Thailand, a land of exotic beaches, islands and temples. Visit Ko Phi Phi - where the film the Beach was made, the karst area of Krabi (film " Hang Over II "), James Bond Island - film Octopussy, the Andaman Sea, the holiday island of Phuket, the Royal City of Hua Hin, a floating market or the capital Bangkok.
The Ang Thong Marine National Park covers an area of about 100 sq km and includes over 40 islands mostly uninhabited. The spectacular crater lake Thale Nat lies within the park. The park is easily accessible from Ko Samui.
The Historical Park at Ayutthaya close to Bangkok was the capital city from its founding in 1350 until it was destroyed in 1767 by the Burmese army. The city was restored during the 1970s and declared a UNESCO Heritage site in 1981.
Bangkok is Thailand's largest city with a population of over 8 million. It lies on the Chao Phraya River and it's delta. The city as it grew rapidly, spread out in all directions creating an major urban sprawl with limited public transport. The city centre area is chaotic with traffic and tuk tuks biut definitely worth the experience.
The floating market at Damneon Saduak while outside the city is accessible by bus, tour or private car. While the market is well worth a visit, it is best to go at the times when it is less crowded by visitors.
Hua Hin though about 200km south of Bangkok on the Malay peninsula, Hua Hin is easily accessible from the capital by bus or train. The seaside town has a tradition of catering for royalty as the royal family spent many hot seasons in the vicinity away from the hot and humid capital. Hua Hin has become a centre for Kite Surfing and attracts many enthusiasts.
The Phi Phi islands a group of small islands, lie about halfway between Krabi on the mainland and Phuket Island. The Phi Phi islands are easily accessible from both sides by ferry. The largest of the islands is Ko Phi Phi Don, though Ko Phi Phi Leah maybe more known as it played a central role inthe film the Beach.
With it's white sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut and palm tress, sunny skies (in season), Koh Samui is a popular location for visitors and not just the thousands that head to neighbouring Koh Phanangan for the Full Moon Parties.
Explore Krabi in Thailand. Start your Thailand holiday in Krabi. Visit Ao Nang Beach and the exotic resort of Railay. Check the local Krabi weather forecast. While in Ao Nang take a ferry to Ko Phi Phi island.
Pattaya a beach resort along the gulf and about 100km south east of Bangkok attracts many tourists. The city is quite sprawling, with a long sea front along the gulf. Offshore there are a number of islands which are easily accessible.
Phang Nga Bay is area of conservation - most of which is incorporated into the Phang Nga National Park. The area is particularily scenic with many limestone cliffs, sea stacks, caves and arches, which makes a visit worthwhile. The iconic James Bond Island is regualrily visited by tour boats.
Phuket is Thailand's largest island. It's about the size of Singapore. Today the island, with it's fine sandy beaches, sheltered coves and proximity to beautiful tropical islands has a tourism based economy.