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  • 1. Ao Kiu

    Beach–Sight

    On the southern end of Koh Samet, this beautiful and secluded beach has crystal-blue waters and fine white sand that lend the strand a picture...Read More

  • 2. Ao Vong Duan

    Beach–Sight

    This beautiful shoreline of a half-moon bay is packed with resorts and restaurants, so food and drink are never far away. Ao Vong Duan is the...Read More

  • 3. Bophut Beach

    Tambon Bophut | Beach–Sight

    Quaint and romantic Bophut has a devoted following of return visitors who enjoy its quiet vibe. This north-shore beach is narrow, but more than...Read More

  • 4. Bottle Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    In this museum, Dutchman Pieter Beg de Leif exhibits more than 300 miniatures—tiny replicas of famous buildings and ships—in bottles....Read More

  • 5. Cathedral of Immaculate Conception

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Chanthaburi's French influence is evident in its dual-spired Catholic cathedral, across the river from the center of town. Christian Vietnamese...Read More

  • 6. Cha-am Beach

    Beach–Sight

    At Cha-am's broad town beach you can often see Bangkok families gathered at umbrella-covered tables for all-day meals, stocking up on fresh...Read More

  • 7. Chalok Baan Kao Beach

    Beach–Sight

    A peaceful strand on Koh Tao's southern shore, Chalok Baan Kao has a relaxed, friendly vibe. The beach itself lacks the crystal-blue water and...Read More

  • 8. Chatchai Street Market

    Market/Bazaar

    This long-established market is a favorite with locals and tourists. Residents come during the day to purchase meats, seafood, and produce;...Read More

  • 9. Chawaeng Noi Beach

    Chaweng Noi Beach | Beach–Sight

    The smaller and less developed of the east-coast beaches adjoining Chawaeng town, Chawaeng Noi lacks the charms and spectacular golden curve...Read More

  • 10. Chawaeng Yai Beach

    Chaweng Noi Beach | Beach–Sight

    Travelers in search of sun and fun flock here, especially during high season. The northern half of this beautiful east-coast beach is a hit...Read More

  • 11. Choengmon Beach

    Choeng Mon Beach | Beach–Sight

    A mellow spot on Samui's northeastern coast, this beach is blessed with crystal clear water. Choengmon was once pitched as the island's next...Read More

  • 12. Chudhadhuj Palace

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    King Rama V built this summer palace and named it after his son, Prince Chudhadhuj, who was born on the island on July 5, 1893. Earlier in the...Read More

  • 13. Coral Buddha

    Ban Hua Thanon | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    About 4 km (2½ miles) from Lamai, at the small Chinese fishing village of Baan Hua Thanon, the road that forks inland toward Na Thon leads to...Read More

  • 14. Gem Market

    Market/Bazaar

    Chanthaburi's gem mines are mostly closed, but the Gem Market, in the center of town, still attracts traders. You can often see them sorting...Read More

  • 15. Haad Kai Bae

    Beach–Sight

    Its mix of pebbles and sand makes Kai Bae less popular than nearby strands, but this beach provides the best, and safest, swimming on Koh Chang...Read More

  • 16. Haad Khlong Phrao

    Beach–Sight

    A quieter option than Sai Kaew's main beach, Khlong Phrao is an arc of golden sand leading down to placid waters. Scattered around the beach...Read More

  • 17. Haad Kuat

    Beach–Sight

    With a quarter mile of fine white sand, this isolated beach on the island's north coast is a sunbather's paradise. The vibe is decidedly young...Read More

  • 18. Haad Rin

    Beach–Sight

    If you are looking for the party, then head to Haad Rin. The beach is divided into two parts, Haad Rin West and Haad Rin East, each with its...Read More

  • 19. Haad Sai Kaew

    Beach–Sight

    This beach on Koh Samet's northeastern edge is the island's longest and busiest one. The sand is white and the water is clear, though in the...Read More

  • 20. Haad Sai Khao

    Beach–Sight

    With numerous resorts and some great restaurants, Koh Chang's busiest beach is ideal for those seeking a bustling atmosphere. The beach remains...Read More

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