There are a few Koh Phayam beaches to choose from but picking the one that’s best for you depends on what you’re looking to do while you’re here. Here’s the lowdown on the best beaches you can stay on.
Buffalo Bay (Ao Kao Kwai), north-west coast
This beach is on the northwest coast and will serve you well for sunsets if you stay on the upper part of the beach. The reason for this is that the bay is protected on each side by large wooded outcrops and if you stay too far south these will block your view of the sun going down. The top half of the beach should be just fine though. At low tide the water disappears to leave wide flats which are ideal for sauntering along at dusk… [read more]
Ao Yai (Long Beach), south-west coast
You’ll have a great view of the sunset from anywhere on Ao Yai as it is perfectly positioned for watching the sun drop into the ocean. It’s also a beach that gets a few waves either side of high season when the sea is a little more choppy. You can can do a bit of body boarding and surfing at this time if the waves rise high enough. If you don’t have your own board you can always rent one from the bungalows on the beach… [read more]
Ao Kwang Peeb (Monkey Beach), north coast
There’s a small and rustic collection of huts to stay in here (Kwangpeeb Bay Resort) but whether you make it your base or not you should visit this beach regardless when staying on Koh Phayam. The beach is not long when compared to the main two beaches on the island (above) but it’s beautiful nonetheless with the trademark squeaky sand and glassy-clear waters that you can become accustomed to on this paradise isle.
There are some other beaches on the island but either of the first two above are your best bet because there are a few different bungalow operations on each of these beaches so you will have more choice about where you go to drink and dine.
Some other Koh Phayam beaches you could check out are ‘Ao Pai’, ‘Ao Mea-Mai’ and ‘Ao Mook’ on the eastern side of the island as well as ‘Ao Ko-Kyu’ on the more remote southern end if you’re looking for total seclusion.