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Ko Phayam, Thailand

Ko Phayam, ThailandKo Phayam is a very small (17 km2) island in the northern Thai Andaman Sea near to the border of southern Myanmar. The 364m high island is located 30 km south of the provincial city of Ranong and about 15 km west of the mainland. Ko Phayam is still a very natural island with wild forests and swamps, but also nice long sandy beaches. The few Thai people grow coconut palm trees, cashnew nut trees and rubber trees to earn their lifes. Tourism is a growing factor, but only in some months of the year. Nevertheless the inhabitants decided, that Ko Phayam should remain an island without cars and watersports, but with lots of nature and clean air.

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Spending holidays on Ko Phayam means relaxing, hiding away and enjoying silence and nature. Life is very simple and basic, as bungalows on the beach an on the island are. The supply with elecrtic power is still not available all day. But the people are friendly and open minded, and fresh Thai food in various simple restaurants is as good as nearly everywhere in Thailand. It can be very much recreational to be on Ko Phayam for some days.

Beaches on Ko Phayam

Long beach (Haad Yai) in the west is the longest and best beach for sunsets and enjoying beach life. There is a lot of space for a lonesome spot under a tree or for jogging on the wide beach during low tide. There is nothing much to do but relaxing, reading books or having a drink in a beach bar or restaurant. Wifi is available in some places. And at nighttime a few bars are open for pool billard and music.

Buffalo bay (Ao Khwai) is a flat sandy bay in the north of Phayam. During low tides the water disappears from half of the bay, but at high tide it is like a big bath tube with warm and calm bright blue water. The beach is divided into two areas, where the small beach resorts are located. It is a place to be for people who are seeking silence and a very relaxing atmosphere.

There are some short beaches like Ao Mae Mai on the eastern side of Phayam near to the piers and the village. These places are ok for people without a focus on beach life but to do some other activities.


Ko Phayam Ao Yai

Ko Phayam Ao Yai

Ko Phayam Ao Yai




Ko Phayam Ao Yai

Ko Phayam Ao Yai

Ko Phayam Ao Yai

Things to do

A few resorts on Ko Phayam offer boat trips for fishing, snorkeling or diving. The best places are not around the island but a bit more south in the Andaman Sea. Daytrips to Ko Surin nationalpark or to the smaller islands of Ko Kam can be worthwhile, if the weather and sea conditions are fine. In the future trips into the Mergui archipelago in Myanmar with its hundreds of unspoiled islands will be possible.

Exploring the small island is an option using a rental motorbike or a bicycle. In about one hour nearly every spot reachable by roads can be visited.

Ranong airport

Phayam pier

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Ranong B Hotel and bistro

Ranong center

Ranong songtaew

Getting there

Ranong mapExpressboats and speedboats are leaving the Phayam pier in Ranong every day. Express boats (200 Baht p.p.) start at 9.30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and need about 3 hours to the pier on Ko Phayam. Speedboats (350 Baht p.p.) start as demanded and full and need 40 min.

Nokair offers two flights daily (early morning and afternoon) from Bangkok Don Mueang to Ranong. Minibus shuttles drive from the airport to the town or pier for 200 Baht p.p. If taking the flight in the afternoon, an overnight stay is necessary in Ranong.

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Overland buses are reaching Ranong from Bangkok (8-9 hours) or Phuket/Khao Lak (4/2 hours).

Ko Phayam map

Weather and climate

The climate on Ko Phayam is tropical with a long rainy period from May till end of November and lots of rain and storm coming from he indian ocean. From December till april the weather is fine and calm with sunshine and blue seas. The daytime temperature ranges between 28 and 33 degrees Celsius and the water temperature is around 28 degrees. High season is from December till March.


There are many small bungalow resorts along the beaches and in the middle of the island. They are all family owned with a very friendly but simple atmosphere. The prices are still quite low. If you decide to live along the small road that leads thru the island, you will be part of the daily life on Ko Phayam. While being on the beach will mean relaxing and hiding away from life a bit. An interesting location to sleep is Lamai Resort in the center of the island on a hill top with wonderful views and a panoramic restaurant. The best beach resorts is probably the Blue Sky Resort on the east side, but the beach is not the best. On Buffalo Bay we recommend The Buffalo Bay Vacation Club and the Heaven Beach Resort. On Long Beach Phayam Lodge is a good choice, if you like higher quality bungalows. Please check out your resort on our map and book online here with agoda:

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Note: there are no ATM money machines and banks on the island.

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