Lighthouses of Central Thailand

Most of Thailand faces south onto the Gulf of Thailand, an arm of the South China Sea. The country also includes much of the long and narrow Malay Peninsula, which faces both east on the Gulf of Thailand and west on the Andaman Sea, an arm of the Indian Ocean. This page includes lighthouses of the northern Gulf of Thailand coast; lighthouses of the Malay Peninsula are on Southern Thailand: East Coast and Southern Thailand:West Coast pages.

The Kingdom of Thailand is unique among southeast Asian nations in having maintained its independence throughout the colonial period. As a result the country's lighthouse history is also independent from all of the European traditions. Most of the country's historic lighthouses were built during or shortly after the reign (1868-1910) of Chulalongkorn, who was successful in modernizing the country while avoiding European penetration. More information on these lighthouses is needed.

A number of attractive new lighthouses have been built recently in tourist areas. As far as I know, these are faux lighthouses or unofficial lights.

Coastal lighthouses in Thailand are operated and maintained by the Hydrographic Department of the Royal Thai Navy; lighthouses in the Bangkok area are operated and maintained by the Port Authority of Thailand. In the Thai language the word for a lighthouse is praphakhan (ประภาคาร), ko or koh is an island, hin is a rock or reef, and laem is a cape.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. THN numbers, where available, are from the Thai Navy's light list. Admiralty numbers are from volume F of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 112.

General Sources
Leuchttürme in Thailand
Photos taken by Andreas Köhler.
Online List of Lights - Thailand
Coming soon: photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
Lighthouses in Thailand
Photos by various photographers available from Wikimedia.
World of Lighthouses - Thailand
Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.


Laem Pu Chao Light, Sattahip, November 2017
Google Maps street view

Trat Province (Southeast Coast) Lighthouses
Ko Kut
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 139 m (456 ft); white flash every 10 s. 30 m (98 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower, painted white. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Ko Kut is a large, mountainous, sparsely populated island in the Gulf of Thailand about 50 km (30 mi) off the southeastern corner of the country. Located high on a forested ridge at the southern tip of the island. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3010; NGA 20552.
Khlong Yai (2)
2010(?). Active; focal plane 58 m (190 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 32 m (105 ft) skeletal tower, painted white. Google has a street view and a satellite view. NGA misspells the name "Khiong Yai." The original tower was similar but its focal plane was only 43 m (141 ft). Located on a hillside behind the waterfront of Khlong Yai, a port in the far southeast of Thailand. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3008; NGA 20556.
* Laem Ko Pu
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); white flash every 3 s. 12 m (39 ft) triangular concrete skeletal tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands. Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on a marshy point about 15 km (9 m) north of the Laem Nam cape. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3006; NGA 20564.
* Laem Nam (Laem Sok, Cape Sok) (2?)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); two white flashes every 15 s. 16 m (52 ft) square concrete skeletal tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands. Korawan Rungsawang has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. NGA lists a tripod tower. The lighthouse marks the west side of the entrance to Ao Trat (Trat Bay). Located at the base of the ferry pier on the Laem Nam (or Laem Sok) cape about 25 km (15 mi) south of Trat, in the southeastern corner of Thailand. Accessible by road. Site presumably open, tower closed. ARLHS THA-064; Admiralty F3004; NGA 20560.
Khlong Nam Chiao Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); yellow flash every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) tapered round tower, painted white, mounted on a concrete pier. The tower also carries a diamond-shaped slatted daymark, painted white. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. This range guides vessels in an estuary east of Laem Ngob. Located about 300 m (0.2 mi) northeast of the front light. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3003; NGA 20567.
Khlong Nam Chiao Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); yellow light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 13 m (43 ft) tapered round tower, painted white, mounted on a concrete pier. The tower also carries a diamond-shaped slatted daymark, painted white. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located about 300 m (0.2 mi) northeast of the front light. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3003.5; NGA 20567.5.
* Laem Ngop (Laem Ngob) (3?)
2008 (station established 1911). Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); white light, 2 s on, 1 s off. 16 m (52 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted white with two narrow red horizontal bands. Jay Vidheecharoen's photo is at right, Phopthakorn Donlaponnithi has a photo, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Laem Ngop is a fishing port and sitrict capital. Located in a roundabout at the base of the pier in Laem Ngop. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS THA-065; Admiralty F3002; NGA 20568.
Laem Ngob Light
Laem Ngop Light, Laem Ngop, December 2009
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Jay Vidheecharoen
(no longer online)
Hin Khi Chang (Ko Chang Channel)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (43 ft); three white flashes every 12 s. 14 m (43 ft) skeletal tower, painted white, mounted on a concrete pier. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a shoal in the middle of the Ko Chang Channel, between the large island of Ko Chang and the mainland. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3000; NGA 20572.
Ko Chang
2009(?). Active; focal plane 91 m (298 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 17 m (56 ft) round concrete tower, painted white with one red horizontal band. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view of the station. Ko Chang is a large, mostly wild island about 15 km (9 mi) southwest of Laem Ngop. Most of the island is protected within the Mu Ko Chang National Park. Located on heights above the southwestern coast of the island. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3001; NGA 20570.

Chanthaburi Province Lighthouses
Ko Chik Nok
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); white flash every 3 s. 8 m (26 ft) triangular white concrete skeletal tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Ko Chik Nok is a small, triangular island off the mouth of the Welu River. Located on the northwestern tip of the island. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2998; NGA 20576.
* Laem Sing
1906. Active; focal plane 87 m (285 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) square cast iron (?) skeletal tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. A Tourism Authority photo is at right, another photo (about 3/4 the way down the page) and a 2006 photo (second photo on the page) are available, Ekkachai Traipis has a photo of the view from the lighthouse, and Google has a distant satellite view. This small but historic lighthouse is within the Khao Laem Sing Forest Park and is accessible by a hiking trail. Located atop a promontory on the west side of the Chanthaburi River entrance about 20 km (13 mi) south of Chanthaburi. Site open, tower closed. Site manager: Khao Laem Sing Forest Park. ARLHS THA-066; Admiralty F2996; NGA 20580.

Laem Sing Light, Chanthaburi
Tourism Authority of Thailand photo

Rayong Province Lighthouses
* Mae Nam Prasae
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 3 s. 16 m (52 ft) triangular skeletal tower. The tower also carries a diamond-shaped white daymark. Google has a street view and a distant satellite view. Located near the waterfront at Noen Kho. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2992; NGA 20584.
Ko Man Nok (Ko Mun Nok)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 47 m (154 ft); white flash every 6 s. 22 m (72 ft) skeletal tower, painted white. No photo available, and the tower is not seen in Google's distant satellite view. Located atop a small, privately owned resort island at the end of a long north-south shoal about 15 km (9 mi) south of Pak Nam Prasae. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2994; NGA 20592.
Ko Samet
Date unknown. Inactive as of 2016; listed with focal plane 78 m (256 ft); flash every 5 s, white, red or green depending on direction. 15 m (49 ft) white skeletal tower. In a February 2016 photo the lighthouse is missing its top. Google has an indistinct satellite view. Ko Samet is a popular resort island just off the coast about 30 km (20 mi) southeast of Rayong. Most the island is a national park. Located on heights near the northern end of the island. Site status unknown. THN-115; Admiralty F2990; NGA 20596.
* Rayong (2)
2010(?) (station establishment date unknown). Active; focal plane 15 m (56 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 16 m (52 ft) round white concrete tower with lantern and gallery. A photo is at right, another photo is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the west side of the harbor entrance at Rayong, a provincial capital east of Sattahip. Site status unknown. ARLHS THA-067; THN-114; Admiralty F2988; NGA 20600.
Map Ta Phut Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. Approx. 25 m (82 ft) square or triangular cylindrical skeletal tower, painted white. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Map Ta Phut is a large petrochemical industrial park with an artificial harbor about 16 km (10 mi) west of Rayong. Located near the waterfront of Map Ta Phut harbor. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2986.1; NGA 20601.
Map Ta Phut Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 53 m (174 ft); quick-flashing green light. Approx. 48 m (157 ft) square or triangular skeletal tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located 1.6 km (1 mi) north northwest of the front light. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2986.11; NGA 20601.1.
Rayong Light
Rayong Light, Rayong, August 2011
Panoramio photo copyright Rachun; permission requested
* Ban Chang (?)
Early 1900s? Inactive since about 1990. Approx. 20 m (66 ft) round white concrete tower with lantern and gallery. A photo is available. We need information on the history and status of this lighthouse. It has not been located in satellite views. Located on Phla (Phala) Beach in Ban Chang halfway between Rayong and Sattahip. Site open, tower closed.

Chonburi Province: Sattahip District Lighthouses
Hin Chula (2)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a square concrete base. Entire lighthouse is white. Köhler has a photo, Suchart Chantrawong's photo is seen at right, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. This lighthouse replaced a round tower painted with black and white bands (as still described by NGA); a photo of that lighthouse is available. Located on a rocky reef off the point of Laem Samaesan, a cape about 15 km (9 mi) southeast of Sattahip, marking a narrow channel between the cape and neighboring islands. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2976; NGA 20608.
Ko Chuang (Phahurat)
1898. Active; focal plane 144 m (472 ft); two white flashes every 20 s; also a continuous red light, shown over a nearby shoal. 22 m (72 ft) round stucco-clad brick tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on an island about 25 km (15 mi) south of Sattahip. ARLHS THA-018; THN-113; Admiralty F2982; NGA 20612.
Ko Chorakhe (Chorake, Ko Nang Ram)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 58 m (190 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 5 m (17 ft) (?) round white concrete (?) tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. NGA describes this light as a "white round metal pipe"; since the light is set among trees a taller height seems more likely. Located atop a small island about 2 km (1.25 mi) south southeast of the entrance to Sattahip. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2973.5; NGA 20616.
Sattahip Ko Mu Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 7 m (23 ft) square cylindrical white concrete tower. Köhler has a small photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of a breakwater extending southeast from Ko Mu, an island in the entrance to Sattahip harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2975.4; NGA 20620.
Hin Chula Light
Hin Chula Light, Samaesan, October 2010
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by Suchart Chantrawong
Sattahip Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 21 m (69 ft); quick-flashing yellow light. 17 m (56 ft) triangular skeletal tower, painted white; the tower carries a daymark painted red with a white vertical stripe. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the south end of the naval pier at Sattahip. Site and tower closed (military base). Admiralty F2975; NGA 20628.
Sattahip Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 29 m (95 ft); yellow light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 26 m (85 ft) triangular skeletal tower, painted white; the tower carries a daymark painted red with a white vertical stripe. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located near the north end of the naval pier at Sattahip. Site and tower closed (military base). Admiralty F2975.1; NGA 20632.
[Sattahip Ko Tao Mo Breakwater]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) concrete post with gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the breakwater extending from Tao Mo Island, at the west entrance to Sattahip harbor. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2974; NGA 20634.
Laem Pu Chau (Laem Pu Cho, Chumphon Khet Udomsak) (2)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 168 m (551 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 15 m (49 ft) triangular concrete tower with lantern and gallery. A portion of Google's street view is at the top of this page, and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. The original light was a triangular steel pylon with a lantern attached to one side. Located on a promontory at Sattahip, the site of Thailand's main naval base. Site and tower closed; the light is on the naval base. ARLHS THA-049; THN-110; Admiralty F2973; NGA 20640.
Hin Khi Sua
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); white flash every 5 s. 7 m (23 ft) round tower with gallery, painted black with a red horizontal band. A photo (halfway down the page) is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a rocky reef about 5 km (3 mi) northeast of the Laem Pu Chau lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS THA-009; Admiralty F2970; NGA 20644.
Hin Rang Kwian
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 3 s. 7 m (23 ft) triangular white concrete skeletal tower, lower half enclosed. A photo is available, but Google has only a fuzzy satellite view of the reef. Located on a rock about 20 km (13 mi) north of Sattahip. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2968; NGA 20648.

Chonburi Province: Bang Lamung District (Pattaya Area) Lighthouses
Ko Phai (Aphakon)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 155 m (509 ft); white flash every 5 s. 12 m (39 ft) round white concrete tower with lantern and gallery; the current light is mounted on a platform above the original lantern. 1-story keeper's house adjacent to the lighthouse. The Navy's photo appears at right, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an island about 50 km (30 mi) northwest of Sattahip in the Bight of Bangkok (Ao Krung Thep). Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS THA-031; Admiralty F2966; NGA 20656.
Ko Chun
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); three flashes every 10 s, white or red depending on direction. 4 m (13 ft) round tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. Alexandr Shushter has a photo, and Lightphotos.net has Köhler's photo, but Google has only a fuzzy satellite view of the reef. Located on a skerry in the entrance to Pattaya Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2964; NGA 20652.
Ko Phai Lighthouse
Ko Phai Light, Bight of Bangkok
Thai Navy photo
Ko Nok
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 5 s. 11 m (36 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower, painted white. A distant view is available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a sandbar about 11 km (7 mi) off Thung Suk La. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2962; NGA 20660.

Chonburi Province: Laem Chabang Lighthouses
Note: Since 1988 Laem Chabang has been developed as Thailand's major international port, replacing Bangkok. The port straddles the boundary between Bang Lamung and Si Racha Districts.
Laem Chabang Basin No. 2 Range Front (Beacon E)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 29 m (95 ft); green flash every 5 s. Approx. 25 m (82 ft) square skeletal tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the waterfront at the base of the south basin of Laem Chabang harbor. Site and tower closed. Admiralty F2963.9; NGA 20662.4.
Laem Chabang Basin No. 2 Range Rear (Beacon F)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 34 m (112 ft); green light, 2 s on, 2 s off. Approx. 28 m (92 ft) square skeletal tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located about 380 m (1/4 mi) east northeast of the front light. Site and tower closed. Admiralty F2963.91; NGA 20662.41.
Laem Chabang Entrance
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 31 m (102 ft); continuous light, white, red or green depending on direction. Approx. 30 m (98 ft) square pyramidal skeletal communications tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands. Phorntep Korprasertthaworn has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. This is the leading light for ships arriving at the port. Located on the Laem Chabang waterfront. Site and tower closed. Admiralty F2963.2; NGA 20661.1.
* Laem Chabang
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 79 m (259 ft); white flash every 10 s. Formerly described by NGA as a 29 ft "structure," this light appears to be mounted on the Laem Chabang Harbor Control building. Thanatip Jantarapakde has a photo of the top of the building, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the heights of the cape on the north side of Laem Chabang harbor. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2963; NGA 20661.

Chonburi Province: Ko Sichang District Lighthouses
Note: Ko Sichang is an inhabited island about 12 km (7.5 mi) offshore and 20 km (13 mi) northwest of Laem Chabang. The Ko Sichang District includes Ko Sichang and several neighboring islands; it was separated from Si Racha District in 1994.
Ko Thai Ta Mun
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 29 m (95 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 6 m (20 ft) white concrete skeletal tower. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a small island south of the larger island of Ko Khang Khao, about 10 km (6 mi) northwest of Laem Chabang. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2960; NGA 20664.
* Laem Wat (Laem Wang)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 3 s. 9 m (30 ft) square white concrete tower with gallery, attached to a small equipment shelter. Lightphotos.net has Köhler's photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the tip of a sharp promontory on the east coast of Ko Sichang. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2958; NGA 20668.
*** Ban Tha Thewawong (Ko Sichang)
2012. Active (privately maintained); focal plane 39 m (128 ft); white flash every 3.3 s; the tower is also floodlit at night. 39 m (128 ft) round concrete tower supporting a large square platform with an observation building. The tower is white; the observation building is glass-enclosed with red trim and a red roof. A photo is at right, Lightphotos.net has Köhler's photo, a view from the sea (second photo on the page) is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a pier at Ban Tha Thewawong, near the north end of Ko Sichang. Site and tower open. Admiralty F2955.5; NGA 20670.
Hin Sampayu (Atsadang) (2)
Date unknown (station established 1891). Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 9 m (30 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower with lantern but no gallery. A Navy photo is available, Köhler has a very distant view, and Google has a satellite view. NGA formerly listed the height of this light as 15 ft; this was probably the height of the original lighthouse, described as a "turret" with a focal plane of 10 m (33 ft). Located on a small skerry off the north end of Ko Sichang, about 13 km (8 mi) west of Siracha. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS THA-010; Admiralty F2954; NGA 20672.
Ban Tha Thewawong Light
Ban Tha Thewawong Light, Ko Sichang, October 2010
Panoramio photo copyright Geri221160; used by permission

Chonburi Province: Mueang Chonburi District Lighthouse
Laem Talat Nok
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); yellow flash every 3 s. 14 m (46 ft) round cylindrical metal tower, painted white and mounted on a square concrete pier. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located just offshore on the south side of the entrance to Bang Pakong. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2953; NGA 20690.

Chachoengsao Province Lighthouse
Royal Lakeside Golf Club Marina (Bang Pakong)
Date unknown. Active (privately maintained); focal plane about 20 m (66 ft); light characteristic unknown. Approx. 22 m (72 ft) octagonal cylindrical tower, painted white with narrow red horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located at the yacht club entrance in Bang Pakong. Site status unknown. Site manager: Royal Lakeside Golf Club.

Bangkok Area Lighthouses
Note: Dredged channels allow vessels to reach Bangkok through the shallow Bay of Bangkok, the northermost inlet of the Gulf of Thailand. A series of tall range lights guide vessels in these channels.
Bangkok Bar (2)
Date unknown (station established 1874). Active; focal plane 36 m (118 ft); white light, 2 s on, 8 s off. 36 m (118 ft) round cylindrical tower with lantern, mounted on a 3-story concrete building standing on piles. Entire structure painted with red and white horizontal bands. There is a helipad on the roof of the building. Dmitry Rostopshin's photo is at right, and Lightphotos.net has a closeup of the light tower. The building is the pilot station, where vessels entering Bangkok must stop to pick up a pilot; a pilot boat is seen in the photo approaching the station. Located about 16 km (10 mi) south of the entrance to the Chao Phraya River, which leads to Bangkok. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Operator/site manager: Port Authority of Thailand. ARLHS THA-005; Admiralty F2939; NGA 20700.
Bangkok Beacon K (Range Rear)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 34 m (112 ft); red light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 34 m (112 ft) skeletal tower carrying rectangular daymark panels painted red with a white vertical stripe. Lightphotos.net has a photo that probably shows this light, although it is identified as the front light; Bing has a satellite view. This is the rear light of a range for departing vessels. Located about 12 km (7.5 mi) south of the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2943.51; NGA 20702.
Bangkok Beacon J (Range Front)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); quick-flashing red light. 16 m (52 ft) skeletal tower carrying rectangular daymark panels painted red with a white vertical stripe. Bing has a satellite view. Located 1.95 km (1.21 mi) north northeast of the rear light. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2943.5; NGA 20701.
Bangkok Beacon A (Range Front)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); quick-flashing white light. 15 m (49 ft) skeletal tower carrying rectangular daymark panels painted red with a white vertical stripe. Bing has a satellite view. This is the front light of a range for arriving vessels. Located about 2 km (1.24 mi) northeast of Beacon J. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2941; NGA 20704.
Bangkok Beacon B (Range Rear)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 25 m (82 ft) skeletal tower carrying rectangular daymark panels painted black with a white vertical stripe. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located 1.75 km (1.09 mi) east northeast of the front light and about 6.4 km (4 mi) south of the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2941.1; NGA 20708.
Bangkok Bar Light
Bangkok Bar Pilot Station, Bangkok, June 2008
Lightphotos.net photo by Dmitry Rostopshin; used by permission
Bangkok Beacon C (Range Front)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); quick-flashing green light. 15 m (49 ft) skeletal tower carrying rectangular daymark panels painted red with a white vertical stripe. Bing has a satellite view. This is the front light of the second range for arriving vessels. Located about 2 km (1.24 mi) northwest of Beacon B. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2942; NGA 20724.
Bangkok Beacon D (Range Rear)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 24 m (79 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 24 m (79 ft) skeletal tower carrying rectangular daymark panels painted black with a white vertical stripe. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located 1.725 km (1.07 mi) east northeast of the front light. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2942.1; NGA 20728.
Bangkok Beacon I (Range Rear)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 24 m (79 ft); yellow light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 24 m (79 ft) skeletal tower carrying rectangular daymark panels painted black with a white vertical stripe. Lightphotos.net has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. This is the rear light of a range for departing vessels; Beacon E is the front light. Located about 1.8 km (1.1 mi) off Bang Pu Mai, on the east side of the entrance to the Chao Phraya River. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2944; NGA 20720.
Bangkok Beacon E (Common Range Front)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); quick-flashing light, red for arriving vessels and yellow for departing vessels. 15 m (49 ft) skeletal tower carrying two rectangular daymark panels, one painted red with a white vertical stripe and the other black with a white vertical stripe. Bing has a satellite view. Located about 2 km (1.24 mi) northwest of Beacon B. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2943; NGA 20712.
Bangkok Beacon F (Range Rear)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); red light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 24 m (79 ft) skeletal tower carrying rectangular daymark panels painted red with a white vertical stripe. Lightphotos.net has a photo, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. This is the rear light of a range for approaching vessels. Located beside national route 3 in an industrial area of Bang Pu Mai, on the east side of the entrance to the Chao Phraya River. Site and tower closed, but the tower can be seen from the street. Admiralty F2943.1: NGA 20716.
Bangkok Beacon G (Range Front)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); yellow light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 24 m (79 ft) skeletal tower carrying rectangular daymark panels painted red with a white vertical stripe. Google has a street view and a satellite view. This is the front light of a range for approaching vessels. Located at the north end of the Thai Navy Dockyard on the west side of the lower Chao Phraya River. Site and tower closed (military base). Admiralty F2945; NGA 20732.

Samut Sakhon Province Lighthouse
* Mae Nam Tha Chin
Date unknown. Active 17 m (56 ft); white flash every 3 s. 15 m (49 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower, painted white. Google has a street view, but the tower is not seen in Google's fuzzy satellite view. Located on the east side of the entrance to the Tha Chin River about 25 km (15 mi) west of Bangkok. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2937; NGA 20760.

Samut Songkhram Province Lighthouses
* Mae Nam Mae Khlong
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 31 m (102 ft); three white flashes every 12 s. 30 m (98 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower, painted white. Köhler has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the south side of the mouth of the Mae Khlong river, at the northwestern corner of the Bight of Bangkok. Site appears open, tower closed. ARLHS THA-055; Admiralty F2935; NGA 20764.
Mae Nam Mae Khlong Entrance Beacon B
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); white light, 1.5 s on, 1.5 s off. 14 m (46 ft) round white tower on a paltform supported by piles. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located about 3 km (2 mi) south of the entrance to the Mae Khlong. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2936.5; NGA 20766.
Mae Nam Mae Khlong Entrance Beacon A
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); two green flashes every 4 s. 11 m (36 ft) round white tower on a paltform supported by piles. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located about 1.25 km (3/4 mi) south of Beacon B. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2936; NGA 20765.

Phetchaburi Province Lighthouses
Ao Ban Laem
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); flash every 9 s, white or red depending on direction. 11 m (36 ft) round white concrete tower mounted on a platform supported by piles. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a shoal about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) off Ban Laem in northern Pretchaburi Province. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2934.5; NGA 20767.
Laem Phak Bia (2)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 22 m (72 ft); white flash every 3 s. 22 m (72 ft) square white concrete skeletal tower. Köhler's photo is at right, and Google has a satellite view. NGA describes this light as an "iron tripod," 72 ft tall. The new tower may be taller. Located inside a sand spit that extends northeastward from Laem Phak Bia; this spit is the most prominent cape on the west side of the Bight of Bangkok. The area is a nature preserve, known as one of Thailand's best birding areas. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2934; NGA 20768.
Laem Phak Bia Light
Laem Phak Bia Light, Phetchaburi Province, October 2014
photo copyright Andreas Köhler; used by permission

Information available on lost lighthouses:

Notable faux lighthouses:

  • Bangbao, a resort at the southwestern tip of Ko Chang in the Gulf of Thailand, has a decorative, privately-built pierhead lighthouse; it may be active. Wikimedia has a closeup photo, Buddhaphong Wongsanont has a street view, and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. A very similar lighthouse has been built about 10 km (6 mi) to the east; Holger Bauer has a view along the pier, and Google has a street view and a fuzzy satellite view. These two lighthouses are easily confused.
  • Bangkok Naval Station. Approx. 20 m (66 ft) round white tower with lantern and gallery. It's likely that this is a signal station, carrying no light or only a decorative light. Located at the Thai Royal Navy station on the west side of the lower Chao Phraya River. Asira Chirawithayaboon has a street view, and Google has a satellite view.
  • Pattaya, a resort town north of Sattahip, has a well known and often photographed lighthouse; it is open for climbing but is not an aid to navigation. Google has a street view and a satellite view.
  • Sattahip has a well-known faux lighthouse in a traffic roundabout near the waterfront. Google has a street view and a satellite view.

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Posted February 28, 2006. Checked and revised February 6, 2018. Lighthouses: 57. Site copyright 2018 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.