Khanom Holidays

Home to just a handful of hotels there’s definitely no need to reserve a sun lounger at first light, and amongst the sheltered bays and frequently deserted beaches, you’ll often see only your own footprints in the sand.

The scenery isn’t too shabby either, with soaring limestone mountains peering over palm-tree lined roads, lush coconut or rubber plantations and stilted wooden houses. Inland, explore stalactite caves, waterfalls and natural exfoliating fish spas in mountain rivers.

The offshore waters are a breeding ground for pink dolphins, a rare albino variety with a striking pink hue. Take a boat trip in the hope of a closer encounter with these elusive creatures.

For a flavour of local life, visit one of the regular markets and browse stalls of exotic foodstuffs, or head for the harbour to see fishermen unload their catch of the day.

After dark, if it’s a party scene you’re after, then you’ll be disappointed. Away from the hotels, you will, however, find a few bars and restaurants, particularly around Nadan Beach.

Why visit Khanom?
  • Uncrowded beaches
  • Hike through the jungle
  • Swim in the waterfalls
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Great value
  • Venture into amazing caves
  • See rare pink dolphins
  • Joyfully tranquil
Featured Hotel in Khanom
Aava Resort & Spa excursion


Aava Resort & Spa

This attractive boutique resort nestles on gorgeous Nadan Beach and combines traditional Thai friendliness and family values with Scandinavian quality and elegance.

7 nights from £1085 pp

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Essential facts about Khanom
Local Time

GMT +7 hours


Thai Baht

Travel information

Approximately 1 hour by road from Surat Thani airport. Khanom is also 1½ hours by ferry from Koh Samui, or 3½ hours from Koh Phangan or Koh Tao. It is the nearest beach resort to Elephant Hills.

Best time to go

Khanom enjoys good weather for the majority of the year, however between November to mid-December it can be rather windy. The peak dry season is from March to May but even during the traditional rainy season (June to October) it usually only rains for a short period in the afternoon.