group-tourists.

How to get to Sai Kaew Beach

From Pattaya City, driving towards Sattahip along Sukhumvit, it is around 15 km drive. Pass the Bang Saray traffic lights, and drive for a further couple of kms and the next set of traffic lights will allow you to turn right into the Chumpol Naval School.

Note: Drive carefully and slowly, for you will need to check in immediately you enter the Naval School.