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Khanom (ขนอม) is a small town in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, along the Central Gulf Coast.

Understand

Khanom is relatively unspoiled by tourists and a bit off of the beaten path, but still fairly easy to get to. It is a small, quiet fishing town with lovely beaches. It is a great stopping point when travelling through southern Thailand.

Khanom has several bays and beaches stretching more than 10 km along the gulf. Khanom Bay is the main tourist area, comprising 9 km of beaches from north to south: Kor Khao, Na Dan, Nai Plao. Accommodations on the beach is mostly mid-range or high-end but there are some economical options as well.

Distances are great and there is no public transport to and from beaches.

The centre of Khanom is split into See Yak and Bangnode, about 2-3 km apart. Minibus stations are in-between.

Get in

By mini-bus - You can get to Khanom from the nearby cities of Surat Thani, an hour+ west of Khanom, (100 baht) or Nakhon Si Thammarat, an hour south of Khanom, (80 baht). Minibuses generally depart from the "old" bus terminal in the centre of Surat Thani.

By bus - Overnight buses to Khanom depart from Sai Tai Taling Chan Bus Terminal (Southern bus terminal) in Bangkok, and they pass Surat Thani's new bus terminal on the way. There are only a few buses a day, and they can get fully booked hours before departure, so buy tickets in advance.

By taxi from Donsak Ferry Pier (which is the ferry to/from Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan). A songthaew between Donsak and Khanom is about 60 baht, but runs only a few times a day.

Get around

The best way to get around is by motorbike. The town and beaches have very little traffic so it is safe to ride a motorbike around to get to the local attractions and to check out the different beaches.

See

The beaches are nice and practically deserted. There are 2 caves in the area, a few waterfalls, and a nice paved road up Dat Fa Mountain.

Do

Relax, see some of the natural, unspoiled attractions in the area. Hike or mountain bike through the jungle to the waterfalls and caves or kayak and swim off of any beach.

Go to the Wednesday morning market in town and see the variety of fruits, veggies and fish and other local merchandise.

Buy

Eat

  • Bluebar, (opposite Coco Loco). Blues-man keeps a nice bar where he displays and sells his art. Restaurant has the best massaman curry in Khanom.
  • Coco Loco Bar & Restaurant, (on the beach road in Nadan beach). Restaurant has pizzaz and Thai food. Separate beach bar right on the beach. Thai foods 50-80 baht, pizzas 250-280 baht.
  • Dusty Gecko, (centre of Bangnode opposite Tesco Lotus). Finnish-owned restaurant has all kinds of tasty foods and drinks.

Drink

Beach bars:

  • CC Bar, 28/1 Moo 6 Tambon Khanom, Amphoe Khanom (Nadan Beach), +66 87 893 8745, [1]. Run by Charlie, a British expat. Huge menu of cocktails. Very good food, Western and Thai. Bungalows for rent. Free with lots of good advice. Highly recommended.
  • Coco Loco, Nadan Beach.
  • Reggae Bar, Nadan Beach. Relaxed bar on the beach. Lots of nice wooden tables looking on to the ocean. Music in the evneings and a volleyball net. Also tents to rent for the night for 50 baht and some huts for 200 baht.

Other bars:

  • Rimkron, Bangnode. Very popular with ths locals. Live music. Drinks and food.
  • Warm Ball, Nadan Beach. Live music. Drinks and food.

Sleep

There are hotels/resorts/rooms from about 300 baht to about 5,000 baht a night. Not much need to book ahead yet, this may change in the next year or two if Khanom is "discovered".

  • Baan Chayla Resort, Khanom Beach, +66 819 702 465. Nice beach resort, cozy and new bungalows for two persons with A/C, fridge, hot water, TV, WiFi. Motorbikes for 200 baht per day. Friendly staff, only basic English spoken. 800 baht. (9,9,15,99,52,20)
  • Baan Nadan, +66 89 699 9232. Small, 3-storey hotel next to the Golden Beach Resort, 50 m from Ao Na Dan Beach. Modern, new rooms with concrete finish, balcony, TV, fridge and very comfortable beds. One of the rare beach hotels from which you could theoretically walk into town (30 minutes). No restaurant, a mini market with limited goods next door, 100 m to nearest motorbike rental. No English spoken at reception. A/C rooms 590 baht, cheaper rooms 490 baht.
  • Baan Thong Ching Resort, +66 87 915 8822, [2]. New resort, separate Thai-style bungalows. If you want to escape from the madding crowd or unwind from the stresses of modern life in an unspoiled beach setting, this is the resort for you.
  • Talkoo Beach Resort, 23/9 Moo 2 (Nadan Beach), +66 75 528 532. Bungalows on the beach. 650-1,500 baht.

Get out

There are mini-buses that leave from Khanom every hour from about 06:00 until 16:00 to Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat. There is also big bus and a VIP bus that goes to Bangkok every day at 17:30. It arrives in Bangkok about 12 hours later.

Khanom is between 2 bigger cities and about 20 mins away from Donsak Ferry pier, which has ferries to Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan.



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