Actually, it’s right to say Si Tanu, not Shritan and not Sritana, but everyone says “Sri.” Generally, in this area of Phangan there are three beaches smoothly flowing into each other: Si Tanu beach (he Shritan) in the south, Ao Niad Beach in the middle, and Chao Pao Beach on north. Still in preparation for the trip, reading reviews of tourists and the advice of the longsters, I concluded that with these three constantly confusion arises.
Most likely because the longsters who live in Phangan do not use these place names, preferring to summarize all three beaches in one word – Shritana. It is possible that it is, and the conditional crushing into parts came from the fact that all three beaches separated by stone placers.
On Chao Pao beach, I made a separate post, because it is very separate, and Shritana and Ao Niad have a common infrastructure, so The description for them will be the same, only the photos are different.
The content of the article
- 1 Description of the beach
- 2 Entry into the water, depth and waves
- 3 Sun beds and shade
- 4 Beach Photos
- 4.1 Shritana Beach
- 4.2 Zen Beach
- 4.3 Nakedad Beach
- 5 Infrastructure
- 6 Houses and hotels on the beach
- 7 How to find a beach
- 8 beach map
Sri Thanu Beach will meet you first if you are driving from Tong Saly to the north of the island along the shore. Shritana starts next to a cluster of fishing boats, not far from a fairly famous cafe Orion, затем проходит мимо резортов Phangan Cove Resort и Nice sea resort , и заканчивается примерно напротив LaemsonBungalow .
The main feature of the beach: the canal runs parallel to the shore, which cuts off Shritana from the rest of the island and get on it can only be in certain places – about this below.
Ao Niad Beach (Ao Niad) is the second in the direction of travel and is far from the main road (Hin Kong Road), in commercials a reserved pocket with a lake and palm groves, and therefore the beach not seen at all from the road.
If you look at it on the map, you can see that together with the coast Ao Niad skirts the lake from the houses of Laemson Bungalow to Golden Rock Bungalows. By the way, Ao Niad Copangane beach is sometimes called, or Zen / Zen Beach (Zen Beach), or a nude beach (Naked Beach).
Chao Pao Beach (Chao Phao) – a place where longsters are not at all they drive, and here guests of local hotels mostly live, and I’m about This beach has already written in detail here. Well, the last clarification: if you stand on Zen Beach facing the sea and look right – there will be part of the beach, which is called a nudist. That is Ao Niad – this is Zen plus Naked, this is the beach arithmetic.
Entry, depth and waves
All parts of the beach are the same in terms of sand and entry into the water: shallow fluffy, light yellow sand closer to the grass, and small stones with fragments of coral closer to the water, sometimes there are quite extensive placer cobblestones bigger.
If you are lucky to get to the sea at high tide, then already a distance of 5 meters from the shore the depth reaches you on the shoulders, well and in general, the depth of the sea to Shritana varies greatly depending on stage ebb and flow. There is no bumpiness here: you can lie down on the back or even portray the crap crawling, but at any moment you can stand up on the bottom and take a break.
Shritana is perfect for families with children; on ordinary days with good weather and a slight breeze, I did not see serious waves here, Well, the season of storms do not take into account, for obvious reasons.
Sun beds and shade
Sun beds are only on the very Si Tanu and only in the territory resorts I suppose that when ordering a drink in a cafe, sun beds You can use it because there are always free sun loungers. Some kind of unreal crowds of people on Shritana, even in high Season and peak daytime I did not notice. As for the beaches Zen and Naked – here I did not see any lounges, neither rolling, nor private
Shadow occurs very sporadically, but first: trees along the waters grow only on the beaches of Zen and Nayeked. And secondly: during the low tide the sea goes so far that the beach is unreal wide, and all available shadow is too far from water – tired to run.
That is, you have to choose – or swim, or hide from the sun. Although, if you say it as it is: on Phangan to swim at low tide it still doesn’t make sense – too small, and this is typical of all beaches of the Pangan east.
On the bridge we get to the path leading to the resort Phangan Cove
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After passing through the resort of Phangan Cove, we get to the beach of Shritan
The middle of the beach pleases views
On the left – stones in the sea and so-so sand
Same edge but in zoom
Here and hang out the main part of the rest
This part of Ao Niad Beach is called Zen Beach
To the left the beach goes towards Shritana
Walk to Shritan along the coast will be difficult because of the ridge of stones in the distance
The beach on the right is very wide and they like to hang out there. Copangane
If in the evening you see a group of people in the sand here – join in
This part of Ao Niad beach is called Naked Beach
The place is quite remote and deserted.
At high tide, it will not be possible to walk along the coast from the side. Shritana
And at low tide, people walk even with strollers
On the far right of the edge of Naked Beach – rocks
Here it is, in approximation
And there is a good place for evening gatherings.
Shritana is full of shops and cafes, scattered along the road Thai and European institutions, and in principle here the streets abound restaurants with all possible cuisines of the world. There are two yoga center, sauna, a lot of good local cafeterias. Here infrastructure corresponds to the colorful public, which is chosen Si Tanu to relax.
In this area, the mass of yogis, syroedov, vegans, any esoteric – if you are close in spirit to this way of life, then You will definitely like it here. In my experience, the main tusa takes place in Orion, where people gather under the same roof laptops, immediately work in the network, snack and chat.
There are well-known 7-Eleven and FamilyMart convenience stores and many purely Thai local shops. Of sights: Lake Sweet Water Lake, about which few people know that it is flooded former tin mining quarry, the soil from which dumped directly into the sea, which did not improve at all without shallow bottom relief.
According to local centenarians, to the bottom of the lake, without special no one else got the equipment.
On Shritan is Orion Wellness Center, where you can practice yoga and go to the bath; there is also a yoga center Agama, and even a lot of cafes with cuisines from around the world, with a range from Jewish edalni (for example, Taboon) to an Italian restaurant.
By the way, in Orion they make good burritos and fruit salads, and on In the north of the beach there is a Belgian restaurant and amazing beer. For Vegans works known institution Macrobiotic. In short i I did not have time to visit all the places that my eyes saw, but this explainable – here you can really spend your entire vacation every evening new place. While I lived on Si Tanu, I did not eat Thai food at all. – did not have time.
Zen Beach got its name thanks to the adjacent bungalow complex. Sometimes it is called Zen Beach – maybe due to the fact that here come musicians who during high season arrange nightly jam session. With drums and brass with instruments they roll mini-concerts that collect a bunch listeners.
I myself went to listen several times; they usually start on sunset, at about five and continue until about seven o’clock, that is before full darkness. The point where these jams are going is on my map, a dirt road leads there, at least if you miss with access to the beach, then you can easily navigate a crowd of people and music.
Houses and hotels on the beach
Si Tanu Beach – one of the districts of Phangan, where they love stop not only tourists, but also longsters. Here surrender houses for rent, right on the beach of Zen, and there are several complexes of houses a little farther. There are a lot of options, at least to you the first line, even the second, but there are places where the houses are right on sand by the sea. My friends lived like this for almost a year, they say that the place not bad
There are no problems with hotels either. If you do not bother with proximity to the sea, then you can live not only between the road and the sea, but also easy to look for a hotel in the depths of the island, options full of But here, for example, you have 3 quite good bungalow resorts on Shritana, in two of which I stopped myself, all first line:
- Seaview rainbow bungalow
- Nice sea resort
- Phangan Cove Resort
They essentially took a piece of Shritana beach, stand wall to wall. And by the way, in Phanghan Cove Beach is a cool Thai cafe, a civilian with a pleasant interior.
Hotels in Sri Tanu →
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- Seaview rainbow bungalow
- Nice Sea Resort
- Phangan Cove Resort
How to find the beach
Consider several options for each of them. the above parts of the Xi Tanu area. All options – based on the fact that we are traveling from Thong Salah along the shore, and not through the center of the island. That is, from south to north along the west coast.
Shritan beach. As I said, the feature and problem of this beach in that from the lake to the sea lies the river bed, which It runs parallel to the shore and thus, as it were, cuts off the entire beach from the rest of the island. Therefore, you need to know the places where there is normal bridges through this river, which you can go, and more better to ride a bike.
There is a congress, before reaching the main Xi Tanu. Congress starts at where Hing Kong Road turns 90 °. Landmarks I can not name, they are all there some kind of reliable, but the very turning. 50 meters after the exit, the path will run to the left to Orion, but you do not need to go there.
As you look up at the advertising posters, fold to the right, on the path, there you will notice the bridge. Going through it and тропинке вы попадете Phangan Cove Resort . Still, as an option – the bridge Nice Sea Resort , it can be reached immediately from the main road. Look for signs on the main road, throw the bike at the bridge and walk to the sea on foot – this is normal, everyone goes like that. In phangan Cove, by the way, excellent Thai cuisine and you can have a good dinner.
Ao Niad Beach and Naked Beach. It’s better for someone to show road, of course. Because in words the description of the road looks like somewhat confused. Drive through 7-Eleven, in front of the ticket office. the attraction’s ticket office on the lake has a nondescript turn towards the beach (there will still be a big sign “Thai Cultural School”) and move on the way to the very end.
Ahead there will be a fork in the road, where you need to turn right and go to beach houses. See where many bikes will be parked there leave your machine and walk to the beach.
Here you have to turn off the road to get to Neikid / Zen Scourge
There is another option to get to Naked Beach. Need to drive on Hin Kong Road past the lake and look for the Golden Rock sign Bungalows. As you will see – turn on the narrow road. There is a nuance: here the path is shorter and more convenient, but – you can not ride a bike, because this road is private and the requirement of Golden Rock Bungalows is not to drive on moto.
So at some point the bike will have to throw and walk go to the beach. In theory, if you eat at their cafe or order drink, then you can drive through the territory.
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