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Buddha, Wat Pho, Bangkok
Bamboo Island, Just off Koh Phi Phi
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- the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, The Floating
Markets, Jim Thompson's House, Pat Pong
over the River Kwai - possible day trip from Bangkok
Samed - Island near to Bangkok
Golden Triangle (north) - Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pae. Good trekking
to see traditional opium smoking hill tribes (inc. Long Necks)
- Popular tourist destination for package holidays but very easy to
escape the crowds on the west side. Good jumping off point for Koh
Phi Phi and north to James Bond Island.
Phi Phi - (2 hour boat trip from either Phuket or Krabi). Phi
Phi Leh (smallest of the two islands) was the setting for the
film The Beach. Phi Phi Don is the main island with
plenty of accommodation and great snorkeling (esp.
Bamboo & Mosquito Islands).
- Most travellers take the short longtail boat trip out of Krabi
Town to Rai Leh beach. Rock Climbing Mecca
with incredible scenery and chilled atmosphere.
Samui - Popular tourist destination but again possible to escape
the crowds. Most use the island as a stop on their way to Koh Phangan.
Phangan - Smaller, quieter and less developed but home to the
infamous travellers 'Full Moon Party'.
Tau - Next island north and even more remote and is the home of
is usually most traveller's first taste of Thailand. The others travel
overland up from Malaysia - generally straight to the Islands in the
Bangkok it is very easy to take either the train or overnight coaches
up to the Golden Triangle.
backpackers stop at the beach resorts south of Bangkok such of Hua
Hin, instead heading straight to the islands. Travelling overland
by train or coach is cheapest but internal flights are not too expensive
Main populated areas: Chiang Mai (north), Hat Yai (south)
not required for UK Tourists
for stays of up to 30 days.
Month visa required for longer stays or it is possible to leave and
re-enter the country to renew the tourist visa.
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