Category Archives: Best Local Hotspots of Khao Sok

ANDAMAN DISCOVERIES: KURA BURI

No trip through Southern Thailand is complete without a visit to the largely undeveloped fishing community of Kura Buri. Only a few hours away from the touristy areas of Phuket, Koh Samui, and Khao Lak, a very different experience awaits you.

Andaman Discoveries

Since our inception in 2004 as the North Andaman Tsunami Relief, our not-for-profit organization has endeavored to bring communities and travelers together in a unique way. Here, in the beautiful Northern Andaman region of Southern Thailand, friendly communities invite you to experience their traditional way of life and diverse eco-systems in an authentic and non-intrusive way.

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KOH PHAYAM ISLAND, JUST WILD ENOUGH!

The adorable kangaroo-shaped island of Koh Phayam is just 35 km and boasts long white sandy beaches amongst colorful coral reefs, amazing wildlife and the surrounding sparkling turquoise sea.

WHERE IS KOH PHAYAM?

Koh Phayam is a small, kangaroo-shaped island, 35 km from Ranong, opposite Burmese St. Matthew’s Island is the main tourist spot in Ranong province.

FACTS ABOUT KOH PHAYAM

Small roads without cars – just motorcycles and bicycle for cruising around. Electricity is delivered by solar energy as well as private generators. There are just three resorts on the island have electricity 24 hours a day: Buffalo Bay Vacation Club, Phayam Cottage and Blue Sky; though there are many more to choose from.

LOCAL ADVENTURE OPPORTUNITIES

The main village at the pier offers several restaurants, food stalls, shops selling food and supplies, as well as diving company offices and motorbike rental shops. Ko Phayam is a habitat for monkeys, wild animals and a variety of birds like Hornbill and Sea Eagle. At the south end of Buffalo Bay is a small sea gypsy settlement.
To learn more about this local favorite, click below and send us an email or check out the Koh Phayam website here.
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KHAO SOK RESORTS

Situated on 25 acres of privately owned rainforest, Our Jungle House Nature Resort offers authentic tree house accommodations in Khao Sok.  The low density development allows guests to feel like they are a part of the jungle and experience the sights and sounds directly from their rooms.  To learn more about Our Jungle House, you can contact them directly through the link above.
Just a few kilometers down the gentle river with a view of the Park beyond, Riverside Cottages offers great service and comfort in authentic wooden cottages for single travelers, couples, and  families.

WHERE IS khao sok town?

Approximately 45 minutes from Khao Sok Lake, nearby the headquarters of Khao Sok National Park. It is equidistant from the east and west coasts, making it the perfect stop over between Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi

LOCAL ADVENTURE OPPORTUNITIES

Our Jungle House and Khao Sok Riverside Cottages offer a nice selection of scenery and experiences, with most rooms looking out over a clear river stream to majestic jungle. Elephant bathing, canoeing, jungle trekking and river tubing are just some of the amazing activities that await you at this one-of-a-kind destination.
For more information, send us an email by clicking below; you can visit Riverside Cottages website and mention Andaman Discoveries for a special discount!

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TROPICAL SECLUSION AT KOH TALU ISLAND RESORT

Nestled on a small, private island in the Gulf of Thailand, you’ll find the picture-perfect Koh Talu Island Resort. A divers dream destination, the resort offers: sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaks, fishing, spa services and more!

WHERE IS KOH TALU?

The Koh Talu Island Resort is located on a little known private island that rests at the base of the Gulf of Thailand.

FACTS ABOUT KOH TALU

It’s miles of coral reef had been severely damaged by years of bomb fishing until a government restoration project was established in 1982. Since then, it has flourished as a rich breeding ground for many tropical species making it a spectacular destination for divers, snorkelers, and sun worshipers alike.

LOCAL ADVENTURE OPPORTUNITIES

Its miles of untouched beaches make it the perfect place for a sunset stroll or an ideal launch point for kayaking or sailing. Squid fishing, island trekking, and diving (both amatuer and professional) await you on this secret tropical paradise.
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KOH YAO NOI ... JUST RIGHT!

A true off-the-beaten-path destination, Koh Yao Noi offers snorkeling and diving as well as hiking, swimming and kayaking. This tranquil and scenic location is dotted with wooden houses and majestic mangrove trees.

WHERE IS KOH YAO NOI?

Ready for an island destination that’s less well known than Ko Phi Phi, but not quite as remote as Koh Ra? Look no further than Koh Yao Noi, part of  a pair of large islands in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, equidistant to Phuket and the Krabi mainland.

FACTS ABOUT KOH YAO NOI

Wooden houses all along the roads, buffalos taking mud baths in the rice paddies, the cool, shaded roads passing through the many rubber plantations and the beauty of the mangrove with its trees standing in the middle of the sea are just a few of the natural charms of this simple island.

LOCAL ADVENTURE OPPORTUNITIES

Swimming, hiking, snorkeling and diving are among the premier attractions of this off-the-beaten-path hideaway. There are several hotels on the island who take remote bookings, so we recommend booking directly, but we are happy to arrange your transportation.
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KOH PHRA THONG, TREASURE OF THE ANDAMAN SEA

This dynamite local adventure location offers a range of accommodations; from the luxurious Golden Buddah Beach Resort, to the rustic simplicity of Mr Chuoi’s secluded natural bungalows and long stretches of beautiful beaches in between.

WHERE IS KOH PHRA THONG?

Koh Phra Thong is located in the Andaman Sea off the west coast of Thailand. The closest town is the port town of Khuraburi, situated on the mainland about 10km east. It is the middle link in a chain of three islands and is largely flat with expanses of inland savannah.

FACTS ABOUT KOH PHRA THONG

The area consists of long uninhabited beaches, fringed by coconut palms and offers many beautiful hikes and bike rides through the island’s interior. It’s extensive network of mangroves, miles of virgin beaches, and diverse wildlife make it a favorite for eco-tourists and conservationists alike!

LOCAL ADVENTURE OPPORTUNITIES

There are several accommodations to choose from each with their own unique charm. Whether renting a luxurious private bungalow at Golden Buddah Beach Resort, enjoying the rustic simplicity of Mr Chuoi’s secluded natural bungalows, or taking a trip back in time to the thatched huts of Horizon Beach, this “off the beaten track” island experience does not disappoint!
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KOH SURIN NATIONAL PARK, ALMOST PARADISE

Open from October 2013 thru April 2014, the Koh Surin National Park is a paradise of fine white sandy beaches, thick jungle, crystal-clear waters, and the most extensive coral reef in Thailand.

WHERE IS KOH SURIN?

The Surin Islands (all 7 of them) are off the central Andaman Coast and can be reached from Khao Lak, Kura Buri, or Ranong. They are a natural preserve and home to Thailand’s last remaining tribe of Nomadic Sea Gypsies, the Moken.

FACTS ABOUT KOH SURIN

At Koh Surin National Park, The National Park Authority of Thailand runs all of the accommodations for the Surin Islands giving three unique ways for visitors to enjoy their stay: camping, snorkeling or simply lounging about a bungalow.

LOCAL ADVENTURE OPPORTUNITIES

Camping in the Surin Islands is fun and great value. Meanwhile, even budget travellers can enjoy the best snorkeling in Thailand and all necessary equipment is provided locally. The final option is to book one of the  bungalows on the beach. Providing the best of both worlds, they are equipped with fans and mosquito nets.
Often times it can be somewhat difficult to book these places online, so send us an email and we will be happy to arrange the trip for you! CONTACT US