Khanom and Sichon

Khanom and Sichon

Just kick back

Lengthy seaside roads wind past cows grazing under coconut trees before ending at secluded bays. Shaggy mountains conceal little-known waterfalls within a short ride of the coast, where you can kick back on an empty patch of sand or watch the teal waves roll in from a rocky viewpoint. Beaches stretch for some 50 kilometres in Khanom and Sichon, two districts straddling the Gulf of Thailand in the far northern reaches of Nakhon Si Thammarat province.

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Advantages of holidaying here, rather than on the nearby islands of Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan, include better-value beachfront accommodation and a sedate setting that’s free of scamming tuk tuk drivers, tacky bars and other banes of mainstream tourism. We’re talking serious peace and quiet. A spread-out landscape means that Khanom and Sichon are best suited to cyclists or anyone up for hiring some wheels to get around.

Beats a concrete jungle. : David Luekens.
Beats a concrete jungle. Photo: David Luekens

Instead of seeing migrant workers constructing yet another huge resort, you’ll come across local fishermen patching up their wooden boats. Rather than stepping over gap-year backpackers nursing hangovers, you’ll meet families and older couples chilling out long-term in rented beach houses. The area gets its share of Thai tourists but is by no means busy, even in peak season.

If hunting for secluded beaches and waterfalls by motorbike sounds like your idea of a great holiday, then Khanom and Sichon are for you. Eight different beaches are included in our coverage, and the sand keeps right on stretching north to Don Sak in Surat Thani province and south past Nakhon Si Thammarat town and beyond. Pack a picnic and see where the sea breeze ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,300 words.)

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