Destination Guide

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Kanchanaburi is Thailand's third largest province, covering an area of 19,486 square kilometres. The provincial area is mountainous and borders Myanmar(Burma) to the west of Bangkok.
Kanchanaburi is the site of the world famous Bridge Over the River Kwai, immortalised in books and movies, and is noted for rugged natural beauty where mountains and river valleys have inspired development of hydro-electric power and where labyrinthine reservoirs provide further scenic elements to the province's natural beauty.
Beyond the compact provincial capital, some 130 kilometres and a comfortable two-hour drive from Bangkok, wherethe Kwai Yai and Kwai Noi Rivers unite to form the Mae Klong River, Kanchanaburi unfolds in progressively arresting scenic beauty in a landscape characterised by several waterfalls, caves once inhabited by Neolithic man, national parks, and tranquil riverside and reservoir settings.
Opportunities abound for rustic living aboard rafts on dazzling rivers and reservoirs, and provide the focal point for memorable holidays for nature lovers who delight in natural surroundings and pleasures without sacrificing basic comforts.

Local Culture
Kanchanaburi's inhabitants are largely engaged in agriculture, and are mostly of Thai ancestry with notable Mon and Karen minorities. Rural dwellers enjoy flok music and dances dating back at least 500 yesrs and which feature distinctive song and long drums. Such performances are re-enacted during popular festivals each year at Amphoe Phanom Thuan, 24 kilometres northeast of Kanchanaburi along Route 324.

Transportation to Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi is connected by daily road and rail services with Bangkok and other neighbouring provinces. Airconditioned and non-airconditioned coaches frequently leave Bangkok's southern Bus Terminal throughout the day for the 2 to 3-hour journey while trains leave the Bangkok Noi Railway Station two times daily for Kanchanaburi. Call 223-0010, 223-0020 for details of train timetables.

Travel within Kanchanaburi
Essentially, there are two major land routes for exploring the main conveniently accessible tourist attractions in Kanchanaburi. The more western Route 323 largely parallels the Kwai Noi River to Amphoe Sangkhla Buri (some 230 kilometres from the provincial capital) via Amphoe Sai Yok, Amphoe Thong Pha Phum, and Khao Laem Dam. Route 3199 follows the Kwai Yai River to Sri Nakarin Dam (69 kilometres away from the provincial capital).
Transportation within the provincial capital is most enjoyable on tricycles while transportation between the districts is also convenient by regular bus. For visitors who like to drive by themselves, motercycles or jeeps can be rented at several outlets on Saeng Chuto Road and around the Song Kwai Road area.
Besides the network of roads throughout the provincial area, the railway and the waterways which stretch through the heart of town also offer comfortable and alternate trips to out-of-town attractions. Travelling by train from Kanchanaburi to Namtok Station near Sai Yok Noi Waterfall is recommmended for visitors wishing to experience trips on the historic railway.
From the Pak Saeng Pier in Tambon Tha Sao, visitors can hire a boat with a carrying capacity of 10-12 persons to visit the Lawa Cave and Sai Yok Yai Waterfall. It takes around 4 hours for the return trip. The 1-hour boat ride to Huai Khamin Waterfall starts from the Tha Kradan Pier, 12 kilometres from Sri Nakarin Dam.
Visitors are advised to check with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)'s office in Kanchanaburi for prevailing rates and the availability of alternate methods of transportation such as on public holidays and weekends.


The provincial capital is a relatively new town, dating merely from 1831. It was established after the demolition of the old town at Tambon Latya, 18 kilometres away. Major attractions are inextricably connected with the Second World War, and more specifically the years 1942-1945.

Internationally famous, thanks to several motion pictures and books, the black iron bridge was brought from Java by the Japanese Army and reassembled under Japanese supervision by Allied prisoners of war labour as part of the 'Death Railway' linking Thailand with Myanmar. Still in use today, the bridge was the target of frequent Allied bombing raids during 1945, and was rebuilt after the war ended. The curved spans of the bridge are the original sections.

The 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.

This enclave in the riverside precincts of Wat Chaichumphon has been constructed largely in the form of an Allied prisoners of war camp. The name JEATH is derived from Japan, England, America, Australia, Thailand, and Holland. The thatched detention hut with cramped, elevated bamboo bunks contains photographic, pictorial, and physical memorabilia dating from the Second World War. The museum is open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

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 Kwai Yai and Kwai Noi Rivers.

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

Situated 4 kilometres 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.

The monastery in natural surroundings, famous for meditation, is 15 kiloetres away from the provincial capital. There is a beautiful cave with plenty of stalactites.

Situated in Kanchanaburi's Agricultural College at Tambon Nong Ya, 9 kilometres from town, it is also known as 'the Stone Garden' which abounds with stones of different sizes and shapes in its large area.

Located at Tambon Muang Chum, 4 kilometres beyond Wachiralongkorn Dam, these two adjacent temples house very beautiful Thai and Chinese style buildings and a huge Buddha image situated on the mount.

This monastery is 18 kilometres 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.

The collection centre of human life styles from the past till the present is displayed at the Rajpatara Institute of Kanchanaburi, 14 kilometres out of town on the route to Sai Yok.

The museum, some 35 kilometres from town, was constructed beside a Neolithic burial site discovered by Ducth prisoners of war during the construction of the 'Death Railway'. Specimens of Neolithic remains are on display. It is open daily from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.


The Sai Yok District is 60 kilometres north of the provincial capital. Its landscape, generally rich in forests and mountains, is dotted with many natural attractions and historical places.

This ancient site is 43 kilometres out of Kanchanaburi on the bank of the Kwai Noi River. The principal structure, the Khmer Prasat Muang Sing (Tower of the City of Lions), is believed to have been the westernmost outpost of the Angkor-centred Khmer empire. A wide range of artefacts including temple carvings, religious statues, implements, and pottery shards indicate the once-thriving city must have been inhabited from approximately the 12th to 14th centuries.

Also known as Khao Phang Waterfall, 60 kilometres from town, this roadside cascade is best visited between July and September, when water is most plentiful. Visitors can take a train from town to Nam Tok Station and continue by local transport to the waterfall, which is 2 kilometres away.

A 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 indicates the extreme difficulty in constructing the Death Railway.

This flows directly into the Kwai Noi River, and is the most popular attraction in Sai Yok National Park. Its idyllic beauty has been repeatedly celebrated in Thai poetry and song. The waterfall is 104 kilometres from Kanchanaburi and can be reached either by boat or by car.

Both caves are situated beside the Kwai Noi River and can be reached by hired boat from Pak Saeng Pier. The dark caves house numerous stalactites and stalagmites. They offer an exciting adventure.


Thong Pha Phum is 159 kilometres north of the provincial capital. Besides limestone waterfalls, which are the major attractions in the area, an overnight stay in comfortable resorts or raft-houses also offer a relaxing holiday for visitors.

This hydro-electric dam is situated on the Kwai Noi River, 6 kilometres north of Thong Pha Phum or 165 kilometres north of Kanchanaburi. The dam, 1,019 metres long and 92 metres high, forms a scenic reservoir extending to the north towards Sangkhla Buri district.

This roadside waterfall, 32 kilometres north of Thong Pha Phum, is often visited by passers-by. The water cascades down a limestone rock face under shady trees. It is most beautiful during the rainy season.

Travel 2 kilometres beyond Kroeng Krawia Waterfall, then turn left and go on for 6 kilometres. It is rather a large waterfall which cascades down towards Khao Laem Dam.

This huge waterfall in the area of the national park is easily accessible. Visitors can travel north of Thong Pha Phum alonng Route 323 and turn right at km.105, then go on for 12 kilometres to the waterfall.

This hot spring with a pond for bathing is at km.107 of Route 323 or 2 kilometres beyond the entrance to Pha Tat Waterfall. It was discovered beside the stream by a Japanese soldier during the Second World War.

The waterfall is at Tambon Chala, 15 kilometres aay from km.26 of the Thong Pha Phum - Sangkhla Buri route. Visitors should travel with a leader to the waterfall.

Some 70 kilometres west of Thong Pha Phum on Route 3272, there was once a lot of mining of wolfram and tin in the Tanaosi Mountain range marking the Thai-Burmese border. Nowadays, temperate fruit and decorative winter plants can be seen and bought at Pilok and the villages en route. Visitors are advised to take four-wheeled drive cars for travelling along this route.


This small settlement, some 225 kilometres from Kanchanaburi, edges on the northernmost extremities of Khao Laem Dam. The scenic 75-kilometre route from Khao Laem largely parallels the reservoir passing several raft complexes and roadside cascades.

This extensive temple on the southern out skirts of Sangkhla Buri edges on Khao Laem Dam. 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 folk and Burmese.

This is the longest wooden bridge in Thailand linking Sangkhla Buri and Mon villages. The bridge overlooks a scenic landscape and offers an opporrtunity to see the local people's way of life.

22 kilometres 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 market. Visitors are allowed to enter the neighbouring Burmese settlement.

Travel along the route to the Three Pagodas Pass, then turn left at the junction and go on for 10 kilometres and take another 40 minute walk to the falls. Visitors are advised to use a four-wheeled drive car due to the road conditions.


The 7-tiered waterfall, widely regarded as one of Thailand's loveliest cascade, is in the area of the national park, 65 kilometres from Kanchanaburi along Route 3199.

This is 10 kilometres north of Erawan Waterfall. It contains monumental stalagmites and stalactites.

69 kilometres from Kanchanaburi, and just 4 kilometres north of the Erawan National Park, this massive structure marks the southernmost extremity of an extensive reservoir, which is part of yet another national park.

The waterfall with many beautiful cascades is located by the Sri Nakarin Dam, some 108 kilometres from Kanchanaburi. It can be reached by boat from Ban Tha Kradan where many resorts in the form of raft houses are available.

97 kilometres from Kanchanaburi, and north of Bo Phloi, along Route 3086, this 54-square-kilometre park encompasses peaceful forest, waterfalls, and several caves. There is a 2.5-kilometre nature trail along the stream which forms small cascades and flows through Than Lot Yai and Than Lot Noi Caves. These two caves have very beautiful with stalactites and stalagmites.

Located at Tambon Somdet Charoen, Nong Phru district, 130 kilometres from Kanchanaburi, the project is planned to develop and to preserve Ong Kot basin. The area consists of a Royal Residence, and the excavation of ancient and archaeological materials of Neolithic times are on display.


Each year, late November and/or early December, the world famous bridge becomes the focal point of celebrations. Highlights include exhibitions and historical and archaeological displays; a carnival featuring sideshows, roundabouts, folk entertainment, and cultural performances; rides on trains hauled by World War II vintage steam locomotives; and a nightly light and sound presentation re-enacting the bridge's Second World War history, including an Allied bombing raid.


Kanchanaburi's aforementioned parks offer opportunities for either camping, and/or fishing, or trekking along nature trails. Camping facilities, which customarily provide cold running water and simple toilet facilities, are available at Chaloem Rattanakosin, Sai Yok, and Erawan National Parks. Trekking along either well-defined waterfall trails, or nature trails, to visit caves or appreciate local flora and fauna is a popular activity at all national parks. Some travel agents offer one-day elephant trekking in combination with rafting tours in the vicinity of Thong Pha Phum and Sangkhla Buri. Visitors are advised to contact either local travel agents or TAT's office in Kanchanaburi for details.

Trips are available from the provincial capital and several holiday resorts. Raft trips leave fromm the famous bridge, or the Song Kwai Road waterfront area and the cost depends on the duration and destination. Trips may entail 7-10 hour return journeys, or include an overnight stay on either the Kwai Yai or Kwai Noi Rivers. Visitors are advised to contact TAT's office in Kanchanaburi for current information.

Railway enthusiasts may travel along one of Southeast Asia's most historical tracks, namely the surviving stretch of the 'Death Railway', from the provincial capital to Nam Tok Railway Station near the Sai Yok Noi Waterfall. The winding track crosses the world famous bridge and provides a clear indication of how difficult constructing the original track (long since repaired and restored) must have been. One particularly exhilarating stretch sees the line parallel the curving Kwai Noi River on a wooden viaduct towering above the river and hugging a steep cave-ridden cliff.

Kanchanaburi offers a variety of hotels and resorts, bungalows, guest houses and riverside rafts within the provincial capital. River raft accommodation is also available in several natural locations alongside both rivers and the Khao Laem and Sri Nakarin Dams.
Accommodation in Kanchanaburi's national parks should be booked beforehand through the Royal Forestry Department in Bangkok (Tel: 579-0529, 579-4842)

Western cuisine can be found in hotel, guest house, or resort restaurants. Excellent Thai and Chinese cuisine features freshly caught river fish. The most popular dining areas are the Song Kwai Road waterfront area and the riverside restaurants in the vicinity of the River Kwai Bridge.

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 will ensure favourable prices for readymade leisurewear and other apparel and popular souvenirs such as jewellery and handmade handicrafts.




Pattya is 147 kilometres 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 holiday.

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 gilfing, game fishing, and scubadiving 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 restaurant, 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 neighbours-to the North, Na Klua, to the South, Rayong. Its only claim to fame being that it had, in the 13th cenntury, 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 by providing bases, manned by thousands of young Americans 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 reataurants, 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 goverment could not cope with the administration. Administrative and infrastructure combination with Na Klua, took place in 1976 and the goverment promulgated the Pattaya City Act in 1978, there by joining Na Klua and Pattaya to form the fifth local goverment 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.


Pattaya can be reached in a comfortable 2-hour drive along the Bang Na-Trat and Sukhumvit Highways (Highway No.34 & Highway No.3) via Bang Pakong, and Si Racha. One can also avoid a lot of traffic on Bang Na-Trat Highway by opting for Motor Way (new Bangkok-Chon Buri-Pattaya route).

Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned coaches regularly leave from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) and the Mochit 2 Bus Terminal on Kamphaeng Phet Road throughout the day.

Departure times and fares may be obtained by telephoning the Eastern Bus Terminal (391-9829) for air-conditioned coaches and 391-2504 for regular coaches and the Mochit 2 Bus Terminal at 936-3509 for air-conditioned coaches.

The State Railways of Thailand offers daily train service departing Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station at 6.55 a.m. The journey takes about 3.30 hours. Tel: 223-7010, 223-7020

Thai Airways operate an air-conditioned limousine service between Bangkok's Don Muang International Airport and Pattaya. Booking in Pattaya may be made by telephoning (038) 423-140-1

Travel within the Resort

Traveling around Pattaya is most convenient by mini-buses that continually ply the Beach Road and Pattaya 2nd Road in the counterclockwise circuits. Fare are 5 baht per person per ride, fares beyond main bag one negotiable.
Those who wish to be independent and explore Pattaya's surrounding countryside and beaches at leisure, can hire motorcycles, jeeps or cars. The visitor is advised to shop around and consult local tourism publications, for different companies offer different prices and conditions.


The Ko Lan Group of Islands is comprised of Ko Lan, Ko Khrok, and Ko Sak.

Ko Lan situated to the west of Pattaya Strait, about 7.7 kilometres from the shore, covering an area of about 4 square kilometres. There are beautiful beaches, clear water, and an aboundance of coral. Visitors can view the coral euther 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 metres 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 metres 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. Ta Pan Beach on the western part of the island is 500 metres in length with make-shift lodging available. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, sightseeing boats ussually dock along this beach all the way to Laem Thian where there is coral. On the southern part is Nuan Beach 450 metres 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 including swimming , coral viewing, para-sailing, water-skiing, water scooter riding, etc.

Ko Krok a small island covering an area of 0.05 square kilometres, appoximately 8 kilometres from the shore. The island comprises mostly rocks. Only on sandy-beach on the east of the island is Ko Krok beach which is only 100 metres in length. This is an ideal place for coral viewing.

Ko Sak some 10 kilometres west of Pattaya Strait or 600 metres away from Ko Lan. Ko Sak is another small island shaped like a horse shoe with an area of 0.05 square kilometres.It has two beaches, one on the northern cover 250 metres 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 metres 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 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 kilometres 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 kilomertres 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 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, reataurants 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 kilometres 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 kilometre beach shores 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 Noval 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 Phratamnak 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.

Mini Siam is on the left hand side at kilometre 143 on Sukhumvit Highway.This miniature city offers replicas of 80 sacred places and important historical sites around Thailand at a scale of 1 to 25. Some examples are the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Sisanphet, Anantasamakhom Throne Hill, Phra Phutthayotfa Bridge, the Bridge over the River Khwae, the Golden Stupa and Phimai Khmer Sancturary. Replicas of places of world significance are also displayed in the "miniworld" area such as the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, Tower Bridge, Trevi Fountain. Open daily from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. There is also a Mini Race Course (Gokarts) for visitors wishing to try their hand at racing fast cars. Additional information may be obtained by called (038) 421-628, 424-232 (Pattaya) or 271-1896, 616-1533 (Bangkok).

Phanaraks Park situated on Pornprapanimitr Road turning left on Sukhumvit Road at Kilometre 145 for about 5 kilometres. A privately-owned resort, the garden has maintained a natural atmosphere with fish ponds and fishing equipment available for rent. A swimming pool and accommodation in the form of tents and bungalows are on hand to serve visitors.

Additional information may be obtained and reservations made by calloing (038)259-156 or the Bangkok office Tel: 521-0763.

Elephant Village situated on Pornprapanimitr Road on the same directions as Phanaraks Park and Siam Country Club Golf Course. The elephant village is a popular tourist spot for Thai and foreign quests alike. Daily performances by elephants and wild elephant round-up shows are held at 2.30 p.m. Shows last about 1 hour. Elephant jungle rides are also available. Additional information may be obtained by calling 01-212-3225 or from the front desk at the Tropicana Hotel, Tel: (038) 428-645-6, 428-516.

The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm is at number 22/2 Mu 1, Tambon Nong Pla Lai, Bang Lamung. From Sukhumvit, one turns left at kilometre 140 close to the dedestrian bridge in front of Wat Sawangfa along Chaiyaphonwithi Road (State Highway 3024) in the same direction as Mapprachan Reservoir for another 5 kilometres. This is an other popular attraction with Thai and foreign tourists. Covering a large area, the compound comprises rock gardens and a botanical of rare plants and beautifully landscaped grounds. Interesting sights include, for example, fossilized plants over a million years in age, 200-year-old Thai style bonsai, crocodile pools and a collection of rare animals such as albino bears, elephants and horses. Crocodile round-ups, magic and animal performances are also a major attraction. Daily admission from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Additional information may be obtained by calling (038)249-347-9 (Pattaya) or Bangkok office, Tel: 579-5033, 941-3251-3.

Pattaya Water Park is on Thapphraya Road, Jomtien Beach. Pattaya Park offers an amusement park, a jacuzzi and a gigantic slide. It is an ideal outlet for family relaxation. Pattaya Park Tower the first highest seaside tower and revolving restaurant. About 240 metres height that you can see Pattaya view, hotel and bungalow accommodation are also available. Call (038)251-201-8 for more information.

Siriporn Orchid Farm Located at 235/14 Mu 5, Tambon Nong Pru, turn left off Sukhumvit adjacent to the traffic light intersection at Central Pattaya for 800 metres on to Noen-Phlup-wan Road, the farm is on the right hand side. The farm offers a wide array of orchids such as catteleyas, vandas, daedrovium, escosanda, pompadours. Visitors can also purchase cut flowers or plants. Open daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call (038)429-013 for more information.

Bhira International Circuit Race Course is an international car and motorcycle race course.It is situated on State Highway 36 (Pattaya-Rayong) about 15 kilometres from Pattaya City. Races take place regularly on Saturdays and Sundays. Additional information may be obtained by calling (01)323-0616.

Miniature Racetrack (The Pattaaya Cart Speedway) situated on Thepprasit Road, which links Sukhumvit Highway and Pattaya-Na Jomtien Road, approximately 5 kilometres to the South o Pattaya. Separate tracks have been allotted for professional and amateur drivers. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tel:(038) 422-044

Lakeland Water Cable Ski on Sukhumvit Highway, kilometre 150.5, about 5 kilometres from Pattaya City.This is another venue for amusement and recreational sports that Pattaya has to offer. It comprises an enormous fresh water lake, with cable skis, a sport that is fast-going popularity.
Open daily from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Admission fees: 300 baht person (for around 2 hours). Call (038)232-690-2 for more information.

The Bottle Art contains an extensive collection of more than 300 pieces of artwork contained in glass bottles in the form of well-known tourist attractions, churches, temples, palaces, ships both Thai and foreign. These creations result from the tireless efforts of Dutch sculptor, Mr.Peter Bedelais who crafted the various intricate parts and assembled them in glass bottles of different shapes. Open daily from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Inquiries may be directed to the Bottle Art 79/15 Mu 10, Sukhumvit Road (Kilometre 145.3) Tel: (038)422-957.

Ripley'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 corner 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 10 a.m. - 12 midnight. Futher inquiries may be made by calling (038)710-294-8.

Bamrung Sailing and Paramotor Centre located at Huai Sak Nok Reservoir. At Kilometre 150 on Sukhumvit Highway, turn left into the lane next to the green Way Golf Driving Range, for about 4 kilometres. 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 Bumrung Ruamsap at 01-354-4986 or 946-7859, for additional information.



Wat Yan Sangwararam is a Royal Temple, 15 kilometres south of Pattaya City, turning left from Sukhumvit Highway at kilometre 160. The temple was dedicated to Somdej Phra Yanasangworn, the present Supreme Patriach in 1976 and was later graciously admitted under the patronage of His Majestry the King. The temple ground comprises a mondop (religious building with rectangular roof) which enshrine a replica of the Buddha's footprints, a large stupa (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, orchiids, and other types of flora. Thai style teak wood houses are available for rent. There is also a zoo and Thai Cultural Centre ahowcasing 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 kilometres before reaching the destination. Additional information may be obtained from the office in Pattaya City on Central Pattaya Road, Tel: (038) 429-321, 422-958 or Bangkok Office, Tel: 252-1768

Bang Saray is a fishing village about 16 kilometres away from Pattaya City, turning left off Sukhumvit Highway at kilometre 165 for about 2 kilometres. 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 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, Ko Chan which all come under the supervision of the Royal Thai Navy. Daytime sightseeing is permitted but overnight lodging is prohibited.


Ang Sila is a fishing village about 5 kilometres away from chonburi. Ang Sila was formerly one of the oldest seaside resorts. The village is 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 village 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 kilometres from the city of Chon Buri, it branches off to the right-hand side from Sukhumvit Highway , at kilometres 104, for a distance of 3 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 is 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 Mukwho 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 campas of Burapha University. The institute evolved from the Aquarium and Museum of Salt Water Animals through the financial assistance received from the Goverment of Japan. This institute aims to be the centre of studies on Marine Science, consisting of three parts: the Marine Science Museum, Marine Animal Rearing Centre 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) 391-671-3 for more information.

Nong Mon Market a market famous for Chonburi's local handicraft and souvenirs about 1 kilometre 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 fied shrimp cakes), sweetened-banana and taro chips, and sweetened-fruit prserves.


Basketware Village situated at Mu 1-11, Tambon Railakthong but mostly a Mu 10 in the vicinity of Wat Ko Kaeo Khlong Luang, about 4 kilometres from the district along the Phanat Nikhom-Chachoengsao Road and continuing right for a distance of another 4 kilometres.

Bamboo is woven into such objects as ladies handbags, baskets, betel nut sets, and etc. in varius colors and designs. They can be purchased at stalls situated behind the Municipal Daily Market (Talat Kao)


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 Goft Course for another 19 kilometres 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 nummber 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)298-187-8 for more 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 kilometres. A car park masks the entrance and there is a 2 kilometres pathway leading to the waterfall lined on both sides by refreshing greenery.

Chantathen Waterfall has 5 levels in height with a distance totaling 1 kilometre. There are two pathways leading up and down: the first is on the 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 but visitors are able to track up and down the rocks. Chan Ta Then Waterfall is under the supervision of Kho Khieo - Khao Chomphu 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.

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 Assumption Si Racha School for around 7.5 kilometres or one can take State Highway 36 at Kilometre 21, turn left and continue for another 1.5 kilometres. 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) 296-556-8 for additional information.

Ko Sichang is a large island in the middle of the sea about 12 kilometres 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 metre 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. Thesr ponds were bestowed with beautiful names, such as Atsadang and Phitphlen ponds. There are also two temples built at the behest of King Rama the Fifth: Wat Atsadang Nimit with a European style ordination hall and pagoda, situated on the topmost part of the hill and Wat Chuthatip 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.

Travel 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 the town of Si Racha, fares cost 20 baht each.


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, 14th and 15th of April while in the East there is a difference as the water throwing activities commerce on the 16th or 17th, 18th or 19th known as "Wan Lai" (Flowing Day).

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.


Prachuap Khiri Khan &
Hua Hin

Prachuap Khiri Khan is located some 281 kilometrres south of Bangkok. Afer the old town was abandoned during the fall of Ayutthaya, a new settlement was established in 1845 in the reign of King Rama IV. The province,today, is more famous for its natural charm of beaches and mountains than historical attractions. Hua Hin, its major attraction, is one of Thailand's most popular seaside resorts among overseas visitors as well as Thais.

Prachuap Khiri Khan is now divided into 7 districts and 1 sub-district: Amphoe Muang Prachuap Khiri Khan, Amphoe Bang Saphan, Amphoe Bang Saphan Noi, Amphoe Hua Hin, Amphoe Kui Buri, Amphoe Pran Buri, Amphoe Thap Sakae, and King Amphoe Sam Roi Yot.


By road - From Bangkok, drive for about 3 hours along the Highway 35 (Thon Buri-Pak Thao route) via Samut Songkhram then turn left to the Highway No.4 (Phetkasem Road) via Phetchaburi and Hua Hin to Prachuap Khiri Khan, a total distance of 281 kilometres.

Another route moght otherwise be taken from Bangkok via Buddhamonthon, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan, a total distance of 320 kilometres.

Regular buses leave Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal for Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan many times daily. Call 435-1199 (air-conditioned bus) or 434-5557-8 (nonair-conditioned bus) for more information.

By Rail - Trains leave Hualamphong (Bangkok Railway Station) for Hua Hin 12 times daily and Prachuap Khiri Khan 9 times daily. Please check timetable before before travelling at the nearest station or Information Unit in Bangkok Station, Tel: 223-7010, 223-7020.


Located on the sunrise side of the Gulf of Thailand, Hua Hin is a well-established beach destinations, with full facilities. But unlike Pattaya, on the opposite shores of the Gulf, Hua Hin provide a quieter, more relaxed retreat amid surroundings which preserve a typical Thai ambience. Hua Hin is well suited for families or for those who wish simply to secape city bustle.

Hua Hin is similarly noted for its magnificent beach, running from a rocky headland, which separates it from a tiny fishing port, and curving gently for some three kilometres to its southern point where buddhist temples cling to the cliffs.

Hua Hin lies some 200 kilometres or a three-hour drive southwest of Bangkok. Adding distinction to Hua Hin's coastal setting, is its status as Thailand's most traditional beach resort. It was here, in the 1920s, that King Rama VII built a summer palace, thus creating a vogue among high society for Hua Hin to become the favourite retreat from Bangkok's summer heat. Today, the present Royal Family continues to reside at Hua Hin for part of the year.

Hua Hin Railway Station Built in the reign of King Rama VI, this is one of Thailand's most beautiful train stations of which the local people are very pround.

Hua Hin Arts and Crafts Centre This is located on Naepkhehat Road in Hua Hin. This is an old typical house, more than 80 years old. It has a collection and exhibition of many contemporary works of Thai artists, as well as old furniture and many pictures about Hua Hin in the past.

Klai Kangwon Palace King Rama VII commanded this summer palace to be built in the year 1926 to the north of Hua Hin. The palace consist of 3 spanish style mansion facing the sea. It is open to the public daily from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Call (032) 511-115 for more information.

Khao Takiap This hill is only 4 kilometres south of Hua Hin and may be reached by local minibus. There is a road leading to the top where a temple is situated. The nearby Khao Takiap beach offers mostly bungalow accommodation.

Ko Singto Fishing lovers can enjoy a day's outing this island, just a few kilometre from Hua Hin or Khao Takiap where some boats for hire are available.

Suan Son Pradiphat or Sea Pine Tree Garden This beachside area belongs to the Army Welfare Office and is open to the public. It is at Km. 241, some 8 kms. south of Hua Hin. Accomodation is available.

Hat Khao Tao About 10 kilometres south of Hua Hin and 1 kilometre along an access road. Hat Khao Tao is pine-fringed and more secluded than Hua Hin. It is the location for some bungalows and a fishing village.

Namtok Pa La-u This waterfall is located within a yearlong verdant forest where various kinds of birds and butterflies are found, especially in the morning. It is composed of 11 tiers of rocks, some of which can be reached along a trekking trail parallel to the stream. To get there, visitors may take local transport from Hua Hin for a distance of 63 kilometres.


Sam Roi Yot National Park This park is located 63 kilometres south of Hua Hin. It occupies an area of 98 square kilometres. with undulating ranges of limestone mountains, mangrove swamps, and beaches. It is also home to various kinds of local and migrating birds, which are plentiful from November to February. With a large number of ridges, Khao Sam Roi Yot (or the mountain of 300 peaks) stands as a landmark for seamen and also provides a good shelter for ships during a strom. To get to the park, follow the direction signs marketing the remaining distances of 38 and 15 kilometres at Km. 256 and Km. 286.5, respectively.

Attractions within the park area include:

Hat Sam Phraya, located 3.5 kilometres north of the park office, is a beautiful beach lined with pine trees. Accommodation is available.

Tham Kaeo is situated some 23 kilometres from Pran Buri or 15 kilometres north of the park office. This cave is full of stalactites and stalagmites. Oil lamps can be rented at a nearby village for exploring the cave.

Tham Sai, is 9 kilometres north of park office. Exploration inside the cave takes about half an hour. Oil lamps can be rented at nearby Khung Tanot Village.

Hat Laem Sala is located 16 kilometres north of the park office. It can be reached by boat or walking across a hill from Bang Pu Village.

Walking up a beachside mountain for a while, visitors will arrive at a famous cave called "Tham Phraya Nakhon". The cave has a big hole through which a shaft of light reaches and permits the growth of various kinds of plants. Phra Thi Nang Khuha Kharuhat, a Thai style pavilion, lends the most attractive sight to the cave and has become the symbol of Prachuap Khiri Khan. It is a four-porched building first constructed in Bangkok in 1870 during the reign of King Rama V, then dismantled and moved to the cave where it was reconstructed. Its gable tops were raised by the King himself.

In addition, there is a viewpoint on Khao Daeng, 400 metres from the park office and Ban Khao Daeng, a canalside vilage, which is the starting point for a boat trip to watch wild birds.


Khao Chong Krachok or Mirror Mount This is located in the north of the town. From the foot of the hill, up 395 steps, sits a much revered monastery. There is a small pagoda and a troop of playful monkeys. The top of the hill also offers a spelendid panorama of the coastline and seascape.

Ao Manao This is beautiful curved bay is under the care of the Royal Thai Airforce. It is some 5 kilometres south of the town. This area used to be a battlefield between the Thai and Japanese armies during Second World War. Accommodation should be reserved in advanced at the 53rd Squadron, Tel: (032) 611017, 611031 ext. 2146.

Wa Ko This locality has had historical importancce since the reign of King Rama IV. The King made a trip to Wa Ko to witness the full moon eclipse. A long white sandy beach lined with pine trees offers a pleasant atmosphere. It is located at Km.335 of Highway No.4, 12 kilometres south from the town.

Khao Hin Thoen Stone Park This is located to the west of the town. Travel along Highway No.4 till Km. 331-332, then turn right and drive for another 8 kilometres. Among large stones placed by nature in the area, there are narrow walks leading to wide rocky fields on the mountain top overlooking the view of the city and the sea.

Dan Singkhon This Myanmar-Thailand border pass is located in Tambon Khlong Wan, 4 kilometres from Khao Hin Thoen Stone Park. It used to be a strategic line for military movement in the past.


Hat Wanakon National Park This park is 22 kilometres south of Prachuap Khiri Khan and another 3.5 kilometres on an access road. It offers a 7-km. long beach lined with sea pine trees. For accommodation, contact the Faculty of Forest Affairs, Kasetsart University, Tel:579-0520.

Namtok Huai Yang National Park This park covers a forested area on the Tanaosi Mountain Range. Follow a sign at Km. 351 of Highway No.4 and drive along a 7-km. access road to the park office. Namtok Huai Yang near the park office is its main attraction. The waterfall is composed of 5 small cascade situated among recreational surroundings.


Ao Mae Ramphung This is a scenic bay in Amphoe Bang Saphan. Travel about 75 kilometres south of Phrachuap Khiri Khan to Km. 399, turn left and continue for another 17 kilometres via Bang Saphan Market. Accommodation and seafood restaurants are available.

Ao Bo Thonglang This is located 4 kilometres beyond Ao Mae Ramphung along a beach road. There is a clean and white sandy beach suitable for swimming.


Ko Thalu, Ko Sang, and Ko Sing There three islands suitable for fishing can be reached within 20 minutes by boat from Ban Pak Khlong, 3 kilometres east of Bang Saphan.


Prachuap Khiri Khan has an abundance of dried seafood and products from fruits such as pine apples, coconuts, bananas and aloe vera. One of its renowned local products is "pha phim khommaphat" or khommaphat printed cotton, a typical product of Hua Hin which is to be sold by yard. A large variety of other cotton products are also obtainable, for example, placemat, tablecloth, and pillowcase. Most of the products, fresh and dried seafood, souvenirs, dishes made of seafood are available at Hua Hin Market.



Tourist Information Centre 511047
Hua Hin Hospital 511743
Hua Hin's Bus Terminal 511230
(non airconditioned bus)
(airconditioned bus)
511654, 512543
Police Station 511027
Railway Station 511073


Provincial Office 601560
Tourist Information Centre 602016
Prachuap Khiri Khan Hospital 611053
Police Station 611148
Railway Station 611175



Phuket is Thailand's largest island, and is approximately the size of Singapore. Phuket nestles in balmy Andaman Sea waters on Thailand's Indian Ocean coastline 867 kilometres south of Bangkok.

Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoyed a rich and colourful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign traders' ship logs.
The Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traded with Phuket. Other visitors were less friendly. Phuket's most famous monument is the memorial statue of the heroines Thao Thepkasattri and Thao Sisunthon, who rallied islanders in 1785 to repel Burmese invaders.
Phuket is blessed with magnificent coves and bays, and powdery, palm-fringed beaches; sparkling island-dotted seas; sincerely hospitable people; superb accommodation and seafood; delightful turn-of-the-century Sino-Portuguese architecture; numerous sporting and leisure opportunities; a lush tropical landscape - all of which combine to create a delightful ambience for truly memorable holidays.


Phuket has two major seasons: the Rains Season from May through October, and the Hot Season from November through April. There are many sunny days throughout the Rains Season: showers customarily last little more than 2 or 3 hours. September is the wettest month. The best months are November through February.
Average temperatures range between 22 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Phuket Town The compact provincial capital serves mainly as a dormitory and commercial and shopping centre. Splendid colonial-style residences built by late 19th century tin and rubber barons, and shophouses from the same period, with shaded walkways, provide distinctive character.

Rang Hill This provides a pleasant view of town while dining, and has a Fitnese Park, a series of hillside sculptural tableaux which enhance calisthenics.

The Thai Village Also on Thepkasattri Road, the village serves daily a typical southern Thai lunch that is followed by a spectacular cultural show including Thai dances, sward-fighting, Thai boxing, southern customs and elephants. Handicrafts are also on display.

Thalang National Museum Located near the Two Heroines Monument, this museum contains permanent exhibition of lift in old Phuket, ancient artifacts and remains discovered on the coast and, materials used during war with Burma(Myanmar).


Phuket's glory is its magnificent coastline. Beaches range from gentle crescents of white sand with calm waters to rocky headlands pounded by raging surf. Counterclockwise, from Phuket's northern tip, where the Sarasin Bridge connects the island with the mainland, Phuket's major beaches (and temples and botanical gardens) are as follows:

Mai Khao Beach
(40 kilometres from town)

This pine-lined stretch of sand is Phuket's longest beach. Each year, from November through February, gigantic sea turtles struggle ashore to lay their eggs on Mai Khao Beach.

Nai Yang Beach
(30 kilometres from town)
This forms part of the Sirinath national park. Casurina pines comprise major parts of the beach forest. There are also extensive mangrove forests. The tranquil surroundings are ideal for relaxation, picnics, swimming and snorkelling.

Inland from Nai Yang Beach, the temple enshrines a famous, partially buried Buddha. Local legends relate how a boy tethered his buffalo to a post protruding from the ground. Subsequently, both boy and animal fell mysteriously sick. Suspicious villagers uncovered the post and discovered it was the decorative topknot of a buried golden Buddha.
They were able to unearth no more than the upper part of the image, over which they constructed the present chapel. Burmese invaders attempted to remove the image in 1785 but failed when they were attacked by vicious hornets.

(22 kilometres from town)
The 22-square-kilometre area teems with various mammals, including bears, porcupines, gibbons and macaques, reptiles and lizards, and over 100 bird species, in an idyllic setting cooled by sonorous cascades.

Pansea Bay, Surin Beach, Sing Cape & Kamala Beach
(24 kilometres from town)
These unfold in rapid succession. Swimming is not recommended at Surin Beach due to powerful surf and a treacherous undertow. The beach is a favoured spot for witnessing sunsets. The northern end of Kamala Beach is suitable for swimming.

Patong Beach
(15 kilometres from toen)
Phuket's most developed beach offers numerous leisure, sporting, shopping and recreational options along its 3-kilometre-long cresent bay. Windsurfing, snorkelling, sailing, swimming and sunbathing number among popular daytime activities. Patong is equally well known for its vibrant nightlife, among which seafood restaurants prominently feature.

Karon & Kata Beaches
(20 & 17 kilometres from town)
Both beaches are impressively long, relatively peaceful and eminently suitable for swimming, snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing and sunbathing.

Nai Han Beach
(18 kilometres from town)
The white beach fronts a shallow lagoon between rocky headlands. Swimming, windsurfing, sailing and sunbathing number among popular activities.

Phromthep Cape
Adjacent to Nai Han Beach, Phuket's southernmost point is the perfect place from which to view spectacular sunsets.

Rawai Beach
(17 kilometres from town)
The palm-fringed beach is best known for "sea gypsies," a formerly nomadic fishing minority believed to be of Melanesian descent.

Chalong Bay
(11 kilometres from town)
This beach has serveral restaurants selling some of Phuket's best seafood.

Wat Chalong
A few kilometres inland from Chalong Beach, this Buddhist temple enshrines statues of Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang, Phuket's most revered monks.

Phanwa Cape
(10 kilometres from town)
The southernmost tip of this cape is home to a Marine Biological Research Centre and Phuket's Aquarium where visitors may inspect several hundred exotic, grotesque and flamboyantly colourful marine species found mainly in Phuket's teeming waters.

Pearl Farms
Pearl farms are located on islands neighbouring Phuket, including Nakha, Rang Noi, Rang Yai and Bon. Special permission is needed to visit there. Details are available from Phuket's TAT office.


There are now 4 challenging, 18-hole golf courses in Phuket, including the Phuket Country Club (Tel: (076) 321-038-40) in Kathu, Blue Canyon (Tel: (076) 327-440-7) in Thalang district near the airport, the Banyan Tree Club (Tel: (076) 324-351-60, 324-358) at Bangthao beach and Phuket Century Country Club (Tel: (076) 321-929, 321-933-4) in Kathu. All courses offer resonably priced golf club rentals, green fees and caddy services.

Hourse Riding
Three riding clubs, one on Patak Road, on the way to Kata Beach, Ban Sai Yuan on the way to Nai Han Beach, and Laguna Phuket, Bangthao Beach, offer facilities for beginners and experienced riders alike.

This popular sport is enjoyed at most major beaches. Boards may be rented by the hour, half-day, full day or week. Export tuition from Thai teachers is free.

Enjoyed mostly at Nai Han, Patong and Kata beaches. Toppers and dinghies are available at Patong. Catamaran, Hobie Cats and Top Cats are available at Kata.

Popular at Patong on a half-hour or hourly basis. Automated cable waterskiing is available at the Phuket Waterski Cableway behind the Phuket Century Golf Course i Kathu district.

Deep Sea Fishing
Daily tours are available, making early morning dapartures and late afternoon returns, mostly to lesser islands to fish for Red Snappers, Rainbow Runners and other game fish.

This can be enjoyed throughout the year, and is mostly safe. However, undertows can be problematic during the Rains Season. It is best to seek the advice of local people regarding swimming conditions.

This can be enjoyed in sheltered bays all around Phuket. It is particularly enjoyable at easily accessible reefs at Patong, Karon and Kata beaches. Fins, mask and snorkel can be rented on a daily basis from shops all over the island.

Scuba Diving
Expedition regularly leave Phuket for dives around neighbouring islands, and further afield, most particularly around the enduringly popular Phi Phi Islands in neighbouring Krabi province, some 2 hours east of Phuket, and Similan Islands, in Phangnga province, some 110 kilometres northwest of Phuket, and the Raya Islands, 1-3 hours due south of Phuket, depending on the type of boat. Several dive shops concentrated in the Patong, Kata and Chalong areas have Asian and European expatriate(s) (speaking English and several other languages) and bilingual Thai dive instructors who offer inexpensive beginner's courses. All diving equipment is available for hire.

Sea Canoeing
This form of eco-tourism is available in several forms, as popular one-day tours, or more extended tours involving overnight camping on island beaches, and occurs principally in the neighbouring Phangnga Bay and Krabi province, where mangrove swamps and island grottoes are accessible only by canoe. Complete details of the several companies offering such tours are available from the TAT office in Phuket, and the TAT information centre in Krabi.

Yacht Services
Yachtsmen visiting Phuket can enjoy a full range of services, including dry dock facilities and boat repairs, and safe and secure moorings, principally at Ao Chalong, the Phuket Boat Lagoon Marina and Laem Prao Marina. Yachts of ever shape and size can be chartered, either as bareboats or with full crew. Please check with the Phuket Immigration Office for details regarding bringing in a yacht, or leaving by yacht.


Chinese Vegetarian Festival
Each year, beginning on the first day of the 9th lunar month (usually October), Phuket islanders of Chinnese ancestry commit themselves to a 9-day vegetarian diet, a form of purification believed to help make the forthcoming year "trouble-free". The festival is marked by several ascetic displays, including fire-walking and ascending sharp-bladed ladders.

King's Cup Regatta
Early each December, the Phuket Yacht hosts international yachtsmen, largely from neighbouring countries who compete in the Nai Han Beach area for royal trophies.

Phuket Triathalon
Each December, the triathalon (a 1,000-metre swim, a 5-kilometre bike race and a 12-kilometre run) attracts world-class athletes from all over the world and qualifies winners for the prestigious Hawaii ironman Triathalon.


By Air
Thai Airways operates daily jet flights between Bangkok and Phuket. There are further domestic connections with Surat Thani and Hat Yai. Phuket also enjoys international connections with Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Hongkong, and Australia. Reservations may be made in Bangkok (Tel: 280-0060 and 628-2000), and in Phuket (Tel: 211-195, 212-946, 212-499 and 216-755) for both domestic and international flights.
Bangkok Airways (Tel: Phuket (076) 225-033-4, Bangkok 229-3434, 229-3456, 535-2429, 535-3756) offers direct flights linking Phuket with Ko Samui, the principal island in the Thai Gulf.
Orient Thai Airlines (Tel: Phuket (076) 232-302-3, 327-270-1, Bangkok 267-3210-5, 535-2021-2) offers direct flights linking Phuket with Bangkok.

By Bus
Airconditioned coaches and non-airconditioned buses leave Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal every day. For further details, please contact Bangkok 435-1200, 434-3233, 435-3018.
From Bangkok, take Highway 4 through Nakhon Pathom, Phachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, thence through Ranong province's Kraburi and Kaper districts, Phangnga province's Takua Pa and Takua Tung districts and onto Phuket island across the Thao Thepkasattri Bridge. The total distance is 867 kilometres.

By Sea
Foreign and domestic cruise ships frequently berth at the Port of Phuket at Ao Makham, and off Patong Beach, yachts at Ao Chalong, the Phuket Lagoon Marina and the Laem Prao marina. Please note that all pleasure boats and yachts arriving at Phuket must stop first and register with the Immigration Office and Customs Office, and with the Harbour Office within 24 hours of arrival.


A comprehensive list of airconditioned and non-airconditioned accommodation, and restaurants, in Phuket, can be obtained from the local Tourism Authority of Thailand office on Phuket Road. The office is open seven days a week, throughout the year, from 8.30 AM until 4.30 PM.


Cultivated pearls, batiks and pewterware are Phuket's best known products. Shops specialising in such products are found onn Rasada, Phangnga, Yanwarat, Montri and Tilok Utit 2 roads in town, and on tourist beaches such as Patong, Kata, Karon and Rawai.


Phuket is the ideal place from where to visit popular attractions in neighbouring provinces, either on day tours or as overnight excursions. Principal destinations include:

Phangnga Bay
Located northeast of Phuket, and containing scores of limestone islands, some riddled with aquatic grottoes, (see Phangnga information for further details) this picturesque bay is an enduringly popular excursion. Tours are offered by hotels and tour companies throughout Phuket.

Phi Phi Islands
These picturesque islands in Krabi province (see Krabi information for more details) are probably Phuket's most popular excursion.

Simmilan Islands
Phuket dive shops operate daily excursions to the Similan islands (see Phangnga information for futher details) during the high season of November - May when underwater visibility is at its best.


Polite behaviour is welcomed everywhere. What is considered polite in other countries is probably considered polite in Thailand, too. However, there are a few cultural pitfalls, mainly social and religious taboos, the breaking of with can cause offence.
For exxample, visitors should dress neatly in all religious shrines. They should never go shirtless, or in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable attire. Shoes should be removed when entering private Thai homes, chapels where Buddha images are kept, and any of the Islamic community's mosques.
Each Buddha image, large or small, ruined or not, is regarded as being a sacred object. Never climb onto one to take a photograph, or do anything that might show lack of respect. It is considered rude to point your foot at a person or object.
Thais regard the head as the highest part of the body, both literally and figuratively. Therefore, they do not appreciate anyone patting them there, even as a friendly gesture.


Ko Samui &Surat Thani

Surat Thani is southern Thailand's largest province, covers some 12,800 square kilometres, and has an extensive coastline lapped by Thai Gulf waters. The provincial capital is 685 kilometres south of Bangkok.
Surat Thani boasts some of Thailand's loveliest islands namely the Penang-sized Ko Samui, Thailand's third largest island, palm-fringed jewel of a sparkling archipelago that includes the stunning 250-square-kilometre Ang Thong Marine National Park.

Surat Thani once formed part, and may have been the centre, of the Mahayana Buddhist Srivijaya Empire which steeped in legend and mystrey, dominated the Malay peninsula and much of Java some 1,500 years ago. Srivijaya was pilgrimage he made to India during the late 600s. Archaeological discoveries at Chaiya district indicate the former empire's splendour.

Surat Thani is administratively divided into 18 amphoes(districts). Distances from town to the other districts are as follows:

Kanchanadit 58 kms. Ko Phangan 52 kms. Ko Samui 43 kms.
Khiri Ratthanikhom 92 kms. Khian Sa 40 kms. Chai Buri 58 kms.
Chaiya 52 kms. Don Sak 43 kms. Tha Chang 92 kms.
Tha Chana 58 kms. Ban Ta Khun 58 kms. Ban Na Doem 52 kms.
Ban Na San 43 kms. Phanom 92 kms. Phra Saeng 92 kms.
Phunphin 10 kms. Wiang Sa 58 kms. Wiphawadi 52 kms.



Khao Tha Phet Nature & Wildlife Centre
6 kilometres from the provincial capital, along Highway 4009 (the Surat Thani-Na San route), the nature and wildlife centre covers 1,162 acres. Many wild animals are caged. The hilltop, some 200 metres above the sea level, offers commanding panoramic views of the town, the Tapi River and Ban Don Bay.
Si Surat Stupa, known locally as Phra That Khao Tha Phet, is located on the summit of Khao Tha Phet. The stupa houses Buddha relics donated by the Indian government some 30 years ago.

Tapi River Estuary
Located some 5 kilometres from the town, this area is noteworthy for its quality seafood restaurants.


Monkey School
Located some 13 kilometres along Highway 401, the school trains monkeys to pick coconuts. Most 'students' are gigtailed monkeys captured in local forests. Training usually takes some 3 months. Would-be visitors are advised to check with local travel agents for full details.

Oyster Farms
These are concentrated in the estuarine areas of the Kradae Canal and Tha Thong River. Oysters found there are substantially larger than any found elsewhere. Would-be visitors wishing to see oysters being harvested may hire long-tailed boats which carry some 8 to 10 passengers. It takes some 30 minutes to reach the farms from Tha Thong quayside.


Wiphawadi Waterfall
This is located some 30 kilometres east of the provincial capital along Highway 411 at Pak Phraek village. The picturesque and petite waterfall enjoys bucolic surroundings.

Wat Khao Suwan Pradit
This monastery was founded by Luang Pho Choi, one of southern Thailand's most revered Buddhist ecclesiastics. The hilltop 45-metre pagoda contains Buddha relics and commands striking coastal views.


Wat Suan Mokkhaphalaram
Better known as Suan Mok, this 150-acre forest temple is located beside Highway 41 some 50 kilometres north of the pprovincial capital. Suan Mok's founder, the late Bhikkhu Buddhadhasa, was highly respected both locally and internationally. His 'back to basics' form of Buddhism, mirroring that led by the Buddha's earliest disciples more than 2,500 years ago, attracted many Buddhist monks and lay meditators from Europe, North and South America, Australia and Japan. The enclave is devoid of extravagant ceremonial and elaborated chapels. The forest tranquility is ideal for a life of contemplation.

Phra Borom That Chaiya
Located some 4 kilometres northeast of Suan Mok, and 1 kilometre from Chaiya railway station, this elaborately restored and revered pagoda is believed to be more than 1,200 years old. The pagoda contains Buddha relics and provides a direct link with the Srivijaya Empire. A small adjacent museum houses artefacts from the vicinity.

Phumriang Village
Located some 6 kilometres east of Chaiya, this settlement is an arts and crafts centre well known for its silver brocaded silk cloth and jute headwear.


Khao Sok National Park
Comprising largely jungle with complex mountain ranges, the park contains a great deal of flora and fauna. The park office is 1.3 kilometres off Highway 401 (Surat Thani-Takua Pa) at Km.109. Places within the park worth visiting, largely by foot, include the Sip Et Chan (Eleven Stages) Waterfall, some 4 kilometres from the park office. Bungalows and rafthouses are available. Advance booking is necessary for food and lodging. Would-be visitors should contact the National Parks Division in Bangkok (Tel: 579-7223, 579-5734).


Ratchaprapha or Chieo Lan Dam
Located some 82 kilometres from the provincial capital, via Highway 401 with a right turn between Kms.52 and 53, this scenic dam offers accommodation for those seeking tranquility. Contact the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand in Bangkok or the Ratchaprapha Dam Office for accommodation.


Ko Samui
The 247-square-kilometre Samui island is Surat Thani's major tourism attraction. Located 258 nautical miles south of Bangkok, and some 84 kilometres east of the provincial capital, Ko Samui measures some 21 kilometres at its widest point, and 25 kilometres at its longest. A 51-kilometre ring and largely coastal road encircles the island, which has numerous lovely beaches and bays, and is almost literally an island of coconuts and forested hills.
Samui's best beach line the northern and eastern coasts, the most popular being Chaweng and Lamai, where generally attractive accommodation can be found. Besides beaches, other island attractions include the Hin Lat and Na Muang waterfalls; the phallic rock formations at the southern end of Lamai Bay; a massive seated Buddha image on Fan isle in Plai Laem Bay; and Na Thon, the island's major seafront settlement where shops, restaurants and tour agencies are concentrated.

Ang Thong Marine National Park
This comprises some 40 islands about two hours by boat northwest of Ko Samui. The park covers 250 square kilometres, of which approximately one fifth is land mass. The most attractive islands include Ko Wua Ta Lap (Sleeping Cow island), Ko Mae Ko, Ko Prayat, Ko Sam Sao, Ko Nai Put and Ko Wua Te. Most islands comprise limestone masses reaching heights of up to 400 metres, and fringed by beaches and rain forest.
An emerald saltwater lake known as Tha-le Nai (Inland Sea) on Ko Mae Ko is the park's major scenic attractin, and entails a mildly strenuous climb. The resultant views are well worth the effort. Another popular venue is Ko Sam Sao where an extensive span of coral reef and a huge rock arch offer scenic fascination.
A one-day tour package to Mu Ko Ang Thong is organised by travel agents on Ko Samui. The park office is on Ko Wua Ta Lap where bungalow-style accomodation is available. Visitors wishing to stay overnight should make advance booking and specify whether meal services are required, either through the Ang Thong Marine National Park office, 145/1 Talatlang Road, Surat Thani, Tel: (077) 286-025, or the National Parks Division in Bangkok, Tel: 561-2918-21.

Ko Pha-ngan
This increasingly popular 191-square-kilometre island is 60 minutes north of Ko Samui. Attractions include a hilltop temple, Wat Khao Tham, ideal for meditation, the Than Sadet Waterfall some 30 kilometres from the district office, the Laem Hat Rin Beach, some 12 kilometres from the district office, and the Phaeng National Park, some 4 kilometres from the district office.

Ko Tae Nai
This small island can be reached within 5 minutes from Ko Phangan. High jungle-covered hills, a long stretch of golden sandy beach and thriving coral reefs are some of its major attractions. Accommodation in the form of bungalows is available.

Ko Tao
This is a small island to the north of Ko Phangan, which can be reached either from Surat Thani or Chumphon. There are several beautiful beaches and coral reefs around the island. Simple bungalows are available. Like Ko Tarutao, Ko Tao was once a place where political prisoners were detained. Nearby Ko Nang Yuan is a coral island with a high viewpoint and long white sandy beaches.


Rambutan Fair (10-16 August)
The fair celebrates the delicious fruit, first planted in Surat Thani during 1926. Highlights include floats adorned with rambutans and other fruits, exhibitions of local products and ornamental plants, and demonstrations by specially trained monkeys who harvest coconuts.

Chak Phra Festival (mid-October)
Surat Thani celebrates the official end of the annual 3-month Buddhist Rains Retreat (Ok Phansa) with the Chak Phra Festival (literally 'the procession of hauling the Buddha image'). The tradition stems from the belief that the Buddha ascended to Heaven during Phansa to preach to his mother. The festival marks the Buddha's return to Earth, and is an occasion for religious merit-making and general celebrations. Local people organise dazzling land and waterborne processions of revered Buddha images (to symbolise the Buddha's return to Earth) and boat races on the Tapi River where long boats, manned by up to 50 oarsmen, are ebulliently raced. Religious devotion, spectacle and merriment combine to make Surat Thani's Chak Phra Festival a memorable annual event.


By Bus
Airconditioned and non-airconditioned buses leave Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal everyday for the approximately 10-hour trip to Surat Thani. For further details, please call 434-5557-8 (non-airconditioned bus) or 435-1199-200 (airconditioned bus).
Songserm Travel Center sells joint ticket for connecting route: Bangkok-Chumphon-Ko Tao-Ko Phangan-Ko Samui-Surat Thani. Call 629-0781-2 for more information.

By Rail
Several trains leave Bangkok's Hualamphong Railway Station daily for Surat Thani. The trip takes approximately 13 hours. Call 223-7010, 223-7020 for further details.

By Air
Thai Airways operates daily flights between Bangkok and Surat Thani. Flying time is 70 minutes. Call 1566 or 280-0060 for further details. Bangkok Airways operates daily flight between Bangkok-Ko Samui, and Phuket-Ko Samui. Call 229-3456 (Bangkok) or (077) 422-512-8, 422-234 (Ko Samui) for more information.

By Car
Surat Thani can be most conveniently reached by car from Bangkok by taking Highway 4 (Buddha Monthon Road) to Nakhon Pathom, and thence to Chumphon via Phetchaburi, Hua Hin and Chumphon, and thence onto Highway 401.


Schedules and fares mentioned are subject to change without notice. Please contact boat companies or TAT office in Surat Thani for current information.

Songserm Travel Center & Ferry Line Public Co. Ltd. organises bus/boat services to Ko Samui/ Ko Phangan/ Ko Tao

Reservation: Bangkok Head Office Tel: 984-5600-49, Khao San Road Tel: 281-1463-5
Surat Thani Tel: (077) 285-124-6
Ko Samui Tel: (077) 421-316-9
Ko Phangan Office Tel: (007) 377-046,377-096

Songserm's express boat

Route: Surat Thani - Ko Samui - Ko Phangan - Ko Tao
Departure: 8 a.m. everyday from Surat Thani
Fares: Surat Thani-Ko Samui 150 baht
Ko Samui-Ko Phangan 95 baht
Ko Phangan-Ko Tao 250 baht

Songserm's ferry

Route: Khanom-Ko Samui
(Khanom is 1.20 hour drive from Surat Thani and can be reached by Songserm's bus from Surat Thani town/ railway station.)
Departure: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. everyday
Fare: 45 baht
Route: Khanom-Phangan (via Ko Samui)
Departure: 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. everyday
Fare: 125 baht

Samui Ferry also organises boat services to Ko Samui

Reservation: Surat Thani (Don Sak) Office Tel: (077) 371-151, 371-026
Ko Samui Office Tel: (077) 423-026
Route: Don Sak - Ko Samui
(Don Sak is 40 kms. from Surat Thani and can be reached by bus from Surat Thani town/railway station.)
Departure: 8 times daily from 8.00 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Duration: 1.30 hours
Fare: 45 baht (ferry)
150 baht (bus & ferry)

Night Boats

Route: Surat Thani - Ko Samui
Departure: 11 p.m. everyday
Fare: 100 baht
Route: Surat Thani - Ko Phangan
Departure: 11 p.m. everyday
Fare: 150 baht
Route: Surat Thani - Ko Tao
Departure: 11 p.m. everyday
Duration: 6 hours
Fare: 300 baht
Route: Chumphon - Ko Tao
Departure: Midnight
Duration: 6 hours
Fare: 200 baht

Chumphon - Ko Tao Speed Boat

Departure: 7.30 a.m. everyday
Duration: 2 hours
Fare: 450 baht
Reservation: Songserm Travel Center
Tel: (077) 503-735, 503-764
Tha Yang Pier Tel: (077) 521-224 or 553-052-4