11 Things to Enjoy in Samila Beach, Thailand

Samila Beach is one of the two beaches in Songkhla Province in Thailand, the land of smile. It is famous to locals and tourists alike; one’s visit to Songkhla is never complete without stopping by Samila Beach. It’s a 2 kilometers stretch of beige sand, from the mermaid statue at the south end, near PB Samila Hotel, to the northern end where the magnificent sculpture of Nag the serpent is.

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Samila Beach

 

It is a major stop over for tourists coming to Songkhla from Malaysia, Singapore, or nearby provinces. A tour of Songkhla is incomplete without coming here, after all the symbol of Songkhla is found here.  For now, let me share with you some of the things that you could enjoy in Samila Beach.

Here are list of things you can do when in Samila Beach

1. Frolic in the beach, and the best time to do this is late afternoon, when the sun is still out; it’s warm, but not scorching hot. The water is low and calm; it is safe for children, and a perfect time for swimming and sunbathing. In terms of swimwear, there are no rules. Wear whichever you are comfortable in. People are tolerant, courteous, and generally are just minding their own business.

2. Picnic or read a book. A large portion of Samila beach is shaded by canopies of tall Pine trees. Benches are available, lounging at one of them with your favorite read is another awesome way to relax at Samila beach. If you are with friends be sure to bring a picnic mattress and some snacks from the nearby 7-11 or local food stalls, lie down, relax and gaze up at the blue skies, feel the cool sea breeze, and “chat the noon away.”

3. Enjoy local snacks. Along Laem Son Rod, there are variety of places where you could grab something to eat. As mentioned there’s 7-11 just outside BP Samila Hotel near the roundabout. There’s an Amazon Cafe for coffee aficionados, which is right in front of the beach, on the hillside. And there are plenty of local food stalls along the road selling variety of street food, deep-fried hotdogs, deep-fried shrimp-pancakes, papaya salad, grilled meats, variety of local drinks, and Thai ice cream.

4. Play bubbles. This one is for the kids and kids at heart.  There is no need for you to make your own bubble concoction, you can rent it there for 30 baht (0.91USD or 3.81RM).

5. Horse riding. Yes, you read it correctly. For 150 baht (4.55USD or 19.07RM) you can go on a horse ride, and gallop the whole stretch of Samila beach. I know what you’re thinking, horse manure. Of course, horses do their thing there (they can’t help it ^_^), but it’s owners look after this and see to it that their horse is not soiling the beach. So what they do is they use tissue paper to collect the manure, and place this in a plastic bag (yep plastic bag), and dispose of properly in a bin.

6. Fly a kite. The beach is a nice place to fly a kite. There is no shortage of space and wind. In the afternoon when the water is low, it exposes a vast area of the beach, a totally great place to enjoy kite flying.

7. Beach volleyball. Samila beach has been a regular venue for Beach Volleyball competition which includes the Asian Beach Volleyball Championships and  the AVC Asia Beach Volleyball Championships. Next year, June 19 to 23, 2019  Samila Beach will host the 2019 edition of the men’s and women’s FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships.Beach volleyball

8. Take a photo with Samila mermaid statue. One of the most photographed part of Samila Beach is the Bronze Mermaid Statue.  It had been the symbol of Songkhla for over 50 years. Sculpted in 1966, this blackened bronze statuette was the work of master Jitr Buabut who was honored as a national artist and awarded a visual arts award in 2002. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 100.

Another prominent statue found in Samila beach are the Cat and Mouse which represents Songkhla and the Island in front of Samila Beach respectively. There is a bit of wonderful history behind these statues which I will be sharing in the next post.

9. Sunset photography, Wedding photography or selfie. Samila beach can be a sight to behold especially during sunset. Visitors could not help take photos of the beach or take a selfie with the sunset, or the long stretch of khaki sand, or the bright azure sky, or the lush green, shady Pine trees, or mermaid statue at the background.

10. Walk and feel the sand. During the late afternoon when the water is low, it exposes a long, off-white powdery sand, a perfect time and place to re-connect with Earth; ditch your footwear, walk, and feel it. After a days work or a long, cold stay in a conference room, or after long hours of being cramped up in a vehicle, wake your senses up and get your daily dose of vitamin D and “sea” by hanging out on the beach.

11. Dine. And after all these, it is time to fill your growling tummy with fresh, yummylicious seafood or any Thai cuisine of your choice. You don’t have to look far, as there are several seafood restaurants along Laem Son Road just outside the beach shore.


So there you go. I will keep this post updated for what’s up and what’s new with Samila beach.

If you have comments, suggestions, and questions please leave them at the comment section below or you could send me a message at my Facebook page which you could find at the right side bar of the post. Thanks.

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54 thoughts on “11 Things to Enjoy in Samila Beach, Thailand

  1. What a fun post! I have been so looking forward to visiting Thailand for such a long time – this will be very useful when I pick areas!

  2. I have visited Thailand several times, but never to Samila beach. Plan to surely go there next after reading your interesting post. Thanks.

  3. I would love to visit this beach! It looks awesome! Especially since they offer horse riding!

  4. I am not too fused when it comes to beach activities. Just feeling the sand between my toes is sufficient to keep me happy. The beach volleyball does look inviting.

  5. Thailand looks like it is so beautiful. There looks to be so much to be able to do there!

  6. That volleyball looks like it would be such a blast to be on the beach. I have only played like that one time before.

  7. A great post that we surely appreciate. Its like we had a virtual tour in Thailand. Something that we always dont want to get bored travelling online. Thanks

  8. I don’t need much to enjoy a beach in Thailand. Just being able to walk in the sun and enjoy a nice meal makes me happy.

  9. Thailand has been on my bucket list for some time now and it’s even more beautiful in this blog! Thank you for sharing.

  10. At the beach life is different. And we never miss the chance to visit beach. Good to know about Samila beach whenever we plan our trip to Thailand then this beach is in our to do list. Thanks for sharing

  11. The beach and some snacks along the way? Sounds like a good way to spend the day to me. 🙂

  12. I love beach volleyball! Yayyy! Hope I get to a beach destination this Christmas and get to play beach volleyball. Walking and feeling the sand is always a must do too.

  13. When we were in Thailand we only saw the big cities. I really regret that we only had a day on a beach. If I ever get to go back, I’ll certainly add this area to my list of places to visit.

  14. I love Thailand, I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this beach before! Thanks for sharing your tips, I’ll keep it on my list of places to visit

  15. Love the beach. If got a chance, I would have done Sunset Photography, Enjoy Snacks around beach.and you know dine.Thailand is not my one of the places to visit, but surely if I got a chance, I would visit this one.

  16. I have been to Thailand but I haven’t been actually here. This is my first time to learn about the place. Indeed a reason to go back and explore more of Thailand’s place.

  17. I loved flying kites with my mom as a kid. I agree that it’s the perfect beach activity, especially since things tend to be a bit windier at the beach.

  18. Thailand is so much fun! There’s always so much to do. I definitely love the idea of horseback riding! Can’t beat a beautiful sunset!!

    XO
    Candace

  19. I love the beach and I would love to just sit at this beach with some music playing, a book to read and a margarita. If I had the opportunity to go here, I definitely would.

  20. Samila Beach, one of the two beaches in Songkhla Province in Thailand, is a place I’d like to visit. Thanks for introducing us to this wonderful place.

  21. I will be back to Thailand this March but only in Bangkok. Or I might extend my trip and visit Samila Beach!

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