Ban Bang Bao

Lonely Planet review

A former fishing community built in the traditional fashion of interconnected piers, the villagers of Bang Bao have swapped their nets for renting out portions of their homes to souvenir shops and restaurants. Most visitors come for the excellent seafood and a bit of shopping.

While Bang Bao isn't a very traditional experience, the commercialisation of Bang Bao has been done the Thai way. It's much like a mainland market, with every possible space dedicated to selling something. Follow the pier all the way to the end, though, and you’ll find a big blue ocean and boats waiting to take you past the horizon. There are some fine places to stay here, but if you're heading back up the coast, finish your visit before sunset, as taxis become scarcer and more expensive after dark.