Northern beach Ao Khao kwai, looking across the bay to southern part of the beach

Northern beach Ao Khao kwai, looking across the bay to southern part of the beach

Northern beach Ao Khao kwai, looking across the bay to southern part of the beach

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