Laem Singh Beach
Tucked beneath a steep headland, this little beach is only 500-feet (150-meters) long. It’s surrounded by palm trees and has turquoise-colored water and soft, clean sand. Nestled on the west coast between Kamala and Surin beaches, its secluded location and size gives it the feeling of being a “secret beach.”
If you arrive by road, there are two parking lots at the top of the headland. From there it’s a steep five- to 10-minute climb down concrete stairs to the sand. It’s longer on the climb back up, but any effort is well worth it for the peace and quiet at the bottom. Those not willing to make the climb can come via longboat from Kamala or Patong Beach.
The absence of hotels and large buildings, and very few jet skis and boats, adds to the serenity and feeling of seclusion. There are thatch-roof restaurants set among the trees, with basic amenities such as restrooms, and even a bar that’s hosted celebrities. Supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell have been among the well-heeled guests seen partying at the Laem Singh Lounge Bar during high season. Snack on traditional Thai seafood dishes. Or, try pasta or pizza; Laem Singh is sometimes referred to as “The Italian Beach”, and many of the eateries serve up authentic Neapolitan cuisine. Dine at the restaurants themselves or rent a sun lounger and have them come to you.
Those who want to break a sweat should rent a bodyboard and take to the waves at the northern end of the beach. Swimming here is good too, but the best marine life is amongst the rocks at the southern end. Rent a snorkel from any of the restaurants. Venture further along the coast with a kayak, or simply take to the sand with a good book in one hand and a drink in the other.
The beach closes at 6:30 p.m., except on Sundays November through May, when international DJs keep the party going well into the night. Laem Singh Beach is about nine miles (13 kilometers) south of Patong Beach.