Ko Phra Thong is located in the Andaman Sea off the west coast of Thailand. The closest town is the port town of Khuraburi, situated on the mainland about 10km east. It is the middle link in a chain of three islands and is largely flat with expanses of inland savannah. It has long uninhabited beaches, fringed by coconut palms
Ko Phra Thong is the closest island to Thailand, with one of the best dive site – Richelieu Rock – as well as the stunning Koh Tachai & the Surin Islands.
Diving on the Andaman side of Thailand reveals the best marine life the country has to offer. On this western coast you can discover the sensational underwater vistas of the Similan and Surin Islands. Also nearby, world top dive site Richelieu Rock will please the most discerning diver with its consistently fascinating macro life and regular whale shark visits.
Visitors to the region would certainly be missing out if they didn’t visit the sensational Surin Islands. With clear warm waters and the broadest range of hard corals in Thailand they are indeed a national treasure. The shallow bays make it a great place for a family snorkeling adventure.
There are lots of activities on offer for those not content with just soaking up the sun. Whether you want to be taught a new skill, work up a sweat, observe amazing animals and plants, learn about the local culture or indulge in luxurious spa treatments, Koh Phra Thong has them all!
The island of Koh Phra Thong is located in a strategic place, from here you can move on the nearby islands for excursions, including the famous islands of Koh Surin for the special visit to its National Park and the tribal village of Moken.
If you despair of the rampant developments found on better-known Thai islands such as Phuket or Krabi, then Ko Phra Thong has to be the location for you. Away from the tourist crowds, our remote island remains barely inhabited and gloriously unspoilt. Backing onto a pristine nature reserve, Golden Buddha Beach Resort is a collection of 28 individual and privately owned wooden homes, carefully maintained in a traditional style, and generously sprinkled along the shoreline. The resort is happily located on two seas, the sheltered bay and a beautiful and deserted 12 kilometer beach, fringed by coconut plantations.
Thailand enjoys a tropical climate. It is typically high in both temperature and humidity with yearly monsoons. Awareness of Thailand’s seasonal weather patterns is essential for the traveller so as to make for a comfortable and enjoyable trip.
In a typical year the monsoon rains peter out in October and the high season for tourism begins. November till April sees the most accomodating weather for guests to Thailand. During these months the humidity has been cleared from the preceding monsoon. There is now low rainfall, sunny skies and the temperature flirts with 30°C.
During April and May the heat intensifies and humidity rises. April and May are particularly warm with average daytime temperatures breaching 35°C. Clear skies are still common, but as the weeks pass clouds start to bubble up during the late morning and afternoon rain becomes more frequent. These showers eliminate humidity and break up the clouds leading to stunning sunsets.
June to September sees the full onset of the monsoon. Mornings often begin clear and sunny, however, even before the heat has chance to build up, dark clouds are rolling in accompanied with strong gusts of wind. Wild, exciting storms are commonplace with heavy precipitation. Whereas this weather is not good for tourism, the locals seem indifferent, enjoying the cool respite before the cycle starts over.