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Ko Sichang has many beaches, all with cleaner, clear water than any mainland beach in the northern Gulf.

By far the biggest, best and most popular is Haad Tham Phang (Collapsed Cave Beach). There you'll find all the conveniences a tourist could want, minus jet skis. Other beaches are smaller, more secluded and often pristine. None of these places has lifeguards, but the drop-off is very gradual at all the beaches, and the surf is seldom any threat. In the names below, we've left out the word "haad" or "beach", which is necessary when asking directions.

Tham Phang
Thaa Wang
Tham Saai
Saai Kaew
Bat Island (Ko Khaangkhaao)

Saai Kaew beach

Haad Saai Kaew is the most secluded of Ko Sichang's accessible beaches. Especially during the southwest monsoon, it can have calm, crystal clear water, and no people. There's a variety of coral and some large fish waiting for the snorkeler with a good enough sense of direction (or one of the local youngsters trained as guides) to find the somewhat overgrown stairway down the cliff about 500 meters south of the Old Palace, immediately north of the pier of the less-than-scenic oil tank farm.