Southern Thailand is the peninsula that leads down to Malaysia and holds some of the most visited areas of Thailand. With lush tropical islands, palm-fringed beaches and coral reefs teeming with colorful marine life, Southern Thailand is a very sort after tourist destination. Most popular are the islands and beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui.
The limestone of the region has gradually been eroded to form steep rock pillars known as karsts. During the last ice age many of the karts were submerged, forming amazing and unique islands like Koh Phi Phi (where the movie 'The Beach' was filmed) and Koh Tapu, otherwise known as James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay, which featured in the movie "The Man with the Golden Gun".
The island of Koh Muk, located south east of Koh Lanta in southern Thailand offers an unusual adventure – exploring Tham Morakot otherwise known as the Emerald Cave. To discover the delights of the Emerald Cave you need to be happy to get wet because the tunnel leading to the cave is partly submerged in water. The small entrance is only revealed during low tide, hidden as it is amongst the limestone cliffs.... READ MORE
One really great way to spend a day out in Trang Province is to take a trip through the amazing ‘lunar landscape’ of Khao Kop Cave. Accessible all year long, Khao Kop’s tunnels and caves have been carved by a river which over millennia has forced its way through and around the limestone mountain range. The only way to see the 4 kilometer cave system is to take a guided tour. The tours are all via small row boats, but it is possible to get out in some areas to explore small caverns and take photos.... READ MORE
A 40 min boat ride from the mainland, Koh Kradan is the most spectacular of all the islands off the coast of Trang Province. Koh Kradan Island, also called Koh Ha by the locals, was declared a national park in 1981. On the east side of the island, the main beach is very long and dazzlingly beautiful with perfectly white powdery sand and blue, blue seas. The water here is very clear and a coral reef fringes the shore, making it an excellent place for snorkeling. The beach gets fairly busy with day trippers, but it is so long that it is always possible to find a deserted spot. At the far end of the beach is small sea gypsy settlement.... READ MORE
Located in the Andaman Sea off the south coast of Krabi Province, Koh Rok is actually two small sister islands: Koh Rok Nok (the outer island) and Koh Rok Nai (the inner island). The islands are uninhabited and the location is rather secluded, which has helped them to remain relatively unspoiled. The beaches of the islands are pristine, consisting of beautifully soft white sand. The interiors are heavily forested and teeming with wildlife – giant monitor lizards over a meter long are frequently spotted on the beach.... READ MORE
Leam Phak Bia Environmental Research Project is a mangrove forest that the Thai Government uses to study and preserve the life associated with mangrove forests that are shrinking in size throughout the world due to man's development... READ MORE
A big part of the park is a reservoir which is used for recreation and to produce electricity at the damn. Below the damn is an Eco-Adventure area. Here are camps that offer fun times in the river leading away from the damn as well as throughout the park... READ MORE
Hua Hin is located about 200 km south of Bangkok or about a three hour drive from the center of Bangkok. Hua Hin is on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand and has a population of around 80,000 people. The King of Thailand, King Rama IX, has his summer palace in Hua Hin called Klai Kang Won, which means "Far from Worries", in the center of the northern beach area... READ MORE
This popular beach destination, about 2 hours south of Bangkok and one hour north of Hua Hin, was made famous by the number of sculptures from the well known Thai literature Phra Aphai Manee. It is a clever story of Prince Phra Aphai Manee who plays a magical flute that brings sleep to those who hear his music... READ MORE
Mu Koh Surin is located on the northern rim of the Andaman Sea, and only 8 km. from the Thailand-Myanmar border. Getting to Mu Koh Surin isn't easy, being 50 kilometers off the coast of Thailand, you have to catch a ride on a fast moving ferry which takes a full two hours from the mainland. The ferry leaves from a pier in Khura Buri, more than 700 kilometers from Bangkok, which is also the mainland headquarters for the park...READ MORE
Phuket is Thailand's biggest island and is located on the southern Pensula on the Andaman Sea and is one of Thailand's most popular tourist destinations. Most people fly here from Bangkok's international Airport Suwannaphum and you are greeted on the main road into the island by a monument, commemorating two women, who historically took arms to defend their king...READ MORE