||No.||Province||Area (sq. km.)||Pop. as of 1997|
|3||Prachuab Khiri Kan||6,367.62||468,880|
Geography and Climate
Mountains and rivers: The West has 2 significant mountain ranges and 4 significant rivers:
of West Thailand
|No. (Red)||Mountain Range||No. (Purple)||River|
|1||Tanaosri (Tenasserim)||1||Mae Klong|
|2||Thanon Thongchai||2||Kwae Noi|
Places of Interest
The East has many places of interest, for example:
1. Hua Hin beach, Prachuab Khiri Kan Province and Cha Am beach, Phetchaburi Province
Hua Hin beach is another important beach resort. Like Pattaya (see East), Thais and foreigners alike come here for their vacations. The neighbouring Cha Am beach is also popualr among tourists.
2. Samroi Yot national park, Prachuab Khiri Kan Province
The first aquatic national park in Thailand, the 98 sq. km. park has various species of birds, complex limestone mountains and low-lying plains along the coast.
3. Klai Kangwon Palace, Prachuab Khiri Kan Province
Built under order of King Pokklao in 1926 for Queen Rampai Panni, the palace is set amongst a garden of various speices of flowers with the coast on one side.
4. Bridge Over The River Kwae, Kanchanaburi Province and Death Railway, Ratchaburi and Kanchanburi Provinces
The bridge was built during World War II by Japanese POWs for their railway from Ban Pong in Ratchaburi Province to Tanbyusayak in Burma. Most of the railway has since been removed, leaving the stretch from Ban Pong to Namtok Station.
5. Jedi Samong Pass, Kanchanaburi Province
It has marked the border between the Burma, now Myanmar, and Thailand for many centuries, and was also used to mark the route of armies in the past.
6. Phumiphon Dam, Tak Province
Southeast Asia's biggest dam was built from 1953 to 1964 and provides water for farmers, protection against floods and electric power.
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