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We’ve always really liked this off the beaten track South Thai destination and always considered that both the town itself, and surrounding province of the same name, deserved far more visitors than the mere trickle it currently gets so it’s great to see Nakorn Si Thammarat may be about to get some recognition from no less an authority than UNESCO!…

Following on from Marc’s recent write up on the stunning Koh Kradan here’s a post on the equally beautiful, and even more pristine, neighbouring island of Koh Rok, Thailand. This stunning spot, off Southern Thailand’s Andaman Sea coast, is another superb option for our snorkelling and island boat tours featured on both the South Thai ‘Jungles and Islands‘ and ‘Reefs…

The wooden long-tail-boat was moving slowly through the shallow azure waters. Our captain was aiming for a large orange coloured buoy just ahead of us – all around us was reef. The day’s clear skies allowed for excellent visibility below and the reef was clearly visible from several metres above.  “Here can not cast anchor, marine park not allow it”,…

Here’s an updated list, including photos, of the Thai national parks and wildlife sanctuaries either featured in our All Points East tours or regularly included in our extensions or custom designed trips.  (Apologies to the NP in question if we’ve forgotten any!) North-East and Eastern Thailand: 1. Pha Taem National Park, Ubon Ratchathani.  The Emerald Triangle (Hiking, sightseeing, nature trail.)…

Hat Chao Mai National Park lies in Kantang and Sikao districts of Thailand’s Trang Province and consists of a stretch of coastline incorporating the spectacular beaches of Chang Lang, (Park HQ), Pak Meng, Hat Yao etc, an area of mangrove swamps at the mouth of the Kantang River and several offshore islands in the Andaman Sea such as Koh Libong,…

Photos this time come courtesy of Wipaporn from her ‘Reefs and Rainforests‘, south Thailand tour in May. The monsoon had come early this year but judging by these great pix they still had plenty of sunshine. The rainy season sadly puts a lot of people off visiting S. E. Asia but we’ve always tried to point out the advantages of…

One of Thailand’s most important, and scenic, waterbird sanctuaries, Thale Noi is located in South Thailand’s Phattalung Province. Thale Noi – meaning Small Sea in Thai comprises of the northern limits of the large Thale Sap, (Freshwater Sea) which stretches off to the south eventually connecting to the Gulf of Thailand at Songkhla Town. The southern reaches are, despite the…

Thought we’d post these underwater shots Wi took on a snorkelling trip to Koh Kradan recently. Her South Thailand, Reefs and Rainforests group is currently on Koh Libong with a return to Bangkok planned for this evening. The trip certainly lived up to its name with some good jungle hiking in Nakorn Sri Thammarat’s Khao Luang National park , a…

Who needs an SUV when you can pick-up both kids from school on a push bike!? This family were riding along the path of the Saen Saeb Canal which cuts through the centre of Bangkok. The canal has a very convenient public boat service which usefully avoids Bangkok’s traffic jams and Skytrain fares and runs from the Golden Mount and…

Unspoilt tropical paradises are great! ‘Aren’t unspoilt tropical islands fantastic!?’ Well is it true or, are they, like ‘cheesy peas’, better than they sound? Well, being really pedantic if it was really unspoilt you wouldn’t be there or it wouldn’t be unspoilt anymore. You’d throw your cigarette butts on the beach, piss on the plants, damage the coral with sun…