10 tourism destinations of Thailand for posting on the tourism website of TAT 5

by Duangkamol Buranasomphop

Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park
                Covering the areas of Tambon Nong Thale, Tambon Sai Thai, Tambon Ao Nang and Tambon Pak Nam, Amphoe Mueang, Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park has an area of 242,437 rai in which 200,849 rai is water. There are 3 distinctive kinds of forest here. Firstly, moist evergreen forests are found on the high steep mountains of Khao Hang Nak and Khao Ao Nang. Secondly, mangrove forests are found in Khlong Hang, which is within the area of the National Park’s headquarters, as well as, around Khlong Yan Saba and Susan Hoi or the 40-million-year fossil shell beach (situated to the northeast). Thirdly, peat swamp forests comprise an outstanding plant society of pure Samet or cajuput forest. Numerous species of fauna include frigatebird, brahminy kite, white-bellied sea-eagle, edible-nest swiftlet, common wild pig, monkey, and langur.  The National Park provides accommodation of 8 houses at the rate of Baht 800 – 4,000. The best time to visit is between November – April. Major attractions include:
Thale Waek or Separated Sea
 During the lowest tide of the day, the sea is gradually separated by the white sand and limestone beach that will appear to amazingly connect two islands. The best time to visit is 5 days before and after the full moon from December to the beginning of May.         

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Mu Ko Phi Phi
Located 42 kilometres from the provincial town of Krabi, Mu Ko Phi Phi, an archipelago, was formerly called Pulao Piah Pi, wherein Pulao is the Malay word for island and Piah Pi refers to the cassia and mangrove wood found there. The name previously sounded something like Pi Pi and later the p was pronounced with a stronger aspiration and the name became Phi Phi as we know today.  Exceptionally clear waters teem with a rich variety of underwater anemones, coral reefs, and colourful marine life, Phi Phi Islands is a popular destination for snorkelling. Mu Ko Phi Phi, an archipelago of six islands located at an equal distance from Krabi and Pkuket, consists of Ko Phi Phi Le, Ko Phi Phi Don, Ko Yung, Ko Mai Phai, Ko Bida Nok, and Ko Bida Nai. These islands are renowned for their marvellous beaches and crystalline water.
Interesting Attractions of Mu Ko Phi Phi:
Ko Phi Phi Don
Ko Phi Phi Don covers an area of 28 square kilometres. Outstanding attractions are the twin bays with curving white sandy beaches of Ao Ton Sai and Ao Lo Da Lam. Ko Phi Phi Pier, accommodation, and restaurants are situated at Ao Ton Sai. Visitors can walk from this bay uphill to the scenic spot where the visibility of the twin bays is generally excellent. Beside Ao Ton Sai, there are also other attractive beaches and bays around the island.  A number of accommodation is available at Hat Laem Hin, Hat Yao, and Ao Lo Bakao. At the northern end of the island is Laem Tong, renowned for its underwater natural beauty with lodging available. A huddle of fisherman’s huts (15 – 20 families) is located here. Most of them have previously migrated from Ko Li Pe of Tarutao National Park, Satun province.
Ko Phi Phi Le
Covering an area of only 6.6 square kilometres, this islet is surrounded by limestone mountains and sheer cliffs plunging hundreds of metres to the sea. The sea is 20 metres deep and the deepest point in the south of the island is around 34 metres. Ko Phi Phi Le offers superb scenic bays such as Ao Pi Le, Ao Maya, and Ao Lo Sa Ma. In the northeast of the island is a large cave called Tham Viking. The cave was renamed Tham Phaya Nak or Naga Serpent Cave by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej because of a stone resembling the mythical creature, which His Majesty saw when he paid a visit here in 1972.             

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