To North West
Ao Hin Kong is a long bay that is mostly undeveloped, the
coral reef lies about 300 metres off the beach and Mangrove trees
line the coast giving the place an untouched feel, great for catching
a sunset in solitude. A sigh warns not to take seashells and corals
from the bay, respect this as it is a haven for nature and it
is illegal to take them home.
Sri Thanu is a peninsula lying between Hin Kong and Ao Sri Thanu.
It extends way out from the coast and the small beaches that populate
its coastline are close to the coral reef. It's also a good spot
for beach fishing. On the northern end of Sri Thanu Bay the beach
is split by a river estuary and has to be reached by footbridge,
the sand is plentiful and the beach wide.
Chao Phao has beautiful sunset views and softly curved bay that
is the image of paradise. The sand is white and fine and the sea
self is steeper before the reef, thus it is possible to swim whatever
the tidal conditions. The reef is about 100 metres from the beach
and once crossed the rich coral and vibrant sea life are an attraction
for divers and snorkellers.
Son is a secluded tropical getaway that has some good quality
resorts at its northern end. It is a small scenic palm fringed
cove with a wide stretch of white sand.
Yao or "Long Beach" is picture postcard material, with
a 1km beach that is wide enough to play football on with sunset
views, coral reef, beautiful vistas and more than enough space
to allow for its ever expanding popularity; many consider it the
Thian is a small secluded beach with only one resort. Here the
sand is courser mixed with coral deposits. It is fairly close
to the reef, but is shallow before it thus swimming conditions
are best in high tidal season unless you venture over the reef.
Gruad is a small picturesque beach with course sand and coral
deposits. It is too shallow to swim most of the time before the
mearby reef, but drops off fairly steeply after; there is one
Salad is a beautiful and peaceful beach; good for swimming in
high tidal seasons with a reef about 150 metres offshore that
is a well-known dive site.
Haad has recently gone through a lot of changes, it has greatly
improved road connections and there is a village building up behind
it. There are quite a few resorts, but as the beach is fairly
long, there's still enough room for solitude. It has sunset views
over Koh Ma and the waters and coral reef that surround it are
disignated as a Marine Park as they are so rich in sea life, with
turtles and small reef sharks. The beach has a sand bar that you
can walk across to reach Koh Ma.
Thong Lang or "Golden Deserted Beach" is exactly that.
At present there are still no permanent settlers there, although
recently a couple of huts have gone up but are rarely inhabited.
It has a shallow coral bay with a reef that creates a beautiful
lagoon in high tide.
beach on Ao Chaloklum is about 2 1/2km long, with the village
of Chaloklum right in the centre. As it is still primarily a fishing
village you can find the local fishermens wonderfully handcrafted
longtail boats with truck engines mounted on the back; a great
view to take in while eating in the local restaurants. At either
side of the village there are some nice wide stretches of palm
Khom is a pretty little beach on the east side of Chaloklum Bay,
known for its laid back vibes and is popular with longtermers
looking to get away from the hoards. It is a popular spot for
snorkelling due to the extensive living coral reef.