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  • 1. 10 most favorite places
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    Ko Tapu
    KoTapuor“nail island”, also sometimes KhaoTapu is an islet locatedin the PhangNga Bay, Thailand. KoTapu is a steep rocky monolith, about 20 meters tall. This rock column lies approximately 200 meters offshore of the two-islet pair known as KoKhaoPhing Kan ("hills resting on each other island"). The islands are located within the AoPhangNga National Park. Departing from Phuket island, day-tours using long-tail boats usually land at nearby KoKhaoPhing Kan, where market booths are set up.
    KoTapu has become a popular tourist attraction since it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun in 1974; for this reason, it is also often referred to as James Bond Island (the later 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies also includes a scene in PhangNga Bay, close to James Bond Island).
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    Ko Tao
    Ko Tao or "Turtle Island” is an island in Thailand located near the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². Administratively it forms a tambon within the district (Amphoe) KoPhaNgan ofSuratThani province. As at end 2006 its official population is 1382. The main settlement is Ban Mae Hat.The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving.
    Ko Tao was named by its first settlers for the island's turtle-like geographic shape. Coincidentally, the island is an important breeding ground for Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding program organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island's ecosystem.
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    DoiInthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand.
    The mountain was also known in the past as DoiLuang (meaning big mountain) or DoiAng Ka, meaning the crow's pond top. Near the mountain's base was a pond where many crows gathered. The name DoiInthanon was given in honour
    of the king Inthawichayanon , one of the last kings of Chiang Mai, who was concerned about the forests in the north and tried to preserve them. He ordered that after his death his remains shall be placed at DoiLuang, which was then renamed.
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    HuaHin is a famous beach resort town in Thailand, in the northern part of the Malay Peninsula, some 200 km south of Bangkok. It has a population of 84,883 in an area of 911 km², and is one of eight districts (Amphoe) of the PrachuabKhiri Khan province.HuaHin is closely associated with the Thai royalty. Merely 25 kilometers apart, HuaHin in PrachuapKhiri Khan province enjoys a wealth of satellite attractions; prominent among them are national parks and historical cities.
    In 1932 HuaHin was part of PranBuri district. In 1949 HuaHin was promoted to be a district of PrachuapKhiri Khan province. After the building of southern railway, HuaHin became the first and most popular beach resort of Thailand.
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    Pattaya is a city in Thailand, located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 165 km southeast of Bangkok located within but not part of Amphoe Bang Lamung in the province of Cholburi. The city of Pattaya is a self governing municipal area which covers the whole tambonNongPrue and Na Kluea and parts of HuaiYai and NongPla Lai. It is located in the heavily industrial Eastern Seaboard zone, along with Sri Racha, LaemChabang, and Cholburi. Pattaya is also the center of the Pattaya-Cholburi Metropolitan Area, the conurbation in Cholburi Province.
    For centuries, Pattaya was a small fishing village. But a change occurred on April 26, 1961, when the first group of about 100 American servicemen who were fighting in the Vietnam War arrived in Pattaya for relaxation. From this beginning, Pattaya became a popular beach resort which now attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. Fishermen's huts along the beach were replaced by resort hotel and shopping malls. Fishing vessels were adapted to become tourist boats.
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    Ko Chang
    Ko Chang is the second largest island of Thailand, located on the Thai east coast 310 km away from Bangkok near the border to Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. The name means Elephant Island. Ko Chang was named for the elephant shape of its headland, although elephants are not indigenous to the island. At present, there are 8 villages in total. It is a mountainous island and Khao Salak Phet is the highest peak of all at 744 metres. Visitors are also met with several waterfalls, splendid reefs and rainforests.
    The island now receives 655,000 visitors annually, about two thirds of them Thai. Ko Chang is one of the few places with virgin forest, but the mad rush to cash in on tourism has had a heavy toll on its virgin forests. Land prices have skyrocketed, there are also beautiful if not high end resorts now popping up all over the island.
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    KohSamui, this beautiful island has been charming its visitors ever since the first tourists arrived in 1971. Those who experience Samui are rewarded with an idyllic tropical retreat with white-sand beaches, a sapphire-blue sea, an abundance of tantalizing Thai cuisine as well as warm and friendly people.      
    KohSamui is just 21 kilometers at its widest point and 25 at its longest. Of a surface area of about 250 sqm, it is the third largest island of the Kingdom after Phuket and Koh Chang. Its innerland consists of forests hills of limestone and granite, and the shoreline is made up of countless coconut palm-fringed beaches and bays. The best beaches are at Chaweng and Lamai on the east coast, where you can now find a very wide range of both restaurants and nightspot to suit every taste. Bophut and Maenam, on the calmer northern coast, facing KohPhanNgan, are also popular beaches offering a quieter, gentler holiday experience.
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    Phi Phi Islands
    The Phi Phi Islands are located in Thailand, between the large island of Phuket and the western Andaman Sea coast of the mainland. The islands are administratively part of Krabi province. Ko Phi Phi Don is the largest island of the group, and is the only island with permanent inhabitants, although the beaches of the second largest island, Ko Phi Phi Lee (or "Ko Phi PhiLeh"), are visited by many people as well. The rest of the islands in the group, including BidaNok, BidaNoi, and Bamboo Island, are not much more than large limestone rocks jutting out of the sea.
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    Similan Islands
    The Similan Islandsis a group of islands in the Andaman Sea off the coast of PhangNga province, southern Thailand. It is a national park which was established in 1982.
    Similan Islands National Park was established after the one-year exploration by the Forestry department. The park is the archipelago consisting of nine islands which are Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Miang (two adjoining islands), Ko Payan, Ko Payang, and Ko Huyong. Recently, the park was expanded to included two remoted islands which are Ko Bon and Ko Tachai. The Similans are situated 70 kilometres from PhangNga town. "Similan" is aYawi word which means "nine". Similan is one of the most famous diving sites in Thailand.
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    Patong Beach refers to a beach on Phuket's west coast, and to the town adjoining it. It is the main tourist resort in Phuket. It also contains an important center of Phuket's nightlife and is the center of inexpensive shopping on the island. The beach became popular with Western tourists, especially Europeans, in the late 1980s. Numerous large hotels and chain hotels are located there.
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    See You Again!
    Sompong Yusoontorn