Exploring the Khanom and Sichon coast

Exploring the Khanom and Sichon coast

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Beach bums who prefer to have at least a half-kilometre of sand all to themselves will dig the Khanom and Sichon area, where a few days of exploring could introduce you to more than a dozen different beaches, bays and peninsulas. Throw in some waterfalls, mountains, jungle-shrouded roads and coastal viewpoints, and you’ve got a seaside adventure worth penning home about.

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Sea meets sky near Ao Thong Yang. Photo by: David Luekens.
Sea meets sky near Ao Thong Yang. Photo: David Luekens

We started at the far northern point of Ao Khanom, where Haad Kho Khao hosts a slew of seafood restaurants on its golden sand. From here, a beach road runs straight south alongside Haad Nadan, a picturesque eight-kilometre-long stretch of fine, light-tan sand where you could easily drop anchor for the duration of your trip. Backed by coconut groves and a handful of resorts, umbrella and tonsai trees shade the wide beach in many places.

After passing the southern end of Haad Nadan, a clearly marked sign points left to Haad Nai Phlao and a narrow road ascends before dropping down into a small cluster of shops, eateries and resorts found just inland. While this crescent of fine sand is shorter than Nadan, the scenery is more striking thanks to a backdrop of mountains draped in dense tropical growth.

A fine stretch of Haad Nadan in front of Baan Civilize Resort. Photo by: David Luekens.
A fine stretch of Haad Nadan in front of Baan Civilize Resort. Photo: David Luekens

The road continues south for several kilometres from Nai Phlao, passing the turnoff for the small but refreshing Hin Dat Waterfall. Several unmarked trails diverge from the concrete and pierce through thin forests, emerging at rocky outcrops shaped by the surf. Some of these afford sweeping views back to Haad Nadan, with Ko Tean and perhaps Ko Samui looming vaguely in the background. A few wild boars snorted about near one path; they were harmless, but the red ants made us wish we’d worn shoes rather than ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,000 words.)

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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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Our top 4 other sights and activities in and around Khanom And Sichon

Thong Yang Waterfall
Thong Yang Waterfall

Cool off in the jungle

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Dolphin-spotting boat trips

Meet the sea residents

Khao Dat Fa
Khao Dat Fa

Ocean and mountain views

Waterfalls in Khanom
Waterfalls in Khanom

Not bad for a quick dip