HSBC has conducted a huge survey to find out where the best place in the world for expats is. The answer? Well… Thailand 🙂 Check it out for yourself.
The second report in HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer survey launched today! The report focuses on expats’ experiences of setting up in a new country of residence, integrating into local society as well as their quality of life in comparison to where they used to live.
Expats rated aspects such as entertainment, healthcare, work life balance and social life. This year’s findings revealed that Thailand comes on top when it comes to quality of life, followed by Canada- 2nd and Bahrain- 3rd.
You can read more about it here.
Mu Ko Surin Island National Park , for many years Mu Ko Surin was an unspoiled group of islands, acting as a refuge for fishing boats during storms and hosting small communities of sea gypsies. In this situation the islands provoked little interest and for a long time were recorded as a National Forest Reserve by the Royal Forest Department, But on 30th December 1971 the National Committee on Wild Animal Reservation and Protection suggested that the islands should become a wildlife sanctuary. An alternative plan then proposed to develop the islands as a Vietnamese refugee camp. This idea was rejected as it was realized that the trans location and support of so many people in such a fragile enviroment, would soon result in damage to the islands pristine land and marine habitats.
Mu Ko Surin National park is situated in the Andaman sea approximately 60 km for the Coast of Phang Nga province in the southern peninsula region.The park covers an area of approximately 135 km2. of the protectd area 102 km2. Ku Surin Nua and Ko Surin Tai are large islands and are situated on a north south axis. A few kilometers to the north of the park is the Myanmar border and about 100 kilometers to the south is Mu Ko Similan National Park.
Phang – Nga is one of the southern province of Thailand, on the shore to the Andaman Sea. The province is located on the west side of the Malay Peninsula, and includes many islands of the Phang Nga Bay. The most famous one is the so-called James Bond Island, a needle formed limestone rock in the sea.
The Similan Islands, one of Thailand’s main diving destinations, are also part of Phang Nga province. It is located 788 kilometers from Bangkok and covers and area of 4,170 square kilometers.
Phang Nga was originally inhabited by small communities and named Kraphu – Nga. During the reign of King Rama II, nearby areas were occupied by the Burmese and so many people fled to Krabhu Nga. In 1824, Siamese troops defeated the Burmese and the invaders were expelled. King Rama III renamed the are Phang-Nga and in 1933 the town was expanded to be province.
– Phang Nga Bay or Ao Phang Nga National Park
– Ko Panyi Island
– Mu Ko Samilan National Park
– Ko Phra Thong Island
– Khao Lak Laem Ru National Park
– Khao Laem Pi Hat Thai Mueang National Park
– Wat Suwannakuha Temple
– Ko Yao Island
– Hat Khao Lak Beach
– Wat Rat Uppatham or Wat Bang Riang Temple
Events & Festival :
– Water Melon Day
– Free The Turtles Fair
– Songkran Fesival
– The Mo Jor Poh Statues Procession
– The Chao Lay Boat Floating Festival
– The worship ceremony of Narayana and his followers
– Vegetarian Festival
– Amazing Phang Nga Festival : High Opening Phang Nga Festival
Laem Phom Thep Cape is a headland forming the extreme south end of Phuket. “Phrom” is Thai for the Hindu term “Brahma”, signifying purity, and “Thep” is Thai for “God”. From Rawai Beach turn right and go for 2 kms. The caps has tall cliffs on the south, Local villagers used to refer to the cape as “Laem Chao”. or the God’s Cape, and it was an easily recognizable landmark for the early seafarers traveling up the Malay Peninsula from the sub continent. The cliffs running down to the boulders at the sea is a line of palm trees. Emerald green currents swirl in the deep water and breakers hurl themselves in vain against the rocky point : it is one of Phuket’s most inspiring vistas. From Phomthep Cape, which is the most beautiful place to catch Phuket’s famous sunset, a road leads northwest to Nai Han Beach.
Two Heroins Monument a famous monument in Amphoe Thalang, is the memorial statue of the heroines Thao Thepkasattri (Kunying Jan) and Thao Sisunthon (Mook), who rallied islanders in 1785 to repel Burmese invaders. As the island’s governor had just died, organizing Phuket’s defense against the Burmese invasion of 1785 was conducted by his widow, Thao Thepkasattri. With her sister’s help, they assembled what forces they had, then cleverly disguised local women as male soldiers, thus appearing to increase Phuket’s military manpower. After a month’s siege, the Burmese invaders became exhausted and retreated. King Rama i awarded Kunyin Jan with the royal title of Thao Thepkasattri.
Phuket formerly known as “Talang”, is one of the southern province of Thailand. Neighbouring province are Phang Nga and Krabi, but Phuket is an island there are no land boundaries. It is situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoyed a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traders. The region now derives much of its income from tourism.
Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand, located in the Andaman Sea of southern of Thailand. The island is mostly mountainous with a mountain range in the west of the island form the north to the south.
Located approximately 862 kilometers south of Bangkok is Phuket Thailand’s largest island, which is often dubbed as the pearl of the Andaman, or the pearl of the south. Its natural resources rocky peninsular, limestone cliffs, white powdery beaches, tranquil broad bays and tropical in-land forests contribute to making it the south’s wealthiest, busiest, most vistited and most popular island and province.
– Two Heroins Monument
– Talang National Musuem
– Hat Patong Beach
– Hat Karon Beach
– View Point
– Laem Phomthep
– Wat Chalong Temple
– Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlif
Events & Festival :
– Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Sri Sunthorn
– Vegetarian Festival
– Laguna Phuket Triathlon
– Phuket Travel Fair
– Phuket King’s Cup Regatta
– Chao Le Boat Floating Festival
Phra Mhathat Chedi Phutthathmmaprakat , located is on a hilltop in Betong center, on the ground of Wat Phutthathiwat, Rattanakit Road, The pagoda is built in the modern Sivijaya style, covered in gold color. It is 39.9 meters high, built to commemorate the 69th birthday anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen. From the pagoda one can see all of the temple ground and part of Betong city center.
Wat Khuhaphimuk Temple or Wat Na Tham, this temple is one of the three most revered places of the south, along with Phra Borommathat at Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phra Borommathat Chaiya at Surat Thani, signifying the importance of Buddhism in the area since the Srivijaya period. This temple is located in Tambon Na Tham, about 8 kilometers from the city, on the road to Amphoe Yaha, A stream runs through the ground of the temple. A figure of a giant, made in B.E. 2484 and named by the villagers as Chao Khao, protects the entrance of the cave that house the reclining Buddha image. Inside the cave is a large chamber that has been converted into a religious are, with an opening in the rood of the cave that lets in the sunlight. The reclining Buddha has been estimated to have been made in B.E. 1300, around the Srivijaya period that is 81 feet and one inch long. It is believed that the sculpture was in the Sleeping Narai posture but later modified into the Hinayana reclining Buddha.
Sakai Village, The Sakai live at Moo 3, Tambon Ban Rae, about 80 kilometers on the road to Betong. The Sakai is an ancient namad tribe who exists on hunting and gathering, is an expert on herbal plants and using darts for hunting. Their dwellings were originally made of bamboo, with thatch roof. Recently the Department of Social Work has developed the village by segregating the Sakai in one area and introduced rubber planting as their occupation. The Department also asked the Princess Mother for naming of the group with the family name of Si Than To. At present, there are a fes of the Sakai left at this village, the rest of the group has moved to other areas.
Yala is the southernmost province of Thailand. The southern part of the borders of Kedah and Perak of Malaysia.
Yala is about 1,084 kilometers south from Bangkok.
Historically Pattani province was the center of the semi independent Malay Sultanate of Pattani, but paying tribute to the Thai Kingdoms of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya. After Ayutthaya fell in to the Burmese in 1767, Sultanate of Patani gained full independence but under King Rama I again came under Siam’s control.
In 1909, it was annexed by Siam as part of Anglo Siamese Treaty of 1909 negotiated with the British Empire. Along with Narathiwat, Yala was originally part of Pattani province but they were split off and became provinces of their own. There is a separatist movement in Yala, which after being dormant for many years erupted again in 2004. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel in the province.
– Yala Center Mosque
– Wat Khuhaphimuk or Wat Na Tham Temple
– Tham Mae Nang Montol Cave
– Namtok Suthailai Waterfall
– Sakai Village
– Namtok Buke Pilo or Namtok Tawan Ratsami Waterfall
– Phra Mahathat Chedi Phraphutthathammaprakat Temple
– The Largest Mailbox in Thailand
– The Swift
– Betong Hot Spring
– Piyamit Tunnel
– Bala-Hala Forest
Events & Festival :
– Asean Java Songbird Contest
– The City Pillar Ceremony
– Yala Product and Cultural Revival Festival