Southern Thailand is on the Malay Peninsula, bounded to the north by Kra Isthmus, the narrowest part of the peninsula. Due to its diverse range of attractions it is a popular region to visit. You will see stunning views from the bays, you can explore the national parks and discover island getaways.
10 AMAZING DESTINATIONS TO VISIT
1.KO PHI PHI
Located off the mainland coast of Krabi, Ko Phi Phi is made up of six islands and offers beautiful beaches, amazing reefs and plenty of outdoor activities. From swimming at beaches to spotting monkeys to scuba diving in caves, Ko Phi Phi is a truly unforgettable destination.
Considered as the best diving spot in all Thailand due to the coral reefs surrounding the island. The islands are an archipelago, and their underwater beauty is definitely the biggest draw for travelers. Visit the dive spot Fantasy Mound and admire the barracudas, whale sharks and manta rays will diving. You can camp in paradise, relax on the white-sand beach of Horseshoe Bay and swim in the warm waters of this tropical destination.
Located just outside the jurisdiction of Tarutao National Park in southwest Thailand. The beaches of Ko Lipe are the main attraction, with Pattaya Beach being the most popular and Sunset Beach being the ideal place to linger at sunset. You can go scuba diving at 8 Mile Rock or at Yong Hua Shipwreck, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling are popular pastimes on Ko Lipe.
4.PHANG NGA BAY
Between Krabi and Phuket, the bay is one of the most breathtaking destinations in all of Thailand. You will see limestone formations tower up from the water, leading to amazing views. The best way to see as many of these formations is by boat tours or kayaking is also a way to explore them on your own. There are also some truly amazing islands within the bay to explore.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, it is accessible by a high-speed ferry from the mainland city of Chumphon. The island is a perfect holiday destination for divers. Diving allows you to see bull sharks at Chumphon Pinnacle, the underwater evolutionary sculptures by Val Tao Tong Bay known as Ocean Utopia and plenty of turtles, among many other marine species. Other popular activities include cycling, snorkeling and sailing around the beautiful island.
Surrounded by oceans and mountains, it is only accessible by boat. On stunning white-sand beaches, tall limestone formations tower over the water. You can swim underneath incredible limestone structures at Phra Nang Beach, while at Rai Leh West Beach the vibe is a little quieter but the scenic beauty is just as appealing. You can explore the caves in Railay, and try out some of the ample rock climbing available.
7.KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK
This jungle reserve is best explored on a guided tour, allowing you to safely see wildlife and natural attractions within Khao Sok. You can take epic photos from the vantage point above the Cheow Lan Lake. You can set off on several solo hikes from the main visitor’s center. Don’t miss You out on the Wing Hin Waterfall or the Tang Nam Gorge, both of which are visitors favorites within the park.
8.KO OHA NGAN
The island is best know for hosting huge parties in honor of the full moon. The beach festivals are popular with young backpackers from around the world, and the revelry is unparalleled in Asia. The island is also home to Than Sadet-Ko Pha Ngan National Park, which offers free admission and boasts a beautiful waterfall. You can also go scuba diving or hike through the jungle.
9.MU KO ANG THONG
The archipelago is made up of 42 islands and can be located close to Ko Samui. It is a breathtaking place to tour by boat, because the close proximity of these lush green islands makes for amazing photographs. Don’t miss the island of Ko Wua Talap where you can dine at a seafront restaurant, explore the Buaboke Cave, relax on one of two amazing beaches or walk across the island in 30 minutes through a jungle trail.
Located in the Andaman Sea, and one of the most popular islands in all of Thailand. The island is today a hub for tourism. The nightlife makes it an appealing sport for millions of visitors. You can explore some incredible Buddhist temples in Chalong Bay. Visit the temples Wat Chalong and Wat Laung Pu Supa as well as the white marble Big Buddha statue located on the top of Naka Kerd Mountain.
Although the climate varies throughout Thailand, you can visit all year round. The best time to travel is during the cool and dry season between November and early April. In the south, the climate differs between the eastern and western coasts.