Discover the Best of Southern Thailand: Your Guide to Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi and Khao Lak
Are you looking for a vacation that combines stunning scenery, breathtaking beaches and an exotic culture? Look no further than Southern Thailand! This tropical paradise is the perfect destination for adventure seekers, beach bums and culture vultures alike. With its azure waters, lush rainforests, and fascinating temples, Southern Thailand has something for everyone. Recommended tours >>
Let’s dive into the four must-visit destinations in Southern Thailand: Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi, and Khao Lak.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and a destination that has something to offer everyone. For party animals, Patong Beach is the place to be. This lively beach town is famous for its nightlife, clubs, and bars. If you are looking for some peace and quiet, then head to the northern part of the island to explore its lush rainforests and hidden beaches. Phuket is also home to some of Thailand’s most stunning viewpoints, including the famous Big Buddha statue.
Koh Samui is a smaller island, known for its stunning beaches and world-class diving opportunities. The island’s pristine waters are home to a diverse range of marine life, making it a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. Koh Samui’s nightlife scene is also worth exploring, with a range of beachside bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.
Krabi is a province on the mainland of Southern Thailand, offering visitors a taste of traditional Thai culture. The province is home to stunning limestone cliffs, hidden caves, and emerald-green waters. For those seeking adventure, Krabi is a popular destination for rock climbing, kayaking, and island hopping. Krabi’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world, with crystal clear waters and white sandy shores.
Khao Lak is a peaceful town situated north of Phuket. It’s the perfect destination for those seeking relaxation and tranquillity. The town is home to some of the most stunning beaches in Thailand, with clear blue waters and soft sand. Khao Lak is also close to several national parks, including the Khao Sok National Park, which is home to some of Thailand’s most unique flora and fauna.
Experience the Best of Both Worlds: Combining a Trip to Elephant Hills with Southern Thailand’s Must-Visit Destinations
If you are planning a trip to Southern Thailand, you should definitely consider combining it with a visit to Elephant Hills. Elephant Hills is an award-winning eco-tourism company located in the heart of the Khao Sok National Park, which is one of the oldest rainforests in the world.
At Elephant Hills, you can experience the beauty of the jungle firsthand. You can stay in a luxury tented camp and wake up to the sound of birds singing and monkeys chattering. You can go on guided jungle treks, explore the rivers by canoe, and even interact with elephants in an ethical and responsible way.
Elephant Hills is conveniently located in the middle of Southern Thailand, making it the perfect base for exploring the region. You can easily travel to and from Elephant Hills to the other destinations mentioned in this post.
After exploring the hustle and bustle of Phuket or Koh Samui, you can retreat to the tranquillity of the jungle and immerse yourself in nature. Or, after indulging in the traditional Thai culture of Krabi or Khao Lak, you can unwind at Elephant Hills and reconnect with the natural world.
Combining a trip to Elephant Hills with a visit to the other destinations in Southern Thailand is a great way to experience the best of both worlds. Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, or culture, this tropical paradise has something for everyone.
So pack your bags, book your tickets, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.
Join the fun! All-Inclusive Tour Packages Offered by Elephant Hills:
Jungle Safari (2 or 3 days)
Immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of Khao Sok National Park and experience Asia’s largest land animal up close and personal at the Elephant Camp. Feed, meet and learn all about the majestic elephants before exploring the breathtaking Sok River. Take part in an educational Jungle Walk and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared before your very eyes in the heart of the jungle. Perfect for families seeking a unique and unforgettable vacation experience. Join us on this exciting adventure and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Jungle & Lake Camp Safari (3 days)
Join us on our highly sought-after 3-day-2-night Jungle Lake Safari, perfect for couples and honeymooners seeking an unforgettable adventure. The tour includes a one-of-a-kind experience at The Elephant Camp and a night at our luxurious Rainforest Camp on Cheow Lan Lake – one of the world’s few floating luxury tented camps.
On your first day, participate in our unique and ethical Elephant Experience, which has earned international recognition. On the second day, escape the modern world and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the Rainforest Camp. Search for wildlife in the jungle, paddle in self-paddle canoes, explore the forest on foot, or simply unwind at the camp – the possibilities are endless. Nature at its finest – this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss!
Nature Safari (4 days)
Get ready to embark on an exciting adventure from your base at The Elephant Camp as we uncover the secrets of Takuapa’s mangrove swamps – a lost world of stunning banyan trees and emerald green channels. Explore the mesmerizing mangroves by speed boat before unwinding on our traditional wooden Junk.
This tour combines all of our classic adventures, including the epic Elephant Experience, canoeing on the Sok River, exploring Cheow Lan Lake, and taking a jungle walk. From the serene mangrove swamps to the exciting elephant encounters, this tour has it all. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty and adventure of Southern Thailand with Elephant Hills.
5 Fun Facts about Southern Thailand:
- Khao Sok National Park, home to Elephant Hills, is over 160 million years old and is considered one of the world’s oldest rainforests.
- The island of Koh Samui is famous for its coconut plantations, and locals have been using coconuts to make everything from food to skincare products for centuries.
- Phuket’s Big Buddha statue stands 45 meters tall and is one of Southern Thailand’s most iconic landmarks.
- Krabi is home to some of the world’s most stunning limestone cliffs, which have been featured in numerous movies, including the James Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun.”
- Khao Lak was devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, but has since rebuilt and is now one of Thailand’s most popular beach destinations.
What is Southern Thailand known for?
Southern Thailand is known for its beautiful natural landscapes, including stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and limestone cliffs.
What are some popular activities to do in Southern Thailand?
Some popular activities in Southern Thailand include island hopping, snorkelling, scuba diving, hiking, and exploring the region's vibrant culture and cuisine.
What are some must-see attractions in Southern Thailand?
Some must-see attractions in Southern Thailand include the islands of Phuket and Koh Samui, the Khao Sok National Park, and the Surin and Similan Islands.
Are there any cultural customs or etiquette that visitors should be aware of in Southern Thailand?
Visitors to Southern Thailand should be aware of local customs and etiquette, including removing shoes before entering homes or temples, dressing modestly when visiting religious sites, and showing respect for the monarchy.
What is the best time of year to visit Southern Thailand?
The best time to visit Southern Thailand is during the dry season, which typically runs from December to April.