Gulf of Thailand, inlet of the South China Sea, is bordered by Thailand, Cambodia, and southern Vietnam. The Gulf of Thailand is approximate 560 km wide and 725 km long. The shallow waters along the gulf’s coast provide economically important fishing grounds.
The Gulf of Thailand harbors many coral reefs, and thus several ideal diving resorts. Due to the tropical warmth of the water, it is popular with tourists. Beaches, national parks, resorts and cultured towns garland the length of the Gulf Coast, with the islands offering unbridled hedonism.
Away from the beaches, there’s cultural interest aplenty in the historic towns of Phetchaburi and Nakhon Si Thammarat, the latter a sophisticated city of grand old temples, delicious cuisine and distinctive handicrafts.