Hat Samila

Hat Samila information

Stroll this beautiful strip of white sand with the giggling local couples and enjoy the kite flying (a local obsession). A bronze Mermaid sculpture , in tribute to Mae Thorani (the Hindu-Buddhist earth goddess), sits atop some rocks at the northern end of the beach. Locals treat the figure like a shrine, tying the waist with coloured cloth and rubbing the breasts for good luck.

Don't expect to sunbathe here – the local dress code is too modest – but it's a wholesome spot to meet locals and enjoy a distinctly Thai beach scene, and it's a gorgeous spot for a wander at sundown.