Hi, I'm spending two weeks in southern thailand this coming August, flying directly into phuket...was looking at doing a few off the beaten track 'exploring' adventures + the usual touristy thing (phuket-KoPhaNgan)...if anyone has some ideas of a rough route to take would be greatly appreciated...going to be backpacking with the girlfriend
#1 jimmy86 has been a member since 1/4/2009. Posts: 2
if u want to go somwhere that is off the beaten track , u should head to Nakhon Si Thammarat , this is a great town to spend a few days before heading off to ko pha ngan. it is also easy to get to from phuket , just go to phuket town bus station , and from there it is about 4-5 hours away, also Nakhon Si Thammarat has some great national parks and some of the best waterfalls i have seen in thailand.
Quick word of warning Jimmy. I booked a bus from Phuket to Koh Samui from a travel agent near Karon beach in August 06. The bus picked us up fine and the journey was great however...when we arrived in Surat Thani we got dropped outside a travel agent and the driver refused to go any further, insisting we had to "talk" to the travel agents. As soon as our bags were off the bus he drove away. The travel agent was trying to charge us 1500 BHT to get a taxi to the ferry terminal. We managed to get this down to 1000 BHT and had to pay it as our ferry was leaving very soon. When we got the the ferry terminal we found out that we had not got a ferry ticket either! The Phuket travel agent said it was all inclusive. As Boxee say's, use the town bus station not a travel agent!
Off the beaten track but a very short distance by ferry from Phuket - Kos Yao Yai and Yao Noi. TRAVELFISH has some good pages and I have a fair bit of info and pix in the first link below.
A lot of accomm places will be closed down, but some stay open and because these are rural/fishing islands with reasonable sized local populations transport to and from and around the islands plus day to day life will be unaffected.
thanks for all the advice, Yao Noi, looks unreal, might go out fishing..was considering Khao Sok national park as well on the return from KoPhaNgan...thanks again, starting to get a rough idea where we are heading
#5 jimmy86 has been a member since 1/4/2009. Posts: 2
Thanks for the great info
#6 ellennn has been a member since 22/4/2009. Posts: 11