Khao Tao and Hat Sai Noi Beach, and Khao Tao Temple
Khao Tao is a secluded village best known for a wonderful beach, which is separately
named Hat Sai Noi.
You will find this idyllic location some 20 km south of Hua Hin, not too far off
the main highway to Pranburi. Simply follow the signs to Khao Tao and then Sai Noi
beach. The road goes around a reservoir and is easy to find.
Although small - probably no more than one km long - the beach is generally quiet,
except on weekends and public holidays. There are several beach restaurants that
serve up delicious local food, seafood and drinks and they all have sun loungers
and umbrellas. As opposed to Hua Hin and Khao Takaib beaches, Had Sai Noi drops -
off quickly, making it ideal for swimming. You will have to keep a close watch on
any children though.
Khao Tao Temple
Whilst here, it is worth seeing the large temple complex in Khao Tao. Contained within
it are several caves with a multitude of Buddha statues and shrines. There are also
a couple of impressive look - out points, a fishing village and freshwater lake.
There is still a lot of work being done to this temple and many of the parts are
still in concrete stage ( as at June 2010 when I was there )