Koh Phayam – in search of paradise lost

From Kanchanaburi, we go back to Bangkok to catch a bus south. We take an overnight bus to Ranong, then a speed boat to Koh Phayam.

(This entry will be brief because we check out soon to move to the other, better side of the island, which may or may not have WiFi available. We may be incommunicado for a week or so.)

As we move south, we look to repeat the experience of Lazy Beach. I don’t think it’s gonna happen.

We google ‘lesser-visited islands in Thailand’ and come up with, among others, Koh Phayam.

Koh Phayam

From the place where the boat arrives, a trash-strewn village full of stray dogs, it’s not overly impressive. We spend a few nights at the giggle-inducing Nitiporn Resort.

We rent bicycles and explore. Things get better. The sun comes out. The island is largely forested with rubber plantations.

Where the rubber hits the road

Rubber is like maple syrup, the gunk slowly drips into containers for collection.

♫ ‘Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant.’♪

Bicycling is good, even with the hills – we need the exercise.

Koh Phayam
Motorbikes? We don’t need no steenkin’ motorbikes!

On the other side of the island, we discover nicer places to stay.

Buffalo Beach
Koh Phayam
Long Beach

We find a bungalow overlooking Buffalo Bay and move in.