Gulf of Thailand
The Gulf of Thailand is located to the south of Thailand and to the southwest of Cambodia. There are many islands in this gulf. Due to its tropical climate, booming tourism and excellent facilities for water sports, activities like snorkelling, scuba diving and yachting are fast catching up. The best time to visit is between May and August.
Pattaya City is about 140 km to the south of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. It is rightly known as “The Rivera of Thailand”. Tourists flock here for its spectacular beaches, yachting and world famous scuba sites. The Sri Racha Tiger Zoo houses about 80 magnificent Bengal tigers that are endangered. For those who aren’t up for water sports and adventure activities, there are a dozen 18-hole golf courses around Pattaya City.
The two islands of Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh together known as Phi Phi islands are famous for Scuba diving and snorkeling. Besides these main attractions, there are a range of activities like hiking, climbing, parasailing, waterskiing, sightseeing, yachting, sea kayaking, fishing, and sun bathing.
Another island paradise is the group islands of Krabi. They are located to the south end of Phang Nga Bay. The beaches and rugged coastline cliffs of Laem Phra Nang, Koh Lanta are great tourist spots. The Koh Phi Phi Islands also offer facilities for diving and yachting.
Krabi Town is located along the west bank of the Krabi estuary. Ao Phra Nang, named after a princess, is on the south western boundary. There are a number of cafes and beach front bars.
Koh Samet Island has magnicficient beaches and a relaxed ambience apt for tourists and travellers who crave to spend with nature. This island is about 7 kms off the coast of Rayong in the eastern part of the Gulf of Thailand. Water sports like snorkeling, sailing, parasailing, skiing, and fishing are common here. Hat Sai Kaew beach is a popular destination on Koh Samet Island.
The Similan Islands in the gulf are well-known for scuba diving and snorkeling. A couple of islands also offer bird watching and trekking trails. Diving and cruising are also popular at the Similan National Marine Park.
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