My boyfriend and I will be traveling in Thailand, starting Jan. 10th, for a month. Yes it's the high season and naturally there will be other travelers in droves, but I'm hoping we can still attain some level of quiet and seclusion on an island/mainland beach, probably in Trang province for the first couple of weeks (then on to the north). A simple, clean bungalow on or near the beach with access to food and swimming are basically what we're looking for...no nightlife or intense activity required. The islands that have stood out so far are Ko Bu Bu in Krabi, and Ko Libong /Ko Sukorn in Trang. We're having a hard time deciding on a spot, and it seems like it's necessary to reserve ahead this time of year...which makes me cringe as I always prefer to show up, bargain, and decide from there. SO, insight into any of these locales would be fantastic and greatly appreciated, especially Ko Libong vs. Ko Sukorn, whether it's important to book ahead in these spots, or suggestions of other places that I may have overlooked.
Another question: Air Asia or Nok air? Better to book ahead of time? It's the advanced planning and date deciding that's freaking me out a little, but I suppose you have to bite the bullet sometimes. Thanks in advance...
#1 alinaisle has been a member since 9/12/2010. Posts: 2
If I had to choose between Ko Libong and Ko Sukorn I'd go with Ko Libong. Both have a lot of accommodation that can't be booked online, and neither are all that popular, so by mid Jan you should be able to get away without a recservation -- you just might not get your first choice.
If you're booking ahead, AirAsia. For flights next day kinda thing, Nok Air (as their flight prices tend to fluctuate a little less). Comfort wise I prefer AirAsia but I love the colour scheme on the NokAir planes!
Lovely, thanks for the input!
#4 alinaisle has been a member since 9/12/2010. Posts: 2
Hi, we just returned from Thailand, Phuket Province. We have travelled several times to Thailand and never booked the hotels ahead. This year the tourist numbers were down sharply because of the political troubles (official number is -10 to 15% less Tourists travelling to Thailand vs 2009). But I suspect the reality its alot higher in some places. So I suggest you guys just visit the islands and enjoy the walk in rates that are around 10% lower then the rates the hotels/bungalows publish on their website. My personal favorite for the Trang Islands is: Koh Ngai (or pron. as Hai), the main beach is beautiful and you can snorkel from the Beach close to the pier of Koh Ngai Resort, with a Coral reef that is still in good shape(we visited the island in Dec 2009, bu things are changing fast especially this year was a major Coral Bleeching year!! )We had a great Bungalow at the fantasie resort (with aircon and around 1400THB/nigh incl breakfast).The food was good and Service aswell.
#5 richelieu2010 has been a member since 19/12/2010. Posts: 1