Translating as “Small Bridge Village”, Bang Saphan Noi is a sprawling district in central Thailand. It hugs the Gulf of Thailand and encompasses a tract of old-growth forest, as well as a scattering of islands and islets. Bang Saphan Noi’s name derives from a bridge that was constructed across the Nam Khem River during the construction of the railway.
Things to do in Bang Saphan Noi
On the coast of Bang Saphan Noi are the Red Cliffs, a stretch of striking geological formations that have been eroded over thousands of years by the sea. From the beach below, there are magnificent views of Sing Rock and Conch Island, as well as the idyllic island of Koh Thalu.
You can rent a boat and spend a day exploring Koh Thalu, which is home to stunning beaches fringed by coconut palms and an impressive rock arch. The surrounding coral reefs are popular with snorkelers and divers due to the abundance of colourful corals and schools of tropical fish. If you prefer to explore the island under your own steam, you can rent a kayak to paddle its coastline or hike through the rugged interior.
Near the Bang Saphan Noi railway station is Wat La Han, a historic Buddhist temple that enshrines a large statue of Luang Pu Chum. Further north lies Wat Don Takhian, which was established in 1932 as a residence for local monks. It features an elaborately adorned shrine that is beautifully decorated with paintings and gilded Buddhas.
Getting around Bang Saphan Noi
Bang Saphan Noi is around 5.5 hours’ drive from Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Long-distance buses travel through the district and trains connect from the Thai capital to Bang Saphan Noi railway station. Songthaews and tuk-tuks are readily available for getting around.