Khanom may be considered one of the most beautiful places in Asia where one can escape to nature, peace and beauty. Let me explain why.
The village itself spreads along a 9 km white beach. The fine sand starts right underneath the coconut trees and continues for 20-30 meters to the clear green water. There are no corals, no rocks, and the water is clear – all needed attributes for a perfect swimming place. I’ve seen quite a few beaches in my life. No doubts Khanom is one of the top five.
Except the three or four weeks in November when the NE monsoon brings strong winds and big waves, the weather is gorgeous – sunny, with a bit of breeze, just enough so you can breathe even on the hottest days.
Most of the Thais living in Khanom are farmers or fishermen. Either they go out on the sea for some fresh fish or squid, or they take care of their coconut or rubber plantations. Just a few have converted to tourism and opened small cozy resorts on the beach. Very quiet people, helpful and unspoiled by the mass tourism and consumerism. The very few resident foreigners are mostly English teachers them as well very decent and kind peo
Khanom is placed in between 3 airports: Surat Thani (100 km) and Nakhon si Thammarat (80 km) on the mainland, plus Samui on the island with the same name – 45 minutes away by speedboat. Therefore hundreds of different flight options to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Phuket or Krabi. The Donsak pier which serves Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao is 25 km away from the village. It takes 5 hours by minibus to Phuket and same to Malaesian boarder.
The nature and the tourist attractions.
The icon attraction for Khanom is the pink dolphins colony which patrols the cost every day. North-East to the village there is one national park, to the west lays another one. There are two waterfalls, and a cave within a few minutes drive from the village. If you venture 20 km to the South or North, you will discover many other small and lovely beaches. The mountains which guard the beach at both ends are covered in pristine jungle, full of colorful birds. Not to mention all the other natural or man-made wonders in Nakhon si Thammarat and Surat Thani provinces – all within one-two hours drive.
Anywhere else in the world such a beautiful beach would be crowded with tourists and people trying to make money out of tourists. You will not see any of that here. Only peace and quiet. If you go to the beach in the afternoon you will meet a few beach dogs, and maybe a fisherman working to catch something for dinner. Khanom is rather unknown to foreign tourists. Thai people come for holiday, and they do not go to the beach because they do not want to get tanned – the whiter one’s skin, the more beautiful it is. Hence the empty postcard-like beach.
There are a few resorts, not the cheapest in Thailand though, plenty of eateries and restaurants, a few houses and apartments for rent, as close as 100m to the beach. If you ever want to come, let me know, maybe I can help you.