Khanom, Thailand

Looming limestone mountains are a striking change from the soft, white sands that stretch for 9km on Khanom’s coast. Local markets, waterfalls and natural exfoliating fish spas in mountain rivers all await your arrival at Khanom. The shy, but incredible, pink dolphins are a must-see and can be spotted off Khanom’s coast – they really are pretty in pink. Just a ferry ride away from party-cool Koh Samui, Khanom’s waters are dotted with long-tail boats and the local fisherfolk, whose ancestors have traded here for around 800 years.

When to go

Like most of Thailand, Khanom has a wet and a dry season. Make the most of the sunshine from March to June – Thailand’s designated hot season. Although the rainy season is mostly sunny, when the rain does come, boy does it pour. This eastern coastline sees most rainfall between September and December, even though the monsoon season runs from July to October.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Khanom is truly off the beaten track when compared to Thailand’s other beach destinations, so a direct flight to Khanom is out of the question. You can, however, fly to a number of nearby airports and then arrange transportation. A 70-minute flight from Bangkok will take you to Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport (NST) and you can also whizz to Surat Thani Airport (URT) on a one-hour flight from Bangkok. Check out Air Asia and Thai Airways for their daily flights to both airports from Bangkok, but keep in mind you’ll need to arrange ground transportation to Khanom via bus or car.
  • Boats

    If you're coming from Koh Samui, it's a 45-minute boat ride from Nathon Pier to Don Sak pier on the mainland.
  • Automobiles

    If you plan on hiring a scooter or a motorbike, make sure to rent a helmet, too. Thailand is famous for its non-existent road rules and tourist prangs, so be safe and wear decent footwear. If you plan on exploring further inland or up the beach, a car might be a better option. Budget and Avis have plenty of cars for hire from Surat Thani Airport.
  • Taxis

    Taxis are a great way to get around, but often don’t have working metres, so make sure you negotiate a price before you go for a ride.