Imagine a place with swaying coconut palms, a lush green landscape, limestone mountains and virtually untouched beaches where you can often see only your own footprints, well imagine no more, as that's Khanom in a nutshell! Relatively untouched by tourists, it is off the beaten track, yet still relatively easy to get to, and is ideal for those seeking peace, quiet and the feel of 'real Thailand'.
The small town of Khanom sits on the Gulf of Thailand in Nakhon Si Thammarat province and has several bays and beaches that stretch for nearly six miles along the coast. With only a handful of hotels the sands are often mostly deserted, so there's definitely no need to reserve a sun lounger at first light!
The scenery is glorious too with soaring limestone mountains covered in tropical greenery watching over the palm-tree lined roads, coconut or rubber plantations and local wooden houses on stilts. Inland there are beautiful stalactite caves and waterfalls to be explored.
The offshore waters are a breeding ground for pink dolphins, a rare albino breed with a stunning pink hue. They are regularly seen from the old ferry pier or, alternatively you can take a boat trip in the hope of a closer encounter with these elusive creatures.
For a flavour of local life, be sure to visit one of the regular markets and wander past the stalls brimming with exotic foodstuffs, or head towards the harbour and watch as the fishermen unload their catch of the day.
After dark, if it's a party scene your'e after then you'll be disappointed, as Khanom is all about peace and quiet. However, away from the hotels you will find a few bars and restaurants known for both their Thai and international cuisine, 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