Pretty and placid Khanom, halfway between Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat, quietly sits along the blue gulf waters. Overlooked by tourists who flock to the jungle islands nearby, this pristine region, simply called Khanom, is a worthy choice for those seeking a serene beach setting unmarred by enterprising corporations. The waters are free of jet skis to protect the local pink dolphins, making the region quiet and undisturbed. Tours whisk visitors off to view the dolphins in their natural environment.
The beach area is long and comprises two beaches: the main, long Hat Nadan and the smaller and more remote Hat Nai Plao beyond. Beyond Hat Nai Plao is very quiet Hat Thong Yi at the end of the road, which is well worth a journey for its castaway feel. This area is also home to a variety of pristine geological features, including waterfalls and caves.
This spot is considered one of the most beautiful places in Thailand to escape to nature, serenity and relaxation. Here you will find fine white sand, coconut trees, clear water and hot and sunny days, perfect for swimming or lounging on the beach. There are not a lot of “attractions” in Khanom, the main draw of this destination is that it is quiet, peaceful and offers you a chance to relax in solitude.
Khanom is located between three airports, Nakhon si Thammarat and Surat Thani on the mainland plus Samui Airport on the island of Koh Samui. You can take a bus from the mainland airports, or take a 45 minute speedboat from Samui. There are hundreds of different options for flights to these airports from many cities all over Southeast Asia, including Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kon, Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore and Krabi.
What can you do on your stay in Khanom? Here’s a quick Khanom fun attractions:
– Take a hike through the jungle and swim in one of the waterfalls.
– Head to the Wednesday morning market in the town and see a full range of veggies, fish, fruits and other local produce.
– One of the most amazing features of Khanom is the pink dolphins, which are a rare breed. You can see these remarkable creates from the old ferry pier or from the electric plant pier around dusk or dawn. Also, some resorts offer dolphin-spotting day tours.
– Check out the beautiful views from Dat Fa Mountain.
– Marvel at the Samet Chun Waterfall, one of the largest waterfalls in the area.
– Venture into the amazing caves along the main road between Don Sak and Khanom.
– Simply relax on the beach and forget about all of your cares.