The Pak Nam pier offers close up views of the Chumphon fishing fleet coming into
& out of the river.
3 Km south of Pak Nam Pier is the wonderful Siritip
Hotel. Give them a call & they will pick you up at Pak Nam
Pier & / or take you back to Pak Nam Pier. 800Thb water front room .. Gulf
of Thailand view out the 'glass walled room' .. from your king size bed
Both the Andaman Sea (Phuket & Krabi) & the Gulf of
Thailand ( Koh Samui & Koh Chaing) are populated with
110/10 Thaweewong Road
tel (66) 19 - 344211 fax (66) 19 - 340718
The beach is busy with tourists and all the jet ski
rental & paragliding any tourist could want.
Burger King, McDonald's, & Kentucky Fried Chicken
franchises are mixed with beach front Thai restaurants.
Phuket Town, on the other side of the island, is the
place to shop & not get totally tourist gouged.
There several disco's that start early & are tourist dominated. Mostly
Aussie, European & Japanese tourist.
Karon Beach is 60 minutes south ( via open air tuk tuk ) of Patong Si, has gentle sloping wide
white sand beaches & gentle surf. The beach road is 100 feet from
the sand & has many good restaurants with sea view. The road
parallels the all but deserted beach for miles, with ocean view restaurants
every several hundred yards & "Club Med" ($$$$) level of hotels every few miles.
There are less expensive ( cheap ) hotels in each small town along the beach.
I personally love rural tuk tuks rides..
Sometimes it's a little better to travel than to arrive.~
M. Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) -
A government marketing blitz and range of cheap room deals are luring tourists
back to Thailand's hard-hit Andaman coast, but visitor numbers are still well
down on a year ago, hotel operators say.
Months after the killer wave,
occupancy rates on the resort island of Phuket, which has 32,000 rooms, had hit
40 percent from single digits in January but were still well under the 75
percent reached last March, Phuket Hotel Association chief Pattanapong Aikwanich
On Phuket you can get a house near the beach for a month for what one night
at Club Med costs.
Thai Hotels near the beach are under 700 baht, $20. per night as
low as 400 baht, $10 per night.
For 22000 baht ( $600. )per month you can have a 2 bed room high rise
apartment with a sea view in Pattaya or for 500 baht, $15, per night you can have a
small hotel room near the beach.