If you look at Kho Hin Ngam Island (Beautiful Pebble Island) from a distance, you might think it has a black clay beach. In fact, its beaches are neither clay nor sand, but are made up of thousands of smooth, shiny pebbles that shimmer when soaked by the waves and hit by the rays of the sun.
Kho Hin Ngam is a small island to the south of the Adang-Rawi island group, and in its centre is a natural forest. However, most of the tourists who flock there go for the unusually beautiful gray/black pebbles on its beaches. The source of these pebbles is thought to be larger rocks that have fallen away from the cliffs and through time, been gradually broken down and rounded into what we see today. The site of the pebble beach next to the turquoise sea is especially picturesque.
It is believed that anyone who takes pebbles away from the island will be cursed with eternal bad luck by its spirit guardian, Chao Por Tarutao. Needless to say, this superstition lacks any scientific basis, but the belief is always acknowledged by visitors nonetheless, and this can only help to support the conservation of the islands’ natural beauty.
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-Located in Tarutao National Park, Satun Province. Call. (074) 783-485
-Day trips can be organized to nearby islands: Koh Jabang, Koh Wa Kloi, Koh Khai, etc.