This is the rough idea at this stage for an itinerary for November for a bit over 2 weeks in Thailand.
Day 1 Take plane from vientiane laos into bangkok (thus giving us the 30 day entry instead of 15 day?)
Day 2- Bangkok leave on train at 6:30pm for surat thani
Day 3, bus to krabi then ferry to phi phi arrive around lunch
Day 4 - phi phi
Day 5- phi phi
Day 6- leave phi phi, bus to surat thani then spend night there
Day 7- ferry to phangan
day 10- phangan
day 11- phangan- full moon party
day 12- phangan/ferry to surat thani then night train to bangkok
day 13- arrive bangkok early
day 14- bangkok
day 15- bangkok
day 16- bangkok
day 17-leave bangkok on 7 am flight back to australia
Would this be a good plan of attack or would you choose a different island to phi phi for practicality, thinking maybe even samui or krabi...are there backpacking scenes in these areas to get cheap accom though?? How would you break up this time? the phangan dates however are set so have to work around them, also the flight in and flight out.. other then that can move it around..
#1 helmo645 has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 5
You've only allowed yourself 2 full days in Phi Phi with a fair bit of travelling either side. On the upside, the weather will probably be better in Phi Phi than what you will get in KPN. You do know you are going to Koh Phangan during the month of heaviest rainfall, right? http://www.travelfish.org/weather_fish.php
If it weren't for the weather, I'd be tempted to just make your way from Bkk to Chumphon then go to Koh Tao then on the KPN.
Maybe consider Koh Chang and the NE islands as an alternative to Phi Phi.
As busylizzy said, November is usually the month that Koh Phangan has the most rainfall. However last year there was very little rain, so you never know. Best to check the weather once you arrive and go from there.
As for the rest, from Surat to Phi Phi will take the better part of a day, and vice versa. If you have it in your budget then why not fly to Krabi or Phuket from BKK instead of back tracking? You can also take an overnight government bus directly to Krabi.
#3 guava_girl has been a member since 21/10/2010. Posts: 252
Thanks for the help, Yes I gathered from a few posts it would be quite wet around but ah well beggers cant be choosers.. Only thing is from what I'm reading regardless Phi Phi really is a budget blower for backpackers and should we go samui there will be little going on due to those monsoons but its also more costly there..
Would koh tao take preference over phi phi and samui in our case?
Koh chang does appear to hvae some good points about it but it is a little out of way to make it down to phangan it appears..maybe even just stay in krabi?? Please help lol
#4 helmo645 has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 5