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About Koh Kahm Beach
Koh Kahm, or sometimes Koh Kham, is a small islet in the Gulf of Thailand and a part of Trat Province. It is just one kilometre from the north shore of the larger island of Koh Mak. Koh Kahm is a privately owned island and has seen little development. It attracts with its unspoilt landscapes, soft sandy beaches and the chance of swimming or snorkelling in clear seas.
Koh Kahm is around 350 km from Bangkok and access is via Koh Mak. The easiest option when travelling to Koh Mak is to take a bus or minibus directly to one of the Trat piers. These buses depart from Bangkok’s Ekkamai Bus Station. Ferries for Koh Mak leave from Trat’s Laem Ngop and Laem Sok piers. Boats for the five-minute journey to Koh Kahm depart from Ao Suan Yai Beach on Koh Mak.
Koh Kahm’s main attractions are beautiful and soft sandy beaches with a backdrop of palm trees, low green hills and black volcanic rocks. Swimming in the clear waters with tropical fish comes a very close second as an attraction. Taking one of the short hiking trails between the beaches offers pleasant views back towards Koh Mak and over the Gulf of Thailand.
An alternate option to taking the boat to Koh Kahm is to kayak over. Some resorts on Koh Mak provide free kayak use or rental ones. It takes about 30 minutes to kayak between the two locations so a sun-hat and lifejacket are musts. Another possibility is to join an organised kayak tour.
Restaurants and Bars
There are no restaurants or bars on Koh Kahm. The ticket office at which visitors pay their entry fees (currently 100 baht) sells a limited selection of beers and soft drinks.
There are no shops on Koh Kahm either. People looking to buy souvenirs of these remote islands nearer to Cambodia than mainland Thailand will find a few shops on Koh Mak. Makathanee is on the opposite bay to Ao Suan Yai Beach. Most shops in the Makathanee area stock art objects, ornaments made from seashells and beachwear.