Hidden Bay, Khanom

BEACH
Khanom Hidden Bay is 11 kilometers south of Khanom. You will find this small private bay at the southern end of Hat Nadan. You have to drive 3 kilometers along a small road up the hill to reach this idyllic bay.

WHERE TO STAY
Thongyee Camping offers only 2 basic bungalows, 1 two-person and 1 four-person bungalow. Make sure to contact them ahead to see which of the bungalows are available. A Thai family runs the place, and during our visit we saw 2 old ladies relaxing in the shade while taking care of their house monkey. Bring your own mosquito net since the bungalows are not mosquito proof. It will be a bizarre but great experience!

Thongyee Camping provides meals too, but if you would like to get dinner elsewhere, it is a 3 kilometer drive to the nearest restaurant.

PLACE
Khanom is a beautiful, sleepy town close to Surat Thani. If you want to avoid tourism on Ko Samui and Ko Phangan but still want good facilities, Khanom is the perfect alternative with its long, quiet beaches, surrounded by jungle-covered mountains and a turquoise and warm sea.

In the countryside there are many rubber and fruit plantations, and yellow-golden rice fields. The small town with its friendly people offers a relaxed way of life. Sea turtles come to lay eggs in October and January.

WHAT TO DO
There is a good choice of various fun day trips. One of our favorite activities is to rent a scooter and explore the neighborhood. Khanom is surrounded by untouched nature, beautiful fields, waterfalls and small secluded bays. Definitely don’t forget to visit the local market too!

A nice excursion is the Mu Ko Thale Tai National Park. It is home to a number of interesting caves, waterfalls, and mangrove forests and the Thale Tai Archipelago, an archipelago of eight islands known for their colorful coral reefs. Another well-known day trip is spotting the pink dolphins! The dolphins are often clearly visible, but no guarantees are given. It remains a fun boat trip, even if you are unlucky.

Khao Wang Thong Cave, a cave complex, is considered one of the province’s top tourist attractions. After climbing the stairs, you can enjoy the view of the mountains, fields and jungles. You will certainly meet monkeys during this climb. The entrance to the cave is next to the viewpoint. Khao Wang Thong is an impressive network of over limestone 15 caves. Make sure to enjoy and explore the stalagmites and stalactites, and hopefully you won’t be afraid of bats.

Near Khanom are 2 good beaches and a number of small bays. Our favorite place is the long beach Hat Nadan. Naiplau is a beautiful bay, but the main road runs so close to the beach that a good night’s sleep is not guaranteed. For this reason, Naiplau is not in our database.

TRANSPORT
Surat Thani is the main town in the southeast. You can reach it by plane, train or minibus. From Surat Thani to Khanom it is a 1-hour minibus ride for 100 baht per person. The bus and minibus to Khanom leaves from the main bus station in Surat Thani. Khanom is located 25 kilometers from Dansok Pier, and a taxi is approximately 200-300 baht. Khanom also has a good minibus connection with Nakhon Si Thammarat.

You can rent a scooter in town and make your own way to the beach or go on the back of a scooter taxi. You can rent scooters at most of hotels.