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Trouble Choosing an Island!

  • JamieB

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    I have been reading the descriptions for each of the Thai Islands and I still can't figure out which island/s are the best to visit! This will be my first time to Thailand and I have only heard about Phuket, but I have been turned off by the number of negative comments made on the blogs. I am young and looking to meet other travelers but also want a real taste of the culture and the Thai people. Does anyone have suggestions as to what their favorite islands are? I will traveling in early April for 2 weeks.

    #1 Posted: 17/1/2008 - 04:00

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  • somtam2000

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    Hi Jamie,

    My first suggestion would be an island in the southwest -- eg Ko Sukorn or Ko Libong -- these are very low-key places though -- you'll meet some other travellers, but not a lot.

    Otherwise it's difficult to recommend an island that is good for meeting other travellers and one that offers a real taste of Thai culture/people. For instance Ko Yao Noi is great for culture/people, but you'll meet few travellers there, while Ko Pha Ngan or Ko Tao are great for meeting backpackers, but not so hot on the culture side.

    #2 Posted: 17/1/2008 - 06:10

  • khunwilko

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    If you want to experience Thai culture etc, it's worth bearing in mind that most Thai people don't live on islands, they live on the mainland and work for a living in factories and on farms etc

    #3 Posted: 17/1/2008 - 09:19

  • Guernseystu

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    Depending on how soon you will come here I may be able to help you with a suggestion. I will be visiting Koh Pha-Ngan next week as I have heard about a very quiet little area of the island that is the polar opposite to Had Rin. Quiet, cheap accommodation, few tourists and good food.

    Some years ago I went to Koh Lanta and it was one of the best places that I have been but this has surely changed by now.

    #4 Posted: 17/1/2008 - 17:12

  • JamieB

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    Thanks for the information everyone! And Guernseystu, let me know what you think about Koh Pha-Ngan when you get back. I will be arriving at the beginning of April...

    #5 Posted: 18/1/2008 - 03:29

  • khunwilko

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    rememvber that the middle of April is Song Khran...the Thai new year....so everywhere will be pretty full

    #6 Posted: 18/1/2008 - 09:19

  • Guernseystu

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    Just got back from Koh Pha-Ngan and I, once again, have faith that not every beach in this country has been entirely ruined. Great place, cheap bungalows and lots to do. The only downside for me was the food. Mainly foreign stuff (which is okay once in a while) and crappy Thai food as a backup. There were no vendors or little food shops selling proper Thai food.

    Anyway, heartily recommended, so just go to this link and see The Wife's picture report

    #7 Posted: 2/2/2008 - 23:43

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    Hi Guernseystu -- that's some nice pics -- I didn't realise there was another bay after Haad Khom -- great find.

    Glad you managed to dodge all those naked stoned hippy types... ;-)

    #8 Posted: 3/2/2008 - 07:31

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