What To See and Do In Southern Thailand
Although best known for its picture-perfect beaches and as a transit point to Thailand’s string of paradise islands, there’s much more to the country’s south than pristine stretches of sand. The region is as dreamy and multi-faceted as any in Thailand, with swaying coconut palms standing guard over golden-domed mosques (Islamic influence is strong here) and ornate Buddhist temples. The area's main draw, however, is undoubtedly its jewel-like string of enchanting beaches and islands.

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Kantiang Bay, Koh Lanta, Krabi Province, Thailand.

Koh Lanta is far from a secret Thai island - in fact, it's one of the most popular in the Andaman Sea - yet I'm always surprised by just how little most visitors explore when they visit a new place. Most visitors locate themselves at the north of the island, near the main hive of Thai life, yet the south offers a great deal in the way of tranquility, respite, and relaxation. Not to mention some of the most stunning seascapes in the entire country. That last fact certainly does it for me.

Kantiang Bay is beautiful in its own right, and located near the remarkable Mu Koh Lanta National Marine Park on the southern tip of the island. Kantiang also makes a great base for exploring the Sea Gypsy village - if you're into that sort of thing. Which I am.

Fact; Chang Beer tastes better when you drink it on a rocky outcrop at sunset. True story.

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by Flash Parker
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AFAR Ambassadors are in-the-know bloggers who have a passion for experiential travel.

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