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.
ATTRACTIONS IN THE CITY AND ITS OUTSKIRTS
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.
BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI
JEATH WAR MUSEUM
CHONG KAI WAR CEMETERY
PHRA SRI NAKARIN PARK
SUA AND WAT THAM KHAO NOI
ATTRACTIONS IN AMPHOE SAI YOK
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.
MUANG SING HISTORICAL PARK
CAVE AND DAOWADUNG CAVE
ATTRACTIONS IN AMPHOE THONG PHA PHUM
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.
CHONG THONG WATERFALL
NANG KHRUAN WATERFALL
ATTRACTIONS IN AMPHOE SANGKHLA BURI
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.
ATTRACTIONS IN AMPHOE SI SAWAT
RATTANAKOSIN NATIONAL PARK-THAN LOT CAVE
ONGKHOT ROYAL PROJECT
KWAI BRIDGE WEEK
PARKS AND TREKKING TRAILS
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.
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
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.
ATTRACTIONS IN PATTAYA
The Ko Lan Group of Islands is comprised of Ko Lan, Ko Khrok, and Ko Sak.
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.
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
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.
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.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND PATTAYA
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
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.
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.
AMPHOE MUANG CHON BURI
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.
AMPHOE PHANAT NIKHOM
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)
AMPHOE SI RACHA
Ko Loi Si Racha is on Thesaban Road, north of Si Racha Market. Ko Loi is a tiny island close to Si Racha Beach, linked to the land by a bridge. On the island is a public park and a Sea Turtle Garden, on lush grounds covering an area of around 1 acre. On the southern side is a small hill with a temple on it. The island is a superb place for relaxation where one can enjoy the natural atmosphere and breathe the fresh sea air while appreciating the scenic view. There is also a pier from which one can board a boat to Ko Sichang as well.
Khao Khieo Open Zoo is located at Tambon Bang Phra. The zoo can be reached by either one of two ways: first from Sukhumvit, one can follow the Bang Phra Reservoir route passing the Bang Phra 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 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.
HOW TO GET THERE
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.
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.
AMPHOE PRAN BURI AND AMPHOE KUI BURI
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.
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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.
AMPHOE THAP SAKAE
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.
AMPHOE BANG SAPHAN
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.
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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.
AMPHOE HUA HIN
AMPHOE MUANG PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN
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.
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'
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
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:
WATERFALL FOREST PARK & KHAO PHRA THAEO WILDLIFE PARK
Bay, Surin Beach, Sing Cape & Kamala Beach
& Kata Beaches
HOW TO GET THERE
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.
EXCURSION & TOURS
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:
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.
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 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:
MUANG SURAT THANI DISTRICT
Phet Nature & Wildlife Centre
DON SAK DISTRICT
Borom That Chaiya
TA KHUN DISTRICT
or Chieo Lan Dam
KO SAMUI & ENVIRONS
Thong Marine National Park
Fair (10-16 August)
Phra Festival (mid-October)
HOW TO GET TO SURAT THANI
BOAT SERVICES TO KO SAMUI, KO PHANGAN AND KO TAO
Schedules and fares mentioned are subject to change without notice. Please contact boat companies or TAT office in Surat Thani for current information.
Travel Center & Ferry Line Public Co. Ltd. organises bus/boat
services to Ko Samui/ Ko Phangan/ Ko Tao
Songserm's express boat
Samui Ferry also organises boat services to Ko Samui
Chumphon - Ko Tao Speed Boat