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It has two junctions to the eastern railway line, Ban Plu Ta Luang (via Pattaya City) and Aranyaprathet (to the Cambodian border). A third junction to the eastern railway line leads to the seaport and the Marp Ta Put industry areas, but this line currently only transports cargo.
Currently there is only one person per daily on the Ban Plu Ta Luang line, which stops in Pattaya Town. From Bangkok Hua Lamphong railway terminal this shuttle departs at 06.55 am, arriving in Pattaya Town at 10.34 am. It is on a regular rail and it is usually at least an hours faster to get from Bangkok to Pattaya Town.
In order to buy Thailand Rail Travel Ticktes on-line, please type your travel address in the search box below. We have two daily connections to Aranyaprathet, on the Cambodian-Boarder, one from Bangkok at 5.55am and 11.35am, the other at 1.05pm and 5.35pm. These are also low speed connections and if you plan to travel to Cambodia you are better off either taking a coach to Siem Reap or a coach to Phnom Penh.
A good middle class motel near the Cambodian frontier in Aranyaprathet.
Best Thai Islands | Best Thai Islands
Throughout the year Thailand is home to an amazing number of beautiful archipelagos that offer all kinds of scuba dive, swim and sunbathe activities. These are 20 of our favorites from the Rough Guide to Thailand's Beach & Iceland. Surrounded by a string of long, mostly sandy and mostly whitish sandy beach and dominant by a wide hilltop covered with jungles, Ko Chang develops quickly, but still has the feeling ofgrass.
It is Thailand¹s second biggest isle, after Phuket, but unlike its big brother, it has no village or touristic institutions in its steep and dense wooded inland. There are only a few streams, falls and footpaths. In spite of its appeal to major and budget holidaymakers, it is still possible to find a place to stay for most budget and although the beach is very lively, it is indisputably beautiful with many welcoming places to go swimming, strolling or slumbering under a rose.
Contrary to most other places on the eastern coastline, it does not offer a true seaside lifestyle - although the waters can be nice and clear and there are possibilities for diving and snorkelling. With the smoothest, screeching sands near Bangkok, the small Ko Samet islet, measuring only six kilometers from head to foot, is a popular destination for Thais, expatriates and visitors.
The 14 small but bright whitewater beaches are stunningly pretty, washed by light bluish waters and still shadowed in places by palm trees and the sporadic cashew puttree (samet) that gave the name to the isle. Ko Mak is only 16 km2 and is ruled by coir and caoutchouc orchards.
It is a star-shaped archipelago with sandy and sandy shores where most accommodations for tourists are located. Thailand largest 4. largest of the islands, the wooded Ko Ko Ko Kood (sometimes also called Ko Kut or Ko Kud) is still a rugged and largely uncommercial isle. Although it is known for its bright sands and extraordinarily clear waters, Ko Ko Ko is a popular place for lovers of the outdoors as well as for those on the shore.
The coastline is lined with bushes and mangroves rather than wide sand shores, and the parts of the islands that are no longer shrouded in pristine rainforests are full of evergreen palms and gumplands. The name Ko Tao (Turtle Island) is given because its shape is similar to a tortoise falling towards Ko Pha Ngan, 40 km inland.
There are crenellations on the eastern side of the tortoise with one or two cottages hiding between the crags. To the west, the turtle's lower abdomen is a long bend of the classical Sai Ree sand and the 21 square kilometers of gravel in between are covered with thick woodland on the higher hillsides and littered with enormous blocks of rock that look as if they are waiting for an Easter Island muralist.
We do not repeat ourselves, this is another Ko Chang, not to be mistaken with his much bigger name cousin off the eastern Thai coastline. It is a wooded small coastal islet about 5 km off the coastline whose car-free, extremely relaxed, roll-your-own vibe more than makes up for the less ideal sands. Things are very sluggish here and for the relatively small number of visitors who make it to the islands, the main focus is on retreating and relaxing - take your own hammocks with you and you'll blend right in.
Tiny Ko Phayam provides sandy and sandy beach and some 500 inhabitants, most of whom live from either shrimp, octopus or shrimp hunting or the cultivation of cashews, satorbeans, palm groves and gumbags. Ko Ra is a wooded hill (. 10 km from west to west and 3 km across) located directly at the mouth of the Khuraburi River, surrounded by an unspoilt rain forest full of tall rising rhino birds, rhinoceros and empty bush.
It is home to two dozens of Moken and Mai Tai and only one accommodation, the rather specific American-Thai Ko Ra Ecolodge. Spectacular and exceptionally flat cliffs, a range of breathtakingly clear blue water and brilliant blank sand and thick woods with high diptero carp make the Mu Ko Surin National Park one of the most popular excursion spots in southern Thailand.
It is a lot of an outdoor adventure, with most of the accommodations in covered marquees, no trade on the isle and twice a day snorkeling the primary activities. The eleven isles in the centre of Mu Ko Similan are one of the most thrilling dive sites in Thailand and are considered to be one of the best places in the whole wide range of surface and submarine beauties.
Solid granitic rocks, beautifully placed against the blue water, give the unique characteristics of the archipelago, but it is the thirty meter long view that attracts them. Although there are many accommodations on the archipelago, there is nothing more than a few nightly beachside pubs, and during the days there is little to do except try out the half dozens of western shore shores and reading your books under a canopy.
Nocturnals are low: there are kerosene lights and star light after 11 pm in places outside the mains and many do not even offer ventilators as the sea breeze cools sufficiently. Ko Yao Noi is idyllically situated on the outskirts of Phang Nga cove, almost equally far from Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi and offers a wonderful view of the sea from almost every view.
Whilst the coastline does not have the same wow-factor as many of the other Thai isles, the tourist industry here is rather reserved, so it is a quiet break. Though Ko Lanta Yai cannot rival the beautiful landscape of neighboring Ko Phi Phi Phi, the densely wooded, 25 km long islet has the longest coastline in the Krabi region - and many of them.
It is particularly loved by the family, partly because of some of the legislation that has hitherto kept them from being transformed into another Phuket by jets, umbrellas and girl pubs. Ko Hai (also known as Ko Ngai), the most advanced of the Trang Isles, is still extremely reserved. As it is, the island's activity is concentrated on the eastern shore, where half a dozen hotels are enjoying a gorgeous view of rugged cliffs of rocks shining rose and dark green against the sunset, extending across the ocean to the continent-depth.
The most secluded of the populated Trang islets, Ko Kradan is one of the most scenic with crystalline water. In this slim junglescape, the long sandy beaches of steep, powdered sands on the eastern shore overlook Ko Mook, Ko Libong and the karstic continent.
Farther southwards than the other Trang isles, Ko Sukorn is lacking the deep sandy beach and lovely corals of its neighbors, but it is balanced by welcoming residents, a relaxed atmosphere and an outstanding residence; this is the right place for an insight into the life and work of the islander.
Its luxuriant interior is mainly dotted with caoutchouc fields with paddy fields, bananas and coconuts; the islands also produce famous tasty water melons. It is the biggest of the Ko Turatao National Park skerries and provides the greatest diversity of nature: hills surrounded by semi-evergreen rainforests tower sharply to a peak of 700 metres; lime grottos and mangroves punctuate the coastline; and the western coastline is dotted with pristine sandy shores for most of its 26 km.
It is a jagged wilderness surrounded by a thick pine roof and surrounded by lush rain forest. There is a half hours ascent to Sha-do Rock, which is worthwhile because it gives way to the view over Ko Lipe Isle in the southern direction, while about 2 km along the coastline a 20-minute path from the central railway stop to the small pirate waterfall in the interior of the country.
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