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Surat Thani, Ratchaprapha, Krabi, Trang, Phuket, Khao Sok, Koh Rok, Ko Lanta, Ko Muk, Railey Beach

Pick up at the urban tourism hub of Surat ThaniPhuket works too — and turn uphill to Khao Sok, arguably Thailand's most impressive national park. Spend one night in a rafthouse and another in a treehouse after days spent hiking and kayaking beneath the vertical limestone cliffs. Krabi introduces epic Andaman Sea scenery that also stars limestone massifs at Railay, Thailand's premier climbing destination.

Dash in a night in Krabi Town for bursting markets and riverside scenery, then catch a boat to Ko Lanta and take your pick out of a baker's dozen beaches boasting top-notch family and luxury resorts. Take another boat ride south to sedate Ko Muk for the Emerald Cave and snorkelling around (or staying on) neighbouring islands like Ko Kradan, Ko Ngai and Ko Rok, all boasting luscious beaches as well.

Re-engage with the non-island world at Trang, a low-key town with an airport and train station.

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Get on the water in Khao Sok National Park
Ratchaprapha

Get on the water in Khao Sok National Park

The only Thai lake that ranks among Asia's most dazzling is truthfully a reservoir. Ratchaprapha or Chiew Lan was formed in the 1980s by one dam and countless vertical limestone castles sculpted by nature's hand. Also meeting the clear emerald water is virgin jungle and some of the oldest rainforest on earth.

Volunteer on Thai islands and make local friends
Ko Lanta

Volunteer on Thai islands and make local friends

In addition to giving something back, volunteering affords an inside glimpse into coastal communities and can lead to local friendships. Trash Hero keeps an open invite for weekly beach clean-ups throughout the Thai islands and beyond, while animal rescue facilities can always use a hand on Phuket, Ko Samui, Ko Lanta and Ko Chang.

Go snorkelling on Koh Rok
Koh Rok

Go snorkelling on Koh Rok

Swim among reef shark, giant morays and schools of fish on Thailand’s premier dive site.

From darkness to emerald on Ko Muk
Ko Muk

From darkness to emerald on Ko Muk

At Tham Morakot, the Emerald Cave, swimmers and kayakers slip through a sea tunnel when the tide is just right, covering some 100m of damp darkness before re-entering daylight at a hidden lagoon and beach encircled by limestone cliffs that only monkeys dare climb on. Staying on Muk rather than visiting on a day trip from Ko Lanta will help you beat the crowds.

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