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Koh Phra Thong
Koh Phra Thong

Phang Nga

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Daily

Operating time: 08.00 - 17.00

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Category : Green Travel, Other nature sites, Beaches & Bay, Islands

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Ko Phra Thong is in Tambon Ko Phra Thong and a large island in the Andaman Sea, with white sandy beaches and beautiful nature in a serene atmosphere. It is a natural habitat of various kinds of fauna such as deer, boar, hornbill, lesser adjutant, etc. There are fishermen dwelling on the island and also private resorts for tourists.

In Thai, the name of the island - Phra Thong means golden Buddha. According to a local legend a valuable solid gold Buddha image was buried on the island hundreds of years ago. The island boasts pristine, deserted golden sand beaches, fringed by coconut trees, translucent waters and coral reefs just off shore.

Koh Phra Thong is mostly flat, which explains the especially severe damage it experienced from the 2004 Tsunami.  The far east side of the island is covered in mangroves, while in its interior lies a tropical savannah, which is habitat to a number of animal, bird and plant species. Completely unique not only in Thailand but all of southeast Asia, the landscape of the island looks strikingly similar to the savannahs of Africa, except that instead of lions or tigers, you can see Sambar deer,  Leopard and Fishing Cats roaming here. Covered in white sandy dunes with fields of long grasses against the dramatic outline of the peeling trees, the landscape of Koh Phra Thong is fascinating. It’s also one of the best bird watching destinations in Thailand — Phra Thong is one of the last remaining places on earth to see an endangered lesser adjutant stork in the wild, and  hornbills are a common sight. Night safari through the savannah with an experienced local guide is a must if you want a chance to see any of these fascinating creatures.

The main draw to Ko Phra Thong is its vast stretches of almost entirely undeveloped beach. Heading north away from Phrathong Nature Resort one can walk for several miles and be met only by the sand crabs. So untouched are the beaches that sea turtles still nest here, and the island has become a base for an Italian non-profit sea turtle conversation project.

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How to get there :

By Boat

You can charter a boat ride from Khura Buri pier to the island. The trip takes just over an hour. Private accommodation is available.

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