source Reference : phuketgazette
source Reference : phuketgazette
1. Phuket: Pearl of the Andaman
Thailand's most popular beach destination. The island includes several nice beaches and access to small nearby islands. Patong Beach is the most popular beach on the island. Kata Noi and Kata Yai sit next to each other near the town of Karon on Phuket. There are a number of other beaches. The island also has golf courses and a great nightlife.
2. The Phi Phi Islands
In Krabi Province, south of Phuket and west of the town of Krabi in the Andaman Sea, the two main islands of this cluster are beautiful examples of tropical paradises. Leonardo DiCaprio's movie "The Beach" was filmed here. The islands have been restored since the 2004 tsunami all but destroyed them. There are some excellent beaches, great snorkeling, a pretty good nightlife, and 1500 hotels rooms.
3. Rai Le Beach
Located in Krabi Province, this beach is divided in to East Rai Le and West Rai Le beaches. East Rai Le includes an area of mangroves and mud flats. West Rai Le is the more popular tourist destination. It is a marvelous sandy beach and includes some areas where rock wall climbing is popular. (A note on spelling: I've seen this romanized a vatiety of ways - Railay Beach, Railey Beach, Riley Beach; it's all the same beach...)
4. Koh Samui
Thailand's third largest island and is among the country's most popular destinations. About half a million visitors each year come to Koh Samui. And with good reason: the long, white sand beaches and vibrant nightlife make it worth the trip.
5. Koh Lanta
Off the coast of Krabi, this is one of Thailand's least developed beach destination. There are almost two dozen pristine beaches. Basic accommodation of the island is cheap and easily available. You can find jet skis or go parasailing if you want. But peace and quiet are among the main attractions to this beach destination.
6. Hua Hin
Hua Hin was the first of Thailand's beach resort towns. In the 1920's King Rama VI brought the royal family here to escape the heat of Bangkok. When compared to the country's other resort destination, Hua Hin is described as "unspectacular and undistinguished" by one travel guide. But that could be another way of saying "family-friendly" or "relaxing." The beach is not an excuse for other attractions; Hua Hin's three miles of sea front is the attraction.
( King Rama VI liked the place so much that he built a summer palace called Phra Ratchaiwet Marukhathayawan, which is now a tourist spot.)
7. Koh Pha Ngan (Phangan)
Some excellent beaches exist on this island, but the main attraction to Koh Phangan is the monthly Full Moon Party that draws between seven thousand and ten thousand participants each month. The parties run dusk-to-dawn and including music and dancing, jugglers and fire-eaters, alcohol and (of course) swimming. The parties have been taking place every full moon now for about 10 years.
8. Koh Samet
In Rayong Province takes. It about two and a half hours to get to Koh Samet by bus from Bangkok. Then you have a ferry ride that lasts another 30 to 45 minutes. The trip is worth it. The tiny island some four miles off the coast is relatively untouched by development and is home to some of the most beautiful fine white sand beaches in all of Asia.
A nice beach, but the attraction really is that Pattaya has some of the best (meaning rauchiest) nightlife in Thailand. Walking Street is filled with go-go bars and clubs.
10. Koh Si Chang
Fairly close to Bangkok, the island has some pretty beaches. There is also an old summer palace that King Chulalongkorn used to take the family to, but if has been abandoned since 1893.
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One is completely free of human inhabitants (Phi Phi Lei), and the other is without roads (Phi Phi Don). There’s no schedule, no hustle-and-bustle, no reason to be in a hurry.
Accommodation Guide :
If you wish to stay in Phi Phi to take full advantage of what the islands have to offer, this is possible in one of the many hotels and resorts on the largest island of Phi Phi Don. Bungalows are the accommodation of choice on Phi Phi; in fact, there aren’t many other options. The place is very kind to budget-minded backpackers – rooms at the one-star (or less) end of the rating scale far outnumber upmarket resorts – but there are a few havens of luxury for those who wish to experience paradise in style.
Travelling to Phi Phi is easy. Ferry services make return trips twice daily departing from Phuket and Krabi, with prices for one-way trips starting at 250 baht. A regular ferry service from Koh Lanta direct to Phi Phi also operates in the high season. Tickets can be booked at any travel agency or at the piers.
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Phuket Surfing Contest 2007
on 31 August - 2 September 2007
Karon Municipality , TAT Phuket , Sport Ministry Phuket ,Kata-Karon Hotel's Business Association , KATA-KARON SURFING CLUB
Objectives of the Contest
- publicities on tourism for Kata-Karon Beaches and in Phuket Province, introduction to surfers specially during the months of August and September which is the end of current season and the beginning of the new tourist season.
- to promote and support tourists who love the challenge of board surfing
- to promote and support youth and general public to have interest in sports and physical exercises under the Government’s policy with the stress of keeping youth away from drugs
- to support water sports that are not destructive to the environment
- to allow surfers to modify use of surf board in rescue of tourists at sea
This year the organisers expect at least 120 competitors, most of them visitors who head for Phuket in the low tourist season just to surf. Last year, in addition to local surfers, the competition attracted about 80 participants from the UK, the USA, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and elsewhere.
Classes and PrizesThere are five classes as follows (with prizes in brackets):
• Long board open (8,000, 6,000, 4,000 and 2,000 baht);
• Short board open (8,000, 6,000, 4,000 and 2,000 baht);
• Grommet (4,000, 3,000, 2,000 and 1,000 baht);
• Girls (4,000, 3,000, 2,000 and 1,000 baht);
• Body board (4,000, 3,000, 2,000 and 1,000 baht).
• In addition, the top five competitors in each class will receive trophies.
Date, time & venue for enrolment : Friday 31st August 2007 from 09:00 hours onward at Kata Beach
Date, time & venue for Contest : from 31st August to 2nd September 2007, 08:00-16:00 hours at Kata Beach (contest for individual categories)
1. At least 120 contestants from over 10 countries to participate, most of which will be tourists who visit with the purpose of surfing in particular such as tourists from Japan, England, United States, France, South Africa, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
2. Tourists becoming interested in physical exercise, especially in board surfing
3. Surfers may be able to provide assistance to tourists upon mishap at sea
source Reference : phuketsurfingcontest
How to get here?
There are 4 places from where you can take a ferry so you need to get to one of these:
- Pak Barra: This is by far the most popular spot to take a ferry. In high season there are about 5 ferries a day to Koh Lipe, the last one usually leaving around 13.00h. All ferries from Pak Barra stop at Koh Tarutao.
- Satun: There is one daily ferry to Koh Lipe. In Satun you can also take a ferry to Langkawi.
- Langkawi (Malaysia): 2 ferries a day leave Telaga Harbor on Langkawi for a 1 hour trip to Koh Lipe.
- Koh Lanta: A speedboat runs every other day between Koh Lanta and Koh Lipe, stopping also at Koh Ngai, Koh Muk and Koh Bulon.
There is no pier on Koh Lipe
The ferry you arrive with will moore at one of the buoys spread around the island. Where exactly depends on the company, type of boat, tides and weather conditions.
source Reference : SongkhlaTourism.org & Koh Lipe Thailand
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source Reference : andamantimes.com
Surfing is becoming a popular sort among tourists and locals in Phuket, doubling as a great business opportunity during the Green Season.
Although it may be the low, Monsoon or Green season, the atmosphere on Kata Beach in Phuket seems otherwise as many European and Middle Eastern tourist are still seen in abundance, swimming, sun bathing and surfing.
Locals and tourists enjoy surfing the waves on Kata and other beaches that have waves only the Monsoon season can provide, since the high season seas are flat. Surfing is therefore a popular pastime from May to October and is becoming an activity that is gaining popularity with riders, as more surf rental stalls are seen along the beaches, according to Andaman News.
Although an owner of one surf board rental stall in Kata says that this year the waves and winds in the sea have reduced a bit and so less tourists are renting out boards when compared to last year, with around 50-60 people renting a day, this is still a fairly high number, and enough to generate income for locals during the Monsoon Season.
Despite seeing the waves at Kata Beach as much smaller and less powerful than beaches down under, a New Zealand tourist said he still enjoy the surfing here as it’s still a good combination of sun and waves.
Surfing’s growing popularity in Phuket can be witnessed just by taking a look at the surfing competitions being organized with the main annual one coming up on the 31st of August till the 2nd of September.
One of the main organizers of the Surf Competition in Kata Beach khunWallop Nadon is busy preparing for the event with surfers from around the globe participating in the event, not to mention local surfers including Phuketsurf.com shop co-owner Noppasit ‘Kho’ Bunchuai. The competition will include different divisions from long to short boards, grommet and body boards and a beginners division with surfer girls and Phuketsurf.com shop co-owners Kulab Boonchareon (Ying) and Winna Nernnila (Joom) coming in 4th and 5th place respectively last year.
Surfing in Phuket really has its own community of like minded surfers having a place to meet and socialize and its popularity can only grow with a surf documentary movie made by Thai surfers having come out this year, being the first of its kind to feature surfing in Thailand.
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KohAdang :Mu Koh Tarutao National Park Ranger Unit is located in Koh Adang. Tourists can find accommodations shaded by pine trees and beaches suitable for swimming and camping. There are many restaurants, which serve food at reasonable prices. Opposite Koh Li Pe are long white sand beaches where you can bask under the midday sun. From the viewpoint, you can see Koh Li Pe surrounded by the deep blue sea.
Passengers are dropped off at Adang's Information Centre, and can find activity resources and accommodation information from rangers who speak varying levels of English. There's an information panel that describes some of the varied colourful coral around Koh Adang: Some look like Flower, Mountain, Deer or Cabbages. Snorkelers and divers with lesser imaginations still rave about the coral formations around Adang, which have been reasonably well protected. One traveller recently noticed a group of youngsters trampling coral as they learned to swim atop the reefs, though.
How to get here :
There are public boats departing daily from Pakbara to Tarutao and on to Li Pe (near Adang) during the touring season. The boat ride takes approximately four hours.
To contact the Mu Koh Tarutao Marine National Park call: 0-7472-9202-3
source Reference : Tarutao National Park
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Scruffy Dan and Breanne
Arrive at Phuket International Airport, meet with our representative and transfer by private limousine to the Amanpuri. Welcome drink. Dinner of fine Thai cuisine at the restaurant.
American breakfast on the terrace and rest of the morning free at your own leisure. Check out. Transfer to the airport by a private limousine.
Forty pavilions and 30 Thai villa homes are interspersed throughout the coconut grove. The resort’s pavilions are 115 square metres each, including the private outdoor terrace. Pavilion rates are determined according to view and location.
All pavilions feature an outdoor sala, a king-size bed, separate bath and shower, refrigerator with fully stocked minibar, electronic safe, stereo CD cassette system, IDD services and wireless broadband connections, also available in public areas of the resort, and air-conditioning. Pavilions 105 and 103 enjoy the best views of the Andaman Sea.source reference : Tourism Authority of Thailand
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will be on 25-26 August
* Longboard Division
* Bodyboard Division
This north end of Kamala's northernmost beach is a beach break with stable sandbanks, due to the reefs. Here, there are consistent waves of up to three metres and they build up the closer to shore you get.
Details: Variable winds with swell up to three metres. There is a point break for experienced surfers.
Entry Fee 300THB (party and t-shirt included)
Click here for online entry
Organizer: Kamala GO Surfing Club & Phuket Boardriders Club
Many of the resorts and guest houses around Hat Sai Kaeo (Diamond Beach) - the most developed beach on the northeast cape, are linked by a local path. Diamond Beach is also only a 10 minute walk from the ferry port at Na Dan. You can also hike the shoreline path between beaches. This tiny island (about 7 km long, and 5 km wide) lies about 6 km off Thailand's east coast in the province of Rayong. Ferries leave the small fishing village of Ban Phe (about 20 km east of Rayong town) to Koh Samet daily from 06.00 - 17.00 hrs. The trip takes about 30 to 45 minutes depending on which part of the island it goes to. It's possible to hire a local "long-tail" boat which makes the trip in about half the time. There is also a 20 baht entry fee to the National Park.
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