Attractions

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Gulf Islands

Ang Thong Marine National Park

The 40-some jagged jungle islands of Ang Thong Marine National Park stretch across the cerulean sea like a shattered emerald necklace – each piece a virgin realm featuring sheer limestone cliffs, hidden lagoons and …
Top Choice Temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihaan

The most important wát in southern Thailand, stunning Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihaan (simply known as Mahathat) boasts an imposing 77m white chedi (stupa) crowned by a gold spire piercing the sky. According to leg…
Top Choice Waterfall in Ko Pha-Ngan

Nam Tok Phaeng

Nam Tok Phaeng is protected by a national park; this waterfall is a pleasant reward after a short but rough hike. After the waterfall (dry out of season), it's a further exhilarating 15-minute climb up a root-choked…
Top Choice Waterfall in Hat Lamai & the Southeast

Na Muang Waterfalls

Spilling down from the island's highest points, these two waterfalls – close to each other – are lovely when in full spate, pouring frigid water into rock pools and gushing down towards the blue sea. The larger of t…
Top Choice Beach in Ko Pha-Ngan

Hat Khuat

This lovely stretch of sand overlooked by green hills is a superb choice for a relaxing day of swimming and snorkelling, and the bungalow operations along the beach beckon would-be overnighters. There's a great hike…
Top Choice Island in Songkhla & Around

Ko Yo

A popular day trip from Songkhla is this island in the middle of Songkhla Lake, which is actually connected to the mainland by bridges and is famous for its cotton-weaving industry; a roadside market sells cloth and…
Top Choice Beach in Ko Pha-Ngan

Hat Than Sadet

Fronted by a fringe of coconut trees, the lovely beach of Hat Than Sadet rewards the scooter journey from Thong Sala, Ao Thong Nai Pan or Ban Tai. Explore up and down the delightful beach, and consider crossing the …
Top Choice Viewpoint in Mae Nam & the North Coast

View Top

For the best views over the island, take your scooter up to the View Top past the Mae Nam Viewpoint. There are some pretty steep switchbacks on the way up near the top, but you'll be rewarded with some stunning view…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Bo Phut & the Northeast

Wat Plai Laem

The most arresting statue on the island is the thousand-arm Kwan Im (the Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion), displayed with 18 arms, in a fan arrangement at this recently built, stunning temple. Perched on an islan…
Top Choice Village in Bo Phut & the Northeast

Fisherman's Village

This concentration of narrow Chinese shophouses in Bo Phut has been transformed into some trendy (and often midrange) boutique hotels, eateries, cafes and bars. The accompanying beach, particularly the eastern part,…