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Ao Yai on Ko Phayam, picture by © ed.h
White sand beaches, where mass tourism has not arrived and you get a lot of sand for yourself, paths in the dense jungle, cashew-nut plantations and places to snorkel. "A breath of fresh air, think Samui in the early 80’s and you’re getting close", grazee describes Koh Phayam on travelfish.org. Around 500 people make their living on fishing, cashew nut, rubber farming and tourism of course. Today many are working in the tourism industry. Aow Mae Mai village near the pier with the Post office, some shops and restaurants but no ATM is the small centre of the island. There are no cars, you have to walk (many paths) or rent a motorbike. On the West coast you find a temple in the sea. The island still has many cheap budget bungalows. Read also Tezza's report on Backpackin Thailand and Alex Franmgos' tip for a good noodle soup on wsj.com or Rough Guide. The island is part of the Mu Ko Ranong National Park อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะพยาม. More and also maps of the Mo Koo Pha Yam National Park. See also this great photo-report by hadrin.com. And well, don' miss to read, what Scott tells us about Koh Phayam.
Temple in the sea: Wat Phayam. Picture ed.h
Buffalo Bay, picture by © prilfish
Hut, picture by © ed.h
Ao Kao Kwai
During tide there is no water in the bay.
Vijit Bungalows: From 300 Bath.
Mr. Gao: From 500 Bath.
Payam Cottage Resort: From 1400 Bath.
Ao Mae Mai:
Blue Sky Resort: From 3200 Bath. Villas on stilts over the water next to the mangroves.
Andamanburi Resort: It's not on the beach but not so far.
Aow Yai Bungalows: From 300 Bath.
Baan Suan Kayoo Cottages: From 400 Bath. See picture by Bonazera.
Big Tree Bungalows: From 200 Bath.
Buffalo Bay Vacation Club: From 1000 Bath with fan and 4000 Nath with aircon.
Ko Payam Resort: Ten bungalows with open air shower
Koh Phayam Sanctuary: You can rent two houses for one month or longer, located inside the island, you walk from Ao Yai Beach 10 to 15 minutes.
Phayam Coconut Beach Resort:
Phayam Lodge: It has a dive center with PADI courses.
Smile Hut Thai: From 400 Bath.
PP Land Resort: Paul (Belgian) and Pearl (Thai) prise their resort as organic and ecological friendly, they grow the majority of the food right on the property.
How you get to Ko Phayam:
From Ranong: At Saphon Pla Pier ferries leave at 09:00 and 14:00 and arrive on the island about 2 hours later (150 Baht). A speed boat leaves from Ton Son Pier at 10:00, 14:30 and 17.30, arriving 40 minutes later (350 Baht). Pon's Place in Ranong is a travel agent, who can help you booking the resorts and a boat for Koh Phayan.
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