South Thailand

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Hin Ta and Hin Yai featuring general coastal views

Go scuba diving around the colorful reefs of marine parks, hop between islands and party all night at beach resorts.

South Thailand lies on a peninsula with some of the country’s most iconic resorts. The scenic shorelines of the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand flank this narrow strip of land known for its beaches and islands. Dance at full moon parties after a day of exploring the region’s nature parks and beaches.

Hop between islands along the Malay Peninsula. Explore Angthong National Park that stretches across 42 islands. Sail through this marine park and capture photos of the idyllic, mountainous islands that make up the archipelago.

Nearby is iconic Koh Samui island, known for its beaches, nightlife and rainforest. See the many temples here, such as Wat Khunaram, Wat Plai Laem and Wat Hin Lat, next to a scenic waterfall in the heart of a jungle. The most recognizable feature here is the Big Buddha Statue just off the northern shore on islet Koh Faan.

Relax on one of seemingly countless beaches decorating the peninsula’s eastern shores near Koh Samui and western shores near Phuket, Krabi and Phi Phi Island. White sands, clear waters and excellent diving make these popular spots. Visit during the dry seasons of December through April and July to August. Monsoons are common the rest of the year.

For cultural experiences, head to the southeastern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Browse the exhibits of the Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum, see the fascinating Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Due to the coastal location of this region, southern Thai food comprises mostly seafood, along with coconut-based curries and Malaysian influences.

Find this region south of the narrow Kra Isthmus strip of Thailand between Malaysia and southern Myanmar. Overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, this picturesque part of the world can be reached by boats from Malaysia and Indonesia. Fly to the airports of Phuket or Krabi and get around by bus or rental car.

Jungles, glorious beaches, islands and marine parks make up the special topography of South Thailand.

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Where to stay in South Thailand

Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort - SHA Plus
Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort - SHA Plus
4 out of 5
198 8-9 TAWEEWONG ROAD PATONG, Patong
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The price is AU$71 per night from 17 Dec. to 17 Dec.
Located in Patong, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Patong Beach and Bangla Road. Jungceylon Shopping Center and Patong ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (13 reviews)
"Stayed here for a week and the staff were very helpful. Great facilities in tip-top condition and they serve an amazing breakfast. The evening happy hour from 7-9 had a good selection of drinks & cocktails."

Reviewed on 14 Nov. 2021

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Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa - SHA Plus
Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
284 Prabaramee Road, Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
The price is AU$83 per night from 30 Nov. to 30 Nov.
Situated by the sea, this luxury resort is steps away from Kalim Beach and Patong Beach. Bangla Road and Jungceylon Shopping Center are also within 2 miles (3 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (992 reviews)
"Great sea view. Not pram or wheelchair friendly - lots of stairs"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2021

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Kalima Resort & Spa, Phuket - SHA Plus
Kalima Resort & Spa, Phuket - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
338/1 Prabaramee Rd., Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket
Situated by the ocean, this luxury resort is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Kalim Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Patong Beach and Kamala Beach. Bangla Road and Jungceylon ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (995 reviews)
"I would happily stay here again. They define what a 5 star hotel should be."

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2021

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Kalima Resort & Spa, Phuket - SHA Plus
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Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket - SHA Plus
Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
239-239/1 Moo 3, Tumbon Mai Khao, Mai Khao, Phuket
The price is AU$211 per night from 2 Dec. to 2 Dec.
Located in Mai Khao, this beachfront villa is connected to a shopping centre and within a 5-minute walk of Turtle Village and Mai Khao Beach. Sarasin Bridge ...
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"Beautiful place, restaurant is amazing. Staff very helpful and easy to contact. Only con is that the location is very far from anything else."

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Anantara Layan Phuket Resort - SHA Plus
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
168 Moo 6, Layan Beach Soi 4, Choeng Thale, Phuket
The price is AU$351 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
Located in Choeng Thale, this beachfront villa is next to a golf course, 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Laguna Phuket Golf Club, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Nai Yang Beach ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (372 reviews)
"Amazing environment, the property is beautiful and peaceful. Employees do more than their job: they anticipate our needs, they are so kind. In all property’s areas, we felt care. The only less positive point has been that we were woke up each morning with the unpleasant sound of gardeners tools motors, ..."

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2021

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Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas - SHA Plus
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas - SHA Plus
5 out of 5
888 Moo 3, Thalang, Mai Khao, Phuket
The price is AU$736 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Located in Mai Khao, this beachfront villa is in a national park and within a 5-minute walk of Turtle Village and Mai Khao Beach. Splash Jungle Water Park and ...
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"Staff were very helpful and friendly, the room was superb and very clean, the resort was excellent and just perfect for a break away from hustle"

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