Wanderlust: Expat Life & Style in Thailand December 2014 / January 2015 - Page 36

Life & Travel Bang Saen Your guide to a quick and easy weekend escape from the big city Text: Gill Morris Photos: Shutterstock Tired of Pattaya? Too exhausted to trek to Hua Hin? Try out Bang Saen—a closer, calmer, less touristic locale—the next time you need a weekend getaway from Bangkok. Located just 85 kilometres south of the capital, this slower-paced seaside resort town might just be the ticket. Do BANG SAEN AQUARIUM Learn about 100 different species of marine animals and plants native to Thailand. Located at Burapha University, the Bang Saen Aquarium is part of the Marine Scientific Institute. The researchers conduct studies and observations on the specimens for educational purposes. The aquarium is open daily from 08.30am5.00pm. Admission is 100–200 baht. 36 WANDERLUST 169, Bang Saen Beach Rd., Saen Suk, Muang Chon Buri, Chonburi 20000 Thailand +66 (0) 3839 1671–3 or +66 (0) 3839 1674 WALKING STREET Go for an evening stroll at the Walking Street weekend market and browse souvenirs, clothes, and options for food and drink. Resident bands jam on the stage in the evenings. The Walking Street is open from 5:00 pm onwards every Friday and Saturday. Located at Laemtaen BEACH LIFE Make a splash at Bang Saen Beach, which stretches from the beach roundabout to SS hotel. There are loads of places to eat and drink along the coastline and plenty of hotels and restaurants to boot. Bang Saen Beach is a popular hangout on the weekends, as is Wonnapa Beach, located in the opposite direction from the beach roundabout. Wonnapa boasts a fishing village, a public park with fitness equipment, and daily aerobics sessions. Another place to chill is Laemtaen, and though it has no beach as such, THAILAND.WANDERLUSTMAG.COM