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Sairee Beach

Location: Sairee beach is in Pak Nam sub district, Muang district, approximately 20 km from Chumphon town.

The most attractive and well-known beach in Chumphon, Sairee beach is part of a long, curved bay with plenty of places to swim or stroll along its 3-km length. A small breakwater borders the beach road broken by steps leading to the beach proper. Coconut trees provide shade on sections of the beach, and quite a few restaurants line the beach area that tends to become quite crowded especially during holiday periods.

Khao Chao Muang lies south of the beach, past Pu Som bridge, uphill about 1 km. A pavilion on the hilltop is an excellent viewpoint to take in the panoramic views of Chumphon Sea , the closest island of Koh Ma Prao , and further distant islands of Koh Raed, Koh Mat Ta, and others.

Attractions near Sairee Beach

Shrine of Krommaluang Chumphon Khet Udomsak
Location: The shrine is located near the beach road, at Sairee beach.

This commemorative shrine to Krommaluang Chumphon Khet Udomsak, who passed away at Sairee beach, is housed aboard the royal warship Phra Ruang at the northern end of Sairee beach. This is the site of the museum of Krommaluang Chumphon , his biography, and his personal effects. Prior to reaching the shrine, visitors pass by Mo Phon’s herb garden. The name “Mo Phon” comes from Krommaluang Chumphon who began to use Thai herbs as medicines.

Krommaluang Chumphon Royal Warship
Location: Sit of the shrine at Sairee beach.

In service on October 5 th , 1938 and decommissioned in November 1975, this royal warship, 68 m long and 6.5 m wide, once protected Thai vessels in coastal waters and guarded the coastline to counter any invaders from the sea. After decommissioning, the warship was presented to Chumphon province in remembrance of Krommaluang Chumphon Khet Udomsak, “father of the Thai navy”. The shipyard around the warship is an interesting place to visit.

Khao Chao Muang Viewpoint
Location: The viewpoint at Khao Chao Muang is uphill 1 km from Sairee beach and is signposted from the beach road.

This is the highest point near the sea with breathtaking scenes of the Chumphon Sea , the nearby island of Koh Ma Prao, and distant islands. There is a pavilion and a 1-km-long nature trail with information signs for trekkers. It takes around 30 minutes to complete the trail walk.

Koh Ma Prao
Location: The island of Koh Ma Prao is just 1 km from Sairee beach and can be reached from there by long-tailed boat within five minutes.

The closest island to Sairee beach, in the area of the viewpoint at Khao Chao Muang, Koh Ma Prao is uninhabited except for workers tending the bird’s nest concession who have cottages there. It is rocky place with many cliffs and caves with swallows’ nests. The only white, sandy beach, which is around 100m in length, can be found on the west side of the island. The name Koh Ma Prao is derived from the rather large number of coconut trees on the island. Tourists are attracted to Koh Ma Prao to swim and to admire the stunning seascapes in the area.

Koh Lawa and Koh Raed
Location: Koh Lawa lies 8 km from Thung Makham Noi bay; Koh Raed is further northwest. Long-tailed boats for rent can be found at Thung Makham Noi bay.

Northwest of Koh Lawa is the fairly large island of Koh Raed . A rocky outcrop with high cliffs and no beaches, it is said to resemble the head and horn of a rhinoceros from a distance, which is the source of its name as “raed” means rhinoceros in Thai. Beyond Koh Raed is Koh Lak Raed.

Koh Raed is uninhabited due to its rugged interior, but the island is encircled by coral reefs inhabited by colorful fish and is a popular spot for snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing. Due to the lack of accommodation, the island is only good for a one-day visit to dive, fish or swim or just take in the scenery.

Chumphon Marine National Park
Location: The park is located in Had Sairee sub district, about 22km from Muang district.

Chumphon Marine National Park covers an area of 317 sq. km, bounded by the districts of Muang, Sawi, Thung Takoe and Lang Suan and includes the offshore islands. Rental boats are available from Sairee beach to visit the islands.

Thung Kha Bay Mangrove Forest
Location: The mangrove forest is located in the national park area.
The very large, curved bay at Thung Kha is the site of one of the most fertile mangrove forests in Chumphon province, spanning an area of around 10,000 acres. A tour information center is located there and a wooden bridge accesses a 1-km nature trail of the bay. The bridge has two sections: the first ends at Thai Chorakhe canal around 400 meters with a boat trip to the other side, around 600 meters, to end up at the canal mouth near the sea.

Information signs for walkers line the trail, but visitors can also sail the canals and view the mangroves on either side.