One hilly island on the Gulf of Thailand has the ambience of a fishing village and the reminiscence of a royal palace to offer visitors. Its name is Koh Si Chang, comprised of nine islets, situated about 12km off the coast of Si Racha in Chon Buri.
King Chulalongkorn used his personal funds to build Asdang Bridge in the compound of Phra Chudadhuj Palace to celebrate the recovery of his son, HRH Prince Asdang Dejavudh, from an illness after his long stay on Koh Si Chang. The royal opening ceremony was held on Aug 23, 1891.
The atmosphere is tranquil on weekdays when holiday-makers from Bangkok and elsewhere have yet to arrive. Various activities await visitors on weekends, from sightseeing to fishing, relaxing on the beach, snorkelling or kayaking off a bat-inhabited islet or meditating at a cave monastery.
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