Photo: Beach scenes.

Transport

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Air

Air Asia and Nok Air both offer all-in “fly and ride” services between Khanom and Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport. The flights arrive at Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport, where travellers are whisked onto airline-run minibuses that run to an office in Khanom town. The whole trip takes around three hours.

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Train

The closest train stations are in Surat Thani, 90 kilometres west of Khanom, and Nakhon Si Thammarat, 70 kilometres south of Sichon.

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Bus

From the Nakhon Si Thammarat Bus Terminal, minibuses depart for Khanom every 40 minutes from 05:00 to 16:00, cost 80 baht and take about 1.5 hours. Minibuses depart for Sichon every half-hour from 07:00 to 17:00, cost 60 baht and take about an hour.

From the Talad Kaset 2 Bus Station in Surat Thani, minibuses depart for Khanom every 45 minutes from 07:00 to 18:00, cost 100 baht and take a little over an hour. Be sure to buy tickets from the minibus company’s own desk in the southeast corner of the central roofed section of Talad Kaset 2 Station; expect to pay double if you buy from one of the travel agents with shophouse offices surrounding the station. There are no direct minibuses from Surat to Sichon.

In Khanom, minibuses from Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat drop beach-bound travellers near the 7-eleven in the heart of Khanom town, where motorbike taxis can take you to any hotel or resort. Expect to pay 40 to 60 baht to Haad Nadan and 80 to 100 baht to Haad Nai Phlao. We also noticed a sign advertising a taxi service here, and many of the resorts can provide pick-up services.

Minibuses heading back to Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat pick up passengers at their own individual offices further north along the main drag in Khanom town; ask the staff at your accommodation for a ride.

In Sichon, minibuses to/from Nakhon Si Thammarat pick up and drop off at the market, just west of the hospital on the main drag through town. Motorbike taxis are available here, or you could ask your resort to come fetch you.

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Getting around

While Sichon town isn’t bad for walking if you stay on Haad Sichon, the entire Khanom area and the outlying Sichon beaches are spread out enough that it really helps to have your own wheels. Every resort and guesthouse that we inquired at offered a motorbike rental service for 200 to 250 baht per day.

If you prefer to deal directly with the owner, call Mr Wat at (081) 271 7712, or head to a motorbike rental shop located across the street from 7-eleven in Khanom town, a short walk south of where the minibuses drop off. Over on the beach road, Toon’s Tour also rents out motorbikes as well as decent mountain bikes for 100 baht a day. Many resorts rent or freely offer regular pushbikes.

Pricier resorts like Racha Kiri and Aava can arrange car rental. You could also rent a car at the airport in Surat Thani or Nakhon Si Thammarat, or on Ko Samui, and drive here yourself.

Private taxis can be arranged at most resorts: Expect to pay 200 baht from Haad Nai Phlao to Khanom town; around 700 baht between Khanom and Sichon; also around 700 baht from Khanom to Don Sak (for the Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao ferry piers); and up to 1,700 baht to either of the nearest airports.

Unless you have your own wheels, the only way to get between Khanom and Sichon is to catch one of the minibuses running between Khanom and Nakhon Si Thammarat. In Sichon, these pick up and drop off alongside Highway 401, a busy trucking route. If heading north up to Khanom from Sichon, you’ll have to take an elevated walkway across the highway and wait at a bus stop along the north-bound lane before flagging down the minibus as it passes.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Khanom and Sichon? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.


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