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.
- Uncrowded beaches
- Hike through the jungle
- Swim in the waterfalls
- Friendly atmosphere
- Great value
- Venture into amazing caves
- See rare pink dolphins
- Joyfully tranquil