Khanom (ขนอม) in Nakhon Si Thammarat is one of these places that you don’t know if you should not talk about it and keep it for yourself or simply spread the word as this place is gorgeous.

Before reaching Khanom, everyone I knew who went there was telling me about the beauty of the place and being untouched by mass tourism. Beautiful and untouched is definitely a good definition of the place.

I’ve spent two nights in Khanom exploring the many beaches spread on the 30 kilometers (or so) of coastline. The beautiful and easy to reach Kho Khao and Na Dan beaches surprised me with their clear water.

Ao Tong Yee beach, at the south, was more challenging as they are building a new road that will reach the town of Sichon. On this road in construction, I spotted this little trail that led me to an awesome beach filled with huge rocks. I chilled there, alone, for an hour of calm.

Up north, Kwang Pao bay is also gorgeous with its little fishermen village and few resorts. In the same area, you got Laem Prathap, a cape that mixes views of sea and mountains. Talet bay is also nearby with its bridge heading right between two mountains, a beautiful sight. Talet Bay is also the embarkment point for the pink dolphins sightseeing. Yeah, you can find pink dolphins in Khanom. I will keep this excursion for another visit tho.

A bit inland, you got the Chan Thattharam Temple, a lonely temple on top of a hill. It is very close to the popular Coral Pagoda. I preferred the atmosphere and the view of the temple.

Fish spas have been a trend a few years ago that slowly died, but in Khanom it is alive and well with its natural ponds and creeks filled with these fishes ready to manicure your feet.

What about food and drinks? Khanom Espresso is a very popular coffee shop in town while the Saturday night “walking street” offers enough food to keep you full for the whole weekend.

An unexpected visit was my trip to Khao Wang Thong Cave. The road leading to the cave is picturesque while the cave itself is huge! I’ve never seen a cave with such a big main chamber with huge stalactites. As the guide was telling me, this is the most well-preserved cave in Thailand.

As you can see, attractions in Khanom (ขนอม) are spread all around the district. Even the resorts are usually far from each other and not necessarily close to main roads, but you end up getting rewarded by a gorgeous and quiet place.

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