North Ao Khao Kwai, beach sometimes disappears at high tide

North Ao Khao Kwai, beach sometimes disappears at high tide

North Ao Khao Kwai, beach sometimes disappears at high tide

Taken on: 4th 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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Lady removing the shells from cashew nuts Beach in front of Jansom Resort has some rocks Tourist from Bluesky Resort getting driven to the pier Road to Ao Yai and Ao Kwai, just in front of the pier. Bliss. Seating area Ao Mook has nice sand and the sea is always deep enough to swim Ao Hin Khow The river between Baan Suan Kayoo2 and Tang Tong Bungalows, high tide Bye bye Phayam Strange tree at Archanpan's place Khopayam Resort. The view may not be as nice once the wall gets built 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. 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 Ao Ko Kyu and Lublae bar, low tide Taking cashew nuts out of their shells Flotsam and Jetsam on Ao Hin Khao Road to Ao ko Kyu Ao Hin Khow at low tide Hornbill on Ko Phayam Beach in front of Vijits Nice view but no direct beach access Ao Kwang Peeb Resort. Beach in front of Buffalo Bay Resort, high tide Payam Cottage Resort restaurant and their jetski. It's the only one on the island Payam Cottage Resort. Thai fishing boats in Ranong Mountain Resort, Ao Kwai View of St Matthew's Island (Burma) from Khao Kwai  Hill Resort restaurant Payam Cottage Resort. Kids play area Rock formation photo Khao Kwai Hill beach Cashew nut fruits Ko Phayam Hippy Bar, north Ao  Khao Kwai Ao Kwang Peeb. View from the fisherman's hut bungalow Another tree frog Tree frog on my fan The beach at Ao Kwang Peeb South Ao Khao Kwai, in front of Vijits, Payam Cottages day trippers Beach in front of Vijits south Ao Khao Kwai beach Ao Yai middle section looking north Ao Yai southern end of the beach looking north Fishing boats off Ao Yai South Ao Khao Kwai. Crabs like roving wilderbeast at low tide Kaw Thaung and long tail Luggage on the speedboat View of south beach from Khao Kwai Hill platform Ao Yai, middle section looking south, with a few waves Ao Yai beach