The path via the “Monkey Trail“ to Pai Plong Beach is steep, but it is well worth the effort. It only takes a few minutes to get here, where it is much quieter than at the larger beaches of Ao Nang. This dream bay is surrounded by steep cliffs with eye-catching, lush greenery at the base and covering the cliff face. Next to the beach is a beautiful, exclusive hotel complex which is only for the use of hotel guests, but the beach bar is open to the public. However, most people who make the trip to Pai Plong Beach come here to admire the stunning view and cool down in the sea before heading back.
Pai Plong Beach - Sandy dream bay surrounded by cliffs
Pai Plong Beach is part of Ao Nang and you can reach this beach by foot from the neighbouring Ao Nang Beach. The so-called Monkey Trail starts here, getting its name from the monkeys to be seen all around this path. There is no need to worry, though, as these monkeys are quite small, rather cute and will leave you alone if you do not disturb them.
The path itself is not for the faint-hearted, as the bamboo railings seem rather makeshift and the wooden steps are in places quite narrow and steep. Appropriate footwear is recommended, although you might be able to manage in flip-flops, if you are careful. The path only stretches for a few hundred metres, but in high temperatures you will end up sweating a lot. At low tide you can alternatively simply walk along the water’s edge.
On arrival at Pai Plong Beach you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the approximately 500-metre wide bay with its light-coloured sandy beach surrounded by steep, high cliffs. At the eastern end is a tall, thin rock protruding from the water which can also be seen from the neighbouring beaches, but which is near enough to swim out to from Pai Plong Beach.
You can see the offshore islands on the horizon and between the cliffs and beach are the elaborately designed gardens of a luxury hotel complex whose palm-trees and other trees provide some spots in the shade. Only guests of the hotel are allowed in the complex and can use the sun-loungers there. However, the nice beach bar which belongs to the hotel is open to the public and day visitors are welcome here to enjoy fine drinks and the wonderful view.If you walk along the floating walkway right to the end, you will have a fantastic view of the bay behind you and also of the neighbouring Ao Nang Beach. Although some long-tail boats come to Pai Plong Beach, there are far fewer than at the main beaches of Ao Nang and there is therefore much less noise here.