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Khao Lak or Phuket

  • fiddlerd

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    I am trying to decide whether to visit Phuket or Khao Lak... Anyone have any opinion on this? I am going with my wife and we can afford something on the nicer side of things - $150-$200/night - and are looking for a good mixture of relaxation, snorkeling/diving, other water sports (sailing), and some nightlife.

    #1 Posted: 16/10/2009 - 00:58

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  • somtam2000

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    Probably Phuket is the better option -- especially on the nightlife side of things. There is also a larger range of beaches and accommodation to choose from there.

    #2 Posted: 16/10/2009 - 05:24

  • furneburner

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    Most nightlife in Phuket IMO revolves around the naughty variety, even the higher class clubs have freelancers roaming around them. Most bars have a few girls etc. Don't expect anything TOO romantic in alot of places.

    There are some great sailing options departing some of the beaches on Phuket though, have a look which beach the yacht club is on, can't remember the name. On of my friends did a short (4 or 5 days?) learn to sail course off that beach, said it was absolutely awesome...his wife was also allowed to accompany him so maybe you could look into that if your that into sailing.

    #3 Posted: 16/10/2009 - 05:36

  • tezza

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    Lak is very laid back, has an awesome range of nice properties - but yeah, Phuket has more of what you ask. BTW it has a big range of ALL types of nightlife, not just chasing girls.

    #4 Posted: 16/10/2009 - 18:45

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    care to give some examples tezza? (without trying to sound like a smartass)

    Besides Fantasea if you consider that nightlife.

    #5 Posted: 16/10/2009 - 18:52

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    by the way i wouldn't consider "dinner" nightlife.

    #6 Posted: 16/10/2009 - 18:56

  • fiddlerd

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    Chasing girls is probably out seeing as how I'm going with my wife. By nightlife I think I'm just looking for some beach bars for people watching and some nice restaurants that aren't over priced. We are staying at The Chedi Hotel - http://www.phuket.com/chedi/ - anyone know anything about this part of the island?

    #7 Posted: 16/10/2009 - 18:57

  • furneburner

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    Well there are about a squillion nice restaurants in Phuket, and the further you get away from the main drags the more reasonable the prices.

    Surin beach is a more family oriented area. lemme just see if i can find those floating restaurants....
    http://jamie-monk.blogspot.com/2006/04/phuket-restaurant-tips-laem-hin.html

    http://www.knowphuket.com/restaurants.htm

    and scroll down.


    Laem Singh which is quite close to Surin has a couple of bars/restaurants on the beach would would be quite charming at night, its just a bit steep to walk down the hill!

    #8 Posted: 16/10/2009 - 19:06

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    As per furneburner for Laem Singh during the day -- at night Kamala Beach isn't far away, but also back off the hill behind Surin Beach (past the mosque etc) there's some quite flash spots to eat.

    Bear in mind you'll be driving/riding out to eat as it's a looonnngggg walk from the front gates of Chedi down to where the accommodation is -- fantastic spot tho.

    #9 Posted: 16/10/2009 - 20:33

  • fiddlerd

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    Thanks... Great suggestions. Keep em coming.

    #10 Posted: 16/10/2009 - 20:39

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  • furneburner

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    The Amari coral beach at the end of patong beach has an all you can eat seafood buffet for 700 or so baht. Might be alright for a night out and a wander around patong later, but some of the posher places in Surin would likely do a similar thing. People speak highly of the one at Amari though.

    #11 Posted: 17/10/2009 - 06:43

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    #12 Posted: 17/10/2009 - 18:45

  • furneburner

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    dammit tezza i just typed you a massive email (not relating to this) on TT and it wont go through...any idea why?

    #13 Posted: 17/10/2009 - 19:56

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    I've tried to SEND about 6 pms over the past month - won't work for me.
    Can you pm other people?
    Anyway, try email - blackeldo57@yahoo.com.au

    #14 Posted: 18/10/2009 - 05:23

  • furneburner

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    Hey tezza, yeah i send one to a TT member yesterday.

    #15 Posted: 18/10/2009 - 07:21

  • rc

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    hi can anyone help>>> has anyone stayed at the amarin coral reef in Patong ?
    i have been reading mixed reviews reg distance into patong beach is it a far walk? is it a nice hotel???
    also not sure whether to book last part of our hoilday 5nts in Khao Lak or Koh Samui , all we wana do for 5 nights is relax pref in luxury
    >>> any suggestions pls
    cheers
    rc

    #16 Posted: 8/11/2009 - 05:49

  • rc

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    hi can anyone help>>> has anyone stayed at the amarin coral reef in Patong ?
    i have been reading mixed reviews reg distance into patong beach is it a far walk? is it a nice hotel???
    also not sure whether to book last part of our hoilday 5nts in Khao Lak or Koh Samui , all we wana do for 5 nights is relax pref in luxury
    >>> any suggestions pls
    cheers
    rc

    #17 Posted: 8/11/2009 - 05:50

  • furneburner

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    Whilst I have not personally stayed there, my friends have twice and they said it was perfect!

    And if you book online in advance off their website it's quite a good deal.

    However, it quite a far (but still walkable) stroll into town and the tuktuks will only give you a ride for 200 baht!

    #18 Posted: 8/11/2009 - 07:46

  • rc

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    hi furneburner thanks for the reply ... is it better to stay right in the hustle and bustle of patong or a little further ? any hotels you can recommend that are of similar standard to amarin coral that maybe closer???
    cheers
    rc

    #19 Posted: 8/11/2009 - 19:23

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