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Bangkok to Ko Chang - stopover ideas?

  • smellel

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    Hi all,

    We’re am travelling from Bangkok to Cambodia (leaving 9th March) and would like to stop at Ko Chang for some beach time.


    We are just getting back into the swing of backpacking again so I’m not sure we’re keen on doing the 5 hour bus journey in one day. (And we also feel like we might be missing something travelling so far in 1 day.)


    Is there anywhere worthwhile stopping on the direct route to Trat/Ko Chang, or are we better perhaps going via Ko Samet ?


    Going via Ko Samet was our original plan, but with the boat and then bus via Ban Phe looks like will take up to 4hrs anyway and then have less time relaxing in Ko Chang.

    thanks in advance for your help!

    el
    :)

    #1 Posted: 25/2/2010 - 12:18

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  • tezza

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    Well I'm doing Bangkok - Samet - Chang in a few weeks. Bangkok - Samet is more like 3 hours, but what the hell.
    An alternative - Pattaya aint as bad as some poeple paint it - good for a few days. And apparently Ko Larn off Pattaya is a bit of an unknown jewel. I planned to do that one this coming trip, but not enough time.

    #2 Posted: 25/2/2010 - 19:25

  • Tilapia

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    Hi El,

    Chanthaburi is a nice town. It's only an hour from Trat . You sometimes have to switch buses there when en route to Trat.

    And Trat is a great spot to spend a night or two. Charming place with an excellent night market.

    #3 Posted: 26/2/2010 - 04:07

  • exacto

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    Samet and Pattaya are good choices, but since you are going to Ko Chang anyway, I'd just suck up the bus ride and go all the way to Trat . Like Tilapia says, it is a charming town and an great spot to spend a night or two. Good variety of accommodation, a few solid restaurants, and laid-back night spots.

    If you just can't bear the 5-hour bus ride, you could always look into flying from BKK to Trat on Bangkok Airways. It won't be cheap, but it is at least another option. Have fun. Cheers.

    #4 Posted: 26/2/2010 - 07:41

  • khunwilko

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    Pattaya and Samed have already been mentioned.

    If you want one night by a beach with relatively few farangs then I would suggest Laem Sadet or Laem Sing - they are really quite nice beaches - not "paradise" standard but during the week will be practically empty - holidays and week-ends will see crowds of Thai people there.

    there are in fact loads of places along that routs which are more or less ignored by those in their rush to ruin poor old Koh Chang.

    You might want to look at Khao Chamao National park and waterfall - camping and cabins - good waterfall

    #5 Posted: 27/2/2010 - 09:31

  • smellel

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    Thank-you all for the responses,

    khunwilko, is Khao Chamao National park practical to get to without your own transport?

    Can anyone recommend some good accom for Trat or Ko Chang ? At first I was going to say we would spend up to B1000 for a room, but looking at the accom listed on travelfish for Trat this seems wildly expensive..

    On Ko Chang it looks like this might be more reasonable...

    Basically, like I said above, we've been away from backpacking for a while and (as we're on a long trip) would like to ease ourselves back into it with some nice aircon rooms and no risk of bed bugs (I always seem to be the one who gets bitten!)

    thanks!
    el
    :)

    #6 Posted: 2/3/2010 - 06:14

  • khunwilko

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    in short I would say YES - it is about 20 km off the main road to Trat and there must be some Song teaws going up there - I would check the national park web site - they normally have info like that.

    http://www.dnp.go.th/parkreserve/asp/style1/default.asp?npid=108&lg=2

    #7 Posted: 2/3/2010 - 15:57

  • khunwilko

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    #8 Posted: 2/3/2010 - 15:58

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