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Introducing Ban Krut & Bang Saphan Yai

What a nice surprise to find these lovely, low-key beaches (80km to 100km south of Prachuap Khiri Khan, respectively) so close to civilisation but yet so bucolic. Dusk falls softly through the coconut trees and the sea is a crystalline blue lapping at a long sandy coastline. No high-rises, no late-night discos and no speeding traffic to distract you from a serious regimen of reading, swimming, eating and biking.

Although both beaches are pleasantly subdued, they are also well known to Thais. Ban Krut, in particular, hosts bus tours as well as weekending families. During the week you’ll have the beaches largely to yourself and a few long-tail boats.

Check out the websites Ban Krut Info (www.bankrutinfo.com) and Bang Saphan Guide (www.bangsaphanguide.com) for local information on the area.