Heading west, Ngamkho Beach and Bang Bao Beach both have long, sweeping sands, Bang Bao the prettier, but apart from the bungalow and resort accommodation, there is little else, a trend of near perfect escapism that is repeated as you move down through the south west beaches, four of them in total, all very beautiful and remote, a couple of resorts on each and nothing beyond. The road runs all the way down this coast before cutting across to Ao Yai, a classic rough and ready fishing village on the south eastern coast.
Going north from Klong Chao, the beaches are once again isolated affairs, with just the odd resort, though the road does pass through local areas, with police, hospital, a pier, simple shops and such like before it snakes over to Ao Salad, another working fishing village, in the north east. Happy exploring!
Great stretch of sand, the most central of the beaches. Accommodation in 4 or 5 star resorts such as Wendy the Pool and High Season on the sand or cheaper bungalows along the river and inland. A few restaurants, shops and even some bars along the road from the bridge. Klong Chao Waterfall too.
Two popular beaches heading south from Klong Chao. Ngamko has accommodation in cheaper bungalows, a mid range resort, guesthouses and a backpacker spot. Bang Bao Beach is set in a lovely bay with more expensive resorts than Ngamkho, as well as bungalows. Very little off the beaches, a couple of restaurants, coffee shop and the odd local shop.
Heading up the coast away from Klong Chao, you’ll find the central administrative areas, the island hospital, principal police station, the solitary ATM and the main Namluek Pier. Accommodation is found across the board on Ao Tapao Beach and then further choices dotted about at Klong Mad and further north at Yai Kee with the upscale Sonenva Kiri the most luxurious. Plenty of minimarts, a few restaurants, coffee shops and Klong Yai Kee Waterfall.
Isolated, remote and beautiful beaches along the coast – Ao Takian, Ao Klong Hin, Ao Jak and Ao Phrao – each with just a couple of places to stay, either resorts or bungalows.. Along the road there is just the odd restaurant and shop but these beaches are truly destination spots, where most of your time will be spend relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet where you stay.
The two working fishing villages on the east coast, at either end of the island’s road. On the way to Ao Salad on the north east, you’ll find a few shops, Huang Nam Keaw Waterfall and the nearby ancient trees and once there, you can eat in a couple of local seafood restaurants. The mainland boats also dock here at different times of year. No accommodation beyond couple of homestays. Ao Yai down in the south east is adding its own seafood restaurants to cater for the south west beaches.