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Koh Phuket ( Phuket Island )

Koh Phuket ( Phuket Island )

During the 16th century, the island was also a popular trading port for tin. In 1785, Thaland town was surrounded by Burmese troops who invaded the coastal area. It was under the leadership of Chan, the widow of the governor, and her sister, Muk, who united the local resedents and successfully fought and drove the invaders out of Phuket. It took over 30 days for the defending troops of Phuket, under the command of Chan and Muk, to claim their victory. 

As a result of such heroic deeds, noble titles were granted to Chan and Muk as 'Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Sri Soonthorn, repectively. There are still hightly respected by Phuket residents even today.

When the city was in a peaceful state, the development of mining was so unprecedented. Chinese businessmen and miners later migrated to Phuket and soon enjoy thriving weath. The island's long history has shaped the distintive Phuket of the present with its diverse ethnic groups, culture, architectural influence, and fine cuisine. Phuket has a lot more to offer its visitors than its natural heritage of sea, sand, sky beach, forest, and world renowned diving sites. Sino-Portuguese architecture casts its spell delighting travellers to the city, while Phuket style of hospitality has never failed to impress visitors from all walk of life.

Getting to Know:
1. Phuket is located approximately 862 kilometres south of Bangkok.
2. There are only two seasons in a year the green season ( May to October) and the hot season (November to April)
3. Phuket is divided into 3 adminstrative districts: namely, amphoe Mueng, Amphoe Thaland and Amphoe Kathu.

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Travel Points.

Laem Phromthep

Literally translate as Brahmas Cape, Laem Phromthep is perhaps one of Phuket's most important landmarks. There is a saying that you havent been to Phuket unless you visit Laem Phromthep. It is here that visitors soak up the sun and savor the breathtaking panoramic view of the Andaman Sea from the islands southern-most tip. The Cape is crowded especially in the evening, as it is a popular observation point at sunset. Laem Phromthep is located approximately 2 kilometers from Rawai Beach.

Hat Kata

Located approximately 17 kilometers from Phuket City are Kata Noi (Small Kata) and Kata Yai (Big Kata) Beaches. Both are renowned for snorkeling to see the coral, tropical fishes and the seas eco-system. Also worth visiting is Ko Pu, a small uninhabited island located off Laem Sai. Most visitors find snorkeling along the islands rich coral reef enjoyable. Diverse beach activities are available on both beaches. Accommodations on Hat Kata are set amidst tropical and cliff settings. Visitors can choose to stay in budget to top end accommodations according to their preference. Well known hotels located here are Club Med and the Boathouse. For more information on how to get there, please refer to the transportation section in Hat Karon.

Hat Nai Han 

Located a few kilometers from Kata Beach, next to Phromthep Cape, approximately 18 kilometers from town is Hat Nai Han, an extra-ordinary beach that has white powdery sand and crystal clear water. The beach borders on two charming landscaped lagoons surrounded by rubber trees and other tropical plants. As the beach has not yet been fully developed to its full potential, it is less crowded, more peaceful, thus is ideal for people seeking solitude. Holidaymakers are not recommended to swim during the monsoon season from May to October. Watch out for the red flag! Despite having a rather limited selection of accommodations, they range from budget bungalows to the top-class Yacht Club. Check with the TAT Phuket Office for more up-to-date information and room rates. 

This beach can be reached by songthaeos, which leaves from the intersection of Ranong Road and the fountain circle. The fare is 25 baht / person / trip. In addition, visitors can also charter tuk-tuks which costs a lot more at 150 baht to 200 baht / trip.

Hat Patong

This Beach is the most developed, most vibrant, most visited beach of Phuket that never fails to impress visitors. Located approximately 15 kilometers from the city, the beach has a wide range of accommodations and shopping arcades, and provides magnificent leisure activities and energetic night-time entertainment.It is a picture perfect postcard view of a 3-kilometer long white sandy beach that is perfect for swimming, lazing, and enjoying challenging water sports such as jet skiing, windsurfing snorkeling, sailing, and parasailing.
The following places offer enjoyable activities:
•Phuket Water Ski Cableways: Tel: 0 7620 2525-7
•Simon Cabaret: Tel: 0 7634 2011-5
•Tarzans Jungle Bungy Jump: Tel: 0 7632 1351
•Tazans Catapult Bungy: Tel: 0 1464 1581
•Patong Go-kart Speedway: Tel: 0 7632 1949
•Phuket Joyland: Tel: 0 7620 3005
•Horror House: Tel: 0 7629 3123
In addition, Patong offers gastronomical delights for seafood lovers. There are plenty of good restaurants located along the beach.

Hat Kamala 

Located approximately 26 kilometers from Phuket City, Hat Kamala is a relatively secluded 2-kilometer beach that is suitable for total relaxation. Accommodations are available.

Two Heroines Monument 

 This monument was established by local residents in 1966 to honor the heroic deeds of Thao Thepkasattri and Thao Srisunthorn. It is located at the Tha Ruea intersection, Amphoe Thalang.

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Koh Pha-ngan ( Pha-ngan Island )

Koh Pha-ngan ( Pha-ngan Island )

Blessed with some of Thailand’s most spectacular beaches and a still unspoiled interior, Koh Phangan is an ideal destination for those looking to party, relax, or engage in wellness programs, such as a yoga or meditation retreat.
Koh Phangan is a large island off the east coast of Surat Thani province in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Phangan is located about 100 km off shore and about 15 km north of Koh Samui. Most well known for its monthly full moon party, Koh Phangan features some of the most spectacular beaches in Thailand, most of which are still only moderately developed, providing visitors with easy access to either a wild beach party or a relaxing and quiet beach holiday.
While Koh Phangan was once the exclusive domain of backpackers who wished to escape the more commercially developed Koh Samui, there are now resorts that cater to all travelers, from honeymooners to families with children. That said, there are still many resorts that embody the hippie spirit of Koh Phangan’s “founders” and draw numerous budget backpackers looking to get away from it all, study meditation or yoga, or engage in other holistic, Ayurvedic or health oriented programs.

Located in the Gulf of Thailand a short boat ride from Koh Samui, Koh Phangan (pronounced pun-ngun) is a large, mountainous island covered with coconut trees and surrounded by white sand beaches and aquamarine waters. While each month thousands of young people flock to the world famous Full Moon Party in Haad Rin, where local and international DJs play music on the beach, there are dozens of other beaches in varying stages of development that are alternatively occupied by five-star beach resorts, budget beach bungalows, and a number of yoga, meditation, and health retreats.
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Beaches and Bays at Koh Pangan.
 Haad Rin 
Located at the SE point of the island you find two beaches, Haad Rin sunset and Haad Rin Sunrise. Both these beaches are beautiful with fine white sand, crystal clear waters and a jungle backdrop. Haad Rin sunset is the quieter beach with shallow corals with Haad Rin sunrise being the more beautiful with many restaurants and bars. Here the monthly full moon party takes place.
 Baan Tai 
This beach offers great views of the sunset over the long stretches of white sands running from Thong Sala down to Baan Khai.
 Haad Yao 
Said to be one if the prettiest beaches on Koh Phangan with stretches of white sand and a good drop of for swimming. Both ends of the beach have good corals off the rocks. If you are looking for a postcard view this is the beach for you.
 Haad Thien 
Swimming here is only available in the high tidal season of Nov to Apr. This isolated beach is courser with a reef which is in swimming distance.
●Thong Nai Pan 
Only accessible by a jungle road or by boat, a double crescent bay with a gently sloping beach surrounded by swaying palms. This very laid back beach attracts many families as the beach is perfect for young children.
When the tides are high in Dec to Mar Chaloklum provides good swimming in many parts of its two and a half Km beach. Beautiful stretches of beach can be found on either side of Ao Chaloklum.
 Haad Salad 
A beautiful and secluded beach known by the Thai’s as an old place for pirates who came here to hide out until their ships were full of booty until moving off to trade. In the high tidal season of Nov to Apr Haad Salad provides good swimming and a reef of 150 metres just offshore.
 Mae Haad Beach & Koh Ma 
Located on the NE tip of the island lies a tiny island of Koh Ma, just across from the beach at Mae Haad. In low tide a sand bar connects the both. The months between Dec and Mar are the best times to visit as the rest of the year the tides are to low for swimming. Mae Haad provides a long stretch of beach with views of sunsets over Koh Ma.
 Haad Khuat (Bottle Beach)
Only accessible by boat or trekking through the jungle trail this fine white sandy beach is perfect for people who wan to get away from it all. Enclosed by granite rocks making it great for swimming and snorkeling, a beach popular by families with small children. Just be wary of the weather, as the boats can only travel in good weather.

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Koh Phi Phi ( Phi Phi Island )

Koh Phi Phi ( Phi Phi Island)

One of the most unique and attractive clusters of islands in the world, Koh Phi Phi is an idyllic island retreat that features a number of beaches that feature a variety of accommodation options and many outdoor activities.

Koh Phi Phi is the collective name for a small archipelago in Krabi Province just an hour boat ride from Phuket. Known as the 'jewels of the Andaman Sea', there are six islands in Mu Koh Phi Phi-Nopparathara National Park: Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Ley, Bamboo Island , Yung Island , Bida Nok, and Bida Nai. Only Phi Phi Don is inhabited; all others are undeveloped and protected by their National Park status and are frequently visited as day trips from Phuket, Krabi, and Phi Phi Don.

Phi Phi Ley was featured in the Hollywood blockbuster movie The Beach, a story about the ultimate secluded island beach. Maya Bay was a suitable choice as it epitomizes the stunning beauty of these islands: a bay of pellucid aquamarine water surrounded by towering limestone cliffs that harbors an arcing, white sand beach. 

The waters surrounding the Phi Phi Islands are filled with exotic marine life, including docile leopard sharks, and snorkeling and diving day trips rival lounging on the beach as top activities on Koh Phi Phi.

Koh Phi Phi also features a vibrant nightlife, with Tonsai Beach containing dozens of beach bars and restaurants and lively Tonsai Village consisting of a maze of shops, bars, and restaurants. Smaller beaches around the island are alternatively ideal for honeymooners, families, those on a budget, and those looking for the ultimate luxury resort retreat.
Koh Phi Phi is the collective name for a cluster of six islands included in the Mu Koh Phi Phi-Nopparathara National Park. Only 45 minutes from Phuket, Koh Phi Phi features towering limestone cliffs that shelter white, sandy beaches and spectacular, aquamarine bays filled with exotic marine life. 

As one of the premier island destinations in Thailand, Koh Phi Phi features both five-star resorts and budget beach bungalows; and both raucous nightlife and secluded isolation, depending on which beach you choose to stay at. No where in Thailand, perhaps the world, are there so many opportunities for visitors to find exactly the right beach holiday they are looking for within a setting of such spectacular natural beauty. Whether you enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, or simply relaxing in a hammock, Koh Phi Phi has a beach that will exceed your wildest dreams.

They are 2 Islands at Koh Phi Phi.
1. Phi Phi Don is a big island and it's center of the hotels / ports / restaurants and comfortable things everything are on this Phi Phi Don. This Island has a very beautiful environment. Here has 2 bay name Aow Thonsai ( Thonsai bay) and Aow Lo Ladum ( Lo Ladum bay) they're much more coconut trees and view point at the peak of mountain. The good time to come here's February to April that you can go every travel spots at this Island and if you come here other months you can visit only some travel spots. Let's check the beaches and bays in Phi Phi Don.
-  Aow Thonsai ( Thonsai bay) located at the South of Phi Phi Don and many ports are here. The beach's 2 KM long, nice fine sand and clear water although a lot of boats stand around  but the view's still so good. And when you go to the East you can dive to watch the coral reef. The center of Koh Thonsai's shopping center / hotels / resorts and 90% of people here's a foreigner and full of girls wear bikini walk around. The visitors can relax at the pubs when the night come.
- Aow Lo Dalum ( Lo Dalum bay) the beach at this bay's large and has a shallow water so here's not good to be the port. Aow Lo Dalum's good for beach activities such as playing sport , fun with kayak, banana boat or swimming. This bay's rather quiet than Aow Thonsai.
- Aow Yonggaseng ( Aow Ling : Yonggseng bay , Money bay) the Catchword of this bay's Money bay , the forest here rather perfect and so green and back of the mountain rather steep and jungle and it's green all year. This forest's the big group monkey's home so why they call here's Monkey bay ;-) and these monkeys so often come to the beach that's interesting point of the visitors.  There's a big group of stones and coral reef underwater at Monkey Bay. The corals reef here's very colurful and so many types of them around the beach , people can scuba dive for visit them.
- Haad Yao ( Yao beach ) is next to Aow Thonsai so here's very enliven like that bay. This beach's almost 700m long , the tourist love to take a sunbathe and play water. Moreover, this beach has a famous diving area at the tip of beach of the East, there's alot of stones underwater and have much corals types such as brain coral and the visitors can do both of scuba and snorkel.

2. Koh Phi Phi Ley is a 6.6 square km. Not much comfortable stuff at this lsland because of here's full of steep limestone mountain perpendicular with the surface of sea round the Island. They're very less beach but the big interesting point here's snorkel diving and scuba diving to meet very beautiful underwater. Important travel points at Phi Phi Ley are :
- Aow Pilae ( Pilae bay) is a big bay and all sides are a steep mountain and have a plants grow up at the mountain like Lagoon. The Cliff perpendicular to the sea 90 ํ. The water's clear and green  and so flat like a mirror. This bay's the point of Scuba Diving.
- Aow Mayah ( Mayah Bay ) the Most beautiful bay of Phi Phi ley island. The shape of Aow Mayah's look like lagoon and the mountain cluster around the sea bay, the water's so clear and look like Emerald. The white fine sand as a flour. The Good time to come here's October to April because of there's no wind and the water'll be flat like a clearly mirror.
- Aow Lo Sama ( Lo Sama bay) this bay's a clearly water too and it's good to snorkel diving. They're alot of kinds of corals and you will see groups of beautiful fish.
- Thum ViKing ( Viking cave) is a big cave and about 80m tall. Located at Northeast of Phi Phi Ley Island , the visitors or other person have no permit to visit in the cave they can do only take a boat around there.

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  • The best time to visit Koh Phi Phi is between the months of November and April when the weather is more temperate and the rains are less frequent.

  • In the low season visitors can expect discounted room rates. In the peak season (around Christmas and New Years) it is recommended that you book your room in advance.

  • If you plan to scuba dive, make sure your scuba diving instructor is fully accredited.

  • Don’t go to the beach to walk or swim alone at night.

  • Don’t purchase or consume any illegal drugs.

  • Don’t go topless on the beach if you are woman and don’t walk around shirtless if you are a man unless you are at the beach; please respect Thai values regarding appropriate attire.

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