Long Beach, Ko Phra Thong

BEACH
Long Beach is a 10 kilometers long beach with golden sand on Ko Phra Thong. It is an impressive, deserted beach that is wide even at high tide. There are 2 stays, one at the northern end of the beach and the other at the very south of the beach, and furthermore you will find beach, beach and even more beach.

The swimming conditions are good all day. On this beach are usually waves that make it better to go snorkeling at the 2 bays north of Long Beach.

WHERE TO STAY
On the northern end is BABA Ecolodge, which is an exceptionally well-designed resort in the higher segment, where all bungalows are different. It’s a great place to stay. If you are looking for a home stay with a Thai family, it is better to go to the southern point of the beach and stay at Aromdee Homestay’s budget bungalows.

Both stays have a restaurant. If you stay at BABA Ecolodge you can eat at the restaurants at Golden Beach, which is a 15-minute walk. If you stay at Aromdee Homestay, there are no alternative dining options nearby.

ISLAND
In Ko Phra Thong (North Andaman), tourism is only just emerging. There are more than 15 km of pleasant beaches and about 10 places to stay. Most lodgings are clustered in 2 small bays on the northwest side of the island. The island is perfect for nature lovers who want to get off the beaten track. Ko Phra Thong also places a strong emphasis on eco-tourism and sustainability. Efforts are made to protect the island’s fragile ecosystems and support local communities.

WHAT TO DO
This remote island is a haven for diverse animals such as barking deer, gibbons, snakes, wild boars and pangolins. It is an ideal spot for birdwatching, with more than 100 species of birds such as the white-bellied sea eagle and the hornbill.

The island is flat and on the east side are several swamps. Enjoy the sand dune landscape, which Thais call the savannah of Ko Phra Thong. There are no ATMs, so make sure to bring cash!

TRANSPORT
Ko Phra Thong is a bit further from the airports. Fly to Phuket or Ranong and take the bus to Kuraburi. The bus between Ranong and Phuket stops at Kuraburi station. At the pier you can arrange a longtail boat that will drop you off at the island (1500 – 1700 baht).

At some stays it is possible to rent scooters, but keep in mind that there are only a few concrete roads on the island.