Enjoy the calm and beautiful coastline of Khanom, located in southern Thailand and not yet a fully discovered tourist destination. The district is an untouched oasis for nature and culture lovers and offers some of the country’s most amazing beaches, waterfalls, islands, food and beverage experiences.
Khanom is a small, quiet town in Nakhon Si Thammarat, the province adjacent to the more well-known provinces of Surat Thani, Krabi and Trang. It’s a charming alternative destination away from busy tourist areas with a long coastline along the Gulf of Thailand with vast beautiful beaches, unspoiled lush forests and a profound cultural heritage. Here’s a guide for exploring one of Thailand’s undiscovered jewels.
Never ending beaches
Khanom would be best described as a near perfect beach destination, a hidden paradise away from nightlife and shopping. There are numerous beaches to mention, all along the coastline by the Gulf of Thailand. Nadan Beach is one of the longest beaches in Thailand with its nine kilometres. Nearby is Nai Phlao, a shorter beach just as sacred and peaceful. Thong Ching Beach is situated north of Nadan and is a dream come true for those searching for silence and untouched nature. Kwang Pao Beach is well protected and located in northern Khanom and shaped like a half-moon, a great destination for those looking to relax. Going further south, in the Sichon district, the Hin Ngam Beach overlook beautiful and unusual rock formations – a perfect destination for relaxing with a good book under forest canapé.
Thrilling nature experiences
No trip to Khanom is complete without a boat trip with the local boats-man. To experience the islands hopping around Khanom – a guaranteed less crowded area. And if one is lucky, you may see the pink dolphins along the coast.
Trek with a breath-taking view to Krung Ching Waterfall in Khao Luang National Park, a park famous for numerous waterfalls, spreading out all over the park. Kayaking in the mangrove forest is another way to experience the nature, and see various types of birds, fish and small creatures.
Discover Khao Wang Thong cave in Khanom district. The cave has large and small chambers with amazing stalagmites and stalactites of add sizes and shapes like pagodas, dinosaurs, custard apples and fried eggs. Some chambers are accessed by climbing and crawling, making it fun for visitors.
Cleanse your feet in a natural fish spa from the natural stream of Cho Waterfall. The minutes you stick your feet into the water, tens and then hundreds of them will rush and cleanse your feet. Laugh and relax in the natural green surroundings.
Exploring the cultural heritage
Discover history of Buddhism and the cultural heritage. Visit Wat Phra Mahathat, one of the oldest and the most important temple in Thailand. It is the largest temple in the South and is believed to be more than 1,000 years old. The temple museum exhibits art objects found in the region. Nearby you can find Silverware and Neilloware, the province’s famous handicraft and souvenirs.
How to get to Khanom
To get to Khanom, you can take an international flight from the Nordic/the Baltic to Bangkok, followed by a regional flight from Bangkok Donmuang airport to Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport or from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport to Surat Thani Airport. From there, it’s 70-80 kilometers to Khanom. Another way is fly to Krabi Airport and then go by car for 3 hours. Otherwise, if perhaps you’re already in Koh Samui, you can simply take a private boat over to Khanom or ferry to Nakhon Si Thammarat followed by car.
780 kilometres drive from Bangkok. Nearest is Surat Thani province, Koh Samui and Khao Sok.
Express trains departing from Bangkok Railway station to Nakhon Si Thammarat (12-14 hrs).
Plan and combine your holiday
Koh Samui – Khanom – Nakhon Si Thammarat
Nakhon Si Thammarat – Khanom – Khao Sok / Khao Lak / Krabi / Phuket