If you follow the curve of Jomtien Beach southward, looking towards the horizon, you can see the coastline jutting out westward -gradually becoming a point. This point marks the beginning of the Bight of Bangkok. South of this point, the coastline curves almost due East as the Bangkok Bight opens into the Gulf of Thailand. Just east of this same point, at the southern edge of the curving Jomtien coast, lies the little fishing village of Bang Sare.
Bang Sare is about a half hour’s drive south of Jomtien via the Sukhumvit highway. Along the entire route you can see condo and hotel towers jutting up through the vegetation, just inland from the beach. Even in Bang Sare itself, there are condominium projects under construction, though on a smaller scale than Jomtien.
The main attraction in town is the Bang Sare beach itself, which resembles Jomtien Beach without the crowds or development -and with cleaner water. The beach faces distinctly northward, and has an excellent view of Jomtien, with even Buddha Hill visible along the distant horizon.
Another popular feature of Bang Sare is the farmer’s market along the main street into town. Everything here is grown, or caught locally -farming and fishing are the mainstays of the Bang Sare economy. There is a good selection of ocean-going fish, squid, and shellfish -all of it quite fresh, and some still alive.
On a day trip here, you can relax on the beach, visit the local temple (wat); then stop by the farmer’s market to buy some fish for the trip home. This small town is definitely worth a visit.