Hat Thong Yi

Top choice in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province

For a real escape, head as far down the main beach road as you can, till it joins the 4073, and turn left to follow the coast further south past Hat Nai Plao. Keep going as far as you can and the road will end at lovely and often deserted Hat Thong Yi, with its splendid views back down the bay. There's a decent beachside restaurant where you can get a drink and local food.

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