Diving in Koh Payam
Diving around Koh Phayam is possible, with some interesting places for beginners. However visibility can change daily from 5-7m to almost zero, which in turn can be excellent for practice navigation skills or PADI training.
For fundivers or advanced divers seeking clear water we recommend joining a daytrip or a dive safari to the famous Surin islands or Richelieu Rock, maybe the best dive sites in Thailand.
Travel to Koh Payam
This gorgeous little island is truly the undiscovered pearl of the Andaman Sea with long white sandy beaches, clear blue sea, coral reefs, it's the perfect place to really get away from it all. The two main bays are Aow Yai, the sunset bay, and Aow Khao Kwai (Buffalo bay ). Both bays have long curving
white sandy beaches. If you get bored of the beach life then there's always the inland experience. Ko Phayam island has lots of good mini hikes into the hills, forests and jungle.
Koh Phayam , kangaroo shaped small island, 35 Km from Ranong , opposite Burmese St. Matthew's Island is the main tourist spot in Thailand Ranong province .
Koh Phayam is only 10 km long and 5 km wide with population around 500 people.
Ko Phayam is still surrounded by natural environment. Small roads without cars –just motorcycles and bicycle for cruising around. Electricity is delivered by solar energy as well as private generators. Satellite and mobile internet service have set up in many accommodation and restaurant and mobile phones have almost in every bungalow or resort.
It takes 2 hours from Ranong to Koh Phayam by boat and 45 minutes by speed boat. Only few resorts and bungalows remain open all the year, most of the low key bungalows close in the low season, as well as some restaurants and shops.
The main village at the pier offers several restaurants, food stalls, shops selling food and supplies, as well as dive centers. At the south end of Buffalo Bay is a small sea gypsy settlement.