The Laem Son National Park stretches over 100 km on the west coast of Thailand where the provinces Phang-Nga and Ranong meet and covers an area of 350 Km².
The Kam archipelago is only a small part of this huge national park, which includes another dozen islands and a large piece of mainland mountains. In the past, the Kam islands were avoided as there are neither natural resources nor arable land, the many near-surface rocks are a nightmare for offshore shipping.
On one of the islands the Japanese built a supply depot in the Second World War, hence this island now bears the official name “Koh Yipun”, in English: Japanese Island. In the travel season between Octobert and Mai, the beach and water quality is excellent and the water color often hauntingly beautiful. Nevertheless, because of the near mainland and the shallow waters, the visibility under water is generally less than 10 meters, even if it often has a different appearance from the surface. Despite the rather poor visibility under water, there is an amazing variety of marine life, including clownfish Nemo, honey comb morays, seahorses, high coral diversity and many many reef fish.
For experienced snorkelers this is a true paradise, especially by the striking difference of this ecosystem as opposed to the more remote islands. For beginner snorkellers, the low visibility can often seem a bit daunting. We recommend here to rather enjoy the solitude on innumerable beaches and the wonderful unspoilt views.