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A month in southern Thailand

Posted by somtam2000 on 12/8/2013 at 19:49 admin

Hi all,

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 :-)

Cheers

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Posted by karibou on 12/8/2013 at 20:43

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.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 12/8/2013 at 20:54

An update on Khao Luang National Park and Khanom beaches would be good.

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Posted by fondo on 12/8/2013 at 21:28

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.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 12/8/2013 at 22:49 admin

@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.

Cheers

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 13/8/2013 at 08:39

Koh Thalu would be good too as there's not much about it on the net.

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Posted by Tilapia on 13/8/2013 at 11:33

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.

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Posted by amnicoll on 4/9/2013 at 06:34

prachup kiri kan is nioce and not touristy and I prefer it to Hua Hin
Petchaburi worth a visit
ranong
Krabi
Trang
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

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Posted by gregmccann1 on 4/9/2013 at 16:22

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.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 4/9/2013 at 19:26 admin

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!

Cheers

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 4/9/2013 at 21:31

Sounds good Greg. Do you have any photos of the region by any chance?

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Posted by gregmccann1 on 5/9/2013 at 20:37

I'll dig up either a FB link or my old blog later and post them.

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Posted by gregmccann1 on 6/9/2013 at 09:21

There are some photos from Bangkok mixed into this album, but the rest are from Nakhom Si Thammarat, Ban Khiriwong, and Khao Luang NP

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 6/9/2013 at 12:11

thanks

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