Southern Thailand occupies the Kra Peninsula, a narrow strip of land running more than 1200km from just below Bangkok to the Malaysian boarder. In spite of a distinct history, a culture colored by a strong Muslim influence and a number of large, modern towns, the region is best known for its beaches and islands. For practical purposes, we shall divide the South into three main areas, The Gulf Coast, the Andaman Coast and the Deep South.
Extending down the eastern shores of the peninsula, the Gulf Coast resorts begin with Chan-Am and Hua Hin, taking in the nearby historic town of Phetchaburi, and continue through Chumphon to conclude with popular Ko Samui, off the coast of Surat Thani province.
The Andaman coast, on the western side of the peninsula, take in Phuket Island, Thailands top beach resort, as well as the Phi Phi islands, the Similan islands (a first-class dive spot), Phang Nga Bay and Krabi, the latter distinguished by magnificent coastal scenery.
The Deep South has less spectacular beaches, a more traditional southern culture and less developed scenery. The main resort is unassuming Songhla, supported by neighboring large town of Hat Yai.
In addition the regular bus services from Bangkok to all point south, Hua Hin, Chumphon and Surat Thani are on the southern rail link, while Phuket, Ko Samui, Surat Thani and Hat Yai are served by scheduled flights. Phuket is further served by flights from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and other overseas locations.