Peace and Quiet in South Thailand

April 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Culture, Exotic South East, Feature Highlights, Nature

The south of Thailand is home to hundreds of miles of shoreline, some of the most pristine in the world. Many say that many of the most popular Thai locations, such as Phuket – Thailand’s largest island – are just overrun and no longer have their original appeal and charm. But still, that hasn’t stopped the masses of tourists from descending on these beach-side towns year upon year.

Interest in the region skyrocketed after the area was featured in Hollywood films. First was Ko Tapu, now known as James Bond Island, which was featured in the 1974 Bond Film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. Then Leonardo DiCaprio’s deadly adventures on The Beach – filmed near the Phi Phi Islands in 2000 –reaffirmed the world’s fascination with the ultimate Thai beach holiday.

While it is true that many places in southern Thailand are overcrowded and well spoilt, it is still possible to find that secluded hideaway and enjoy some rest & relaxation. Here are a few suggestions to avoid the crowds and enjoy yourself.

Turquoise blue water at Ko Rok. Photo credit - adrian_wright.

Turquoise blue water at Ko Rok. Photo credit - adrian_wright.

Ko Rok

Ko Rok is a pair of twin islands that are frequented by visitors for the amazing coral reefs, in a perfect setting for snorkeling and diving. There are miles of near-blinding white beaches that are relatively quiet. A great choice here is camping; you can find most supplies you need on the island and you’ll take pleasure in peaceful, quiet nights adorned by both stunning sunsets and sunrises.

West dock of Ko Tarutao. Photo credit - Argenberg.

West dock of Ko Tarutao. Photo credit - Argenberg.


The setting sun at Ko Tarutao. Photo credit - VannagoCaraRupa.

Ko Tarutao

Ko Tarutao is a part of the Tarutao National Marine Park. Originally developed to build a prison, Ko Tarutao made its claim to on American TV as the backdrop for an episode of ‘Survivor’. Most tourists opt for the hustle and bustle of nearby Ko Lipe, but the national park operates bungalows and camp grounds for those who want peace and quiet.

Ko Kut. Photo credit - wimbledonian.

Ko Kut. Photo credit - wimbledonian.


The beachside view at Ko Kut. Photo credit - shinjung_69.

The beachside view at Ko Kut. Photo credit - shinjung_69.

Ko Kut (also known as Ko Kood)

Ko Kut is on the southeastern tip Thailand and is the closest island to neighboring Cambodia. Many of the tourists visiting here are Indochinese, especially those seeking out weekend getaways. The island is relatively underdeveloped and much overgrown lush forest remains, making it a great destination for the hard core nature lover. Many of the resorts on the island cater only to packaged tour guests so be sure to make your travel arrangements in advance.

When To Go

The high season in all of Thailand is October through February, when prices go up and the shores get more crowded. This is all for good reason, though, as this maximizes the weather. Recently the rainy season has started late and ended late, so a good tip is to head over in late February or early March as things quiet down but the rains haven’t come flooding in yet. Regardless of your timing, be sure to be prepared for ill weather and try to book key reservations in advance, as if something is sold out you might find yourself quite disappointed.

Photo credit on main page – Rene Ehrhardt

About the Author. Andy Hayes. Andy Hayes is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. When not crossing the world to have his next Asian travel adventures, he is hitting the walking trails near home. To get in touch or see Andy’s other travelogues, visit his website, Sharing Experiences.

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