Attractions in Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi outside the Town Hall is a bustling area. The river bank functions like the town's main street, with busy ferry landings, floating restaurants serving succulent freshwater fish and as the launching pier for Kanchanaburi's notorious disco rafting parties.

The river at this point broadens up to a width of almost a kilometer. It is here that the floating disco party special, a popular local outing, originated. The party venue is on a pair of big two storey rafthouses floating in tandem, one serving as restaurant and the other a disco floor with powerful disco noise boxes. A tugboat tows out the floating partyhouse pier down or up river to make merry out in the open waterway. While in the city, dining or lunching on the floating restaurants lining the riverbank is an unforgettable experience for the succulent freshwater fish and the local scene. Ferries laden with farmers, their bikes and pickups ply the crossing every few minutes. An enlivening spectacle for diners is the departure of the disco party rafts, floating their merry ways down river until disappearing around the bend with their noisy music still reverberating over the water.

Kanchanaburi Kanchanaburi borders with Myanmar (Burma). A rugged mountain range, the Tennasarim, and almost impregnable jungle separate the two countries. British engineers surveyed the indomitable terrain’s in 1905 for a projected rail route and forthwith declared impossible to build. The Japanese army did it in 17 months in war-time conditions. A grim toll of over 100,000 lives was sacrificed to the harsh conditions, mostly sickness, through malnutrition, lack of medicine and medical care, resulting in epidemics which wiped out campfulls of POW's and laborers by the thousands.

Every year, on April 25, friends and relatives of the Allied POW's come to visit their graves. The main cemetery is opposite Kanchanaburi train station with 6,982 copper-plaque tombstones. An other is at Chungai district across the River Kwai with 1,750 headstones. The cemeteries are immaculately tended all year round.

[ The Bridge Over the River Kwai ]
Bridge Over the River Kwai The bridge was constructed with dismantled steel spans brought over from Java. Two of the original spans, with round shape, were knocked down by Allied bombings to disrupt the death railway operation. The fallen round spans were then replaced with angular spans as appear at present.

A unique war-train museum stands at the foot of the bridge. The significant exhibit is a rail convoy truck fixed with railway wheels, which bespeaks of the ingenuity of the engineers of the Japanese Imperial Army.

Annual Light and Sound Festival is held in the first week of December at the bridge site, re-enacting the bombing of the bridge for local and foreign tourists.

[ War Museum ]
War MuseumThe museum, located near the River Kwai Bridge, displays the collection of weapons, tools and utensils of the Allied prisoners of war and Japanese soldiers during the Second World War.

[ Jeath Museum ]
The museum was built by a monk of Wat Chai Chumpol in the form of a replica of Allied POW's quarters in a Death Railway detention camp - a long bamboo hut with earthen floor, like a henhouse. Raised narrow bamboo bunks lining the two walls, serving as the living space.
Jeath MuseumJEATH is the acronym of the nations involved in the Death Railway construction, namely :
Japan, England, America, Australia, Thailand and Holland.

On the walls are enlarged reproductions of photos taken during the railway construction and also paintings of the atrocities inflicted on the POW's. There are also collections of World war II Artifacts found in the area, including the blown-out shell of the bomb that was supposed to have downed the Bridge Over the River Kwai.

[ The Death Railway ]
Death RailwayThe Death Railway line is still in operation. The rail line snakes through scenic and thrilling natural terrain. The whole train, hugging the mountainside at a dizzy height over raging river far below, creeps over the World War II rail line laid on creaking wood-trestles.
The Death Railway train ride runs on a regular schedule. The train leaves Kanchanaburi Station at 10.31 am., chugs over the Bridge on the River Kwai at 10.35am., or thereabout, en route Namtok Station at 12.30pm There is a combination tour to the renowned Saiyoke Waterfall. Picnic on the train is not frowned upon.

[ Kanchanburi Town Gate ]
This is the remain of Kanchanaburi town built in 1833 during the reign of King Rama III. It is located on Lak Muang Road near the meeting point of the Kwai Yai and Kwai Noi Rivers.

[ The Death Railway ]
Chong Kai War CemeteryOn Saeng Chuto Road, opposite the railway station, it contains the remains of 6,982 prisoners of war who perished during the construction of the "Death Railway".

[ The Chong Kai War Cemetery ]
2 kilometers south of town, on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, this occupies the former site of the Chong Kai Prisoner of War Camp. This second cemetery is more peaceful, attractively landscaped, and contains some 1,750 remains.

[ Wat Tham Mankhon Thong ]
Situated 4 kilometers from town on the bank of the Kwai Noi River. It is well known for the incredible performance of the nun floating in a deep pool. There is a small museum where a variety of ancient objects found in the area are on display.

[ Wat Tham Phu Wa ]
Wat Tham Phu waThe monastery in natural surroundings, famous for meditation, is 15 kilometers away from the provincial capital. There is a beautiful cave with plenty of stalactites.

[ Somdet Phra Sri Nakarin Park ]
Situated in Kanchanaburi’s Agricultural College at Tambon Nong Ya, 9 kilometers from town, it is also known as "the Stone Garden" which abounds with stones of different sizes and shapes in its large area.

[ Wat Tham Sua and Wat Tham Khao Noi ]
Wat Tham Sua and Wat Tham Khao NoiLocated at Tambon Muang Chum, 4 kilometers beyond Wachiralongkorn Dam, these two adjacent temples house very beautiful Thai and Chinese style buildings and huge Buddha images situated on the mount.

[ Ban Kao National Museum ]
Ban Kao National MuseumThe museum, some 35 kilometers from town, was constructed beside a Neolithic burial site discovered by Dutch prisoners of war during the construction of the "Death Railway". Specimens of Neolithic remains are on display. It is open from 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday to Sunday and closed on Monday and Tuesday.

[ Kanchanaburi Cultural Centre ]
The collection center of human life styles from the past till the present is displayed at the Rajpatara Institute of Kanchanaburi, 14 kilometers out of town on the route to Sai Yok.

[ Wat Pa Lelaib ]
This monastery is 18 kilometers away from the provincial capital. It is located at Tambon Lat Ya which once was an ancient border town involved in battles between the Thai and the Burmese during the Ayutthaya period to the early Bangkok period. Another nearby temple called Wat Khun Phaen houses a ruined pagoda dating back to the early Ayutthaya period.

[ Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park ]
Prasat Muang Sing Historical ParkAbout 8 kilometers from the Baan Kao National Museum, on Highway 323 between Kanchanaburi and Sai Yok, lies Muang Singh Historical Park. Here you can find the ruins of a 16-18th century castle surrounded by a moat and multi - tiered earthen wall.
□ The park is open for tourists everyday from 09.00-16.30 hours. The admission fee is 40 bath.

On the same route, about 20 kilometers, you can visit the Sai Yok Noi waterfall (Khao Phang) and further40 kilometers is the Sai Yok Yai National Park where the Sai Yok Yai Waterfall (Khao Jone) is located.
These are favorite spots for sightseeing, picnicking and swimming.

Sai Yok Noi Waterfall Those who enjoy swimming in hot springs may travel to km. 107 and visit The Hindad Hot Springs.

[ Sai Yok Noi Waterfall ]
Also known as Khao Phang Waterfall, about 60 kilometers from town on Highway 323. The roadside cascade is best visited between July - October, when water is most plentiful, and is located 2 kilometers northwest of Nam Tok Railway Station, the terminus of the branch line originating in the provincial capital and which crosses the world-famous bridge.

[ Sai Yoke National Park ]
Sai Yok Yai WaterfallSai Yoke National Park, called the classic Waterfall of Thailand because its beauty is the theme of an immortal classic Thai song composed by a renowned artist prince almost a century ago. He had his inspiration when viewing waterfalls from a boat, seeing the water tumbling and splashing down from a high cliff bank. The vantage point to fully appreciate he great waterfalls is still from a boat in the river.

[ Sai Yok Yai Waterfall ]
A part of Sai Yok National Park, 104 kilometers from town on Highway 323. This flows directly into the Kwae Noi River, and is the most popular in the 300 square-kilometer of the park. Sai Yok National Park contains several interesting caves which also entails a river trip for visits. Human presence at Sai Yok is known to date back to the Stone Age, and the Sai Yok Waterfall has been repeatedly celebrated in Thai poetry and song. Bungalow accommodations, raft houses and camping sites are available.

Lawa Cave[ Lawa Cave ]
75 kilometers from town, and about 50 meters from Kwae Noi riverside. Visitors may take boats from Pak Saeng Pier (southwest of Nam Tok Railway Station and Sai Yok Noi Waterfall) or by car across the bridge at Ban Kaeng Ra Boed. It is the biggest interesting cave in the area and has stalactites and stalagmites in
several chambers and peculiar by nature creation.

[ Dao Wa Dung Cave ]
Located about 1 kilometer near the bank of Kwae Noi River, 110 kilometers from the city, visitors can go by boat from Pak Saeng Pier or Sai Yok Yai Waterfall. Stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave are wonderful and make the beautiful scene.

[ Kra Sae Cave ]
Situated at the curving Kwae Noi River, a wooden viaduct of the "Death Railway", on the bank of Kwae Noi River, about 55 kilometers out of town. This cave is where a Buddha image placed inside.

[ Hell Fire Pass ]
Hell Fire PassA part of the Death Railway, constructed during the Second World War and now abandoned, is located in the thick forest near km. 66 of Sai Yok – Thong Pha Phum Road. A long passage made through the stone mountain by the Allied prisoners of war indicated the extreme difficulty in constructing the Death Railway.

Bordering Burma, this district is about two-hundred-and-twenty kilometers from Kanchanaburi and seventy-four kilometers from Thong Pha Phum. Populated mostly by Mon and Karen people, the town is located at the confluence of three waterways : Songkalia, Bikli and Runtee.

[ Wat Wang Wiwekaram ]
Wat Wang Wiwekaram9 kilometers from the town is the famous Wang Wiwekaram Temple, diocese of the revered Uttama Abbot. This extensive temple on the southern outskirts of Sangkhlaburi edges the Khao Laem reservoir. The complex is constructed in an unusual mix of Thai, Indian and Burmese Buddhist architectural styles, and the abbot “Luang Pho Uttama”is highly revered among local people including tribal folks and Burmese.
Near here, tourists may rent low cost accommodations at Sangkhlaburi cottages beside a running brook.

[ Mon bridge ]
Mon bridgeIt is the longest wooden bridge in Thailand linking Sangkhla Buri and Mon Villages. The bridge overlooks a scenic landscape and offers and opportunity to see local people’s way of life.

[ Ta Kian Thong Waterfall ]
Many tiered beautiful waterfall is about 250 kilometers from Kanchanaburi town . Traveling on Sangkhlaburi -Three Pagodas Pass route and turn right about 10 kilometers, then go on foot for 40 minutes to the waterfall.

[ Dai Chong Thong Waterfall ]
Dai Chong Thong Waterfall Located near Kroeng Kravia Waterfall , on the same route, and the left turn about 2 kilometers. It's a rather big waterfall which run into the lake of Khao Laem Dam.

[ Kroeng Kra Via Waterfall ]
A little beautiful waterfall is located near Thong Pha Phum - Sangkhlaburi road, about 32 kilometers from Thong Pha Phum or 190 kilometers from Kanchanaburi town.

[ Three Pagodas Pass ]
Three Pagodas Pass22 kilometers from Sangkhla Buri, the three miniature pagodas are memorials of an important route of the troops during the wartime of the Ayutthaya period. It also marks the rugged Thai-Myanmar border and is the site of a small thriving border marker. Visitors are allowed to enter the neighboring Burmese settlement.

[ Sangkhlaburi Forest Tours ]
Certain Kanchanaburi travel agents offer elephant-trekking and rafting tours in immediate vicinity of Sangkhlaburi. Visitors are advised to contact either local travel agents or the Kanchanaburi Tourist Information office for current details, since the tours are not always conducted on a daily basis.

The north of the town’s province and 130 kilometers away, the district is full of beautiful golf courses and well known natural attractions; Erawan Waterfall, Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall, Pra That Cave, Than Lot Cave, etc. The lake of Sri Nakarin Dam is for water sports and fishing.
It is the place where raft houses and floating houses are well prepared for welcoming visitors.

[ Sri Nakharin National Park (Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall) ]
This park covers 1,532 square-kilometers. Park headquarters are 105 kilometers from Kanchanaburi. Major park attractions include the lovely 7- tiered Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall, boat trips on the scenic reservoir, and encroaching deciduous forest and bamboo groves where kingfishers, babblers and numerous other birds species are readily seen. Larger, more elusive mammals within the park's remoter areas include deer, elephants and tigers. Phra and Niramit Caves near the park headquarters comprise other attractions. Bungalow accommodations are available. The park's relative inaccessibility necessitates either a punishing 40-kilometre drive along a dry weather track, and negotiable only by motorcycles, pickup or 4-wheel-drive vehicles, or a 45-75-minute boat ride from the Tha Kradan Pier 24 kilometers north of the Sri Nakharin Dam.

[ Erawan National Park ]
Erawan National Park 65 kilometers from Kanchanaburi along Highway 3199, this 500-square-kilometre national park is the site of the Erawan Waterfall, widely regarded as being one of Thailand's loveliest cascades. Seven tiers of sparkling water cascade down grand stairways of mossy boulders framed by ivy curtain and green jungle growth. There are scores of pools along the down stream, where one can take a cool plunge in the refreshing spring water.

A mountainside forest setting includes dense bamboo groves which support numerous bird species. Bungalow accommodations and camping are available.
□ The falls season is between September and December. It is best to visit the park on weekdays to avoid the holiday crowd.

[ Pra That Cave ]
Pra That CaveLocated in Erawan National Park, 76 kilometers from the city, and just 10 kilometers north of Erawan Waterfall. It's the most beautiful cave in Kanchanaburi. The stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave were created wonderfully by nature.

[ Sri Nakharin Dam ]
3 kilometers from Erawan Waterfall, this hydro-electric power plant project is situated on Kwae Yai River. This massive structure marks the southernmost extremity of an extensive reservoir. The location of Sri Nakharin Dam is very beautiful wide lake with many resorts and raft houses, natural surrounding good for fishing above the dam site.

Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park (Than Lod Cave)
[ Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park (Than Lod Cave) ]

This interesting attraction is 97 kilometers from Kanchanaburi town, and north of Bo Phloi District, along Highway 3086. This 54-square-kilometre park encompasses peaceful forests, waterfalls and several caves. The 300-metre long Than Lod Noi Cave near the park headquarters is the most popular attraction, and some 2.5 kilometers walk to Than Lod Yai. Than Ngoen, Than Thong and Trai Trueng waterfalls are in the area of the park. Bungalow accommodations and camping are available.

[ Wat Tham Khao Noi ]
Located at Tambon Muang Chum, Tha Muang District, about 4 kilometers away from Vajiralongkorn Dam, the monastery was constructed in the form of Chinese architecture and cultural art.

[ Wat Tham Sua ]
It's close to Wat Tham Khao Noi. The monastery was constructed in Thai architectural style. The Great Buddha image and pagoda placed in the temple is uniquely beautiful and is respected by all Buddhists.

Thong pha PhumIt is about 159 kilometers away from the province town. On route 323. The district landscape is forestry and mountainous. There are a lot of natural attractions worth visiting such as Pha Tat Waterfall, Hin Dad Hot Springs etc. It places a lot of National Parks and the World heritage The Yai Naresuan Sanctuary Park is located in this district as well. The Lake of Khao Lam Dam is suitable for fishing – lovers. Golf – lovers will enjoy playing golf in many beautiful perfect golf courses. Convenience five – star hotels, comfortable rafthouses and well – equipped resorts are ready for visitors.

[ Khao Laem Dam ]
153 kilometers from town on Highway 323, this hydro-electric dam is situated on Kwai Noi River. The dam is 1,019 meters long and 92 meters inches high, forms a great reservoir and the scenic beauty of lake which placed several raft and resort complexes offer opportunities for boat rides, swimming and fishing.

[ Hin Dad Hot Spring ]
135 kilometers from town, these occupy a hollow some 3 kilometers northeast of Highway 323 along the same track. The natural hot springs discovered by Japanese soldier during the Second World War. Visitors can shower in this pond.

[ Pha Tad Waterfall ]
The big three-tiered cascade, 140 kilometers from town on route Kanchanaburi- Thong Pha Phum at km. 105, and right turn some 12 kilometers to the waterfall.

[ Thung Nang Kruan Waterfall ]
Located in Tambon Cha-Lae, about 190 kilometers from Kanchanaburi town. Visitors should have 4-wheel-drive vehicles to travel along Thong Pha Phum -Sangkhlaburi route and take the right turn of 15 kilometers at km. 26, and some 3 kilometers on foot with local guide.

[ Pilog Mine ]
60 kilometers west of Thong Pha Phum District on Route 3272, once there was much mining of wolfram and tin in the Tanaosri Mountain range marking the Thai-Burmese border. Its cold temperature offer for a temperate fruit and decorative winter plant orchard. Furthermore, many beautiful waterfalls, new attractions offer visitors to be impressed by traveling on foot.

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Kanchanaburi Thailand

The 1950's world box-office hit movie "The Bridge on the River Kwai" put Kanchanaburi, a hitherto sleepy town 150 km west of Bangkok, on the world map. Half a century ago, the bridge was a link in the infamous 415 km Death Railway joining Thailand with Burma, built by the Imperial Japanese Army in WWII, employing Allied prisoners of war and forced-labor Asian coolies. Over 80,000 laborers and 13,000 Allied POW's and thousands of Japanese soldiers lost their lives in the odyssey.

The bridge was publicized worldwide in the film starring moviedom's great names, ironically from the nationalities involved in the saga: American William Holden, British Sir Alec Guinness and Japanese Sessue Hayakawa. After the film hit the screens around the world, tourists started their exodus to Kanchanaburi to see the bridge.

Now, Kanchanaburi is a prosperous province with endless sugar cane plantations covering her vast plain and rich mines in the bills. The rugged countryside, the wild jungles and mountain rivers are still there. However, a road system has succeeded in making most areas accessible, which gives rise to a growing number of jungle resorts for nature-lovers.

KanchanaburiKanchanaburi City is 150 km west of Bangkok on an excellent, scenic highway. The way to Kanchanaburi also leads pass the historic town of Nakorn Pathom with the world's highest Buddhist monument. Kanchanaburi city, itself a popular resort town, is on the bank of the picturesque Mae Klong River at the meeting point of its two tributaries - Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai rivers. The city also serves, as overnight base for tourists to visit the province's many attractions, beside that bridge on the River Kwai.
There are spectacular waterfalls, river cruises and jungle tours for the nature lovers. For the foot-loose travelers, there is the thrilling 200 km drive through newly opened jungle areas to the Thai Myanmar border to visit ethnic Mon and Karen settlements. For the sporting types, Kanchanaburi provides the best freshwater fishing grounds in remote jungle backwater and streams. For the outdoor type, rafting in the wild river. And, for the golfers, more than a score of 18-hole world standard courses in pastoral countryside.

KanchanaburiThe jungle, the rugged terrain, and wild rivers now combine to make Kanchanaburi the most rewarding tourist destination for nature lovers and sportsmen. A large jungle area of the province has been declared national wildlife sanctuary, called Thungyai National Park, which remains the most pristine area in the whole country. The sanctuary was recently listed as a world natural heritage by the United Nations.

If one chooses to stay overnight out in the wild, there are the float bungalows on rafts moored off the River Kwai bank in remote jungle areas. A night on a float hotel is an unforgettable experience. By nightfall, hushed stillness settles over the jungle, with only occasional night bird calls.

Kanchanaburi Province is divided into 10 Amphoes and 2 king Amphoes (sub-districts).

The distances from Amphoe Muang to other Amphoes are as follow :
□ Amphoe Tha Muang 12 kms.
□ Amphoe Phanom Thuan 24 kms.
□ Amphoe Tha Maka 30 kms.
□ Amphoe Dan Makham Tia 30 kms.
□ Amphoe Sai Yok 50 kms.
□ Amphoe Thong Pha Phum 145 kms.
□ Amphoe Sangkhla Buri 230 kms.
□ Amphoe Si Sawat 102 kms.
□ Amphoe Bo Phloi 40 kms.
□ Amphoe Nong Prue 75 kms.
□ Amphoe Huai Krachao 60 kms.
□ Amphoe Lao Khwan 97 kms.

How to get there

[ By Car ]
Route 1: a 2-hour drive along Highway No.4 (Phetkasem) via Nakhon Chaisi Province, Nakhon Pathom Province, Ban Pong, Tha Maka and Tha Muang (of Ratchaburi Province) to Kanchanaburi.
Route 2: drive along Highway No. 338 from Bangkok to Nakhon Chaisi Province then switch to Highway No.4 to Kanchanaburi.

[ By Bus ]
Non air-conditioned buses leave Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal daily every 15 minutes from 4 a.m. until 8 p.m. The trip takes about 3 hours.
For more information call (02) 434 5557-8

[ First class air-conditioned buses (blue color) ]
Leave Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal daily every 25 minutes.

There are also buses leaving frequently daily for Kanchanaburi from Nakhon Pathom. The journey takes up to 1.5 hours. From Ratchaburi and Suphan Buri Bus Stations, there are several buses leaving directly to Kanchanaburi. The trip takes some 2.5 - 3 hours.
For details see Bus Time Table.
For more information call (02) 435-5012, (02) 431-199 or (02) 884-6249

[ By Train ]
Ordinary trains leave Bangkok’s Thon Buri Railway Station (Bangkok Noi Station) daily. Only 3rd class seats are available. The journey takes approximately 3 hours.
For details see Train Time Table.
For more information, call Thon Buri Railway Station at tel.(02) 411-3102 or Kanchanaburi Railway Station at tel.(034) 511-285.

The weekend special train leaves Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) at 6.30 a.m., returning at 7.55 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays. The trip usually includes several stop-overs at Phra Pathom Chedi (Nakhon Pathom), Death Railway Bridge, and a transfer (by minibus) to Phrasat Mueang Singh Historical Park, etc.

There are also special steam trains operating between Kanchanaburi and Wang Pho.


[ Boat and Raft Festival ]
Boat Race KanchanaburiThe river tour of Kanchanaburi is famous and popular among visitors. Boat races and water sports games are held at this annual festival at the beginning of November in the area of Khun Phan Dam.

[ Ban Nong Khao Fair ]
The fare is usually held during the Songkran festival in April at Wat Intharam. Tambon Nong Khao. Activities to promote the culture and traditions of the local villagers are demonstrations of sweet making, cloth weaving, games, play performances, bull races, a beauty queen contest, and various forms for entertainment.

[ Ram Yoei or Yoei Dance ]
It has been a kind of folk play for more than 500 years. This dance is always practiced during Songkran and New Year festivals. There are male and female players standing to form a circle. A player takes turn to sing his/her own verses with the accompany of his/her players who clap their hands in rhythm. A couple of players take turn to dance with the music from a long drum band. Male players wear a round neck shirt with loincloth on a shoulder. Female players dress in a Thai costume with a Sabai cloth bound around the upper body. This play is still popular nowadays in Panom Thuan district.

[ River Kwai Bridge Week ]
River Kwai BridgeThis is an annual event to be held by the Kanchanaburi Provincial Authority from the end of November to the beginning of December to commemorate the notorious establishment of the Death Railway and the Bridge Over the River Kwai during WWII. Activities at the fair include a historical and archaeological exhibition, folk shows, booths of governmental offices, products sale, entertainment, and a light and sound presentation.


Major souvenir shops are concentrated around the eastern approaches , and riverine environment, of the world-famous bridge. Almost every handicraft produced in Thailand can be purchased there. Browsing to compare quality, and good-humored but determined bargaining, will ensure favorable prices for ready made leisure wear and other apparel, and popular souvenirs such as jewelry home-spun clothes, wooden furniture and decorations, young coconut jelly, tamarind candy and several kinds of snack.

Kanchanaburi is a major source of high-quality Thai blue sapphires. These are mined at Bo Phloi District, as are onyx and topaz. Purchases of finished jewelry creations can be made at Jewelry Center.


Excellent Thai and Chinese cuisine features freshly caught river fish. The most popular dining areas are the Song Kwae Road waterfront area and the riverside restaurants in the vicinity of the River Kwae Bridge.

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Samet Island - Rayong Thailand


Rayong located at Eastern board of Thailand, 179km by car from Bangkok. It consists of 3,552 square km area and 100 km of beach connect to the gulf of Thailand. The 10 islands group is abundant with marine resources. It contains many oddly shaped islands and rocks. The largest island is Koh Samet which is well known in South East Asia.


The average temperatures are around 28 degree Celsius.

How to get to Rayong

There are 3 ways to travel to Rayong

• 45 minutes from Bangkok airport to Utapao airport by Orient Thai Airline.

• from Bangkok by main road No. 3 or Sukhumvit road in 3 Hours.
• You can hire a taxi from the Bangkok area to Rayong province for about 2,000 Baht.

Bus (Air conditioned)
Bus time table
Bangkok - Rayong city
• from Bangkok, The bus leaves from Eakamai station, trips start from 04.00 until 22.00 every 40 minutes.

Rayong city - Bangkok
• from Rayong, The bus leave from Main station, trips start from 03.30 until 21.00, every 40 minutes.

Bangkok - Banpae (If you want to go to Koh Samet directly.)
• from Bangkok, The bus leave from Eakamai station, trips start from 07.00 until 20.30 every 40 minutes.
• from Banpae, The bus leave from Banpae station, trips start from 04.00 until 17.30, every hour.
• Check time table Bangkok: (66) 2 3912237, Banpae: (66) 38 651528
• The bus fee is 90 Baht/Trip

Samet Island

There are 14 of calm and white beaches around this Island and surrounded by colorful coral reefs, providing such aquatic sports as swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

You can engage in these activities all year around because not only the weather is always warm, but the island is not much affected by the monsoon, being located off the east coast.

You can also enjoy sunbathing and delicious seafood lunches. If you plan to stay overnight, Samet Island offers air-conditioned bungalows.

The ferry to Samet Island
The ferry leaves from Banpe Pier everyday, from 07.00 until 17.00 ,arrive at 3 piers on Samet Island, which are Thadan Pier (25min), Praw Pier (30min), Vong Duen Pier (45min).
You can hire also a speed boat from Banpe Pier to Samet , which costs around 1,000 Baht/Trip.

Getting around Samet Island
Samet Island has only one road going from the North to the South of the Island.

The taxi fees from beach to beach are
• from Thadan Pier to Vong Duen Beach, 30 Baht/trip/person
• from Sai Kaew Beach to Vong Duen Beach, 30 Baht/trip/person
• from Sai Kaew Beach to Praw Bay, 40 Baht/trip/person

you can hire also a taxi for a group of maximum 12 persons.
• from Thadan Pier to Vong Duen Beach, 200 Baht
• from Thadan Pier around the island, 1,000 Baht
• from Vong Duen Beach to Kew Bay, 400 Baht

The beaches of Samet Island.

• Vong Duen Beach (many tourism)
• Tien Bay
• Chow Bay (Diving point)
• Wai Bay (Diving point)
• Kew Bay
• Nuan Bay (many tourism)
• Tub Tim Bay
• Phai Bay (Night life here)
• Sai Kaew Beach (The longest beach of the island)
• Praw Bay (Diving point)
• Loong Dam Beach
• Karang Bay (Diving point, View point)
• Kewna Nai Bay (Diving point)
• Kewna Norg Bay (Diving point)

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Attractions in Pattaya

Ko Lan

Ko Lan situated to the west of Pattaya Strait, about 7.7 kilometers from the shore, covering an area of about 4 square kilometers. There are beautiful beaches, clear water, and an abundance of coral, Visitors can view the coral either from a glass-bottom boat or by diving down directly. A well-known beach is at Ta Waen Beach in the northern part of the island, a 750 meters stretch of white sand with many stalls and shops. Sightseeing boats mostly dock in this area. There are also Laem Thian Beach and Samae Beach on the south-western side, each beach spanning a length of 700 and 100 meters respectively.

Both are regarded as beautiful and interesting spots, especially Laem Thian Beach which has remained exceptionally clean and tranquil. There are now a few stores servicing visitors. TaPan Beach on the western part of the island is 500 meters in length with make-shift lodging available. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, sightseeing boats usually dock along this beach all the way to Laem Thian where there is coral. On the southern part is Nuan Beach 450 meters in length. On this beach is a hotel which accommodates a large number of tourists. This is another good place for viewing coral.

Apart from these beaches, there are also Laem Hua Khon Beach on the back and front sides, Laem Lamrae, etc., which are also interesting tourist spots. Popular activities on Ko Lan include swimming, coral viewing, Para-sailing, water-skiing, water scooter riding, etc.

Ko Krok

a small island covering an area of 0.05 square kilometers, approximately 8 kilometers from the shore. The island comprises mostly rocks. Only one sandy-beach on the east of the island is Ko Krok beach which is only 100 meters in lenght. This is an ideal place tor coral viewing.

Ko Sak

some 10 kilometers west of Pattaya Strait or 600 meters away from Ko Lan. Ko Sak is another small island shaped like a horse shoe with an area of 0.05 square kilometers. It has two beaches, one on the northern cover 250 meters in length, an area in which boats usually stop for tourists to swim and another one on the southern part of the island opposite the first island, with a pathway linking the two beaches, a small beach 80 meters in length. A coral reef is found at the area in front of the beach. Skin-diving is also possible in this vicinity.

Ko Phai Group of Islands

Ko Phai are comprised of Ko Phai, Ko Manwichai, Ko Luam, Ko Klung Badan, and etc., Ko Phai being the largest. The islands are presently under the supervision of the Royal Navy. The Ko Phai group of islands are situated at a distance about 13 kilometers from Pattaya and takes 2 hours to reach by boat. There is a light house on top of a hill at Ko Phai. Visitors can enjoy relaxing-moments, swimming, fishing and diving down to view the coral.

Tourists interested in visiting all the island mentioned here can arrange to hire boats from the promenade or pier at South Pattaya. Large boats can carry between 20-80 passengers, speed boats carry 10-15 passengers. Rental fees cost between 1,000-5,000 Baht, depending on the spot one intends to visit as well as the size and type of boat.

Pattaya Beach

Some 4 kilometers long, this beach faces Pattaya Bay, the major venue from where boats visit Pattaya's offshore islands. The beach curves from the north to south and is largely paralleled by a tree-lined promenade and beach road which is lined, in the northern and central parts, by hotels and restaurants.

The northern section of the beach is largely tranquil, while the central and southern parts become increasingly lively, thanks to a juxtaposition of shops, department stores, boutiques. beauty salons, supermarkets, bars, discotheques, restaurants and nightclubs. The central area of the beach is a major shopping area, while the southern end is one of Pattaya's major nightlife areas

Jomtien Beach

This 6-kilometres long, largely straight beach, some 4 kilometers south of Pattaya, is the most notable of several beaches south of the resort. The beach is popular with windsurfers and water sports enthusiasts, largely because the area enjoys brisk and fresh breezes sweeping inland from the Thai Gulf, and because the seas are less congested with boats than is Pattaya Bay. Jomtien is also a major residential area with beachside hotels, bungalow complexes, condominiums and restaurants.

Wong Phrachan Beach is on the northern side of Pattaya Bay. The 1 kilometer beach shares the same entrance as the Central Wong Amat Hotel. A quiet spot, the beach is ideal for swimming and relaxation.

Khao Pattaya (Khao Phra Bat)

A small hill with an asphalt road leading to the top. From its peak, one has a panoramic view of Pattaya City and Pattaya Bay. Currently, Khao Pattaya has been developed and is now the site of the Naval Sor Tor Ror radio station. A sacred Buddha image is also enshrined on the hilltop.

Suan Chaloemphrakiat (Fitness Park) is at foot of Pattaya hill on Phratani'uk Road. This small park, covering a large area, was dedicated to commemorate His Majesty the King's sixtieth birthday on December 5, 1988. The gardens of the park boast a wide variety of flowering plants. There are also multipurpose grounds and winding trails for walking or jogging and standard exercise facilities. On any given day, a large number of people will relax, jog, exercise or simple enjoy the scenery of Pattaya in this park.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not MuseumRipley's Believe It Or Not Museum

Situated on the third floor of the Royal Garden Plaza, Beach Road. A display of Mr. Ripley's collection of curious objects from every comer of the world. Some of them being the actual item, others are replicas. These extraordinary objects are divided into over 250 categories, such as optical illusions, peculiar lifestyle of unusual people and devices of human torture from ancient time, etc.
Open daily from 10a.rn.-12 midnight. Further inquiries may be made by calling (038) 710294-8.

Bamrung Sailing and Paramotor Centre

Bamrung Sailing and Paramotor Centrelocated at Huai Sak Nok Reservoir at Kilometer 150 on Sukhumvit Highway, turn left into the lane next to the green Way Golf Driving Range, for about 4 kilometers, Look for a sign indicating the entrance. Different types of aquatic sports are available and instructions are also offered for windsurfing, sailing, paramotors, para-gliders by course or by the hour. Certificates are conferred upon completion of the course by the Royal Yacht Association (RYC), a renowned British Institution. Restaurant facilities are offered and boats such as canoes, catamarans and kayaks are available for rent The atmosphere of the reservoir is relaxing and cool. Between the months of November and February thousands of teals, swallows, and herons migrate to this area.

Those interested in these aquatic sports should call Khun Burnmng Ruamsap at 01-354-4986 or 946-7859, for additional information,

Amphoe Sattahip

Wat Yan Sangwararam is a Royal Temple, 15 kilometers south of Pattaya City, turning left from Sukhumvit Highway at kilometer 160. The temple was dedicated to Somdej Phra Yanasangworn, the present Supreme Patriarch in 1976 and was later graciously admitted under the patronage of His Majesty the King. The temple ground comprises a mondop (religious building with rectangular roof) which enshrine a replica of the Buddha's footprints, a large Pagoda where the relics of the Lord Buddha and those of the Lord Buddha's disciple are enshrined. There are international pavilions representing several countries that dot the grounds, such Switzerland. There is also the Vihan Sian, a grand and exquisite showcase of Chinese architecture.

Nongnooch Tropical Garden is a tourist attraction amidst natural surroundings. Nongnooch Village orchids and gardens with flowering plants, mangoes, orchids, and other types of flora. Thai style teak wood houses are available for rent. There is also a zoo and Thai Cultural Center showcasing the art of Thai performing art, martial arts, folk sports and performances by elephants. Performances are held triple daily at 10.15 a.m., 3 p.m. and 3.5 kilometers before reaching the destination.
Additional information may be obtained from the office in Pattaya City on Central Pattaya Road, Tel: (038) 429321, 422958 or Bangkok Office, Tel: 252-1768

Bang Saray is a fishing village about 16 kilometers away from Pattaya City, turning left off Sukhumvit Highway at kilometer 165 for about 2 kilometers. A deep-water bay lies on the southern part of Bang Saray, and ideal place for fishing especially for Pakarang fish. Towards the north, is a park with a beautiful beach ideal for swimming. Boats may be rented for fishing or diving for coral viewing. Bang Saray offers a number of excellent restaurants. It has become a popular place for relaxation and for renting boats for excursions around the vicinity.

Chong Samaesan Village is a tiny fishing village along the Sattahip-Tha Rua Phanit Sattahip route, turning left just before one reaches the Sattahip commercial pier. There is a small beach with crystal clear waters. Accommodation is available. Chong Samaesan is another ideal place for diving and fishing. Several islands dot the area, such as Ko Samaesan, Ko Raet, Ko Chuang, and Ko Chan which all come under the supervision of the Royal Thai Navy. Daytime sightseeing is permitted but overnight lodging is prohibited.

Amphoe Muang Chon Buri

Ang Sila is a fishing village about 5 kilometers away from Chonburi. Ang Sila was formerly one of the oldest seaside resorts. The village is famous for its cottage industry, producing stone mortars and animal sculptures, like elephants, horses and tigers. Ang Sila also boasts a number of seafood restaurants. On the beach, one can find villagers shelling fresh oysters, A wide array of local handicraft are also available for sale to tourists.

Bang Saen Beach is a famous beach that has enjoyed lasting popularity. Approximately 13 kilometers from the city ofChon Buri, it branches off to the right-hand side from Sukhumvit Highway, at kilometers 104, for a distance of 3 kilometers. Stretching along the beachfront, is a 2.5 kilometer Road. Along the beach, one finds vendors offering drinks and seafood snacks such as squid, mussels and spicy steamed-fish-cakes for sale. One can rent deck chairs and rubber rings for swimming. Fresh water bathing facilities are also available. The many restaurants that line the beach have recently been improved to become more neat and orderly. Bang Saen is ideal for visitors with limited time who wish to relax with their family and friends. It also offers several hotels and bungalows for overnight lodging.

Khao Sam Muk is a small hill in between Ang Sila village and Bang Saen Beach, along the beachside road from Ang Sila that winds up Sam Muk Hill. At the foot of the hill, Chao Mae Khao Sam Muk) who is widely venerated by the public. The cliff overlooking the sea has become a tourist spot where legend has it that a couple tragically ended their lives together after having vowed their eternal love for each other. The Sam Muk Hill area is inhabited by a larger number of wild monkeys and beautiful cactuses garden,

The Institute of Marine Science situated on the campus of Burapha University. The institute evolved from the Aquarium and Museum of Salt Water Animals through the financial assistance received from the Government of Japan. This institute aims to be the center of studies on Marine Science, consisting of three parts: the Marine Science Museum, Marine Animal Rearing Center and Marine Ocean Research Laboratory.
The public will be admitted on the following days and times; Weekdays 8.30 a.m.-4 p.m. Government holidays 8.30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays). Call (038)391671-3 for more information.

Nong Mon Market a market famous for Chonburi's local handicraft and souvenirs about 1 kilometer from the junction leading to Bang Saen. Among its well-known buys are different types of dried seafood, Khao Lam or gluttonous rice baked in bamboo, hor-mok (spicy steamed fish cakes), hoi-jor (deep fried shrimp cakes), sweetened-banana and taro chips, and sweetened-fruit preserves.

Amphoe Phanat Nikhom

Basketware Village situated at Mu 1-11, Tambon Railakthong but mostly a Mu 10 in the vicinity of Wat Ko Kaeo Khiong Luang, about 4 kilometers from the district along the Phanat Nikhum-Chachoengsao Road and continuing right for a distance of another 4 kilometers. Bamboo is woven into such objects as ladies handbags, baskets, betel nut sets, and etc. in various colors and design. They can be purchased at stalls situated behind the Municipal Daily Market (Talat Kao).

Amphoe Si Racha
Ko Loi Si Racha is on Thesaban Road, north of Si Racha Market. Ko Loi is a tiny island close to Si Racha Beach, linked to the land by a bridge. On the island is a public park and a Sea Turtle Garden, on lush grounds covering an area of around 1 acre. On the southern side is a small hill with a temple on it. The island is a superb place for relaxation where one can enjoy the natural atmosphere and breathe the fresh sea air while appreciating the scenic view. There is also a pier from which one can board a boat to Ko Sichang as well.

Khao Khieo Open Zoo is located at Tambon Bang Phra. The zoo can be reached by either one of two ways: first from Sukhumvit, one can follow the Bang Phra Reservoir route passing the Bang Phra Golf Course for another 19 kilometers or, second, one may follow the new State Highway 36 (Chon Buri - Pattaya - Rayong) following direction signs. The open zoo, operated by the Dusit Zoo Authority (Khao Din Wana) in Bangkok, has a large number of animals such as deer, bulls, monkeys, gibbons, hippopotami, bears, kangaroos, elephants and peacocks, and etc. Visitors can stroll around the grounds and observe the animals closely. There is also a large aviary with hundreds of varieties of birds. The zoo is open daily from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Call (038) 298187-8 for more information.

Si Racha Tiger Zoo and Resort situated at 336 Mu 6, Tambon Surasak, Si Racha District. It is accessible either from Sukhumvit Highway, turning at Si Racha District and following the route passing Assurnplion Si Racha School for around 7.5 kilometers or one can take State Highway 36 at Kilometer 21, turn left and continue for another 1.5 kilometers. It boasts Thailand's largest number of Bengal tigers, bred successfully by the farm itself. There is also large number of other animals such as crocodiles, ostriches, single hump camels, kangaroos and an aviary of exotic birds.
The farm is open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Call (038) 296556-8 for additional information.

Chantathen Waterfall
One follows the-same route leading to Khao Khieo Open Zoo diverging left at the entrance to Wat Khao Mai Daeng. A sign indicates the way to the waterfall where on drives down an asphalt road for another 7 kilometers. A car park masks the entrance and there is a 2 kilometers pathway leading to the waterfall lined on both sides by refreshing greenery.
Chantathen Waterfall has 5 levels in height with a distance totaling 1 kilometer. There are two pathways leading up and down: the first is on that follows along the waterfall itself or along the various levels of rocks, a route that is very popular with visitors who wish to view the waterfall very closely. The best time to visit is right after the end of the rainy season whereas in the dry season water may be less abundant hut visitors are able to track up and down the rock^. Chan Ta Then Waterfall is under the supervision of Kho Khieo - Khao Chomplui Wildlife Conservation District District and Khao Khieo Nature and Wildlife Study Station. The station offers camping activities for youth interested in learning more about nature and wildlife.

Persons interested in the Youth Camp for Nature Conservation my write to the Station Chief, P.O. Box 10, Tambon Bang Phra, Amphoe Si Racha, Chonburi 20210

Ko Sichang
is a large island in the middle of the sea about 12 kilometers from the Si Racha shore. What attract visitors to the island are its beautiful natural .surroundings, tranquil atmosphere and fresh air that have long made the island popular. Circling the island is a narrow road, only a little over 1 meter in width, wide enough only for a motorized tricycle. Chinese pavilion is an ancient pavilion with dragon and peacock motifs. The pavilion was used as a temporary place of lodging when his Majesty King Rama the fifth visited the island.

Chakkraphong Cave is close to the Chinese Pavilion. A Buddha image is enshrined inside this cave. There is also a duct from which one can climb up to the hilltop to view the scenery of the island.

Chong Khao Khat is on the southwestern side of the island. Villagers call this area the "rear end" of the island. A white sandy beach is found at Chong Khao Khat.

Chao Pho Khao Yai Cave is on a hill close to Thewawong pier. The large structure is Chinese in design. Inside the cave are monuments devoted to Chinese deities such as Heng Jia, the Goddess Kuan Im's Shrine and the Sakajayana Temple.

The Old Palace Grounds are in a verdant area by the sea. Built during the reign of King Rama the fifth, the palace was once a hospice of royal princes and princesses to recuperate after their illnesses. Several ponds, which are still in good condition, are found in the palace garden. These ponds were bestowed with beautiful names, such as Atsadang and Phirphlen ponds. There are also two temples built at the behest of King Rama the Fifth: Wat Atsadang Nimit with a European style ordinal 'on hall and pagoda, situated on the topmost part of the hill and Wat Chuthathip Rajathammasupha situated in the Bhanuransi Village area in the northern part of the island.
The tourist attractions on Ko Sichang are quite distant from each other. It is more convenient to rent a motorized tricycle from the pier to visit those places. It takes a little over an hour to cover the entire island. The rental should coast around 250 Baht or whatever price you can negotiate.
Travelling to Ko Sichang can be done by a ferry boat which operates daily from Si Racha. Crossing is made every two hours starting from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Ferries leave from piers at Ko Loi Si Racha or at Choem Chomphon pier (Tha Charin) with in town of Si Racha, fares cost 20 Baht each.

Bangsaen Beach is a famous beach that has enjoyed lasting popularity. Approximately 13 kilometers from the city of Chon Buri, it branches off to the right-hand side from Sukhumvit Highway, at kilometers 104, for a distance of 3 kilometers. Stretching along the beachfront, is a 2.5 kilometer Road.

Along the beach, one finds vendors offering drinks and seafood snacks such as squid, mussels and spicy steamed-fish-cakes for sale. One can rent deck chairs and rubber rings for swimming. Fresh water bathing facilities are also available. The many restaurants that line the beach have recently been improved to become more neat and orderly.

Bang Saen is ideal for visitors with limited time who wish to relax with their family and friends. It also offers several hotels and bungalows for overnight lodging.

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Pattaya Thailand


Pattaya is 147 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, and faces the Thai Gulf. It is Asia's premier beach resort, and caters with equal appeal to families, couples and single visitors. Pattaya's relaxing tropical ambience is synonymous with every ingredient for memorable holidays. Accommodation ranges from luxuriously appointed backside hotels with superb convention facilities to simple guesthouses. Sporting opportunities abound both on land and water, and include some of the finest golfing, game fishing, Water Skiand scuba-diving anywhere in Asia.

Theme and amusement parks, offbeat museums and lush botanical gardens offer numerous forms of leisure activities and cultural entertainment for all family members. And after dark, Pattaya offers all the allure and magic of a truly vibrant nightlife with a spectacular variety of restaurants, night clubs, bars, discotheques, cocktail lounges and cabarets. Pattaya can be brash, bold, beautiful and bucolic, and offers everything and authentic international beach resort can.

Pattaya History

Fifty years ago Pattaya was a sleepy little fishing village, dwarfed by her neighbors to the North, Na Klua, to the South, Rayong. Its only claim to fame being that it had, in the 13th century, been a resting place for the battle forces of the great King Narai during his campaign to oust the Burmese invaders. From that overnight bivouac, Pattaya derives its name. Then came the Vietnam war and incursion of more benign foreign troops. Thailand supported the American efforts in the area! providing bases, manned by thousands of young America requiring rest and recreation.


How is it possible to fix the date of an historical trend? Whilst Pattaya had achieved some popularity with a few adventurous souls who braved the rough road from Bangkok to take advantage of the crystal waters, great diving and soon following them, beach bars and restaurants, let us take the time when, on the 29th June 1959, four or five transport trucks loaded with American G.I.'s arrived in the village of Pattaya on leave from their base at Nakhon Ratchasima. On arrival in Pattaya they rented houses belonging to Phraya Sunthorn which were along the southern end of Pattaya Beach, now know as the "Strip". The marines stayed for about a week and returned to base. Having had a great time in Pattaya With the friendly residents, they spread the word. A new group of marines kept arriving periodically and the village geared up to cater to their every need. This can be considered as the birth of Pattaya as a tourist resort.

Pattaya continued to grow in popularity at such a rate with both Thai and foreign tourists, that the local government could not cope with the administration. Administrative and infrastructure combination with Na Klua, took place in 1976 and the government promulgated the Pattaya City Act in 1978, there by joining Na Klua and Pattaya to form the fifth local government municipality. Thus was Pattaya City born, and thus, with an ever - increasing influx of visitors and residents from the burgeoning surrounding industrial estates, has she developed into what she is today.

Major Events

Wan Lai Festival
The heat in Thailand intensifies once the month of April comes. People of old were wise enough to initiate the Songkran festival to cool themselves off from the heat and celebrate it as the Thai New Year. In the central region, the festival is usually held on the 13th, l4th and 15th of April while in the East there is a difference as the water throwing activities commence on the l6th or 17th, 18th or 19th known as "Wan Lai" (Flowing Day).
Chonburi Buffalo Races Pattaya City holds its Wan Lai festival annually on April 19th with activities such as water pouring for the elders, processions and the fun of dowsing and another with water, a time for Thais and foreigners alike.

Pattaya Festival
usually held at the middle of April to promote tourism and Pattaya's reputation. Floral floats are paraded along the streets. The Miss Pattaya Beauty contest is held as well as traditional aquatic sports competitions and construction of sand castles. A spectacular fireworks display takes place on the beach and fire crackers are also set off. Simultaneously, there are arts and cultural performances, exhibitions and souvenirs for sale,

Chonburi Buffalo Races
is held in Chon Buri during October every year. The water buffalo is one of the mainstays in the life of a Thai farmer, but in this annual event it is put to more amusing uses than ploughing the local fields, such as buffalo races and contests pitting buffalo and man. Beauty contests add to the fun a festival that attracts crowds from nearby seaside resorts.

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Surin Island


Moo 5, Tambon Krahpratong, Kuraburi, Phangnha Province


There are two ways of transportation for this trip. The first route to Phangnha is started by motorway no. 4 which is passed from Bangkok to Prajuabkirikhun, then passes to Choomporn and also Ranong. After that, it will arrive at the entrance to Phangnha. This trip will take about 12 hours and 788 kilometers for traveling.

The second route to Phangnha is also begun from motorway no. 4 at Bangkok, then go through this motorway until arriving at Choomporn. From this point, the route is changed to motorway no. 41, keeps going on this motorway until arriving at Tachang city. At Tachang, the route is changed to motorway no.401 by turn right at intersection, using motorway no. 401 for approximately 50 kilometers until arriving at Baantakhun city. After that, the route is changed to motorway no.415, driving through this motorway for 30 kilometers and turns right to the main city of Phangnha.

Nevertheless, if tourist comes from Phuket, it is recommended to use motorway no. 402 which will pass the Sarasin Bridge and Baankokloy city, then turn right to Tagua Toong. It should take about 1 and half hour for traveling from Phuket to Phangnga.

*** The transportation by bus from Bangkok to Phangnha is available everyday while the started point of bus station is on Baromrachinee Rd. For more information, please contact (02) 4351195, 4345557.

*** If tourists are interested to traveling by plane, it is also available by the route from Bangkok to Phuket. Then, tourists can take local bus to enter to Phangnha city which it takes about 58 kilometers from Phuket airport. For more information, please contact (02) 2800060.

*** Moreover, tourists can travel by train which its route begins from Bangkok to Suraththani and take local bus about 2 hours from Surathtani train station to Phangnha. For more information, please contact (02) 2237010, 2237020.

*** In case that tourists are traveling by group style, traveling by renting boat is available. The boat renting shop is on Kuraburi Harbor. It will take about 4 hours and 60 kilometers for traveling by waterway. The renting cost is approximately 1,200 THBAHT for the round trip. On the other hand, Junsomtara Hotel at Ranong also provides the transportation service and tour for tourists to travel to Surin Island.


Surin Island National Park is found to be settled near the sea whereas its location is in Phangnha province boundary and its area is about 33,750 acres. Surin Island Park has been announced to be Thai National Park since 9 July 1981. However, Surin Island is composed by five small islands: North Surin Island, South Surin Island, Ree Island, Klang Island, and Kai Island.

The condition of forest at Surin Island is referred to be a virgin forest which consists of the Malabar almond tree, and Portia tree. Around the shore at the North Surin Island, the forest is composed of the Mangrove tree. It is noticed that the forest at this national park is significant fertile so that many wild animals especially birds are found in this forest.

Apart of diving to see beautiful corals under Undaman Sea, bush walking and bird sightseeing are also the interesting activities that tourists should not miss. According to the survey of animal and natural organization, it is found that there are more than 90 species of birds at Surin Island National Park. For instance, these birds are Hill Myna, Pied Imperial Pigeon, and Greater Racket-tailed Drongo. In this national park, there is Nicobar Piegon which is very difficult to discover. Nicobar Pigeon always looks for its food in the soil in the morning. Furthermore, in the morning, a group of Sterna sumatrana will come along the hill rock at the coast and Brahminy Kite will fly in order to catch fishes for themselves.

At the south of Surin Island, it is Similan Island which is awarded from Skin-Diving Magazine of USA that it is one of the top ten of the most beautiful island (on and under water) in the world. Therefore, once tourists have come to Surin Island, they also travel to Similan Island in that the distance between these two islands is not long.

The best period to visit these two islands should range from the end of December to the mid of April because in this period, the weather is good and the sky and river are clearly seen. Moreover, tourists are not needed to be anxious about the storms.

*** For more information about accommodation on the Surin Island National Park, please contact the office at (076) 491378

Thai Source by Mr. Kumpon Sukumarin from Tourism Authority of Thailand Magazine on 9 April 2000
Translation by Mathrurote Poondee

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Adang Island - Satun


In the Tarutao National Park, 30 kilometers further south from Tarutao Island.


From Hatyai follow Highway No.406 to Satun and get on to Highway No.4078 at Chalong T-intersection to Amphoe La-ngu and proceed further to Pak Bara.

-By Bus Take a Hatyai-Satun bus from Hatyai ; get off at chalong T-intersection; take a Satun-La-nga bus or take a mini-bus from Chalong T-intersection straight to Pak Bara Pier.

-By Taxi There is a taxi service from Hatyai to La-ngu which operates between 6:00-17:00 hours daily ; then board a mini-bus from La-ngu to Pak Bara. Taxi Stand in Hatyai: opposite the Post Office on Rattakarn Rd, Hatyai.

-By Air-conditioned Van A Hatyai Pak Bara air-conditioned van service operated daily between 06:00-16:00 hours. A van leaves every hour and the trip takes 1 hour and 50 minutes. The van stand is on Prachathipat Rd.

-Boat Service : Take a boat from Pak Bara Pier in Amphoe La-ngu,every day at 01.00 PM.

Adang is a group of islands in the Tarutao National Park. Among the various islands in the Straits of Malacca, Adang is the most enchanting. Its unbeatable beauty and scenic charms has attracted vacationers from faraway lands to visit and revisit the place. Because of these magical charms, the islands were much desired by the colonials powers. Had it not been the wits of Phraya Phuminart Phakdi, then governor of Satun. These islands would have been ceded to the British long ago.

The splendors of Adang are imminent in the crystal clear waters around the island, particularly when the sea is calm. The transparency of the water often leads tourists to take a quick dip, mistaking it to be shallow.

Corals are bountiful in the waters around the island. Tourists diving to admire the breathtaking beauty of the corals may also witness the enchantment of exotic fish such as rock fish, lion fish, cartoon fish, lobsters, or even friendly stingrays buried under the powdery white sands, sea porcupines, and colorful sea shells scattering around the sea floor. These marine creatures move around the limbs of corals with shaped like antlers, hills, lettuces, and mushrooms, some of which move like the flowers of the sea. Adang is truly the coral paradise.

Currently, there is concern that the nature endowed treasures are being encroached upon by selfish people who mistakenly damage them.

Apart from exquisite corals, Adang offers visitors many enchanting places to visit. Large mountainside natural reservoirs, unrelenting sonorous waterfall, crystal clear streams, and long stretched of white sand beached around the island, particularly at Ao Son where an area is set aside by the National Park to accommodate 150 campers.

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Muay Thai

Muay Thai or Thai Boxing is the Thai name for a indigenous form of martial art practiced in Thailand and several southeast Asian countries including Cambodia (where it is known as Pradal Serey) and Myanmar where it is generally known as Lethwei.

Traditional Muay Thai has a long history in Thailand as a martial art used by the military. The military style of Muay Thai is called Lerdrit, while today's "Sport Muay Thai" slightly varies from the original art and uses kicks and punches in a ring and with gloves similar to those used in boxing. Muay Thai is referred to as "The Science of Eight Limbs", as the hands, feet, elbows, and knees are all

The training of a Thai boxer and particularly the relationship between boxer and trainer is highly ritualised. When a boxer is considered ready for the ring, he is usually given a new name by his trainer, usually with the name of the training camp as his surname. For the public, the relationship is perhaps best expressed in the ram muay (ritual dance) that takes place before every match.

The ram muay ceremony usually lasts about five minutes and expresses obeisance to the fighter's guru (khru), as well as to the guardian spirit of Thai Boxing. This is done through a series of gestures and body movements performed in rhythm to the ringside musical accompaniment of Thai oboe (pii) and percussion. Each boxer works out his own dance, in conjunction with his trainer and in accordance with the style of his particular camp.

The woven headbands and armbands worn in the ring by fighters are sacred ornaments which bestow blessings and divine protection: the headband is removed after the ram muay ceremony, but the armband, which actually contains a small Buddha image, is worn throughout the fight. After the fight begins the fighters continue to bob and weave in rhythm until the action begins to heat up. The musicians continue to play throughout the match and the volume and tempo of the music rise and fall along with the events in the ring.

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Thai Massage

It is thought that the art of massage has been practiced in Thailand since as long ago as 200 BC when it was introduced from India. Due to its long history, Thai massage is sometime referred to as Thai ancient massage, traditional Thai massage, Thai bodywork, passive yoga, or assisted yoga. A Thai massage is a surprisingly physical experience because of its emphasis on stretching and loosening the body. It is designed to help energy flow more freely through the body. A good massage should therefore leave you rejuvenated, full of beans and ready for the next day's activities.

If you can't face the rigors of a full Thai massage but still want to pamper yourself after a day's trekking, perhaps a foot massage is the answer. Reflexology, is a great way to treat the body as a whole. It is believed that by manipulating different parts of the foot you can cause a reflex action in another part of the body. Not only is a foot massage a great way to relieve sore foot after a day's sightseeing, it can also treat ailments as diverse as aches and insomnia. Foot massage is offered at hotels, spas or event airports in Thailand.

Thai massage is a method aligning the energies of the body that traces back to the time of Buddha; practiced on the floor, the customer is fully dressed in comfortable attire such as loose-fitting draw-string pants and a cotton shirt.

Thai-style foot massages can improve the condition of the human body as all important points connecting to the five viscera and six entrails can be found on the foot.

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Beaches - Phuket

Mai Khao Beach
9 kilometers of deserted beach characterize Mai Khao where there is little tourist business. The beach is part of the Sirinat National Park and protected. The water is fine for swimming during the dry season; the rainy season brings big waves and strong currents that are dangerous. This lonely beach is another area where sea turtles come to lay eggs. It is also home to what the Thais call a sea cicada, which is a form of marine life.

Sai Kaew Beach
This strip of sand is just the north portion of Mai Khao Beach and has much the same character.
Located west of the bridges spanning the channel between Phuket and Phang–nga provinces.

Nai Yang Beach
This is where the National Park office is located. The beach itself is on a long curving bay lined with evergreens that provide shade to picnicker. The large coral reef is home to many different species of fish, and Nai Yang is well known as a site where sea turtles come to lay their eggs during the period from November to February; the population of these has however, dropped off greatly. First class accommodations are available and small food vendors cater to the many day trippers. To get there take the Nai Yang Rd., and look for signs indicating the
park entrance.

Rawai Beach
Site of the Chao Ley or Sea Gypsy village, many restaurants and bungalows, shell handicraft shops, and both fishing and charter boats to the nearby islands. The beach itself is just ok for swimming and protected by the Coral island in front. Rawai is 7 km west of Chalong Circle.

Nai Thon Beach
Lady at the BeachThis quiet bay nestled at the foot of high hills has a 900meter long fine strip of the sand. There are some accommodations but virtually no other business. The beach is good for swimming outside the monsoon season and a coral reef at the southern end provides good snorkeling. Located between Bang Thao Bay and Nai Yang Beach, Nai Thon Beach can be reached by taking Thep Krasatri Rd. Turn at the first traffic light north of Thalang Town to Nai Yang Rd. Look for signs indicating the turn-off to Nai Ton.

Bang Tao Beach
Bangthao is a large open bay with one of Phuket's longest beaches. It was once used for tin mining, but has since been developed into a luxury resort. Most of it is occupied by the Laguna Beach Resort, a massive five-hotel development with golf course. There are, however, accommodations available outside Laguna at the bay's south end. Dry season swimming is excellent, and at the bay's north end is a smaller bay, almost completely enclosed, at the mouth of which is some fine coral. Plenty of places to eat, tour companies, and other tourist facilities available either at Laguna or in the nearby town of Choeng Thale. The beach is located off Sri Sunthon Rd., in Choeng Thale. As for access to Laguna; the south end of the bay may be approached by taking the road north from Surin Beach. To get to the far north end from Sri Sunthon Rd., take the road leading to Laguna, but do not enter, continue on to the town of Bandon where there is an intersection of asphalted roads, and take the one leading west toward the sea. This road leads also to Nai Thon Bay and makes a very pleasant drive. Along the way are some small bays with good swimming and no development.

Layan Beach
This beach is at the northern end of Bang Tao beach where the beach meets a river and a lagoon. The area is home to many birds and other wildlife who enjoy the peacefulness of the lagoon. The many small tracks which cover the hillside of the beach are well known by climbers and bird watchers. You can reach the beach by walking pass the Laguna Phuket Resort or by following the highway and turning in to Nai Thon beach at the road sign. Layan Beach Resort & Spa Village is the only resort on this beach.

Nai Harn Beach Nai Harn Beach
A popular swimming beach and yacht anchorage during the dry season. The beach is fine, but big waves strike it during the wet season, making swimming dangerous. Regular bus service to and from Phuket town during daytime. Nai Han is just north of Phrom Thep Cape. Cafes and bars on the beach serve excellent food for reasonable prices.

Ao Sehn Beach
This remote bay is Northwest of Nai Harn Beach and a little secret of Phuket because it is not easy to reach. The beach is small, clean and features many rocks. it is a perfect place for a picnic. To get there you must pass the gates of the Le Royal Meridien Yacht Club, drive through the parking deck on the left side and follow the way through the Hotel Complex until you reach a small road which goes for app. 1 km Northwest.

Surin Beach
Evergreen trees rim this small, curving bay beneath the foothills north of Kamala. Surin is home to Phuket's first golf course, a nine-hole course laid out more than sixty years ago during the reign of King Rama VII. It is now largely in disuse except as a park. The steep incline of the beach, turbulent water, and big waves make Surin a dangerous place to swim during the rainy season. The beach is mostly frequented by Thais and the locals on weekends and on the southern end you can find some small snack and souvenir shops. Beach chairs and umbrellas can be rented there. Surin is most famous for its breathtaking sunsets. Located at the end of Sri Sunthon Rd., the road running west from the Two Heroines Monument, 24 km. from Phuket Town. Accommodations and restaurants are nearby.

Kamala Beach
Kamala BeachKamala is named after the Muslim fishing village north of Patong. Tourist development on the beach much of which is covered by a Muslim graveyard and a police outpost has been slow in coming. Buffalo herds still come down to the beach to cool off in the afternoon. The beach is beautiful and about 2 km. in length. There are accommodations ranging from guesthouse to international class, and a number of small Thai restaurants specializing in seafood for the tourist. Kamala is the perfect place to get away from it all and has little to offer in the way of entertainment - for that go across the mountains to Patong. There are no palm trees so shadow is only provided by some beach umbrellas you can rent. The FantaSea Phuket Themepark is located here which offers daily evening shows. Regular bus service to and from Phuket Town during daytime; tuk-tuk service available to Patong, 5 km. away on the new road.

Sing Cape
The name means Lion's Point in English. The beach is in a small, 100 meter long curving bay with rocky headlands at the foot of forest-fringed cliffs and is among Phuket's most beautiful spots. The beach is good for swimming and quiet. In the high season you might find some small food stalls and bars for refreshment. Located about 1 km. south of the entrance to Surin Beach. Look for signs indicating the path down to the beach.

Patong Beach Patong Beach
This is Phuket's central tourist and night time entertainment district. Over the years, Patong has turned from a fishing village into one of the island's two cities. The famous bay and 4 km. beach is know as a center of entertainment with restaurants catering to every nationality. Live music can be found in most pubs and bars. Accommodations range from budget to five-star. Shopping opportunities appear to be endless. All kind of watersports are on offer here and the beach is good for swimming so you should be careful in monsoon season. In addition, there are many tour companies waiting to help visitors plan their vacations.

Kalim Beach
This beach is really a continuation north of Patong beach, from which it is separated by some rocks. It is not yet developed and thus affords some privacy. The beach itself is a mixture of sand and small rocks. At the back of the beach are accommodations. The waters contain extensive coral reefs which you can reach by foot at low tide (you must wear shoes as some of the rocks are very sharp) The northern part is battled by monsoon winds and from June to September you might have some big waves suitable for surfing.

Freedom Beach
This beach can only be reached by a 10 minute trip with a longtail boat around the southern corner of Patong. It is one of the most beautiful beaches with fine white sand. It is a private beach, but as long as you not arrive in a jet ski access is granted by the owner. There is a coral reef which invites for snorkeling and a restaurant with some beach chairs. To get there rent a longtail boat at Patong.

Karon Beach Karon Beach
The second largest of Phuket's principal tourist beaches. Large resort complexes line the road back of the beach, but the beach itself, 3 km long and broad, has no development. The sand is very white, and squeaks audibly when walked on. The southern point has a fine coral reef stretching toward Kata and Poo Island. Restaurants, bars, tour companies and other non-hotel businesses are at the north end, near the traffic circle, and at the south, on the little road connecting the back road with the beach road. The narrow road between Kata and Karon has a number of small businesses as well as the Dino Park Mini Golf facility. Karon is the most up-scale of Phuket's beaches. Regular daytime bus service to and from Phuket Town. In the monsoon season it can be dangerous for swimming because of the currents so watch out for the red flags which are put up when it is to dangerous.

Kata Beach
The smallest of Phuket's three main tourist beaches, Kata is different in appearance and style from Karon or Patong. The beach itself is broad and curving, and structures bordering it are low–rise. The waters are perfect for swimming, and at the north end is a coral reef with many varied corals and fishes which stretches out toward Poo Island., about 1/2 km off shore. Facilities for every price range include hotels, bungalows, tour companies, restaurants, bars and clubs. There is regular bus service to and from Phuket Town during daytime. mapKata Noi Beach

Kata Noi Beach
South of Kata is Kata Noi, a smaller beach with only a few hotels and little other development. The beach is superb. Many fish inhabit the rocks and corals along the beachless shoreline stretching south. To get there take the narrow beach road up over the hill from Kata.

Pansea Beach
This is a small exclusive bay encircled by rocks which houses only two resorts: The luxurious Amanpuri and The Chedi. The resorts are blocking the entrance to the beach but you can reach it by walking through The Chedi as all beaches in Thailand are public.

Nakalay Beach Nakalay Beach
Nakalay is app. 5 minutes from Patong and occupied by only one resort which covers the whole bay - The Thavorn Beach Bungalow. It is suitable for people who like it quiet but still want to be near the entertainment area of Patong.

Relax Bay
This wonderful little bay is part of the Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort and not freely accessible. It is located between Patong and Karon beach.

Nui Beach
This little remote beach can be reached by a small path. Follow the sign on the left side on the beach road from Nai Harn to Kata. You can drive only the first hundred meters through a coconut plantation then you have to walk for another 2 km through dense forest and a hilly area. It is a small adventure to reach the beach but well worth it as there are few people due to its remote location. Its a nice place for swimming. There is no accommodation or else at this beach.

Chalong Bay
This quiet bay is used as anchorage by many yachts and tour boats because it is protected from strong winds. Many trips to the nearby islands starting here so it is crowded between sunrise and 9am, when the boats leave, and between 4pm - 5pm when they return. In the evening the beach restaurants are a favorite place for tourists coming back from watching the sunset at Promthep Cape.

Yanoi Beach
This little beach is one of the best kept secrets on Phuket which offers beautiful rock formations and good snorkeling at the reef in front of the beach. To get there follow the road from Promthep Cape to the west. Between Promthep and the wind energy plant watch out for a small restaurant with a small parking lot. A few meters behind the restaurant you can see the beach.

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