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Wednesday, 24 March 2010 17:46
Andaman Coast of Thailand
The Andaman coast of southern Thailand – from the border with Burma in the
north to that with Malaysia in the south - is a region of great environmental
diversity and outstanding natural beauty.
The full, registered name of PHUKET Magazine is in fact “The Greater Phuket
Magazine”, meaning we cover the entire Andaman coastline of Thailand. The
region can be divided geographically into several distinct entities, which we
Images of this bay with a forest of stone
mountains rising from calm waters travel world-wide with the
reputation of Phuket. It’s right next door to Phuket, and most visitors here
see Phang Nga when taking the ‘James Bond’ island tour. But there are other
ways of getting to Phang Nga. This is perhaps at the top of Phuket’s ‘must see’
These twin islands are famed for their stunning beauty. They rise dramatically
as rocky walls from crystal waters. There are several hotels and bungalows here
and many day trips from Phuket. Phi Phi can get a little crowded, but it is
still stunningly beautiful.
Now one of the most famous dive sites in Asia, the Similan Islands are nine
small, granite islands well out into the sea. It’s a marine National Park, and
the only accommodation consists of simple park bungalows and tents. There are
few beaches and little else above water to see, so if you’re not a diver
there’s not much reason to go.
This quiet stretch of beach about an hour’s drive north of Phuket now has about
a dozen small bungalow resorts scattered over many kilometres of quiet
coastline. Some of a good standard, some are cheap and basic. Khao Lak is a
new, peaceful get-away.
Khao Sok National Park
This is the largest remaining stand of rainforest in southern Thailand – and
even this is under threat. But it is of exceptional beauty and is definitely
worth a trip for those with the time. A one day trip is just not enough. We
show some of the animals and birds that live here, too.
The islands off the southern province of Trang are south of Phuket. There are
several beautiful islands here with low-budget accommodation. Access is by boat
from points on the Trang coast.
‘Koh’ means island in Thai. This large island to the south of Krabi is fast
developing into a quiet, budget hide-away. There are now over 100 bungalow
resorts and up-market resorts here, but they are spread over many beaches and
the island is still tranquil
is spreading fast – for two of the most amazingly beautiful beaches you will
find anywhere. But there is more to this province than beaches, and we show you
how best to enjoy it.