Phala Beach

Phala Beach Hat Phla Rayong Province

This area has the lighter – almost white sand that you read about in the travel magazines – almost.

This beach of light gold, sometimes white, sand is in two distinct sections.

To the right or west is the laze-about area, with several eateries on the beach.

There is a distant view of the hump that is the very popular Koh Samet.

To the left or east of Phala Beach – with Map ta Put on the distant horizon is the small fishing communities’ area.

The sand in this area is nearer to gold if being kind, or yellow if not. The fishing area is generally a little untidy – it being a place of work. Here, the distant view is to Map pa Tut!

The Phla District office is at the end of the right hand section, and possibly responsible for the fact that this part of the beach is kept clean and presentable.

The normal facilities of toilets and parking are plentiful along the beach road – as are a multitude of Thai beach eateries.

Phala Beach Hat Phla Rayong ProvinceNeat and bright beach umbrellas are provided by the restaurant owners and their immediate area always seemingly spotlessly clean.

The ‘upper’ beach are having the advantage of being separated from the tidal flotsam by the low sea wall.

Phala Beach is accessed from a long paved and well shaded walkway – flanked with neat Casuarina trees - and then down a small wall onto the beach proper.

The beach slopes gently down to the sea, with no obvious safety worries – even on a stormy day if you are sensible. The beach in total is around 900metres long - including the fishing boat areas.

There are no resorts or staying places on the beach itself, but a few on the access road, and even more on the main beach road that links this beach with Phayun and Nam Rin Beaches.

As with all beaches in this area, weekends are busy as the Thais get away from their places of work for a short break. So much so that at weekends it gets decidedly crowded. You will need to get there early for a shade spot - and also for eating.

Phala Beach Thai RestaurantGetting to Phla or Phala Beach

From the west – Sattahip direction into Ban Chang along Sukhumvit Highway 3.

Soi Tessaban 2 is about 2 km past the Royal Thai Naval Air Division on the right, and 1.5 km past the left hand turn for route 332.

You will see a flyover some 1km further down the Sukhumvit Road.

Coming from the Rayong direction, the flyover that rises above Ban Chang railway, is the one that you move over to the left and take the Tessaban 2 turning on left - about 1km after the flyover.