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3 weeks on Thai Islands - Ko Lanta first - then where?

  • Kazzer00

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    Myself and my boyfriend will be spending just over 3 weeks in Thailand in October. We are going straight from Bangkok to Ko Lanta . We plan to spend 2-3 nights in Ko Lanta. Can anybody advise if there is anywhere else we should go to nearby? I know that a lot of the ferries don’t operate until November. We’re looking for somewhere not overrun but not dead quiet either. With some good snorkelling and with some restaurants/bars. We plan to spend the second half of our holiday over on the other side (Ko Phangan and Ko Tao) so if anyone can recommend anywhere near Ko Lanta worth going to then that would be great. Thank you.

    Kaz

    #1 Posted: 22/9/2009 - 21:31

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  • somtam2000

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    Ko Jum would be my first suggestion -- it isn't covered on Travelfish, but there is a post on it here

    #2 Posted: 23/9/2009 - 07:39

  • tezza

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    Jum is sweet. I reckon for a few bars etc stay down the south end of the island near Joy and New Bungalow - but October will be quiet.
    Jum aint known for good snorkelling and is a bit of a run-around to access out of dry season - but I think the Lanta-Jum- Krabi ferry started running before the end of October last year.
    If not, get the driver of the Lanta-Krabi minibus to put you out at the main road intersection for the road down to LAEM ***** from where public longtails go across to Jum.

    Phi Phi is an alternative. Long Beach has access to bars etc in town, has a bit of life itself, fairly good snorkelling - and will not be over-run in October.
    I personally like the east coast beaches like Ao Toh Koh and Relax Bay, but they will be real quiet in Oct.
    The Lanta-Phi Phi ferry is another usually doesn't run low season so you may have to go back to Krabi by minibus from Lanta and catch a ferry from there.

    Now if all this sounds a bit of a hassle transfer-wise, why not go to Ton Sai, the climbers' beach in the Krabi area? Great bunch of people to socialise with and a lot of accommodation to pick from. Plenty of vacancies in OCt. Ton Sai beach aint great but adjacent West Railay is and less than 15 minutes stroll further is Phra Nang which is arguably on of the best in Thailand when it is not crowded. This area is not overcrowded in October.

    #3 Posted: 23/9/2009 - 20:13

  • tezza

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    Um, the TRAVELFISH auto-sensor didn't like Laem's ?? second part.
    Okay:
    K for Krispy
    R for rascal
    U for under
    A for authentic
    T for terrific

    I think I've seen it written KRUAD and even which an H in there somewhere.

    #4 Posted: 23/9/2009 - 20:19

  • Kazzer00

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    Thanks Tezza I'll look into those. Railay sounds very appealing.

    Kaz

    #5 Posted: 29/9/2009 - 18:30

  • somtam2000

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    Naughty spellcheck -- you wouldn't believe some of the words in there... fixed anyway.

    Just to be sure, tezza was talking about Laem Kraut

    #6 Posted: 29/9/2009 - 18:56

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