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Hua Hin Koh - Pha – NganKoh Phi Phi
Koh Samui Koh TaoKrabi
Pattaya Phuket

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Hua Hin


Hua Hin is located 200 km south of Bangkok and it's one of the most popular and oldest beach resorts in the country. It became popular in the 1920s when the southern railway linked it with Banngkok and the Royal Family decided to make it their holiday destination. 

It's 5km long beach doesn't just attract foreigners, it attracts thousands of locals coming down from Bangkok for a quick get away. Away from the beach it has some of the best golf courses in the country and the shopping is considered some of the best in the country. If you are only in Thailand for a couple of days and looking to get out of Bangkok, then you should definitely come to Hua Hin.

 

 

Koh - Pha – Ngan

 

Samui was originally put on the map by backpackers seeking a back-to-nature beach escape. Today, as Samui has become more developed and more up-market, the neighboring island of Ko Pha-ngan has taken over as the favorite spot for the younger travelers.

Situated some 20 km, to the north, Ko Pha-ngan is about two-thirds the size of Samui, and lacks the bigger island's broad sweep of beaches, otherwise it is a similar mix of sandy coves and a rugged forested interior. Largely due to the general lack of good roads, the island is not so developed for tourism and hence the attraction. Especially popular is Hat Rin, a headland with beaches on both sides that get packed out during the full moon parties that have become latter-day tradition.

This small island is approx. 190 sq. km and is located in the Gulf of Thailand around two hours from the mainland, and thought of as the party island of Thailand. This is where the infamous "Full Moon Party" is held monthly. It was once just a place where local Thai people and Israeli's went. Times have changed and it is now turning into the new Ibiza of Asia.

 

 

 

Koh Phi Phi


Lying on the coast of Krabi, the twin Phi Phi islands, made famous as the location for the movie "The Beach", more than match the scenic wonder of the mainland.

The larger, Phi Phi Don, is shaped like a lopsided butterfly with a thin strand joining the two wings, the left side is a sheer scrub-covered cliff soaring hundreds of feet above the sea, while the right-hand span is formed of a jungle-clad spine flanked on either side by palm-fringed beaches. The centre of the island and main access point, Tonsai Bay, has been considerably developed in recent years, spouting a cluster of bungalow accommodations, restaurants and souvenir shops.

The smaller Phi Phi Le Island, however, is different in every way, uninhabited and more rugged. Aside from its exceptional beauty, its attraction lies in its ability to surprise. A survey by boat leads to serendipitous discoveries of idyllic coves, secret little spots that widen out from half-hidden openings into sizable bays, indescribably beautiful expanses of shallow, placid turquoise water walled in by high cliffs

If you are here for a diving course don't bother walking around the island for the best price, because all companies have agreed on a set price.  We recommend if you are in the Andaman coast area go to Koh Lantra, because it is cheaper and you might be able to get your accommodation with your course.

If you are going to take a dive course in Koh Phi Phi DO NOT take it through Phi Phi Scuba. In our opinion this dive company is more into getting through quickly then showing you the proper way of doing things.  If you do a dive course on the island you won't be disappointed. They have some great dive sites in this area.

 

 

Koh Samui

 

Set in the Gulf of Thailand, off the coast of Surat Thani and accessible by air from Bangkok, Ko Samui is a tropical isle that vies with Phuket as the country's most popular beach destination. Like Phuket, it combines natural beauty with an exceptionally good standard of hotels, spas and other tourism faculties that afford luxury, the dining and the entertainment to complete the perfect holiday.

Given its varied topographical make up, Samui provides plenty of options for the preferred style of holiday. The most famous beaches are Chaweng and Lamai on the east coast, which are long majestic sweeps of sand, hugely popular and backed by a host of hotels, restaurants, shops, bars, and discos. However, if the traveler seeks a quieter scene, the smaller beaches and coves on the south, west or north shores afford tranquil hideaways. Moreover, each local has its own character and ambience, offering a refreshing change of scene as one tour the island. For more information on Koh Samui go to www.kohsamui.org

 

Koh Tao


Smallest and most distant of the Samui archipelago islands that offer accommodation, Ko Tao, "Turtle Island" lies 45 km. north of Ko Pha-ngan and has its own distinct attractions. With exceptional underwater visibility, rich marine life and variety of sites for all levels of proficiency, it offers some of the finest offshore diving in the whole of Thailand. This island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, and surrounded by a national marine park. With this in mind it has some of the best diving in Thailand. I have to warn you that unless you are doing a dive course you probably will not get accommodation here. Accommodation is usually reserved for people doing courses. If you do a dive course in Kho Toa DO NOT do a course through Carabao diving we heard of many problems with this company. The company we recommend is Budda-View diving, as we have heard great things about this dive center. Whatever you decide we do recommend Kho Toa for either diving, or snorkeling.

 

Krabi

 

For many travelers Krabi is the most beautiful of Thailand's provinces facing the Andaman Sea. Little more than an hour flight from Bangkok, Krabi is the kind of place where tires clichés like idyllic and pristine take on fresh meaning, with the beaches displaying the characteristics qualities of the Andaman coast - soft, fine white sand, warm clear water and lush tropical greenery spilling on to the shore. Providing a dramatic backdrop to the most beautiful locations are rust-hued cliffs some soaring as high as 1,000 feet. For more information go to www.krabi-tourism.com

 

Pattaya


Pattaya is located 150km south-east of Bangkok and it attracts over 6 million people annually. The biggest draw is it's location being so close to Bangkok, you get many people coming here for a quick city break holiday.

This main reason most tourists come to Pattaya is for it's nightlife, which is considered one of the best in the country. Most of the clubs, go-go bars, and massage parlours are found between Soi 13 to Soi 16, which at night this area gets closed off. It can be a bit seedy, but if you are into that sort of thing then Pattaya might be the place of you.

Phuket

 

The island of Phuket is famous as one of the world's premier tropical beach resorts, Phuket blends extraordinary natural beauty with suburb tourism facilities to ensure the perfect vacation in the sun just an hour's flight from Bangkok.

Against the backdrop of green hills, the west coast of what is Thailand's largest island, covering 810 sq. km., is blessed with a whole string of magnificent beaches and coves bathed by the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea. Matching nature's bounty is a wide selection of hotels and resorts in all categories from super deluxe to budget bungalows, while for leisure, pleasure and sheer indulgence, there are water sports, yachting, scuba diving, championship-standard golf, spa treatments, exquisite dining and more. Although it’s a resort it does also cater for the backpackers coming looking for those beach huts.

Near Phuket is Phang Nga Bay, which is easily reached from Phuket, this bay boasts one of the world’s most stunning seascapes; the area was featured in the James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun. It also has approximately 3500 islands (ko), which are scattered in the bay. This is an area that shouldn’t be missed if you come to the area. For more information go to www.phukettourism.org

 

 

 

 



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