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Category : Islands
Attraction Details :
KhoPhayarm is located in the District of KohPayarm in the Province of Ranong. It is seond to the largest island in Ranong Sea (the largest island in Ranong is Koh Chang). The island is home to the Morgan which are indigenous to the area. Today, the Morgan still takes on fishery as their main profession as the area nearby is still permeated with marine life.
Attractions on KohPhayarm
Close to the island’s pier, to the north, lies WatKohPhayarm (temple) which has a chapel built in the middle of the sea. On the roof top is a Buddha image looking out to sea. The temple is one of the first things visitors would see upon arrival.
Not far from the temple is HinKhao Cove which has a large white rock established by the shore. The cove is residence to the sacred Por Ta HinKhao Shrine which is highly honoured among locals. A legend goes on as, Por Ta HinKhao had lead the Morgan’s ancestors to come to this area and make it as their home.
To the very North of the island is Mai Phai Cove (bamboo) while to the east is KwangPeeb Cove that has a relaxing and untouched surrounding.
To the south of the pier is where LaemHin is located, followed by Mook Cover. Not far away is KohKarm which joins KohPlawarn (Whale island).
The highlight of KohPhayarm is Yai Bay (Large) which is to the South West. Living up to its name, Yai Bay has a large semi circular shoreline of over 4 kilometers. During low tides Yai Bay offers visitors with a beautiful white sand beach with fine sand that is soft to stroll on. The colour of the sand is mixed between yellow and grey which forms an attractive layer-like effect at dawn.
The beaches on Yai Bay is divided into 2 parts, the first has a small canal flowing through while the other is KhaoKwai (buffalo horn beach) which is about 2 kilometers in length. Its name is adopted from its significant shape which is the joining of 2 beaches. KhaoKwai beach still offers visitors a serene and natural beauty. Although it has gained popularity through the years but its peacefulness still remain.
KhaoKwai Beach comprises of the North and Southern end where the sand is white and very fine to one end and pinkish to the other end. The pink shade on the sand is formed from little seashells and sediments lying on top of one another. To the very end of KhaoKwai Beach locates KhaoTalu which is another highlight. On KohTalu visitor could eaily sea the Buddha Image which is located to the other side of the island.
The reason KohTalu is given the name is because it is a small hill with an eroded channel. Visitors could easily slide in and out for creative photography.
As Khaokwai cove is located to the west, it is a prime location in viewing sunsets. Although the sunset cannot be viewed in a panoramic view, but the mountain partially blocking offers an unusual charm.
How to get there :
Many tour companies offer day packages and overnight stay packages from Ranong mainland to KohPhayarm. For adventurous travelers there are also boat trips to the island daily.
For normal boats there is a cost of 250 THB which is a 2 hrs journey. The schedule is as follows:
Ranong- KohPhayarm (Morning) 09:30 -11:30 and 14:00 -16:00 (Afternoon)
KohPhayarm –Ranong (Monring) 08:30 -10:30 and 14:00 -16:00 (Afternoon)
Speedboats are also available at 350 THB which takes around 35-40 minutes. The schedule is as follows:
Ranong- KohPhayarm (Morning) 10:00-10:35, 11:30 -12:05 (Morning) and 16:30 -17:05 (Afternoon)
KohPhayarm –Ranong (Monring) 09:00 -09:35, 10:00 -10:35 and 14:30 -15:05 (Afternoon)