In 2022 we did again escape the burning season of North Thailand and made a 1 week holiday trip to Hat Chao Lao in Chanthaburi. So in the following week you will see postings about beach, culture, hotels and restaurants in Chanthaburi. The first days started with dark clouds (see photo below) but then the sky would clear up and there would be a nice afternoon and stunning sunset over Hat Chao Lao.
Hat Chao Lao is an empty beach, no deckchairs, no jetski's, no screaming kids, no music. You might even find it a bit boring. But I am a bit weird and I love it! Not only the beach is different, also along the beach it is "empty", no high-rise resorts, no rows of restaurants, no shopping mall, no bars, no hanky-panky massage places, no taxi's to scam you, no people on the beach selling fake watches. Hat Chao Lao is really Thai style family beach, you might even find it a bit boring.
And all this is actually surprising if you realize that Hat Chao Lao is less as 4 hours drive from Bangkok. A city with 12 million people who love to get out of the cement jungle. So it is for me at least surprising that Hat Chao Lao has not been turned into a Hua Hin, Cha-Am or Pattaya. There are still simple hotels, wooden shack seafood restaurants. And what more there are still many places along the beach where it is just jungle (probably long-term investment of some super rich Thai people). And there only 4 multi-stores big hotels. All other buildings are just one floor. Later I will write something about hotels at Hat Chao Lao.
In the weekend it gets a bit busy with Thai families and nowadays also with younger people as there are new places of entertainment at the beach. A bit of a copy of beach life at Koh Samui. But post-corona, when the rich can travel abroad again, domestic tourism in Thailand will change again. And Hat Chao Lao is not on the trail of international tourists.
|Dark clouds at Hat Chao Lao|