The islands of the Thai Gulf are renowned for their clear waters, relaxing atmosphere and great Thai food. I have organized my Gulf Island Blogs here to make it easy for you to explore the islands!
Koh Chang, the name meaning "elephant Island", is the largest of Thailand's Gulf Island and located on the eastern side of the Thai Gulf near Cambodia and off the coast of Thailand's Trat Province. Once in Trat it is just a one hour ferry ride to the island, which allows you to bring you car with you to better allow you to explore the huge island.
The interior of the island is mostly part of Thailand's National Park System. The interior is full of amazing tropical forest that you can explore that include amazing waterfalls and tropical life not seen in the western world. There are also areas for the brave explorer to dangle from ropes in the tropical canopy, safely with a qualified instructor. There are also areas that you can ride the Thai jungle elephant through the forest.
The coast of Koh Chang is full of pockets of white sand beaches which beckon you to relax in the warm waters of the Thai Gulf. The beaches are mostly on the western side of the island. The waters around the island, which are rich in sea life, are also great for Scuba diving and snorkeling.
One of the best things to explore is the fresh seafood in one of many awesome restaurants on the island, Thai style of course.
Ko Sichang is a small island in the Gulf of Thailand of the coast of Laem Chabang about 30 minutes drive north of the city of Pattaya. The island is surrounded by deep water and is within Thailand's shipping lanes and many ships make it a convenient anchorage tp transfer their cargos to lighter barges for the trip up the Chao Phraya river to Bangkok. The deep waters make the beaches not as enjoyable as those on islands in the Thai Gulf.
However, Ko Si Chang makes a nice weekend outing for tourists with a special interest in Thai history. Tourists can explore the remains of a former royal palace which was built as a summer retreat for King Chulalongkorn which has been maintained as a museum. There are also several places of religious interest to explore while on the island.
Koh Phai is located off the coast of Pattaya in the Thai Gulf another 5 or 10 kilometers. The island is quite remote and therefore quite quiet if you want to get further away from the hustle and bustle of Pattaya and a bit more removed than Koh Larn. The island is controlled by the Thai military further controlling the access to the island. Access to the island is by ferry from Pattaya, taking about 45 minutes, another 15 minutes past Koh Lan. For a quiet relaxing day at a quiet beach, Koh Phai comes highly recommended.
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