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Si Racha

Si Racha is not really a beach destination so much as a transit point on the way to Ko Si Chang. A busy fishing town, it does have a reputation for wonderful seafood restaurants. The town has given its name to the pungent fish sauce 'nam prik si racha' which is produced there and is popular throughout the kingdom.

Wat Ko LoiOff the beach at the north end of town is Wat Ko Loi, an ostentatious Sino-Thai temple built on a rocky island which is connected to the mainland by a 1.5 km long causeway. In addition to images of the Chinese Goddess of Mercy and Buddha's footprint it has a lifelike wax statue of a monk who was known for his healing powers and spent many years on the small island before mysteriously disappearing in 1959, reportedly with all the donations.

Bengal TigerAt the Si Racha Tiger Farm, eight km east of town, you can hold a baby tiger in your arms, or have your picture taken with a tame crododile. The Zoo covers more than 40 hectares and teems with wildlife, including more than 100,000 crocodiles and one of the world's largest groups of Bengal tigers, more than 130 of them. Circus shows include pig racing, ostrich racing, and female performers who wrestle with crocodiles or cover themselves with scorpions. Try the crocodile satay or crocodile soup at the restaurant. Open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

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