Phayam's glorious, broad southwest beach attracts everyone from gap-year backpackers and glam-packing couples to young families. Surf kicks up in the fringe/low seasons; rent boogie boards and surfboards (per hour 150B) in front of Bamboo Bungalows. The swimming is great here and the island’s best snorkelling (don’t expect much) is off Laem Rung, Ao Yai’s northernmost point.