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Chiao Lan Lake
photograph by Liiiindsaay

Khao Sok National Park

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khao_Sok

Khao Sok National Park (Thai: เขาสก) is in Surat Thani Province, Thailand. Its area is 739 km², and it includes the 165 square kilometer Cheow Lan Lake contained by the Ratchaprapha Dam. The park is the largest area of virgin forest in southern Thailand and is a remnant of rain forest which is older and more diverse than the Amazon rain forest[citation needed].

Kho Bida Nai
photograph by Aurélien Grimpard

Phi Phi Islands

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi_Phi_Islands

The Phi Phi Islands (Thai: หมู่เกาะพีพี, RTGSMu Ko Phiphi, pronounced [mùː kɔ̀ʔ pʰīː.pʰīː]) are an island group in Thailand, between the large island of Phuket and the west Strait of Malacca coast of the mainland. The islands are administratively part of Krabi province. Ko Phi Phi Don ("ko" (Thai: เกาะ) meaning "island" in the Thai language) is the largest island of the group, and is the most populated island of the group, although the beaches of the second largest island, Ko Phi Phi Lee (or "Ko Phi Phi Leh"), are visited by many people as well. The rest of the islands in the group, including Bida Nok, Bida Nai, and Bamboo Island (Ko Mai Phai), are not much more than large limestone rocks jutting out of the sea. The Islands are reachable by speedboats or Long-tail boats most often from Krabi Town or from various piers in Phuket Province.

Phi Phi Don was initially populated by Muslim fishermen during the late-1940s, and later became a coconut plantation. The Thai population of Phi Phi Don remains more than 80% Muslim. The actual population however, if counting laborers, especially from the north-east, is much more Buddhist these days. The population is between 2,000 and 3,000 people (2013).

The islands came to worldwide prominence when Ko Phi Phi Leh was used as a location for the 2000 British-American film The Beach. This attracted criticism, with claims that the film company had damaged the island's environment, since the producers bulldozed beach areas and planted palm trees to make it resemble description in the book,[1] an accusation the film's makers contest. An increase in tourism was attributed to the film's release, which resulted in increases in waste on the Islands, and more developments in and around the Phi Phi Don Village. Phi Phi Lee also houses the "Viking Cave", where there is a thriving industry harvesting edible bird's nest.

Krabi
photograph by Songpop Songboon

Krabi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krabi

Krabi Town (Thai: กระบี่) is the main town in the province of Krabi(thesaban mueang) on the west coast of southern Thailand at the mouth of the Krabi River where it empties in Phang Nga Bay. As of 2010 the town had a population of 52,867. The town is the capital of Krabi Province and Krabi District. Tourism is an important industry. Krabi is 783 km south of Bangkok by road.

Thi Lo Su Waterfall
photograph by Amir Yalon

Thi Lo Su Waterfall

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi_Lo_Su_Waterfall

The Thi Lo Su Waterfall (Thai: น้ำตกทีลอซู; rtgsNam Tok Thi Lo Su; also spelt as Thee Lor Sue, The Lor Sue, Thee Lor Sue or Te-law-zue[1]) is claimed to be the largest and highest waterfall in Thailand. It stands 250 metres (820 ft) high and nearly 450 metres (1,480 ft) wide on the Mae Klong River, flowing down from Huai Klotho into the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary[2] in Tak Province in northwestern Thailand.[3]

The waterfall has apparently never been surveyed, so the figures given are approximate.[4]