43 miles from Patong Bay
When entering the estuary, keep well clear of the coral patch on the northwest side of Laem Ao Kham. The point has a light flashing every 4 seconds, but night entry is not recommended unless it is essential.
Pass well north of Laem Ao Kham on a heading due east towards a red buoy. This marks the beginning of a buoyed channel which turns south following the deep water close to the east coast of the headland.
Pass the Royal Thai Navy jetty (forbidden to yachts) to anchor in 6-9 metres in front of the village of Ban Thap Lamu or across the passage with the other yachts. There is good holding in mud, with strong tidal currents in the passage running north and south.
The village has a seafood restaurant called “The Navy Wives Club” on the end of a public jetty and shops with all of the basic Thai necessities. Opposite the restaurant the fuel price of the day is displayed on a whiteboard and fuel is pumped to the concrete jetty. Thailand’s biggest fleet of fishing boats use Thap Lamu as their base and fresh fish can be purchased on their dock.
The river running south is deep for several miles and with its seculed coves and small beaches is well worth the effort.
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