islands, dazzling palm-fringed beaches, coral reefs teeming with
colourful marine life, picturesque fishing villages with distinctive
hand-painted boats, remote national parks, forested mountains,
waterfalls, historic cities, ubiquitous rubber estates, scenic
wildlife sanctuaries, the juxtaposition of temples and mosques
clearly define the region's visual appeal.
Geographically, southern Thailand extends through the Kra
Isthmus from Chumphon, 460 kilometres south of Bangkok, to the Thai-Malaysian
border, and is bordered in the east by the Gulf of Thailand, to the west by
the Indian Ocean.
several lovely beaches, birds' nest islands and excellent scuba
diving waters, particularly around Ko Tao.
to the southwest, 568 kilometres from Bangkok, has a Hot Spa
Health Resort drawing water from Thailand's sole potable Geo-Thermal
Mineral Water Spring.
Thani, is best known for the beautiful Ko Samui, Thailand's
third largest island, 268 nautical miles south of Bangkok,
and jewel of a sparkling archipelago that contains the lovely
Angthong (Golden Bowl) Marine National Park.
950 kilometres from Bangkok, a medieval pirate stronghold, is
a historic, albeit sleepy town with a thriving fishing community
and the lovely Samila beach. The Great Songkhla Lake hosts the
520-square-kilometre Khu Khut Waterfowl Park, home to some 140
Krabi's major attractions are the beautiful Phi
Phi islands, the 75-million-year-old Susan Hoi shell graveyard, one of the
only three in the world, and the sweeping Noppharat Beach.
Nga's major attraction is the eerily beautiful Phang
Nga Bay where verdant limestone islands, honeycombed with caves
and aquatic grottoes, soar perpendicularly to heights of 300
meters and more from almost perpetually calm waters.
862 kilometers from Bangkok, is Thailand's largest island (the
approximate size of Singapore). Phuket is a resort of international
stature, is blessed with a wide variety of magnificent beaches,
hidden coves and secluded bays, and has probably the best seafood