thais and foreigners flock to the gulf’s resorts to relax on the many superb beaches and eat delicious seafood. Bangkok weekenders have long favored Cha-am and hua hin, while Pattaya draws lovers of sports and hectic nightlife. the towns of Chaiya and Phetchaburi contain architectural and artistic treasures and have the lively ethnic and cultural mix typical of the Western Seaboard and farther south. inland, breathtaking flora and fauna abound in beautiful, crowd-free national parks. thailand’s once-idyllic islands have been experiencing a huge surge in popularity. Ko Samui has suffered badly from uncontrolled development and mass tourism, and Ko Samet and Ko Chang have also witnessed dramatic changes.