Slow Life on Koh Phayam

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How about a quiet day on Koh Phayam? I’d like to take you on a photographic journey to this island in the Andaman Sea. Koh Phayam is off the coast to Rayong Province in the East of Thailand near to the Gulf of Thailand. The island is about 30 km from Ranong.

Koh Phayam

Koh Phayam amazing seascape (photo: Siwaphong Pakdeetawan @knack66)

Koh Phayam’s amazing seascape (photo: Siwaphong Pakdeetawan @knack66)

Koh Phayam has two major beaches which are called Ao Yai (Great Bay) and Ao Kao Kwai (Buffalo Bay). As the name suggests, Ao Yai is the largest beach which is located on the west coast. In point of fact, this bay has beige-grey sand and is 300m wide and 3km long.

Beach and boats on Koh Phayam*

Beach and boats on Koh Phayam*

You can head to the isle via ferry. Actually, on the island, the main means of transportation are motorbikes since there are no roads where cars can drive.

Heading to the island via ferry, Ao Yai*

Heading to the island via ferry, Ao Yai near the Andaman Sea*

Koh Phayam is thought to be one of the most beautiful Thai islands. Thus, the isle has many amazing and also pristine beaches. In fact, it’s a nice place to chill in a hammock or lounge chair enjoying a refreshing drink like coconut water 🙂

Fresh coconuts at Koh Phayam, Ao Kao Kwai*

Fresh coconuts at Koh Phayam, Ao Kao Kwai*

Chill in a hammock on one of the most beautiful Thai islands*

Chill in a hammock on one of the most beautiful Thai islands*

Indeed, this island has been a favourite destination for hippies and globetrotters, thus some of the beaches are not so tranquil and clean anymore. However, in the northwest there is a more natural and untouched beach called Ao Kao Kwai. In fact, this beach is quite clear and not so much polluted.

Pristine seascape at Buffalo Bay, Ao Kao Kwai*

Pristine seascape at Buffalo Bay, Ao Kao Kwai*

There are not so many people either, hence this beach seems to be cosy, secluded and private. Nonetheless, Buffalo Bay is not lonely since you may encounter one of the furry inhabitants like this dog 🙂

A dog on the island*

A dog on the island*

You may also spot an amazing landscape like this rockformation or a storm approaching. There are also such stunning things like a floating pagoda at the pier.

Land- and seacape, rockformation on the island near Ranong*

Land- and seacape, rockformation on the island near Ranong*

Is there a storm appraoching? Andaman Sea, Koh Phayam*

Is there a storm appraoching? Blue sky and beach at the Andaman Sea*

A floating pagoda at a pier in Koh Phayam*

A floating pagoda at a pier in Koh Phayam*

Finally, I hope you enjoyed my little photographic trip to Koh Phayam. If you have the chance, make the island you next destination… 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

(all photos in this post, credit to Siwaphong Pakdeetawan @knack66)

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  1. Steffi says:

    Love this article! Koh Phayam is on my Thailand travels bucketlist and I haven’t made it there yet! I’ve written a summary of lots of the Thai islands on my Thailand blog http://www.beachbumadventure.com/best-thai-islands/

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