When talking about beautiful south sea in Thailand, people usually think of the famous Phuket or Krabi beaches. That is because they do not know Nakhon Si Thammarat is another province that holds a hidden gem secretly within its deep sea.
Hat Khanom – Mu Ko Thale Tai National Park’s most outstanding feature is its white beach that lays parallel with rows of pine trees creating the shade visitors can relax in. Mu Ko Thale Tai or South Sea Islands are made up of 11 islands: Ko Taen, Ko Rap, Ko Mut Kong, Ko Mut Tang, Ko Wang Nok, Ko Wang Nai, Ko Mut Soom, Koj Ra Yai, Ko Ta Rai, Ko Phi, and Ko Noi. It is a heaven for snorkelers and SCUBA divers as the underwater ecosystem is still abundant. Here you can find many species of corals including disc corals, brain corals, and Staghorn corals. In addition, the long clean beaches and clear emerald water make these islands impossible to forget.
Hat Khanom or Khanom beach can be divided into 3 smaller beachfronts – Nai Praed, Nai Pe La, and Pak Nam – altogether also has another name “Hat Nah Dan.” It is the perfect place for shallow water swimming. However, when the “sea level” gets old, raise your elevation a bit by climbing up to the Khao Dad Fah View Point. You will get the finest view of Ko Taen as well as the rainforest on other islands surrounding you.
While you are here, take a long-tail boat tour around Ko Nui Nok to look for some pink dolphins. You can hire a 7-person boat out from Laem Pra Thap peir for 1000THB per one ride. Aside from being greeted by the lovely mammals, you will also get to see the strange rock formations on different islands. At the end of the boat ride, stop at the Luang Phu Tuad shrine to pay reverence to the most respected monk for southern Thai people.
1) From Surat Thani, take Highway No. 401 (Surat Thani-Nakhon Si Thammarat) for 50 km, turn left onto Highway No. 4041 heading to Khanom District. Proceed for 30 km and you will reach the park headquarter.
2) From Nakhon Si Thammarat, take Highway No. 401 (Nakhon Si Thammarat- Surat Thani) for 80 km, then turn onto Highway No. 4041 heading to Khanom District. Proceed for 30 km and you will reach the park headquarter.