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Koh Samui

Koh Samui is the island of thousands of coconut trees and the third largest island in Thailand (only Phuket and Koh Chang are larger in size). The total area of the island is about 247 km² and it is located in the Gulf of Thailand, 700 km South of Bangkok in the Surat Thani province. There is a 55 kilometer long ring road on the island which makes it convenient to travel from beach to beach.

Well known beaches are Chaweng, Lamai, Bophut, Big Buddha, Choeng Mon, Hua Thanon and Maenam. Samui do also has many sister islands; Koh Tao (top diving destination in Asia), Koh Phangan (known for it's Full Moon Party etc.), Angthong National Marine Park, Koh Tan and the spectacular Koh Nang Yuan.

There were no roads or cars on Samui until the early 40's, but in 1973 a 52 km long concrete road was built around the island. The airport on Koh Samui was built in 1989 and it was renovated in 2007. It is often considered as one of the most beautiful and exotic airports in the world.

Krabi

Krabi located on southern Thailand's east coast, 800 kilometres south of Bangkok, Krabi province is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Classic virgin beaches fringed with towering limestone formations, is an understatement to describe this stunningly beautiful area of Thailand. The Krabi coastline is dotted with rarely visited tropical islands, palm fringed beaches, waterfalls, caves, and strange rock formations.
Relatively new to tourism, the area is being carefully developed with no real high rise hotels and a wide range of places to stay from small bungalows to the five star prestigious. The accommodation is located around the beach areas of Ao Nang, Rai Ley and Phra Nang with some small local hotels in the provincial capital, Krabi town.
Krabi is a great place to relax. The pace is unhurried and many beaches can only be reached by boat, keeping development to a minimum. Much of the province has been designated national park. The Hat Noppharat Thara-Ko Phi Phi National Park incorporates many of the mainland beaches, over 80 smaller islands and the Phi Phi islands - made famous as the idyllic location for the Hollywood film ‘the Beach” and popular with yachtsmen, scuba-divers, snorkellers and day-trippers from Phuket.

Kayaking, sailing, bird watching, snorkeling, island hopping and sightseeing are just a few. In the interior, two predominantly mainland national parks, Khao Phanom Bencha and Than Bokk-horani, offer inland scenic attractions including waterfalls and caves, and opportunities for trekking, bird watching and Eco-tours.

Chiang Mai

With a population of over 1 million in the metropolitan area Chiang Mai is Thailand's fifth-largest city. 700 km north of Bangkok, the city is located on a plain by the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains . A dynamic and modern city, combining rich traditions with modern life.

Chiang Mai is known for the skill of the local craftsmen using local resources, particularly in wood carving and silver smithing. Very reasonably priced, visitors can buy teak furniture and silver jewelry in the local markets. In the surrounding hills are a number of hill tribes, such as the Karen, known for their long necked women.

Chiang Mai has more than 300 temples - many dating back to the founding of the principality - decorated with beautiful wood carvings, Naga staircases, leonine and angelic guardians, gilded umbrellas and pagodas laced with gold filigree. The most famous is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which overlooks the city from a mountainside 13 km away.

 

Phuket

Located off the south coast of Thailand, Phuket enjoys a balmy tropical climate, fanned by the cool winds of the Andaman Sea. Jungle covered hill tops and long sandy beaches set the perfect backdrop to the many resorts and hotels. Phuket has become one of the world's top destinations and Thailand's wealthiest province.

Surrounded by azure waters and countless islands, Phuket is a haven for diving, fishing, sailing as well as beach water sport activities. Boasting several marinas, golf courses, fishing lakes, sports centres and many tourist attractions you are never short of something to do in Phuket.

Phuket hosts many local and international festivals and sporting events, legendary cabaret shows and a thriving nightlife; the most famous night spot being Soi Bangla in Patong. Local sea food dishes are a speciality of Phuket, but all types of international cuisine can be found.

 

Bangkok

Originally a small village on the Chao Phraya river King Rama I made it the capital of Siam in 1782. Bangkok is now the cultural, political and commercial centre of Thailand. Modern corporate offices blend with traditional commerce and the building of fast rail links and a new airport shows Bangkok means business.

Visitors are immediately confronted by the heat, the pollution, the noise and the smells of the street food vendors. It is a fast paced high rise business hub thai style. The city centre abounds with glitzy malls and hotels, excellent restaurants, bars and nightclubs with many popular nightspots such as Soi Cowboy and Nana Entertainment Plaza.

Bangkok has over 450 temples and a large number of royal palaces, many open to the public. Within the grounds of the Grand Palace (the King's official residence) is the Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the Emerald Buddha and is considered the most important temple in Thailand.

 

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