Coral Reefs

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Nov
2021

Western Seaboard

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The rolling landscape of the Western Seaboard extends some 370 miles (600 km) from Bangkok to Surat Thani. Its major attraction is the islands that make up the beautiful Ko Samui archipelago, such as Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Tao, and the Angthong National Marine Park. Yet visitors should not ignore the many charms of the mainland – lively towns, fine beaches, and national parks

Miles of remote sandy beaches dominate long stretches of the Western Seaboard, which unites the Buddhist heartland of the nation with the maritime, Muslim[1]influenced South. Temples reflecting pre-Thai influences, simple fishing villages, verdant fruit orchards, and sand[1]rimmed resorts characterize this region. The Tenasserim Mountains, rising to 4,350 ft (1,329 m), form a spine down the peninsula. They absorb much of the rain that falls during the southwest monsoon, keeping the coastal strip relatively dry. However, this coastal region is still a fertile growing area, famed for its pineapples, corn, sugar cane, “lady-finger” bananas, asparagus, and mangosteens. Beaches easily reached from the capital cater primarily to weekenders from Bangkok. Particularly popular are the casuarina-lined waterfronts of Cha-am and Hua Hin. The latter was Thailand’s first beach resort. The many golf courses within easy reach of these two tourist centers make this area arguably the country’s premier golf destination. Farther south, the stunning islands of the Ko Samui archipelago offer excellent diving and sunbathing, and a well[1]developed tourist infrastructure. Trekkers and bird-watchers will be drawn to Khao Sam Roi Yot and Kaeng Krachan national parks, where migratory birds rest and feed in the salt marshes from August to April. Among the most interesting of the towns along the Western Seaboard is Phetchaburi, with its crumbling architectural remnants of the Khmer, Mon, Ayutthaya, and Rattanakosin epochs. Farther to the south, Chaiya still contains archaeological remains that reveal its important role in the Srivijaya Empire

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