This is a large complex of temples and monuments in Bang Saen. It is both a center of religious study for novice monks and also an exhibition for the general public.There is a display of the events of Buddha's lifetime as well as a bizarre (and disturbing) depiction of "hell".It costs 20 baht to get in and it's open 9am to 5pm.more
To be honest, the beach at Bang Saen wasn't that great. The waves are quite flat and the sand is coarse and seems a bit dirty. There is also a bit of rubbish around. They are making a big effort to clean it up though. It's nice for a stroll or a quick dip and there are plenty of beach activities you can try.more
Definitely something here for the ladies. My wife spent half a day in here, I thought she would never come out again ;-) They do massage, aromatherapy, all kinds of wraps and other beauty treatments.Prices vary depending on what you want. This is probably the most upmarket place in town. For a four hour package including a variety of the services...more
It's great walking bayside just before sunset. The fishermen come in, the night vendors start to come out and the locals barbecue on the promenade.There are plenty of places to stop and take in the sunset. It became a nightly ritual for me. One of the best experiences in Ban Bang Saen.more
The Saensuk Municipal Monument is located on Bang Saen Road 2 in the western part of Ban Bang Saen. The monument is dedicated to tourism in the area. Interesting design!Ban Bang Saen receives two million domestic visitors a year, but less than 2000 international visitors.Saensuk Municipality was voted the cleanest municipality in Thailand in 1997.more
You can find a good spot on the beach and sit back and read or book or relax. It costs 10 baht to sit here. I don't know if there is a time limit but I stayed for over an hour and nobody asked for any more.You can also order snacks and drinks from your deck chair. There's usually one person looking after 20 or 30 chairs and you can order food and...more
This chain is all over Thailand and Bang Saen is no exception. If you want to take a break from the local cuisine and have a hankering for pizza, then this is the place to go. You can also order from your hotel room and have it delivered, but note that English isn't spoken and reception might have to help you. Pretty swanky for a pizza chain. They...more
You can get good quality local food at any of the stalls along Bang Saen 1 Road or Bang Saen Road. It's a little bit less sophisticated in terms of the cutlery and ambience but a great experience and great food nonetheless! Any of the fish curries are great. The mango curries were my favorite. They present the whole fish infused with spices and...more
I must have walked by this place 50 times or so before I ate there. It doesn't really stand out and looks more like somebody's house or a private club. Anyway, in the end I gave it a try. The food was quite good and the staff were friendly. My only criticism would be that there seemed to be ants everywhere - we had to move tables in the end. They...more
When I first visited Bang Saen, I went away convinced that there wasn't any adult entertainment there and that it was just an innocent beachside town. When I came back a few months later for a longer stay, I realised I was wrong.... Standing right at the entry to the town stands this colossus of a place called 'Galaxy' . The exterior is plastered...more
This is the best bar in Bang Saen I would say. It has a very rustic feel about it as the whole place is done in mahogany and teak and there are signs and placards for different whiskey brands around the bar, as well as a pool table and a stage for live music. It has a huge floor space and is open plan, ringed by trees. The music was excellent - the...more
This place got high marks from me. It has a nice atmosphere, mostly outdoors in a beer garden-type set-up. They have live music every night and quite a good menu if you want to eat also. It's mostly a local hangout but they do have English menus available. There didn't seem to be a dress code. It was mostly locals and many of them were wearing...more
This is the only 'door-to-door' transport option in Bang Saen. There are no metered taxis and also no tuk tuks. There are plenty of buses which may go off their set route for you if you request it, but generally you cannot hail a taxi on the side of the road and head off to your destination. This private taxi service is run by a local husband and...more
It's easy to find your way around in Bang Saen. Bangsaen 1 Road runs parallel to the beach. This is the main street you will need to know. The beach ends at the S.S. Bangsaen Hotel but you can then follow the road along the bay. Bangsaen 2 Road runs parallel with Bangsaen 1 Road but is one block further back from the beach. Most of the points of...more
You can hire good quality bicycles at the Tide Resort on Bang Saen Road 1. There is a bike rack adjacent to the hotel gym there and you can rent a bicycle from the staff inside. It costs 100 baht per hour which is more double the rate you'll pay from a vendor on the street. The bikes are much better though and the gym is open later (you can rent up...more
Laem Thong is the only shopping mall in the area. Shopping opportunities around the beach are quite limited. Laem Thong had about 50 shops and a cinema. There is also a large supermarket if you find that 711 doesn't stock what you are looking for.
What to buy: Shoes, clothes, books, DVDs, stationery, jewellery - basically everything you'd expect to find in a mall.
Open from 9am till 9pm.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great of Thailand is the world'd longest-serving monarch. He is highly revered in Thailand and you can see pictures of him and of his queen Sirikit in shops, restaurants and public places all over the country.
In Bang Saen, there are two monuments honoring him. The one pictured here is bayside on Lam Tan Rd.
Saensuk Palace is an interesting place but be aware that it's very graphic. Basically there's a "Buddha Park" with a large section devoted to a hell for wrongdoers. There are depictions of murder, cannibalism and torture. It's a bit too real at some points - use your discretion about what you want to see.
I'd be a bit careful if I had young kids traveling with me.
Bang Saen is absolutely packed on the weekends. Almost all visitors to the town are from other parts of Thailand so Bang Saen is more noticeably crowded at these times than other seaside towns which attract many international visitors. If you have a choice and want to avoid the crowds, plan to visit Bang Saen during the week. I didn't mind so much - there was a bigger variety of street stalls and shops and bars tend to stay open later.
Unique Suggestions: If you are arriving on a Friday or Saturday, it might be a good idea to book your accommodation in advance.
Saensuk Palace is off the beaten track because it is away from the beach, which is the focus of most of the activities in Bang Saen.
This is the one of the strangest places of worship I have ever seen. There is a monastery and a big statue of Buddha which is conventional enough, but the section of the complex which is the most puzzling is the "hell for wrongdoers"
They have attempted to depict all of the worst human actions, e.g. murder, enslavement, infanticide, cannibalism and several others. The dominant features are two 4 meter tall figures reperesenting the depravities of humanity. Gees! You'll need a drink after you visit this place!
Saensuk Palace is on Bang Saen 2 Road, Soi 19.
There is an outdoor aerobics class three or four times a week at two locations in Bang Saen. Not my thing (I'm ashamed to say) but it always drew a fair crowd. The Tide Resort is one venue - in front of the resort opposite the beach; the other venue is bayside close to the municipal monument. It always took place in the twilight hours. They looked...more
There is a bowling alley on the second level at Laem Thong shopping mall. It costs 60 baht per game or 150 baht for three games.They are open from 10am right through until 1am. It's ok to drink there and they also sell beer and whisky. Shoe hire is included in the price and, wonder of wonders, they cater for big feet - up to and including size 12.more
It seems strange to rave about the pool as one of the best things about a beach town, but in this case, it definitely was! I must admit, Bang Saen Beach can be a bit dirty, especially early in the week. Also, there are no real beachfront hotels; you always have to cross the road so the pool is handy for a quick dip.Only a few of the hotels in town...more
All along the bayside, there are jetties and viewing platforms extending out into the bay. You can take a walk to get a closer look at the ocean and some locals take their fishing gear out there to try their luck.There are numerous shelters along the bay and they all seem to be made with a "temple" design. I thought it was a nice touch.more