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    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.

Major Regional Events

MAY
Lak Muang Fair.................................................. Yala
Thai Products & Fruits Fair.......................... Songkhla


SEPTEMBER
Tenth Lunar Month Festival....... Nakhon Si Thammarat
Boat Races.............................................. Narathiwat


OCTOBER
Chak Phra Festival Et Boat Races............. Surat Thani
Vegetarian Festival......................................... Phuket


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1
Morning flight to Surat Thani. Visit Suan Mok forest temple before catching late-afternoon ferry from Don Sak to Samui island for an overnight stay.
Day 2
Island exploration, beaches, temples, waterfalls, vantage points. Overnight stay on Samui island.
Day 3
Full-day trip to Angthong Marine National Park, including Mae Ko and Thale Noi. Overnight stay on Samui island.
Day 4
Morning ferry to Don Sak and southwards to Nakhon Si Thammarat. Visit Wat Phra Maha That and handicraft centres. Overnight stay in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Day 5
Morning visit to Khao Luang National Park. Afternoon visit, to Khu Khut Waterfal Park on Great Songkhla Lake. Early evening arrival in Songkhla for an over-night stay.
Day 6
Full day of relaxation at Samila beach or city sight-seeing. Overnight stay at Songkla.
Day 7
Morning departure for Hat Yai. Afternoon visit to Ton Nga Chang Waterfall. Evening: shopping/nightlife. Overnight stay in Hat Yai.
Day 8
(Between November and April) Make road journey to Satun's Pak Bara and 2-hour voyage to Tarutao island for overnight stay. (May-October) Travel southwards to Pattani for an overnight stay.
Day 9
(November-April) Take boat from Tarutao island to Adang-Rawi island group. Overnight stay on Adang. (May-October) Travel south to Narathiwat, onwards to Sungei Golok for nightlife and overnight stay.
Day 10
Return to Hat Yai for mid-afternoon 20-minute flight to Phuket. Check-in to hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 11
Island exploration, particularly of Karon, Kata and Nai Han beaches, and Promthep Cape. Phuket's southern most point. Overnight stay.
Day 12
Check-in to Patong Beach accommodation. Late afternoon exploration of Kamata Beach. Sing Cape. Surin Beach and Pansea Bay. Overnight stay at Patong.
Day 13
Full day of relaxation at beach of Preference. (Between November and April. visits can be made to Krabi's Phi Phi islands.) Overnight stay.
Day 14
Mid-morning check-out and departure for Phang Nga. Visit Phuket's Ton Sai Waterfall Forest Park and Nai Yang Beach an route. Overnight stay in Phang Nga.
Day 15
Early morning departure for half-day tour of Phang Nga Bay. Early afternoon check-out before return to Phuket. The visitor may prolong his stay in Phuket/return to Bangkok by air or return to Hat Yai for air connections to Malaysia and Singapore.

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