Phuket and the Andaman Coast Travel Guide
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Back over on the west coast south of Bangkok you first come to Cha-am and Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, the former with bigger and more stand-alone resorts, and the latter with both world-class resorts and medium-range accommodation. These cities, like the beaches to the southeast, can fill up with Bangkok escapees on weekends and holidays, but are less busy during the week. The beaches only get better as you head south, with scores worth exploring along the narrow peninsula that stretches all the way to the Malaysian border, all reachable from the town of Surat Thani, about 11 hours by train or a 1-hour flight south of Bangkok. The island of Ko Samui is also along this strip—it's very developed, but perennially popular, in part because daily flights from Bangkok make it so easy to reach.
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- Thailand & Cambodia Experience — $5,299 IExplore
- Intriguing Indochina (22-Day) — $10,250 IExplore
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