Whether you’re a beach-goer, foodie or cultural enthusiast, the south of Thailand has plenty in store to delight you. So, if you don’t want to miss out, here are the top 5 places to set your sights on for your next getaway:
1). Koh Samui
No beach getaway in Thailand is complete without a trip to Koh Samui. The second-largest island in Thailand, it’s got the slice of paradise you’re looking for and a wide range of accommodation that’s hard to beat. Amazing cultural landmarks also dot the island, so you’ll have no problems finding things to do. While you’re there, have some scuba diving fun at nearby Koh Tao too, known as one of the best spots to dive in Thailand.
2). Surat Thani
Being the doorstep to Koh Samui and other islands in the Gulf of Thailand, it’s no surprise that Surat Thani city is often overlooked. But it’s actually home to some amazing gems you don’t want to miss out on. Its top two nature attractions – Ang Thong Marine National Park and Khao Sok National Park – are full of wonders to explore. For cultural enthusiasts, don’t miss Wat Suan Mokkh and Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine.
Another popular beach destination is undoubtedly Phuket. Though it has grown more touristy over the years, you can still find plenty of beautiful beaches and lots of fun local things to do. Besides the seafood, the mouth-watering local Phuket food (a mix of Thai and Chinese food) needs to be high on your list. If you want to escape the crowds, this day trip to nearby Koh Yao Noi might just be what you’re looking for.
4). Hat Yai
You’ll fall for the charms of Hat Yai before you know it. Located in Songkhla province neighboring Malaysia, Hat Yai is a paradise for Malay and Chinese food, and of course with some seriously hot Thai food to spice it up too. What’s more, complete with waterfalls, a cable car ride through the hills, and street art, the photo ops are endless and the fun everywhere!
Another hot spot to island-hop to your wanderlust’s content is Krabi. Spectacular limestone cliffs and dense mangrove forests are just some of the gorgeous treats for your eyes. The top islands not to miss include Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and Koh Lipe. Meanwhile, Krabi’s best-kept secret is definitely Railay Beach, where you can hike to a beautiful emerald pool to soak in the peace and quiet.
6). Similan Islands and Surin Islands
Here’s another reason to visit Thailand right around now! The Similan Islands and Surin Islands are back open to welcome travelers. Both located off the coast of Phang Nga Province, the two stunning groups of islands are protected national parks, famed for having some of the best diving spots. For the Similan Islands, Similan Islands National Park is opened from 16 October to 15 May. The Mu Ko Surin National Park for the Surin Islands is opened from 15 October to 15 May. Pick one, or go to both? Paradise is calling!