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!