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Which island for 5 nights in April solo?

  • yorkshirela-
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    Hello,

    I'm currently researching a trip to Thailand March/April 2012 – my first visit to Thailand. :) Basically I'll be travelling with others to Bangkok, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Lampang and some quick island hopping around the Andaman Coast, finishing in Phuket . I have the opportunity to stay an extra 5 nights on my own at the end (which would be in early April), and I thought it'd be a great way to see how I find the whole solo travel thing. I've been to Asia before (Japan and Malaysia), but not on my own.

    I'm currently trying to decide which island to base myself at, but am suffering from a bit of information overload! Basically I'm looking for a place where it's...

    - easy to meet other travellers
    - a good base for making day trips. I can't envisage wanting to sun bathe all the time so I'd be interested in doing snorkelling, kayaking, cycling, maybe rock climbing, island hopping etc
    - chilled out and relaxed as opposed to a massive party scene; I prefer relaxed bars rather than full-on partying/raving
    - a good place to try local food... I won't be going to Thailand to sample Italian food!
    - relatively easy to get to Phuket or Ko Samui airport for my return home

    As an extra note I love wildlife so anywhere it's good to see a variety of wildlife would be a bonus.

    I had originally considered Ko Phi Phi, but after doing some research it sounds like it might be a bit too built-up, commercial party atmosphere etc which I wouldn't really be seeking out. Reading the articles on this website Ko Lanta and Krabi/Railay sound like they could also be good options. Basically, I don't want to be on my own with a lot of families and couples, but also not stuck in a big hedonistic party resort either!

    I suspect there is no one island to choose and the trip will be what I make it, but I was wondering if anyone could recommend any particular place to base myself for 5 nights. :)

    Also, am I best staying in a dorm to mix with other travellers more easily?

    Many thanks for any help!

    A Thailand newbie

    #1 Posted: 31/10/2011 - 02:02

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  • guava_girl

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    Are you flying out of Samui or Phuket ?

    If flying out of Phuket than I highly recommend Railay Beach. It sounds like it has everything that you are looking for. If you are flying out of Samui than go to Koh Phangan. But head to the northern part of the island to steer clear of the part goers on the south of the island. Try Thong Nai Pan Yai, Haad Salad or Mae Haad.

    #2 Posted: 31/10/2011 - 08:53

  • guava_girl

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    Are you flying out of Samui or Phuket ?

    If flying out of Phuket than I highly recommend Railay Beach. It sounds like it has everything that you are looking for. If you are flying out of Samui than go to Koh Phangan. But head to the northern part of the island to steer clear of the part goers on the south of the island. Try Thong Nai Pan Yai, Haad Salad or Mae Haad.

    #3 Posted: 31/10/2011 - 08:53

  • yorkshirela-
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    Thanks for your suggestions. :)

    I haven't yet booked my flights so I could fly out of either Samui or Phuket , although I guess Phuket would be easier as I'll be in that area at the end of the first part of my trip anyway.

    Railay Beach does sound like it could be a very good option; I'll have a more in-depth look at that area and also the areas of Koh Phangan you suggested.

    Thanks again for your help!

    #4 Posted: 31/10/2011 - 19:22

  • stoneman

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    Yes, as stated, either Koh Samui (Chaweng or Lamai beach) or Ao Nang/Krabi (Railay beach).

    #5 Posted: 15/11/2011 - 05:53

  • whardy

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    I adore Koh Lanta, but it's a bit slow if you're looking to meet people. Very chilled and cheapish(bungalows for 250-350 can be had on the beach.) For relaxation, I prefer Tonsai to Railay (next door neighbors), but either place is good for meeting people, rock climbing, and day trips to the many islands dotting the sea. In these places, there always seems to be a natural drift of travelers to certain bars and restaurants, so just follow the flow and you'll be meeting people in no time.

    #6 Posted: 16/11/2011 - 00:13

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