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.
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 Laem Samila 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.
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.
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65 thoughts on “11 Things to Enjoy in Samila Beach, Thailand”
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i love everything about this post although i like a quieter holiday, however, i will give this a spin
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This is great. Makes me miss my island, summer, sun! I havent been there, but i really want to go now!
Wow really? Where is this? If you don’t mind my asking.
It looks beautiful. I’m sure I would enjoy everything in Thailand
Thanks. I think you will.
Samila Beach seems like paradise, especially when you can play endless games of beach volleyball!
I will be back to Thailand this March but only in Bangkok. Or I might extend my trip and visit Samila Beach!
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.
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.
Am interested with that Samila mermaid statue. I would love to visit Samila someday with the kids. 🙂
I would love to go horseback riding on the beach!
Seafoods, yum! I’d love to go there and enjoy this beautiful beach!
I have always wanted to visit Thailand. Trying out local snacks at the beach is something I really enjoy.
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!!
Wow! This is definitely a place I need to visit! So much to do!
I would enjoy the beach the best. I need a beach vacation like right now.
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.
I do love the beach and my kids love it even more. Never considered Thailand before but I will now.
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.
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.
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
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.
I am in Thailand, am thinking to take an island tour. Um, maybe Samila island is a good destination.
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.
Thailand looks like a nice place to visit. Thanks for sharing this information with us.
The beach and some snacks along the way? Sounds like a good way to spend the day to me. 🙂
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
Thailand has been on my bucket list for some time now and it’s even more beautiful in this blog! Thank you for sharing.
Thailand seems like sure a wonderful place to see. My friend’s family is from there.
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.
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
This is seriously making me want to visit Thailand! I’ve just returned from China and wanted to visit Thailand so bad as it’s so close but I did not have the time. One day!
I would love to visit Songkhla by stopping by Samila Beach. So ex!
My goodness, you listed off some amazing things! However, I think just spending the day, relaxing, on that beautiful beach would be like heaven for me.
Seems similar to things we would do in our local beach, cool!
I’ve heard Thailand is such a beautiful place to visit. I would love to go there one day.
That volleyball looks like it would be such a blast to be on the beach. I have only played like that one time before.
Thailand looks like it is so beautiful. There looks to be so much to be able to do there!
Great tips! I’ve heard of the Mermaid statue in Songkla and wish to see it in person one day. Adding this to my travel list.
Sounds like there are so many things to do here! I’d love to go there! i’d probably play volleyball or lie on the beach!
I would love to go to Thailand one day. These all sound like such fun and relaxing activities! Definitely something I would enjoy checking out.
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.
I would love to visit this beach! It looks awesome! Especially since they offer horse riding!
Thailand is such a beautiful place. I want to visit there once. Great post.
I have visited Thailand several times, but never to Samila beach. Plan to surely go there next after reading your interesting post. Thanks.
These are great ideas! Thailand is beautiful. There’s a lot of fun things to do there. Thank you for sharing.
I have heard such amazing things about Thailand. Would love to visit one day !!
I hope to get to Thailand one day. It is on my list!
I hope to go there some day. I will keep this in mind.
Right away the photo is what captures the eye! You have listed some awesome ideas for visiting Thailand and I cannot wait to add it to my travel list.
I would love to go here one day. I enjoy being near water. I’d be all about trying the local snacks.
I love relaxing on the beach. The sand just feels amazing on the toes.
I would enjoy all the activities. Great information to plan a trip.
It seems like there are so many amazing things to enjoy at Samilia beach. Thailand has been on my ravel bucket list for a while now!
Beautiful photos and I love how you have so many ideas of what to do! So often when I travel I worry that I won’t know actually what to do when I arrive at a location- your article was very helpful!
Samila Beach sounds like a wonderful destination! I love the idea of riding along the beach!
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!
Thanks. When you do, drop me a line.
I definitely will! Thank you 🙂