Photo: Lazy time at Kwang Peeb.

The beaches of Ko Phayam

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Ko Phayam’s beaches range from secluded slices of sand hidden between mangroves to wide expanses that stretch on for several kilometres. All beaches offer plenty of space and are free of hawkers, jetskis and other annoyances found on busier islands, though sandflies are common. Also keep an eye out for giant sea otters swimming offshore.

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Ao Yai Also known as Long Beach, Ao Yai (“Big Bay”) boasts four kilometres of soft white sand. While narrow at high tide, it widens enough at low tide to host football and volleyball matches. It’s one of the few beaches in Thailand where the waves get big enough for surfing and boogie-boarding, and several resorts rent out boards. Phayam Lodge offers surf lessons as well. You can swim at any time but the sea often has stingers, tiny jellyfish larvae that make swimming unpleasant.

Ao Yai can get pretty busy... Photo taken in or around The beaches of Ko Phayam, Ko Phayam, Thailand by David Luekens.

Ao Yai can get pretty busy... Photo: David Luekens

Pine-like tonsai trees tower to the south before a small canal that can be crossed easily at low tide to reach Ao Yai’s more secluded far southern stretch. The bulk of resorts are found along a central to southern section that can get noisy at night due to beach parties. Backed by flat land with quite a few trees, Ao Yai is great for watching sunsets and for jogging at low tide. In low season it bares the brunt of hissing ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

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