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A bit of a hidden gem, Khanom offers both holidaymakers and longer-term residents all the joys of the Land of Smiles – only at lower prices than normal.

Originally founded as the town of Tranom in 1365, the city and district of Khanom lies at the northern tip of Nakhon Si Thammarat, one of Thailand’s southern-most provinces – and also one of the least touristy parts of the whole country. Whether you are a tourist looking to experience the often elusive “real Thailand”, or you are looking to buy a piece of Thai real estate somewhere where you can avoid the millions of sun-hungry foreigners that invade Thailand every year, Khanom may well be one of your best bets.

The district is well-known for its incredibly beautiful natural scenery (even by Thai standards) and great selection of unspoiled beaches, most of which are nestled comfortably between the picturesque shale and limestone mountains of the northern part of the Nakhon Si Thammarat mountain range. This is where the Gulf of Thailand really gets exotic and breathtaking – in fact so much so, that the Thai government has chosen to protect large parts of the coastline through the creation of the Hat Khanom – Mu Ko Thale Tai National Park. That way, this unique landscape can be preserved for future generations to gawk at, hike in and swim at the foot of, and the many caves, waterfalls and other natural treasures of the in-land area can continue to be the photographic highlights of more than a few family photo albums across the globe.

Highlights of Khanom

Among the many beaches of the district, Nai Plao Beach remains the most popular. And should you at some point become tired of backstroking carelessly through the waters of the Gulf, you can always put on some sturdy footware and explore some of the many geologically, historically and mythologically fascinating caves that are found in the hills close to Khanom town. The most famous one of these is Khao Wang Thong cave, but other major spots include Khao Luang, Khao Phlao and Khao Dat Fa at the southeastern boundary to Sichon, and Khao Chai Son adjacent to Khanom Bay.

However you choose to spend your time in and around Khanom, this “hidden gem” at the southern end of the Gulf of Thailand promises you all the peace, tranquility, natural beauty, small-town atmosphere and Thai culture you could wish for. And it’s cheap too. How’s that for a great deal!


5 Responses to “Khanom – Beautiful, Serene, Peaceful. Oh! And Affordable Too!”

  1. george

    in general i agree – khanom and its surrounding is really beautiful. this is why i have been living there for a couple of years. however, it’s not cheap at all – it used to be, yes, but that’s over. in fact i never understood why you can easily find a bungalow for 300 – 500 baht a night over at koh samui (which should be more expensive because it’s an island), but you hardly find one in khanom for less than 1’000 baht. yes, if you are really lucky and search around you may get one for 900 baht. but in general, you pay half the price for the same quality over at samui. it could be the resorts in khanom do not have an understanding of competition yet – but hopefully they will get it after a few empty seasons – otherwise the mass of tourists they are praying for will simply stay away.

    • Kristian Olsen

      Hi George,

      I do not know of any beachfront resorts or hotels in Koh Samui, where you can get a beachfront bungalow for 500 THB?
      Most of the rooms for rent in Khanom are beachfront and you can find from 600 THB.
      Off the beach you can find rooms from only 300 THB per night 😉

      I agree with you that the resort and hotel owners do not have much competition, so they tend to ask for higher rental prices, but you can always negotiate and get a far better price.
      Also some of the owners think that if you want a clean beach not overcrowded with foreign tourists, you must also pay for that 😉

      But in general Khanom is quite a bit more affordable for a holiday than say Phuket and Samui.

      None of the residents and owners in Khanom are looking towards any kind of mass tourism…they want Khanom to stay as genuine as possible and not fall into the same trap as say Ao Nang in Krabi and Jomtien in Pattaya…

      • Kristian Olsen

        And of course, when talking about affordable prices it is also meant for the beachfront land, which is the cheapest prices in Thailand!

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