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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)

Walk up to Buddha's Footprint

There's a nice little beach--not in the least secluded, very popular with the islanders--on the south side of the lighthouse promontory, just in front of the Emerald Pavilion in the Old Palace grounds. It can make a good place for young kids to take a swim, or grown-ups who want to cool off after a thorough exploration of the palace grounds. You can get a fresh-water shower in the bathrooms at the entrance to the palace.