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recommendation for one week in the South, high season!

  • catherinef

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    Reading on here, I see you guys are pros -- I'd love your help!

    I'm going to be in the South of Thailand from Jan 1-8. It's incredibly busy at this time, and I'm discovering that many places are booked.

    I'm 33 and traveling alone. I'd really like a laid back place, with beautiful scenery that I can relax and enjoy. (also snorkeling, etc.) I'd like friendly travelers around, more than families or crazy party people.

    Considering weather on different islands, too, I'm quite overwhelmed and really have no idea what the best fit for me is.

    If you have a suggestion, I'd love to hear. It's down to the wire, now!!

    #1 Posted: 3/12/2010 - 22:05

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  • busylizzy

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    I would suggest checking out Koh Kradan (accessed via Trang on the mainland) along with some of the other islands near there. They are very quiet islands compared to the more popular Koh Tao, Koh Samui, etc - and the snorkelling was pretty good off of Kradan. I would suggest staying at Paradise Lost, and you can book by texting the American owner, Wally. (Do a search on the forum, there is a thread dedicated to Koh Kradan accom, and his number is on there somewhere).

    When you arrive in Trang, there are a couple of travel booking places there that can arrange transport to the islands. Wally deals with one in particular that I found very good... but the name escapes me. (Again, it has been mentioned in other threads on the forum).

    #2 Posted: 4/12/2010 - 02:53

  • catherinef

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    Thank you, busylizzy! I actually tried to text Wally (from Canada), and can't seem to get a response. Good to know that I"m on the right track though...

    I don't know about showing up there without contact if I don't hear from him, as the other place on the island has bad reviews with rats! And I have heard about Paradise Lost being booked up sometimes...


    Any thoughts?

    #3 Posted: 4/12/2010 - 03:31

  • busylizzy

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    OK, I have done some digging around on the forums, and used trusty google to come up with following ideas to contact Wally:

    1. Latest contact number for him (according to the post of successful contact) is: +66-89-5872 409. When phoning from overseas you need to be careful how you enter the country and area codes. Maybe ask your phone company to help clarify this is you still have problems.

    2. KK Travel is the travel company in Trang that organised my boat there. I googled their website and came up with this: http://www.kktravelandtour.com/index.php?name=all
    I had to use the Google Translator to get the site converted to English. Their contact details are:
    40 Station Road, Trang 92000. TEL. 075 - 211198, 075 - 223664 FAX 075 - 211441 MOBILE: 081 - 894 5955.

    The also have an online inquiry page on their website if you go to the 'Contact Us' page. I found the girl that I dealt with there very helpful in organising my 3-island jaunt incl boat transfers and accom on the other islands.. Can't remember her name though.

    3. As per comment from SBE in another thread:
    "Contact via Seabreeze cafe/travel agency in Trang. They had his number last time I was there and they would probably know if the resort is still open or not. These are the contact details given on their website.
    Tel: 0066 89 973 3034 , 0066 86 686 5855
    Email : seabreezetours@hotmail.com"

    (If these details don't work, google for the Seabreeze website)

    Yeah, Wally's can be a bit tricky to get into at that time of year. I went in first week of Feb, and contacted him a week before I went, and could only get 3 nights instead of the 4 that I wanted.

    #4 Posted: 4/12/2010 - 04:54

  • catherinef

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    wow, busylizzy, that was so helpful!!! thank you so much.

    i got a text back from wally last night, and we're a go!

    i've seen your posts on the forum before -- are you a travel agent? if so, i have a question about getting to trang...
    (just thought i'd throw that out there, just in case!)

    #5 Posted: 4/12/2010 - 21:41

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