Hat Sam Roi Yot (Hat Nom Sao)
Hat Sam Roi Yot (Hat Nom Sao) is located in Khao Daeng sub-district. It is a beautiful quiet beach, sheltered by the lines of pine trees, with an area shallow enough for swimming. In the south of the beach, many islands are seen, including Ko Kho Rom, Ko Nom Sao, Ko Rawing, and Ko Rawang. The tourists can take the boat to the island to go diving and enjoy the beautiful coral reef in the Gulf of Thailand. There are always a lot of resorts and accommodations along the beach for the tourists. The tourists can also take Phetkasem road and turn left at the 34th kilometer marker (Khao Kalok entrance). When reaching Wat Phu Noi, turn left at the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Regional Center 4. A small crossroad to the beach will appear. There is a classic legend about this beach. The legend has it that a long time ago, there was a family in Ao Noi, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, consisting of the father Ta Mong Lai, his wife Ramphueng, and their daughter Yom Doi. It is said that Yom Doi was so beautiful that she became the object of desire of many young men, no matter how far they lived. The fame of Yom Doi’s beauty had spreaded to Petchaburi. Chao Lai, the son of Petchaburi governor, heard of this rumor so he disguised himself into a fisherman to meet her and they fell in love with each other. Chao lai, then, asked Ramphueng for Yom Doi’s hand in marriage. Ramphueng accepted without telling Ta Mong Lai. At the same time, after Ta Mong Lai have gone fishing on boat around Bang Saphan bay, he met a fleet of Chinese vessels and asked those Chinese people to visit his home. Once the son of Chinese emperor met Yom Doi, he immediately fell in love with her. He asked Ta Mong Lai for Yom Doi’s hand of marriage. Ta Mong Lai, too, accepted without telling his wife. On the day of the marriage, Chao Lai’s and the son of Chinese emperor’s Khan Mak procession reached Ta Mong Lai’s home at the same time. This caused a big argument since both Ta Mong Lai and Ramphueng did not prefer the same person to become their son-in-law and could not come to agreement. Ramphueng could not win her husband so she ran away and died. The place is called “Mae Ramphueng Mountain,” where she lied protect “Mae Ramphueng bay.” From the day of his wife’s death, Ta Mong Lai became mad. He grabbed Yom Doi and tore her apart into 2 pieces. He threw one piece to Chao Lai, which turned to be “Ko Nom Sao” at Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, and the other piece to the son of Chinese emperor, which became “Ko Nom Sao” at Chon Buri Province, until these days.