James Bond Island or Koh Ta-pu (‘Nail Island’) in Thai, has become a huge international tourist attraction since it was featured in ‘The Man With the Golden Gun’. Situated in the breathtaking Phang Nga Bay, it has a truly paradise-like setting with limestone cliffs and emerald green waters that are unmatched anywhere in Thailand!
Koh Samae San is 1.4 km away from the coast of Ban Samae San in Sattahip district. It has preserved by the Royal Thai Navy to be a home for sea turtles to hatch eggs, the abode for rare plants and the safe home for delicate corals. This island serves as a classroom in the middle of the sea where tourists and students can experience and learn about unspoiled nature. There are 5 beaches on the island which Hat Luk Lom is the most beautiful with softy white sand similar to the beaches along the Andaman Sea with the truly fact that it’s just 2.30 hours from the busy capital Bangkok. Not many facilities are available on the island. There are only a shelter, deck chairs and the breathtaking beaches.
With half-moon shape of sloped, white-powdery beach considered the most beautiful on the island, Patong was the first beach in Phuket that was developed to serve local and international tourists. The three-kilometer beach is now Phuket’s tourist central with the most choices of accommodations, restaurants, spas, tourist-related services and shopping venues. The vibe here is dynamic so it lures in more of younger tourists who love to experience the fun and challenging water sports such as jet ski, wind surf and parasail. At the center of Patong finds Bang La, a nightlife central with selections of bars and clubs for every preferences.
The former paddy fields have turned into a thriving beach. Only 3 kilometers down from Pattaya Beach, Chomthian is highly recommended to those who seek a quieter resort as it is also quieter and more relaxing than Pattaya Beach. The 6-kilometer long, largely straight beach is popular for windsurfers and water sports enthusiasts. Hotels and other accommodation facilities are available along the road that runs parallel to the shore.
The half-moon-shaped Pattaya Beach is 4 kilometers long with a road running parallel to the beach. From the mid-section to the southern end of the area, there is a vast array of restaurants, bars, department stores, souvenir stores as well as other places of entertainment. There are various mini-resorts and hotels in a quieter atmosphere on the northern part of the beach. It’s actually free to stroll along the beaches, but operators will charge you for the services they provide, i.e. the beach chair. A price is roughly $1 per chair, though bargaining is rather customary in Thailand.