The Northeastern Thailand Region

The Northeastern Thailand Region

Southern Thailand extends through the Kra Isthmus from Chumphon, 460 kilometres south of Bangkok, to the Thai-Malaysian border, and is bordered to the east by the Gulf of Thailand, to the west by the Indian Ocean.
     

Major places of interest include Chumphon which has several lovely beaches, birds' nest islands and excellent scuba-diving waters; Ranong, 564 kilometres from Bangkok, which has a Hot Spa Health Resort; Surat Thani's Samui Island, Thailand's second largest island and jewel of a sparkling archipelago that contains the lovely Angthong Marine National Park; Nakhon Si Thammarat, 774 kilometres from Bangkok, and major centre of southern Thai handicrafts;Songkhla 974 kilometres from Bangkok, where the Great Songkhla Lake hosts the 520-square-kilometre Khu Khut Waterfowl Park; Pattani and Narathiwat where numrous fishing communities have hand-painted, lavishly decorated boats; Tarutao Marine National Park, a 51 -island cluster covering some 1400 square kilometres near the Thai-Malaysian Indian Ocean maritime border; Hat Yai, 947 kilometres from Bangkok, southern Thailand's principal commercial, communications and entertainment centre; Phatthalung with its Thale Noi Nok Nam bird sanctuary; Krabi's outstanding beautiful Phi Phi islands, and the 75-million-year-old Susan Hoi shell graveyard; Phang Nga's eerily beautiful Phang Nga Bay where verdant limestone islands, honeycombed with caves and aquatic grottoes, soar perpendicularly to heights of 300 metres from almost perpetually calm waters; and Phuket, 867 kilometres from Bangkok, Thailand's largest island (the approximate size of Singapore), which has magnificent beaches and bays, and probably the best seafood in Thailand.