Ao Khanom Travel Guide

Ao Khanom is a small town close to the popular island of Ko Samui. However, unlike Samui, there is a distinct lack of tourists. The beaches are free from holiday makers, hawkers and development.

You could be mistaken that you have stepped back to a time before Thailand was a commercial holiday destination as Ao Khanom is a traditional, peaceful and beautiful town. The lack of development adds to its charm and alongside its street shacks, local restaurants and fishing boats, a handful of mid-priced resorts can be found.

The best thing to do in Ao Khanom is laze on the beach and swim in the turquoise sea. Snorkeling in the area is also good as the lack of pollution caused by tourism is obvious in the abundance of marine life. About five miles to the south is another beach called Nai Phlao. This beach has a mountainous backdrop and emerald color sea and the scenery is more dramatic than Ao Khanom.

Getting There & Away

The nearest international airport can be found in Surat Thani, which is a two and a half hour bus journey from Ao Khanom. There are also regular train services running to and from Surat Thani (three hours) and Bangkok (12 hours). Local buses make the route to Ao Khanom from Surat Thani and other towns nearby.

Things to Do

Ao Khanom Attractions

Ao Khanom Beach

The main attraction in ao khanom is the four mile stretch of beach.