Southern Thailand

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Southern Thailand

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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.


Andaman Coast

Gulf Coast


  • Hat Yai - the largest city in the south
  • Krabi - base for plenty of beaches and islands
  • Nakhon Si Thammarat - provincial capital of the province with the same name
  • Pattani - largest town in the deep south
  • Phuket - most popular island destination of the country
  • Ranong - border town with Kawthoung, Myanmar
  • Songkhla - popular beach resort among Malaysian and Singaporean travellers
  • Surat Thani - Main city of the Srivijaya Empire, gateway to the Samui islands

Other destinations

  • Ao Nang - Krabi Province's top destination
  • Khao Sok National Park - spend the night in one of the jungle's huts
  • 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
  • Ko Pha Ngan - home to the infamous Full Moon Party
  • Ko Phi Phi - Thailand's largest Marine National Park and backpacker favorite where The Beach was filmed
  • Ko Samui - quickly moving upmarket coconut and paradise island
  • Rai Leh - a peninsula with stunning limestone cliffs, beaches and no motor vehicles, rock climbers mecca
  • Similan Islands - national park with spectacular views over and under water


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.


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 border 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




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



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.

Get out

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