Southern Thailand

Southern Thailand includes many of Thailand‘s most famous resorts on both the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline, and the east-facing Gulf of Thailand coast south of Chumphon.

WARNING: Because of politically-motivated violent incidents and violent crime taking place on nearly a daily basis, the Thai Government has warned tourists not to travel to Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla, or Yala provinces, including the city of Hat Yai.
Government travel advisories

(Information last updated Nov 2017)

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Regions of Southern Thailand

  Central Gulf Coast
The beaches of Ko Samui, the full moon parties at Ko Pha Ngan, diving at Ko Tao, the natural splendor of the Ang Thong Marine Park and the Khao Sok National Park.
  Northern Andaman Coast
Khao Lak, Similan Islands, Surin Islands and the beautiful limestone rock formations of the Ao Phang Nga National Park.
  Phuket
The original Thai paradise island, now very developed but still with a lot of beautiful beaches.
  Krabi Province
White sandy beaches, crystal clear water, fascinating coral reefs, caves and waterfalls, as well as numerous islands.
  Southern Andaman Coast
Some truly picture-postcard tropical islands in the Ko Tarutao archipelago, as well as the Trang islands.
  Southern Gulf Coast
Beautiful beaches and nature, popular among Malaysian travellers. Due to separatist struggles, the three deep southern provinces might be better avoided.

  • 10.49388888888999.181 Chumphon — gateway to Southern Thailand with four daily ferries to Ko Tao
  • 7.0166666666667100.466666666671 Hat Yai — largest city of Southern Thailand
  • 8.059166666666798.9188888888891 Krabi Town — base for plenty of beaches and islands
  • 8.433333333333399.9666666666671 Nakhon Si Thammarat — provincial capital historically known as Ligor
  • 7.9033409898.307380681 Patong — one of Asia’s great party cities on the island of Phuket
  • 7.888055555555698.39751 Phuket Town — administrative centre of the popular beach island
  • 9.961944444444498.6388888888891 Ranong — border town with Kawthoung in Myanmar, often used for visa runs
  • 7.2061111111111100.596666666671 Songkhla — beach resort popular among Malaysian and Singaporean travellers
  • 9.139722222222299.3305555555561 Surat Thani — main city of the Srivijaya Empire, gateway to the Samui archipelago

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