Am just kicking off my Southern Thai mainland trip which has me covering stuff for the four weeks. If anyone has any suggestions on destinations, places to stay etc they'd like to see considered for review, please let me know. I'll be doing as much as possible by train and plan to cover from Ratchaburi right down to Narathiwat though will be skipping the Andaman Coast spots.
Very very much looking forward to getting back to Bang Saphan
How about TCDF Eco-Logic in the hills outside Ranong? Terrible name for a guesthouse, I know. And I haven't been there yet myself, though I plan to go next year. But the reviews on Tripadvisor are fabulous and the website looks great. Plus it's rather unique and all for a good cause.
An update on Khao Luang National Park and Khanom beaches would be good.
#3 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
No real suggestions for you somtam2000, but have a great time.
The central coast is one of my all-time favourite trips in LOS - PKK, Ban Krut, Bang Saphan and beaches down to Chumphon.
Although another visit always comes under serious consideration when I'm in planning mode I haven't been since '09, so feel free to fill me in!
A report on how the restaurant at the Suanluang resort in Bang Saphan is travelling would be well received.
@karibou - unfortunately not hitting west coast this trip, but noted the place tks.
@leonard Yup both are on my hitlist
@fondo we're definitely on the same page when it comes to what is worth seeing in Thailand as will be spending time in all those.
On the train to Ratchaburi now - brilliant blue skies & scenery rushing past - I love train travel.
Koh Thalu would be good too as there's not much about it on the net.
#6 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Great night market on the riverfront in Ratchaburi. Definitely check it out. I stayed at Numsin Hotel. Great spot. Lovely owners. Not very good wi-fi when I was there, though. Ratchaburi is a nice, tidy town.
South of Hua Hin, right on the beach, Wat Khao Takiab has a nice standing Buddha, lots of monkeys, and is a nice spot for a few quiet moments looking out over the Gulf. I lived in Ban Khao Takiab for 5 months in 1999 and haven't been back since 2000. The beach south of the temple was completely deserted but, looking at Google Maps, appears to be very developed now. There were no resorts in the area at that time. The cool little fishing port is still there. Might be worth a look. Maybe there are some budget-friendly options in the village as it would be a great alternative to Hua Hin. Ban Khao Takiab was a really nice quiet little spot. Lots of phosphorescence in the seawater, as well.
prachup kiri kan is nioce and not touristy and I prefer it to Hua Hin
Petchaburi worth a visit
You could head to Satun and then to Had Yai or go to Phatalung then Sogkla and direct from there to Narathiwat
personally I like Narathiwat a lot and have spent many months there over the years including during the troubles
There is so much to see and do just depends on what floats your boat
Spend a couple of days in Ban Khiriwong village in the foothills of Khao Luang. I forget the name of the resort right on the river, but the wooden bungalows were 400 baht a night and the food they served in that restaurant attached to the bungalows was simply out of this world. From Khiriwong do a day trek into the mixed orchard plantations in the foothills of the park, where you can also visit some very pretty waterfalls and go for a swim. A local guide named Kong took me and 2 other tourists up there. His # is: 084-4401370. There is another guide down there by the name of Bern: 080-1505389. The waterfall in the main tourist are of the national park is wonderful as well. Try to motivate yourself to trek to the top of Khao Luang. I'm pretty sure it's 2 nights. Kong can guide you. I'm sorry to say that I was too hungover the following morning to follow through with it.
That's great info Greg -- thanks.
Unfortunately it's taken my a lot longer to move south than I thought -- I'm only in Chumphon at the moment and really only have five full days left, so Khao Luang is going to have to wait for another trip!
Sounds good Greg. Do you have any photos of the region by any chance?
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