The nearest beach for Bangkok people is just over an hour away at Bangsaen in Chonburi province. Don’t expect too much, as this is the point where mudflats and mangrove forests give way to sandy beaches for the first time. It is not the cleanest of beaches but it is a popular destination for Thais to go eat and seafood, doze on deckchairs shaded from the sun by umbrellas, splash in the sea with their clothes on, and ride on a “Banana Boat”. These pictures were taken during a public holiday. If you don’t like crowds then best to go during the week.