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HELP! planning family holiday christmas 2011

  • cocopops

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    16th October, 2011
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    we are taking our 3 kids to thailand this chistmas, having had 5 years skiing we decided its time for a change... how will they take it?? not sure yet!

    so 3 nights lushing it in Bangkok over 24 25 26th december and then off to the beach... Koh Samui, Krabi, Koh Lanta.. cant decide! thinking it might be fun to take the overnight train rather than fly, for 5 of us it makes economic sense and might be an experience (!)

    will the onward journey to Koh Lanta be worth the hassle? is it easier to go to Samui instead or just stop at Krabi? and where to sleep... too much choice! would prefer somewhere a bit cool, diving, hippy chic, beach hut.. rather than mid range resort. any tips? so many resorts, not enough info on line on the huts!

    any other insider info appreciated.. kids will be 15 12 and 8

    #1 Posted: 17/10/2011 - 04:03

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  • islandlover

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    15th November, 2011
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    I live on Ko lanta and think it is a great choice for a family! Klong Nin or Longbeach would be good areas that have a wide range of accommodation and places to eat etc. The whole vibe on Ko Lanat is very chilled an dthere is greta diving and snorkeling at near by islands.
    For NY something different could be to head to one of the quiet islands for a real nature experience. Visit www.freedom-adventures.net who have a NY trip to Ko rok and also organise other snorkeling island adventures.
    The classic beach hut is getting harder to find right on the beach and there are cheap options such as Roundhouse, Sunset Bungalows, Lanta River sand all on Klong Nin. Off the beach but great for family is Lanta Pearly Beach on Longbeach.
    Enjoy your travels!

    #2 Posted: 15/11/2011 - 04:27

  • whardy

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    14th November, 2011
    Posts: 66

    Well, Koh Samui is home of the mid range to expensive(been in Thailand a couple years so it's relative), Krabi is nice and chilled but lacking the picturesque beaches, and Koh Lanta is juuuuust right :) I recommend Kantiang Bay, it's by far the nicest beach on Koh Lanta and surprisingly has some good accomm deals. We stayed in a large hut overlooking the sea at Top View Resort for 250/night(roughly 8.30 USD, cold water, fan only), and there were bungalows on the beach for 300/night, with some a step up ranging from 700-1500/night. Getting to Koh Lanta isn't a hassle at all, much less hassle than Samui, and maybe less than long-tailing to certain parts of Krabi.

    The train is great, and gives you more freedom than the bus, but remember that it's at night and it's not going to be as comfortable as a real bed. You'll board and fall asleep in darkness, and wake up to a few hours of glorious scenery, but you have to determine if a few hours of gazing out of the window after a restless night on a bumpy train is worth giving up an extra day at the beach. I think it'd be a closer call if it was a day train, but in this case, you can mourn the loss of the experience as you down your beverage of choice on the white sands of southern Thailand. Enjoy your trip!

    #3 Posted: 16/11/2011 - 00:31

  • boleslav

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    30th August, 2009
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    I just would like to endorse the trip with Freedom adventures, we did several trips with them and can not recommend them highly enough plus their trips are for small groups only, up to 10 people.
    Ko Rok is lovely and the snorkeling there is very good

    #4 Posted: 8/12/2011 - 19:17

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