|The Western Gulf is
the coastal strip heading south from Bangkok as Thailand is squeezed
between the gulf and the Burma border in the hills. Further from the Chao
Phraya delta the sea becomes clearer and the beaches better until Hua Hin
and Cha-am - Thailand's oldest beach resorts.
Parts of the coast are protected
in national parks, including a 7km long beach which remains completely
natural and a beautiful area of hills and coastal wetlands which is rich
in flora and fauna and home to masses of beautiful birds. Inland,
Thailand's largest national park contains hills, forests, rivers and
waterfalls to explore and enjoy.
Many people spend their time on
the beach with an occasional trip to historic places and handicraft
centres, but there is much else to do.
The parks are excellent for nature
observation, especially bird watching expeditions,but are also home to
hill tribes and good areas for trekking and rafting. An alternative way to
explore is by bicycle down the coast, getting a different perspective on
markets, fishing villages and the coast parks.
Accommodation can be found at different
places along the coast, but the best choice is in the Hua Hin or Cha-am
are centrally located in the area and offer good dining and entertainment
facilities. The main road and rail links to the south pass along the coast
to give access to and from Bangkok and the South