Khanom is a quiet, uncommercialised town on the Gulf of Thailand. It is on the mainland not far from Suratthani, the launch point for the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Well situated for those who want to relax and escape the crowds, Khanom is also known for its rare pink dolphins. It has a local population of 11,000 people whose main sources of livelihood are farming and fishing. The agricultural landscape is carpeted with coconut, rubber, palm oil, pineapple and banana plantations with grazing cows roaming freely. Khanom has beaches, waterfalls and caves; to the north of Khanom is the natural park of Khao Luang.