Just east of Khanom town, Haad Nadan boasts the area’s largest selection of accommodation and restaurants. It makes a good, comfortable base for exploring the area and the beach itself has some excellent stretches. Some travellers will prefer the more forested setting of Haad Nai Phlao further south, which is still within fairly easy reach of Khanom town and has more of a small beach village feel.
Down in Sichon district, Haad Sichon is home to one of our favourite resorts and is within walking distance of Sichon town. Those looking to stay closer to charming seaside village life and further from the town should consider long and beautiful Haad Piti. If you’re after isolation and you have your own wheels, Ao Thong Yang could be interesting for a night or two.
Covering a sizable chunk of Ao Khanom, Haad Nadan was the first beach in the area to see resorts built, and a few of the originals have seen better days. Tourism seems to have reached a maximum level and the majority of this multi-kilometre-long beach is still backed by coconut groves. Most of our favourite places to stay are found towards the south, where all budgets are catered for.
Homely Ban Thanyanan has a handful of rooms in a brightly painted single-floor concrete building to go with a couple of larger villas, all set on a tidy property next a house where the owner, Ms Thanyanan, lives with her son. Surrounded by coconut groves on the inland side of the beach road, the comfort, value and service found here make a five-minute walk to the sand worth it. With... Read our full review of Ban Thanyanan.
Opened in 2015, Le Petit Saint Tropez is a small French-run resort and restaurant with a cool style, intimate atmosphere and helpful owners. Set directly beside an excellent stretch of Haad Nadan, it’s a great choice for couples who could use some relaxation. Sporting a tasteful blue-and-white theme that reminded us of Santorini, the three concrete villas are situated just off the sand and... Read our full review of Le Petit Saint-Tropez.
Of the several mid-size resorts with rooms in the 1,500 to 2,500 baht range on Haad Nadan, Baan Civilize is arguably the most interesting. The contemporary Thai-style rooms, three swimming pools and great beachfront location make it a fine choice for a good old-fashioned beach getaway. Set in a three-storey polished concrete building at the back of the property, the cheaper rooms are actually... Read our full review of Baan Civilize.
Clustered close together under some tonsai trees just off Haad Nadan’s southern stretch, Ban Sonmanee will do the trick for backpackers after a simple “back-to-nature” experience. A few larger cabins also make this a good option for families and groups. The old-style bungalow joint is situated a couple of hundred metres down a dirt path from the beach. Abundant pine-like trees keep... Read our full review of Ban Sonmanee Homestay.
If you don’t mind staying a kilometre from the beach, Hallo Villa is a fine choice for a tastefully done Thai-style cabana set around a shady lawn and saltwater swimming pool. All of the above for less than 1,000 baht a night makes this a great choice for saving cash without sacrificing comfort. Rooms come in two different styles, all of them decorated with traditional temple-style Thai... Read our full review of Hallo Villa.
More tightly packed than Haad Nadan, Haad Nai Phlao has a smattering of small resorts and guesthouses set along a narrow beach road that cuts right beside the sand in places. With several restaurants and shops clustered close together, Nai Phlao is a better option if you’re not hiring your own wheels.
It’s possible to rent tents to camp at the more remote Ao Thong Yee, a few kilometres south of Haad Nai Phlao, but the tidal garbage was out of hand there at research time.
Set atop a rocky hill overlooking the far southern end of Nai Phlao, Racha Kiri should do the trick for families and honeymooners. The resort makes up for its share of obtuse concrete by way of a tasteful Thai theme, terrific views to Ao Khanom and a huge lagoon-style swimming pool complete with a Thai-style pavilion and beach bar. The resort offers five room types starting with a comfortable... Read our full review of Racha Kiri Resort and Spa.
Sea Breeze House’s A-frame design may look like it belongs in an Alpine ski resort, but it works just fine for a holiday on Haad Hai Phlao. The Thai/Swiss-managed guesthouse stands directly over the sand and bags you comfy rooms with a homely touch and helpful service. A wooden stairway takes you past dark fretted-wood walls up to the few spacious rooms, each with angled ceilings thanks to... Read our full review of Sea Breeze House.
Just southeast of Sichon town and within walking distance of some darn good curry and rice shops, Haad Sichon is a small crescent of tan sand with two quality midrange resorts on the northern end. If you’re after cheaper accommodation, there a few small “resorts” with signs only in Thai offering concrete rooms in the 700 to 900 baht range about a half-kilometre south of Sichon Cabana.
Quite possibly our favourite place to stay in the entire Khanom and Sichon area, the Sichon Cabana is a windsurfer hangout that’s also an excellent option for holidaying families and couples. Chilled-out downtempo music blended with a beachfront location and laid-back staff to remind us of some of the cooler resorts found on Ko Lanta and Ko Lipe. Facing the sand on the northern end of Haad... Read our full review of Sichon Cabana.
Stretching for several miles to the south of Sichon, Haad Piti has one adorable bungalow joint that’s a great option for slowing down to the pace of the local lifestyle. The beach has finer sand than most in the area and for some reason it appeared to have less tidal garbage. If you’re after more of a midrange option here, the Sea Stone Hotel is a reasonable choice on the north end.
Several kilometres south of Sichon town in an enchanting area defined by fishing boats and grazing goats, Teeny Beach offers three comfortable bungalows set directly over the sand of Haad Piti. While not a good choice if you don’t have your own wheels and aren’t up for renting a motorbike, travellers who enjoy veering off the beaten track should consider staying out here. The four... Read our full review of Teeny Beach.
Isolated Thong Yang Bay has a single Thai-style resort and seafood restaurant on the beachfront, and the smaller Majetoy Resort located further up the hill on the way to Thong Yang Waterfall. Minimal English is spoken out here. Staying at Thong Yang would be next to impossible if you don’t have your own wheels (or boat), and even with transportation, you’ll be a solid 25-minute ride from Sichon town. Thankfully, the food served beachside is darn good.
The only place to stay within easy walking distance of the beach, Khoplyedum Resort is a fairly large Thai-style place offering simple and affordable rooms set back beneath some trees. Before you consider staying here, keep in mind that Ao Thong Yang is very isolated and very little English is spoken by resort staff. With a massive beachfront restaurant, several concrete pavilions, a few... Read our full review of Khoplyedum Resort.