Just east of Khanom town, Haad Nadan boasts the area’s largest selection of accommodation and restaurants. It makes a good, comfortable base for exploring the area and the beach itself has some excellent stretches. Some travellers will prefer the more forested setting of Haad Nai Phlao further south, which is still within fairly easy reach of Khanom town and has more of a small beach village feel. Down in Sichon district, Haad Sichon is home to one of our favourite resorts and is within walking distance of Sichon town. Those looking to stay closer to charming seaside village life and further from the town should consider long and beautiful Haad Piti. If you’re after isolation and you have your own wheels, Ao Thong Yang could be interesting for a night or two.
We have 10 places to stay in and around Khanom and Sichon.
Covering a sizable chunk of Ao Khanom, Haad Nadan was the first beach in the area to see resorts built, and a few of the originals have seen better days. Tourism seems to have reached a maximum level and the majority of this multi-kilometre-long beach is still backed by coconut groves. Most of our favourite places to stay are found towards the south, where all budgets are catered for.
More tightly packed than Haad Nadan, Haad Nai Phlao has a smattering of small resorts and guesthouses set along a narrow beach road that cuts right beside the sand in places. With several restaurants and shops clustered close together, Nai Phlao is a better option if you’re not hiring your own wheels.
It’s possible to rent tents to camp at the more remote Ao Thong Yee, a few kilometres south of Haad Nai Phlao, but the tidal garbage was out of hand there at research time.
Just southeast of Sichon town and within walking distance of some darn good curry and rice shops, Haad Sichon is a small crescent of tan sand with two quality midrange resorts on the northern end. If you’re after cheaper accommodation, there a few small “resorts” with signs only in Thai offering concrete rooms in the 700 to 900 baht range about a half-kilometre south of Sichon Cabana.
Stretching for several miles to the south of Sichon, Haad Piti has one adorable bungalow joint that’s a great option for slowing down to the pace of the local lifestyle. The beach has finer sand than most in the area and for some reason it appeared to have less tidal garbage. If you’re after more of a midrange option here, the Sea Stone Hotel is a reasonable choice on the north end.
Isolated Thong Yang Bay has a single Thai-style resort and seafood restaurant on the beachfront, and the smaller Majetoy Resort located further up the hill on the way to Thong Yang Waterfall. Minimal English is spoken out here. Staying at Thong Yang would be next to impossible if you don’t have your own wheels (or boat), and even with transportation, you’ll be a solid 25-minute ride from Sichon town. Thankfully, the food served beachside is darn good.