Featuring such popular tourist spots as Krabi, Phuket and Koh Samui, Southern Thailand has gained its rightful reputation as one of the top destination for a tropical holiday. And it is quite easy to see why, as the area boasts a great number of fantastic beaches, coral reefs with abundant diving and snorkeling possibilities, coastal areas with quaint fishing villages, jungle-covered hills, and mysterious rock formations, not to mention numerous national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The cultural theme is well represented with historical Buddhist temples.
The island of Phuket is undoubtedly the most popular destination in Southern Thailand. It is a true paradise for anyone who loves a beach holiday, as it boasts a great number of world-famous beaches and islands, such as Kata, Bang Tao and Surin Beaches, Phang Nga Bay and Phi Phi and Similan Islands. No other destination in the world can rival the selection of beaches in Phuket.
What to visit?
But there is far more to Phuket than just the beautiful beaches and exotic sunsets. Tourists have a choice of many exciting activities that can be enjoyed here as well. For example, Phuket Fantasea Show features a peculiar combination of trapeze performers, pyrotechnics, and even elephants, Simon Cabaret is famous for its largest number of performers in the area, the Old Town offers the unique feel of the of the Sino-Portuguese heritage and the electrifying nightlife of Patong will keep you up until the wee hours in the morning. Or, you can escape it all and just enjoy the serenity of the ancient Buddhist temples and national parks with majestic forests and waterfalls.
If your interest lies primarily in exploring the Buddhist heritage, a great way to do it would be to go island hopping while exploring the temples and the ruins of the old shrines. Most of them can be accessed free of charge or for a very small fee.
If your heart longs for a beach adventure, the island of Koh Samui represents a perfect getaway. Even though the island has undergone some significant structural redevelopment in recent years, many spots still remain virtually untouched like they were many years ago. So if you long for some peaceful and quiet isolation, head for the remote spots like Bang Kao, Hua Thanon or Taling Ngam Island.
Al in all, southern Thailand offers so much for any kind of traveler by living up to its reputation of one of the top destinations in the world.