Tourism

10 tourism destinations of Thailand for posting on the tourism website of TAT 7

by Duangkamol Buranasomphop

Rayong
Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park
Located in Ban Phe, 20 kilometres from Rayong town, the park totals an area of 81,875 rai comprising land, sea and islands. Its major attractions include Mae Ramphueng Beach, Khao Laem Ya, and Samet Archipelago. The most famous island is Samet where many private-owned bungalows are available.  The park has three nature trails; namely, Ko Samet, Ko Kudi, and Khao Laem Ya. On each route, visitors can enjoy various flora such as Lime, Suregada multiflorum Baill, Syzygium graum, as well as, fauna like Masked Palm Civet, Javan Mongoose, Crab-eating Macaque, Variable Squirrel, Barn Swallow, and Collared Scops-Owl.  All these routes offer beautiful viewpoints.  Admission fees for adults and children are 400 and 200 Baht, respectively.
                The national park offers accommodation on Ko Samet.  Ao Luk Yon provides 1 house, maximum stay 6-9 people, at a rate of 3,300 baht/night.  Ao Phrao offers accommodation of 5 houses, maximum stay of 12 people each, at a rate of 3,600 baht/night.  Pitching a private tent requires paying a fee of 30 baht/person/night.

10 tourism destinations

Ko Samet
People believe that this is the miracle island in Thai classical literature by Sunthon Phu.  Ko Samet is quite a famous beach attraction of Rayong, for both Thai and foreign tourists.  The island is 6.5 kilometres offshore of Ban Phe, Mueang district. Forest remains blanketing up to 80% of the total area of 3,125 rai. Tourists should be careful of storms in the  monsoon season during May to September.
Attractions on Ko Samet and Nearby
Most beaches are on the eastern side of the island. The beaches hide in small bays and stretch some 200 metres. From the north, there are Hat Sai Kaeo, Hat Hin Khrong, Hat Khlong Phai, Ao Phutsa, Ao Thapthim, Ao Naun, Ao Cho, Ao Thian, Ao Wai, Ao Kio Na Yok and Ao Karang. The only beach on the western side is Ao Phrao. One of the famous beaches is Ao Wong Duean in the middle of the eastern side. This beach stretches in the shape of an almost complete circle. Both Ao Wong Duean and Hat Sai Kaeo have very fine white sand.
Ko Kruai, Ko Kham, and Ko Pla Tin
These islands are some 600 metres north of Ko Kudi. With coral reefs, tourists can enjoy fishing here. A rental boat service is available at the port in Ban Phe.
Ko Kudi or Ko Kut
The island is on the east of Ko Samet, six kilometres from the mainland. Ko Kudi totals an area of 63 rai. A nice beach and coral reefs make it a nice place for a hideaway. Nearby islands are Ko Thai Khangkhao and Ko Tham Ruesi.  This island surrounded by coral reefs is accessible by charter boat from Ban Phe.  The National park’s accommodation on the island offers 5 houses, maximum stay of 2 people each, at a rate of 1,500 baht/night. For more information, Tel. 08 6144 8987. 
Ko Thalu
Some 6 kilometres east of Ko Kudi, the island is another scuba diving site among coral reefs. The island totals an area of 69 rai, most remains lush forest. While high cliffs occupy the west, white sandy beaches occupy the east and south of the island. Ko Thalu is a habitat of seagulls, flying fox, and turtles.Tourists visiting Ko Kudi, Ko Kruai, Ko Kham, Ko PlaTin and Ko Thalu should rent a boat from Ban Phe or Ko Samet.

Duangkamol Buranasomphop

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