View of south beach from Khao Kwai Hill platform

View of south beach from Khao Kwai Hill platform

View of south beach from Khao Kwai Hill platform

Taken on: 8th January, 2011. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See travelfishery's page of Flickr

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Ko Phayam boasts long uncrowded beaches, plenty of walking trails, some jungle, lots of birdlife, roads without cars and one small village. Sounds good? Read on.

Until a few years ago, few tourists had heard of this quiet laidback island on the Andaman coast near the Burmese border. It's still pretty unspoiled compared to many Thai islands but the number of tourists has increased significantly over the past few years.

Tourists of all ages and backgrounds visit but they are nearly all independent travellers and backpackers; about half are young hippy types and the rest are a mix of older visitors and families. Practically the only package tourists on Phayam so far are Thai tour groups and a few Eastern Europeans, all of whom stay in the more expensive and newly built resorts.

People seeking all the usual mod cons and Western-standard facilities, shopping, lots of entertainment, massive rave parties and a bar scene probably ... Read our complete Ko Phayam travel guide

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Bliss. Seating area The river between Baan Suan Kayoo2 and Tang Tong Bungalows, high tide Flotsam and Jetsam on Ao Hin Khao Bye bye Phayam Road to Ao ko Kyu Ao Ko Kyu and Lublae bar, low tide Southern end of Ao Yai in front of Big Tree Bungalows Hornbill on Ko Phayam Road to Ao Yai and Ao Kwai, just in front of the pier. Ao Hin Khow at low tide Northern beach Ao Khao kwai, looking across the bay to southern part of the beach Beach in front of Jansom Resort has some rocks Tourist from Bluesky Resort getting driven to the pier Lady removing the shells from cashew nuts Taking cashew nuts out of their shells Ao Hin Khow Khopayam Resort. The view may not be as nice once the wall gets built North Ao Khao Kwai, beach sometimes disappears at high tide Tang Tong Bungalows, near the northern end of North Ao Kwai Archanapan. Very basic but the most ecologic of the ecologic electricity unless you really need it. Strange tree at Archanpan's place Ao Mook has nice sand and the sea is always deep enough to swim Thai fishing boats in Ranong Beach in front of Buffalo Bay Resort, high tide Ao Yai, middle section looking south, with a few waves View of St Matthew's Island (Burma) from Khao Kwai  Hill Resort restaurant Hippy Bar, north Ao  Khao Kwai Luggage on the speedboat Ao Yai southern end of the beach looking north Ao Kwang Peeb Resort. Payam Cottage Resort. Kids play area Rock formation photo Khao Kwai Hill beach Cashew nut fruits Ko Phayam Ao Yai middle section looking north Beach in front of Vijits Mountain Resort, Ao Kwai Kaw Thaung and long tail Beach in front of Vijits south Ao Khao Kwai beach The beach at Ao Kwang Peeb South Ao Khao Kwai, in front of Vijits, Payam Cottages day trippers Another tree frog Tree frog on my fan Payam Cottage Resort restaurant and their jetski. It's the only one on the island Nice view but no direct beach access Payam Cottage Resort. Ao Yai beach South Ao Khao Kwai. Crabs like roving wilderbeast at low tide Fishing boats off Ao Yai Ao Kwang Peeb. View from the fisherman's hut bungalow