Suan Son (Phe Arboretum)
Suan Son (Phe Arboretum)
3.5

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

3.5
62 reviews
Excellent
7
Very good
37
Average
13
Poor
4
Terrible
1

Norwegian691
Stavanger Municipality, Norway9 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
but the park is not in good condition and well maintainance. It should be nice for tourist if Thai gov will improve the quality of this park
Written August 23, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Mac
28 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
Lot of rubbish on the beach,
Area in general is ok but old and rundown.
Having just come from Hua Hin, maybe I have been spoiled.
Written August 29, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

David B
Rayong, Thailand9,813 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
I have Thai friends staying with me from the far north east of Thailand, more than 300 km from the nearest sea.

Today I treated them to a 100 km circular drive to the beach at Laem Mae Phim and back down the coast visiting other beaches. (See my separate review of Laem Mae Phim).

Suan Son, which should be one of the jewels in the crown of the beaches on the Gulf of Thailand, is spoiled by garbage strewn from one end of it to the other.

At the eastern end of the beach there are many seafood restaurants but as you drive westwards down the service road these give way to open beach, backed by Casuarina Pines. Many Thais put out their mats and enjoy beach side picnics under the shade of the trees.

Casuarina Pines in Thai are called "son" and a park or garden is "suan", hence the name of this beach - Suan Son.
Written October 30, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Alexey K
London, UK78 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
Beware of almost anything, which sounds like National Park here! Sorry for my pessimism, but if you compare Thailand parks with European, you will never enter in Thai again. Suan Son beach is a part of Suan Son national park, but this status is helpless to protect that place :-( Rubbish, plastic bottles, waste everywhere in the forest and in the sea! Many drunk bikers were rambling around in the meantime, and if you wanted to enter the sea you will think three times and then refuse, most probably. Because it's very dirty!

I saw one or two locals, who were really swimming here, but to me it was scary even to think about it!

Also for Europeans it will be a big surprise to know, that nowhere in Thailand you can find free showers to wash yourself after a swimming. If you are eager and strong, you can eventually find almost destroyed shack with a table in broken English, offering you a shower for only 40 THB :-)
It will emanate bad smell around, and you will again think twice and then go away.

So, that's it! Nothing is better than old Europe, I'd say!
Written July 16, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

David B
Rayong, Thailand9,813 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
Suan Son (named after the casuarina pines that line the back of the beach) is about 23 km east of Rayong city.

It is a long stretch of golden sand beach on the Gulf of Thailand, looking over to Koh Sanmet a 40 minute ferry ride across the water.

Suan Son has many restaurants along the service road. Some are little more than kitchens in a shack with deck chairs, others are a little more up-market with tables and seating.

But they all serve deliciously fresh seafood, some so fresh it is still alive. Pick your own blue swimmer or sand crabs live or a live sea bass or choose from a wide range of shell fish, including oysters and mussels.. They will be cooked and served to you in minutes, so you cannot get any fresher than that.

Best of all the prices are very reasonable compared to seafood restaurants in the big cities.
Written February 21, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

David B
Rayong, Thailand9,813 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Suan Son, about 30 km east of Rayong City, is one of Rayong Province's most elegant beaches. It is so called from the Casuarina Pines that line the beach service road, overarching the road and providing many shady picnic spots.

We had a house visitor from Udon, so headed to Suan Son for a seafood lunch.

We chose a beachside restaurant with deck chairs and umbrellas on the beach and enjoyed a Leo Beer while we waited for our order.

We had 700 grams of king prawns steamed in ginger and basil, a bowl of shelled oysters on ice, served with a chili jam and crispy fried onions, squid stir fried with garlic, and a plate of raw prawns marinading in garlic, chili and lime juice.

All of this came to a very modest Baht 1,170.
Written May 7, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

David B
Rayong, Thailand9,813 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
Suan Son has something to offer most people, apart from a swim in the waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

It has numerous small fish and seafood restaurants on the beach, with deckchairs and tables on the sand.

Further along there is a fishing village, with numerous colourful fishing smacks pulled up on the beach while behind them, locals sell the catch ... fish, crabs, prawns, and shellfish of all varieties and sizes.

There are also peaceful picnic areas underneath the shade of tall Casuarina Pines that line both sides of the service road behind the beach.

And, of course, there are numerous resorts, hotels and homestays for those doing more than just a day trip to Suan Son.

Even further down there is the Ban Phe Botanical Garden, but I must admit it seems to be a bit disorganized and without a thematic design.

On a sour note, too many people leave their picnic rubbish behind to accumulate on the beach.
Written June 30, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Phild462
Bangkok, Thailand66 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
This beach offers plenty of sand better than the beaches of Pattaya IMO . We were staying at Bangsaray Villa In Bangsaray near Pattaya having been to the beaches of Pattaya and Jomtien this beach was a delight plenty of sand and better water Quality,Bangsaray beach is not so bad but small ,worth a visit From Bangsaray Villa it was about an hour so not so far and worth the time.
Written January 6, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Peter
Switzerland110 contributions
Nov 2019
I like that part of Ban Phe, as it is very easy going and has lots of little Restaurants or you go buy fresh fishes from the market. Good beach for children. Banana Boats available to have some fun. Shade from the trees.
Written November 19, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Benjamin S
Luang Prabang, Laos41 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
That's a marvelous place to stop, not many people, many little restaurants around proposing simple Thai food, we enjoyed for sure the sea food as it's a specialty there, the little wind was welcomed, the beach itself is very nice, the sea beautiful with not too strong waves, perfect for children. The fishermen village has a little market on the beach proposing raw seafood, that can eventually be cooked on site if you ask with a smile (0.5 USD over charge, whatever you buy).
Written June 30, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 14
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Suan Son (Phe Arboretum) (Rayong) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

Frequently Asked Questions about Suan Son (Phe Arboretum)


Restaurants near Suan Son (Phe Arboretum): View all restaurants near Suan Son (Phe Arboretum) on Tripadvisor