The Phi Phi Islands are a picturesque archipelago located a day sail east of Phuket. Probably best known as the location for the movie The Beach, the six Phi Phi Islands has the same cliffs, caves, forests, mountains and an abundance of marine life that made this a place that people would want to spend months of their lives. The twin islands of Koh Lanta which located about 45 nautical miles from Phuket are 14 nm from north to south forming a protected bay on the east side during the SW monsoon and provide acceptable over night anchorage on the west side during NE monsoon.
The Phang Nga Bay offers many hidden gems to be discovered on a sailing vacation in southern Thailand. Only a few miles away from the major attractions of the region, you can enjoy total seclusion in the magical world of Phang Nga Bay. Fresh seafood can be obtained from passing by local fishermen. Going south on the eastern side of Phang Nga Bay, the water becomes beautifully clear and Koh Pak Bia comes in sight.
The Mo Koh Angthong National Marine Park belongs to Koh Samui, in the Province Suratthani. The National Marine Park was designated the 21th national park of Thailand on November 12, 1980, and covers an area of 102 square kilometer. About 84 square kilometer of the area is marine. The Angthong National Marine Park consists of 42 islands, most of them, high steep limestone mountains. Because of it’s natural beauty, the park has become a popular destination amongst tourists.
Chumphon Town and Province is a rather quiet, low-key tourist destination. Chumphon lays roughly halfway between Bangkok and the border with Malaysia. For many Tourists, it is little more than a point of passage to the famous Gulf of Thailand islands, Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Chumphon boasts beautiful beaches, excellent scuba diving, and exceptional natural amenities. You will find several national parks nearby where jungle treks or motorcycle tours to waterfalls and caves can easily be arranged.
Koh Samui is the largest of three islands off the east coast of Thailand. Koh Samui is Thailand’s 3rd largest island, with an area of 228.7 km. The most popular and commercialized beaches of Koh Samui are Chaweng Beach and Lamai, in the east and in the south of the island. The northern beaches and their adjacent villages Mae Nam, Bop Phut, Bang Ruk or “Big Buddha” and Choeng Mon are more peaceful choices for your stay. The west-coast beaches of Samui are still comparatively quiet.
Koh Phangan is a natural paradise island in the southern Gulf of Thailand, Koh Phangan serves as the getaway retreat, where one may go relaxing on quiet deserted beaches, snorkeling and learning to dive at the distinctive island of Koh Maa in the north west of the island. Koh Phangan offers many yoga centers, diving schools, kite surfing and now also sailing in the Gulf of Thailand. Excursions are offered to the nearby Angthong Marine Park, to Koh Samui, to Koh Tao and to Koh Nang Yuan.
Koh Tao, located about 70km of the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand is an island of only about 21 km². As of 2006 it’s official population number in 1382. Ban Mae Haad, the main town of Koh Tao, is located on the west-coast of the island. The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving. The pristine coral reefs of Koh Tao bring divers to the island for more than 25 years now, and they have made the island famous for scuba diving and diving courses.