Klong Prao Beach is the title given to the middle area of the west coast, a principal part of the island, endeavouring everyone from solitary travellers to couples to groups, something that gratifies.
gnolKKlong Prao Beach is the title given to the middle area of the west coast, a principal part of the island, endeavouring everyone from solitary travellers to couples to groups, something that gratifies.
The beach, divided into two parts by tranquil waterways, the klongs, is an excellent breadth of fine sand and calm waters, with trails and better-paved paths linking from it back to the road. That main road itself is fringed with shops, unique restaurants and bars along the whole extent.
There is an excellent choice of high-end luxury hotels by the sea and lush forest, with some backpacker bungalows and pool villas tossed in, as well as mid-range resorts or small hotels at the meridional end or inland.
On the downside, the area is considerably dispersed out but songthaew taxis are very regular around here, so you can jump from one end to the other without needing to get too humid and stuffy.
Proceeding from Chai Chet, the area of Klong Prao is held to start with the turning to Klong Prao Resort; a vast group spread out around a small reservoir and along the seafront. Waree Coffee lies next door.
Driving straight through the resort and you will emerge at the ocean, you’ll find a little restaurant sitting on the bank of another small waterway that runs behind it.
Going to towards the inland you will encounter an imposing sight with places to stay, restaurants and homes dotted along both banks, small boats and kayaks plying back and forth and the whole picture framed by the mountains behind. The klong stretches upstream a reasonable distance before reaching a lagoon with a pair of small mangrove rivers, the one on the right often swarming with nightfall fireflies.
But for certain seasons of the year when the waves are at their very lowest, it’s not plausible to wade across the canal here and continue adjacent the beach. Instead, you must backtrack your steps back to the road. As an option, you can also walk the whole way back along the coast to Chai Chet, approaching the resort, Flora I Talay in about 10 minutes.