Ao Hin Khow

Ao Hin Khow

Ao Hin Khow

Taken on: 1st April, 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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Southern end of Ao Yai in front of Big Tree Bungalows Northern beach Ao Khao kwai, looking across the bay to southern part of the beach Khopayam Resort. The view may not be as nice once the wall gets built North Ao Khao Kwai, beach sometimes disappears at high tide Lady removing the shells from cashew nuts Road to Ao ko Kyu The river between Baan Suan Kayoo2 and Tang Tong Bungalows, high tide Taking cashew nuts out of their shells Beach in front of Jansom Resort has some rocks Tourist from Bluesky Resort getting driven to the pier Strange tree at Archanpan's place Road to Ao Yai and Ao Kwai, just in front of the pier. Ao Ko Kyu and Lublae bar, low tide Bye bye Phayam Bliss. Seating area 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. Hornbill on Ko Phayam Flotsam and Jetsam on Ao Hin Khao Ao Hin Khow at low tide Ao Mook has nice sand and the sea is always deep enough to swim Ao Yai southern end of the beach looking north Ao Yai, middle section looking south, with a few waves Beach in front of Vijits Another tree frog Tree frog on my fan Mountain Resort, Ao Kwai Beach in front of Buffalo Bay Resort, high tide Thai fishing boats in Ranong Payam Cottage Resort restaurant and their jetski. It's the only one on the island Fishing boats off Ao Yai View of south beach from Khao Kwai Hill platform Payam Cottage Resort. Kids play area Ao Kwang Peeb. View from the fisherman's hut bungalow Ao Yai beach Rock formation photo Khao Kwai Hill beach Cashew nut fruits Ko Phayam 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 View of St Matthew's Island (Burma) from Khao Kwai  Hill Resort restaurant Ao Kwang Peeb Resort. South Ao Khao Kwai. Crabs like roving wilderbeast at low tide Luggage on the speedboat Hippy Bar, north Ao  Khao Kwai Nice view but no direct beach access Kaw Thaung and long tail Ao Yai middle section looking north Payam Cottage Resort.