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Thailand Tourist Guide

Thailand

The coastal regions of Thailand are some of the world's most beautiful cruising grounds, with thousands of islands, bays and lagoons, fabulous coral and white sandy beaches. The numerous islands around Surat Thani Province, on Thailand's coast, make it a perfect cruising hideaway. Phang Nga Bay offers stunning limestone islands with many little anchorages, completely sheltered in all seasons. Combining memorable historical attractions with the serenity of the Thailand countryside, a cruise on the River Kwai offers the chance to explore the charms of one of Asia's favourite destinations. Visit Buddhist temples, Khmer ruins, the infamous and poignant Bridge over the River Kwai and enjoy activities like elephant riding and river rafting.

There is so much to offer on a cruising holiday to Thailand and wherever you choose to visit the experience will be unforgettable. Whale and porpoise sightings are commonplace and the fishing is excellent. You may even see swimming elephants! The ideal destination for many is Ko Samui, Thailand's third largest island, and its neighbor Ko Pha-ngan. North of Ko Pha-ngan is Ko Tao, renowned for its excellent coral reefs. To top it all is the dazzling 150-square-miles Ang Thong Marine National Park, where a stunning archipelago has charming palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear water and colorful coral reefs.

The Kingdom of Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, making it a natural gateway to Indochina and Burma/Myanmar. Its shape and geography divide into four natural regions: the mountains and forests of the North; the vast rice fields of the Central Plains; the semi-arid farm lands of the Northeast plateau; and the tropical islands and long coastline of the South peninsula.

To the north of Thailand lie Burma/Myanmar and the Mergui Archipelago, island after beautiful island, completely untouched, where the only other people you are likely to meet are fisherman or sea gypsies. The Andaman Islands, known as the "emerald islands", are two days' sailing from Phuket and are a must for the more adventurous. Steeped in colonial history these islands still have tribes in remote parts where life has changed little from the Stone Age.

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