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Dirt roads and a few trails skip from one beach to another along the island's seven kilometre long east coast, while Ao Noi Na on the north coast and Ao Phrao to the west are reached by sealed road.
Starting from Haad Sai Kaew after breakfast, you could swim at three or four of the best beaches on the way down, aiming to arrive at Ao Wai around 16:00. On the way back, keep your eyes peeled for a dirt path (it will be on your left if heading north, 50 metres before the entrance to Vongdeuan Resort) that leads to a secluded cluster of rock shelfs overlooking the crashing waves -- the perfect sunset perch. Afterwards, you can walk back on the road to whichever beach you're staying at (you will need a torch) or hop in one of the green pick-up truck taxis as they pass.
Every beach has at least one restaurant, making it easy to stop off en route to refresh with a drink or enjoy a meal. If you intend to walk all the way to Ao Pakarang, expect to encounter steep hills and long stretches from one beach to the next. If this sounds like a bit much for your holiday, you can always reach the various beaches by motorbike, ATV, kayak or hired speedboat.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 9th November, 2013.