Sananwan Beach B&B
Living la vida tranquila
Just when you thought the sleepy town on Bang Saphan Noi couldn’t get any more chilled out, along comes Sananwan Beach B&B. Located only 7 km from the town’s centre, along the semi private, and very secluded beach of Sananwan, this bed and breakfast spot is truly a place where you can go and ‘get away from it all’.
In a last minute frantic panic to try and make New Year’s Eve plans, Marianne and I had basically given up all hope of finding something that still had space, as everywhere we looked was either out of our budget, or completely full!! We knew we wanted beaches close by, as it’s a rare novelty for us in general, let alone on New Year’s Eve. We didn’t want to fight the crowds, and hunt for beach space. This was to be a somewhat more romantic setting, where we could decompress and just enjoy each other’s company. After exhausting all our options we had thought of, we played a game of “spin the globe” (except just with Thailand). We landed on the narrowest part of Thailand, in the piece of land bordering Myanmar (Burma) between the southern islands and the north. Bang Saphan was the town.
We hunted around online, and to our surprise, even this little, seemingly unknown place had seemed to fill up on reservations! How?? Perhaps because of how few hotels there actually is there? Broadening our radar we found some even smaller beach towns surrounding it. Most seemed full here too.. and then it appeared. This little bed and breakfast, with about 10 rooms total, and a property that was right on the beach! This was exactly what we were after! After a quick email exchange or two, we were on our way with reservations at hand!
As mentioned earlier – the location is perfect. It’s close enough to the town of Bang Saphan Noi to be convenient, but far enough away that there’s almost no passing cars. It’s a massive property, about 400-500 meters deep, and leads right up to Bang Saphan Noi’s beach. Sananwan Beach faces east, making it ideal for sunrises. It also faces directly to the island of Koh Talhu, and Koh Sing and Koh Sang are within eye-shot as well. See my post on Bang Saphan Noi for more details on the area.
The rooms were big! We had the cheapest standard room with a fan, for 400 THB/night (roughly $13.50 USD). It had a comfortable queen sized bed, a semi outdoor enclosed bathroom, a television with several satellite channels, a kitchenette with a sink and cupboards, and lots of floor space!
We took a look at some of the Deluxe and Superior rooms, and they’re even more spacious and fancy. Bigger rooms, inclusive of refrigerators A/C and Jacuzzis. Nothing was over 1800 THB/night (roughly $60), and the deluxe rooms also included breakfast!
The food on the menu is quite good, and we were able to try several of the dishes during our stay. Each was delicious and carefully prepared. With a wide menu accommodating both eastern and western tastes, you’re sure to find something that suits you – and there will often be a special seafood item added based on availability and freshness from the fishing village each night. Ours happened to be freshly caught squid! Yummy!
There is also a little restaurant just down the street, about 500 meters away that serves up some traditional Thai fare at traditional Thai prices. If you venture even further down the road, you’ll find a few incredible sea food restaurants a short drive away, with food straight from the ocean to your plate.
As if the incredibly low price wasn’t enough, this place is chalked full of awesome bonus amenities. There’s a sea kayak, snorkel gear, beach towels, free wifi (though pretty slow most of the time), and a community scooter. If you need to just go for a quick trip, there’s no charge (but for good karma, I’d suggest filling the tank on the way back) – if it’s for a full day, a ridiculously low price of 150 THB (roughly $5). You also have full use of the kitchen that the cook uses – just use your own food if preparing it, as this is a pretty cool gesture. Common sense in terms of respect with all the free extras should of course be practiced so that they continue to provide these services in the future.
You can make your reservation either over the phone, or by email. We were able to make ours the day before arrival, though it’s probably best to do it a few days out at least, if not longer. It is important to specify that this is for the Sananwan Beach Bed and Breakfast (as they operate another hotel by the same name in Bangkok), as we discovered an email or two into our reservation.
Phone: Wilaiwan (property manager) +66 81 864 4615 (from overseas) or 081 864 4615 (locally)
Address: 6/1 Moo 3 Thambon Saiton
Amphoe Bang Saphan Noi
Pratchuap Kiri Khan, 77170 Thailand
Pick-up driver’s contact: Surin @ 089 804 0335
I loved this place. It was simple. The Thai man working here (he’s pretty much a one man show) was kind and friendly, though english is really at a minimal. He’s very accommodating and approachable, though often just lets you enjoy your peace and tranquility. The price is unbeatable, especially for such a prime location. It’s tougher to get to than popular beach spots… and that just makes it even more secluded when you actually do! It’s close to many busier areas, so if you really must – civilization is just around the corner. The bonus stuff was just the icing on the cake. Finally, don’t miss the sunrises – each one is breath-taking!
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