||No.||Province||Area (sq. km.)||Pop. as of 1997|
|3||Nakhorn Sri Thammarat||9,942.50||1,511,857|
Geography and Climate
Mountains and rivers: The South has 3 significant mountain ranges and 4 significant rivers:
of South Thailand
|No. (Red)||Mountain Range||No. (Purple)||River or Lake|
|1||Nakhorn Sri Thammarat||1||Khirirat River|
|3||San Kalakhiri||3||Tapi River|
Places of Interest
The South has many places of interest, for example:
1. 40 million year old mollusk fossils, Krabi Province
Formerly a freshwater pond, the freshwater snails that lived there were cast into shelly limestone when sea water flowed into the lake as a result of changes on the earth's crust.
2. Phi Phi Islands, Krabi Province
The 6-island archipelago has beautiful views as well as diving spots to see beautiful coral reefs. The environmentally-controversial film "The Beach" was filmed here.
3. Similan and Surin Islands, Phang Nga Province
Best visited during March, when there is no monsoon, both archipelagos feature diving spots to see beautiful coral reefs as well as various types of fishes and sea animals. The Similan Islands also feature strange looking rock formations, with the islands' signature rock formation being in the shape of a sailboat.
4. Various beaches of Phuket Province
Phuket Province is one of the best beach resorts of the South. The province has beautiful beaches. The best beaches for swimming and diving are Patong and Kata beaches.
5. Kra Isthumus, Ranong Province
44 km. wide for the east to the west, this point is the narrowest point of the Malayu Peninsula.
6. Hot water springs, Ranong Province
An important tourist attraction of Ranong Province, the 65 C hot water can be used for drinking and bathing and is beneficial for health.
7. Samui Island, Surat Thani Province
Another important beach resort, Samui is best visited during the summer, between January and May, when the winds are calm. The beaches often frequented by visitors are Chaweng and Lami beaches.
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