Koh Lipe is a beautiful tropical island situated of the Andaman Sea in southwest Thailand, covered with shimmering white sands and bordered by clear waters that are home to abundant marine life. The Island is hugely popular for snorkeling, with 25% of the world’s tropical fish species found in the area.
Translated into the local Chao Ley language, Koh Lipe literally means “Island Paper, or Paper Island.” It is still considered by many an undiscovered secret, one of the few remaining in Thailand.
Koh Lipe is only accessible by boat, the island’s wide beaches are divided by hills and tropical jungles.
AO NANG NGA BAY MARINE NATIONAL PARK
Ao Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park comprises a group of more than 40 stunning islands and that can only be reached by boat. One of Thailand’s most popular boat trip excursions, the park includes well-known destinations like Ko Panyi, a Muslim fishing village where houses are built on stilts over the water; and Ko Kan, which was the setting for the 1974 James Bond Film, The Man With The Golden Gun. The park also includes some of the largest remaining primary mangrove forests in Thailand.
KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK
Khao Sok National Park is a nature reserve in southern Thailand containing dense virgin jungle as well as waterfalls, mountains and caves. Stretching over 249 square miles, Khao Sok National Park is believed to be more than 160 million years old.
Dirt tracks flow throughout the park, allowing visitors to walk amide tangled vines and rocky limestone cliffs while searching for wildlife. The park is home to macaques, guar, and Malaysian sun bears, as well as over 200 bird species. If you’re particularly lucky, you might glimpse wild elephants, tigers or leopards.
SUKHOTHAI HISTORICAL PARK
Sukhothai Historical Park is a BREATHTAKING complex of ruins that date back to Thailand’s Sukhothai Kingdom, located near the modern city of Sukhothai.
The Sukhothai Historical Park encompasses the old walled city of Sukhothai as well as the outlying temples around it. The city walls form a rectangle about 2 km east-west by 1.6 km north-south.
There are 193 ruins on 70 square kilometers of land. There is a gate in the centre of each wall. Inside are the remains of the royal palace and twenty-six temples. Surrounded by a moat and brick walls, 13th-century Wat Mahathat is the largest temple; but Wat Si Chum is perhaps the most compelling, with its 49-foot-tall Buddha partially visible through the temple entrance and appearing to peek at approaching visitors.
Each year, the park welcomes thousands of visitors who marvel at the ancient Buddha figures, palace buildings and ruined temples. The park can be toured on foot but many people prefer to take a bicycle.
Railay is a small peninsula between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang, with its longtail boats docking on sandy beaches surrounded by limestone cliffs Railay embodies the image of a picturesque Island paradise.
Accommodation in Railay ranges from beach bungalows to luxury resorts focused in West Railay.
Aside from being visually stunning, Railay is known as one of the world’s top rock-climbing destinations with more than 700 routes running across the peninsula’s rock faces.