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* [[Ko Chang (Ranong)|Ko Chang]] (not to be confused with the more famous [[Ko Chang]] in [[Trat (province)|Trat Province]]) - small and peaceful island near [[Ranong]]
 
* [[Ko Chang (Ranong)|Ko Chang]] (not to be confused with the more famous [[Ko Chang]] in [[Trat (province)|Trat Province]]) - small and peaceful island near [[Ranong]]
* [[Ko Lanta]]
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* [[Ko Lanta]] - sleepy southern island with rapidly developing tourism
* [[Ko Lipe]]- set in the middle of 52 uninhabited islands with Thailand's best Dive sites and beaches.  
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* [[Ko Lipe]] - set in the middle of 52 uninhabited islands with Thailand's best Dive sites and beaches.  
 
* [[Ko Nang Yuan]] - group of three tiny inter-connected islands near Ko Tao [[Surat Thani (province)|Surat Thani Province]]
 
* [[Ko Nang Yuan]] - group of three tiny inter-connected islands near Ko Tao [[Surat Thani (province)|Surat Thani Province]]
 
* [[Ko Ngai]] - small, quiet island, home to some amazing reefs for snorkeling and diving
 
* [[Ko Ngai]] - small, quiet island, home to some amazing reefs for snorkeling and diving
 
* [[Ko Pha Ngan]] - home to the infamous Full Moon Party [[Surat Thani (province)|Surat Thani Province]]
 
* [[Ko Pha Ngan]] - home to the infamous Full Moon Party [[Surat Thani (province)|Surat Thani Province]]
 
* [[Ko Phayam]]
 
* [[Ko Phayam]]
* [[Ko Phi Phi]] - devastatingly beautiful setting for "The Beach", starring Leonardo DiCaprio
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* [[Ko Phi Phi]] - Thailand's largest Marine National Park and backpacker favorite where ''The Beach'' was filmed
 
* [[Ko Rawi]]
 
* [[Ko Rawi]]
 
* [[Ko Samui]] - quickly moving upmarket Coconut&Paradise's island [[Surat Thani (province)|Surat Thani Province]]
 
* [[Ko Samui]] - quickly moving upmarket Coconut&Paradise's island [[Surat Thani (province)|Surat Thani Province]]
 
* [[Ko Siboya]] - rural Thailand
 
* [[Ko Siboya]] - rural Thailand
* [[Ang Thong National Marine Park]] is a fascinating archipelago of 60 or so islands to the north west of [[Ko Samui]], [[Surat Thani (province)|Surat Thani Province]]
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* [[Ko Tao]] - Small island neighbor of Samui, one of the best places in Thailand for diving
* [[Ko Tao]] - one of the best places in Thailand for diving [[Surat Thani (province)|Surat Thani Province]]
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* [[Similan Islands]] - national park with spectacular views over and under water
 
* [[Similan Islands]] - national park with spectacular views over and under water
* [[Tarutao National Park]] - includes Ko Adang and [[Ko Tarutao]] and 49 other islands
 
  
 
===Beaches===
 
===Beaches===
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* [[Ao Nang]] - Krabi's top destination
 
* [[Ao Nang]] - Krabi's top destination
 
* [[Khao Lak]]
 
* [[Khao Lak]]
* [[Rai Leh]] - a peninsula with a stunning beach and no motor vehicles
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* [[Krabi]] - base for plenty of beaches and islands
* [[Chaweng]] an excellent white beach on Ko Samui
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* [[Rai Leh]] - a peninsula with stunning limestone cliffs, beaches and no motor vehicles,  rock climbers mecca
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* [[Chaweng]] - an excellent white beach on Ko Samui
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===National Parks===
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* [[Ang Thong National Marine Park]] - a fascinating archipelago of 60 or so islands to the north west of [[Ko Samui]],  [[Surat Thani (province)|Surat Thani Province]]
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* [[Khao Sok National Park]] - in [[Surat Thani Province]], though at the [[Andaman Coast (Thailand)|Andaman Coast]]
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* [[Tarutao National Park]] - includes Ko Adang, [[Ko Tarutao]], [[Ko Lipe]] and 49 other islands
  
 
== Understand ==  
 
== Understand ==  

Revision as of 21:36, 3 January 2010

Southern Thailand includes many of Thailand's most famous resorts on both the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline, and the east-facing Gulf of Thailand coast south of Chumphon.

Contents

Provinces

Andaman Coast

Gulf Coast

Cities

Other destinations

Islands

Beaches

  • Ao Nang - Krabi's top destination
  • Khao Lak
  • Krabi - base for plenty of beaches and islands
  • Rai Leh - a peninsula with stunning limestone cliffs, beaches and no motor vehicles, rock climbers mecca
  • Chaweng - an excellent white beach on Ko Samui

National Parks

Understand

Parts of the west coast of Thailand were hit hard by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, but all infrastructure has long since been repaired and it takes a careful eye to spot any remaining damage.

Talk

Get in

By Boat

It is possible now to travel by ferries in hi season(Nov-May) from Phuket and island hop your way down the coast all the way to Indonesia.

This can now be done without ever touching the mainland, Phuket (Thailand) to Padang (Indonesia).

Islands on rout:

  • Ko Phi Phi
  • Ko Lanta
  • Ko Ngai
  • Ko Mook
  • Ko Bulon
  • ko Lipe-Koh lipe being the hub on the boarder between Thailand and Malaysia having a Thai immigration office.
  • Langkwai- Malaysian immigration here.
  • Penang

Note:Thai portion can be done in a day.

Get around

See

Do

Diving

The reefs around Ko Lipe are largely intact; As they have been protected by being within Thailand's oldest National marine Parks.

Eat

Drink

Stay safe

In 2004, long-simmering resentment in the southern-most Muslim-majority provinces burst into violence in Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala provinces. All are off the beaten tourist trail, although the eastern rail line from Hat Yai to Sungai Kolok (gateway to Malaysia's east coast) passes through the area and has been disrupted several times by attacks.

Hat Yai (Thailand's largest city after Bangkok and its Nonthaburi suburbs) in Songkhla has also been hit by a series of related bombings, however the main cross-border rail line connecting Hat Yai and Butterworth (on the west coast) has not been affected, and none of the islands or the west coast beaches have been targeted.

In September 2006, three foreigners were killed in bombings in Hat Yai. Some rebel groups have threatened foreigners, but while targets have included hotels, karaoke lounges and shopping malls, westerners have not been singled out for attacks.

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