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Exploring the Khanom and Sichon coast

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 ... Read more about Exploring the Khanom and Sichon coast .

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Thong Yang Waterfall

Wrapped in the pristine jungle of the Khao Phlai Dam mountains, Thong Yang Waterfall cascades over several rocky tiers on its way to the equally stunning Thong Yang Bay in the far northern reaches of Sichon district. These gorgeous falls are part of a little-known national park that charges no admission fees and doesn’t even have an English sign set up along the road. It’s as if they don’t ... Read more about Thong Yang Waterfall .

Waterfalls in Khanom

If you’re tired of saltwater and wouldn’t mind a splash in the cooler water that runs down from Khanom’s mountain slopes, any of three small waterfalls could be worth a side trip. While Hin Lat, Samet Chun and Tha Noi are all little more than glorified streams, none are too difficult to reach and all will do the trick for a refreshing ... Read more about Waterfalls in Khanom .

Khao Dat Fa

Venerable dipterocarp trees tower over spindly reeds that stand at least 10 feet tall. Python-esque roots crack the footpath. Dragonflies, butterflies and all sorts of bugs smack into our faces as we motor upwards, pausing to let a long black snake slink across our path. Travellers looking for a two-wheeled adventure will find it on Khao Dat ... Read more about Khao Dat Fa .

Dolphin-spotting boat trips

The Khanom area is famous for the pink Irrawaddy dolphins that hang around off the coast -- at least when the sea isn’t too rough. You might get lucky and spot them while swimming anywhere in the area, but those who want a better chance of encountering these playful animals should arrange a boat trip. Especially if you can speak a little Thai and prefer to do things independently, it’s ... Read more about Dolphin-spotting boat trips .

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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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