Catagorize: Beaches & Bay, National Parks & Marine Reserves
Proclaimed a National Park on October 14 1982, Hat Chao Mai is a 20-kilometer coastline featuring a 5-kilometer beach with pure sands in a shady limestone hill setting with caves where prehistoric human remains were found.
Land-based attractions include Pak Meng Beach, Chang Lang Beach, San Beach, Yao Beach, Yong Ling Beach, Chao Mai Beach and Chao Mai Cave, all of which are accessible by car. As for the park itself, endangered dugong, rare black-necked stork, wild pigs, pangolins and languors can be spotted.
The park is also responsible for 7 other islands including Ko Muk, Ko Kradan, Ko Chueak, Ko Pling, Ko Waen, Ko Meng and Ko Chao Mai. Accomodations are available on the island.
Admission: 200 baht per adult, 100 baht per child
Contact: National Park Division, Royal Forestry Department, tel. 0 2561 2920-1. Hat Chao Mai National Park, Mu 5, Tambon Mai Fat, Amphoe Sikao, Trang, P.O Box 9, tel. 0 7521 0099,
Getting there: To reach the park, take the Trang-Sikao-Pak Meng Road (Highway No.4162) for 40 kilometers and then head on for 7 kilometers more on road that runs to the headquarters.