The Noppharat Thara Beach is the nearest beach of Ao Nang in a northerly direction. It is about 2 km long and far less touristy than Ao Nang. Especially the northern part of the beach is not developed yet and still offers the original beach feeling.
In the early nineties, when we first came to Ao Nang, the beach was still completely undeveloped. Behind the road there was only pine forest and the whole area was a national park, which could not be built on. At both ends of the beach a small river flows into the sea.
After the bridge, coming from Ao Nang, there were only the buildings of the National Park Administration and a few restaurants at the other end of the beach, which are still there today.
The northern end of Noppharat Thara Beach with a couple of islands you can walk to at low tide
In the following years, the laws and regulations regarding the building restrictions have been loosened a bit and so more and more hotels and resorts were built, especially in the front part of the beach.
In March 2018, there are at least four major hotels, such as the Srisuksant Resort, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Maneetel Resort (new in December 2017). The other hotels are a bit smaller and set back from the beach front and the street.
Accomodation at Noppharat Thara Beach
On the beach side and opposite the large hotel complexes, a small tourist center has been formed, with some bars and sea food restaurants. Also in front of the Holiday Inn Resort is a small tourist center with a mini market and a few food stalls. However, from here it's only a 10 -15 minutes walk to the center of Ao Nang Beach.
Beach Road at Noppharat Thara Beach
The beach itself falls gently into the sea and is particularly suitable for swimming at high tide. At low tide however, the sea can recede far and you have to walk quite far until the water is deep enough for swimming.
At the northern end of the beach there are also a few small islands to which you can walk out at low tide.
The northern, undeveloped part of the beach is mostly empty. It is only visited on weekends and Thai holidays by local tourists for a picnic.