Hippy Bar, Koh Phayam, Thailand, November 2013.
At the northern end of Aow Kao Kwai is the Hippy Bar. It is an incredible structure hand made from pieces of wood found across the beaches. It is also host to the surreal and unforgettable full moon and half moon parties on Koh Phayam.
Robes, Koh Phayam, Thailand, November 2013.
Just inland from the pier and right next to the giant gold statues were a series of buildings where the monks, young and old, lived and prayed. As I was walking around the area I found a disused building which had these deep red robes hanging on a clothes line drying in the wind.
Temple on the Pier, Koh Phayam, Thailand, November 2013.
Monkey, Koh Phayam, Thailand, November 2013.
We had heard that there are monkeys on Koh Phayam but they are very few and far between. The only one we saw was collared and attached to its tree house near by.
Fishing, Koh Phayam, Thailand, November 2013.
Along side cashew nut farming, fishing is the main source of income form many of the locals on Koh Phayam. The beaches and pier are scattered with small, single motor boats which the locals take out in the late afternoon and evening.
Stacey on Aow Kao Kwai, Koh Phayam, November 2013.
The evening light on Koh Phayam during sunset was always perfect. On this particular evening Stacey had her new Instax 90 Neo Classic out with her which made for some nice portraits. Check out Stacey’s Etsy shop, Mog & Teapot.
Koh Phayam, Thailand, November 2013.
This was taken on the North tip of Kok Phayam looking out onto other smaller islands found in that part of the Andaman Sea. These small wooden huts formed part of a restaurant that looked out over the bay.
Fins, Aow Kao Kwai, Koh Phayam, Thailand, November 2013.
Snorkling and diving are popular on Koh Phayam. The island itself isn’t regarding as particular good for diving but the Surin Islands are only about an hour away by speed boat which contain some of the best dive spots in the world. The day we had booked our trip to Surin Islands was unfortunately cancelled as the boats engines blew…
Temples, Koh Phayam, Thailand, November 2013.
Near the main pier on Koh Phayam are the temples. There are 2 main sites: these photographs show the giant statues and figures found just in land from the shore. The other site is on a long pier out to sea. Loi Krathong was taking place that evening so all the statues and surrounding areas were full of brightly coloured offerings, flags and flowers.
Swings, Aow Kao Kwai, Koh Phayam, Thailand 2013.
Koh Phayam is an extremely chilled out place. That’s why you find benches, chairs and swings all over the place so you can just sit down and take in the views. The top photo was taken during sunset. As I was peering through the X100’s Hybrid Viewfinder a couple walked into the frame and made for a great composition. The second photo was taken during sunrise on Aow Kao Kwai.
Oldie/Odie the dog, Aow Kao Kwai, Thailand, November 2013.
The place we stayed on Koh Phayam had a pet dog which usually hung around on the beach in front of the bar. Because of the Thai/English accent we couldn’t quite work out if the dog was called Oldie or Odie… Either way, dog plus sunset equalled for a nice shot.
Fruit Shack, Koh Phayam, Thailand, November 2013.
There were loads of small and characterful ‘shacks’ along the beaches of Koh Phayam. I loved the colour of the bamboo that this hand made signage was attached to… And the fact they served ‘vegetable food’.
The Boat Shack, Koh Phayam, Thailand, November 2013.
As many of the resorts on Koh Phayam are shut during monsoon season it takes time for the smaller places to open for business. Aow Kao Kwai (Buffalo Bay) was great for finding small abandoned places just in from the beach nestled amongst the trees.
Heaven Beach Bar, Aow Kao Kwai, Koh Phayam, Thailand, November 2013.
We stayed at the Heaven Beach resort in Buffalo Bay. The word ‘resort’ is used loosely to describe the accommodation on the island as the majority of them are made up of a bar on the beach and huts built up from the sand constructed of materials found on the island. They have so much character and run by such enthusiastic and helpful people who are more than happy to welcome you to their island and homes. A few days in to our stay I was walking past the Heaven Beach bar and saw this trek bag propped up against a tree next to a menu painted on a piece of wood. The scene just summed up the vibe of the entire island.