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If not Ko Samet, which island?

  • husqvarna

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    I stayed on Ko Samet last February and had a good time. I will be in LOS next February. Regarding Ko samet, been there, done that. What other islands can members suggest that are fairly easy to get to from BKK? I would rather not fly to Phuket for just 3 days or so. Thanks

    #1 Posted: 15/3/2010 - 07:47

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  • ceedee1

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    i plan on visiting koh samet for a few day in april.

    any advice you can give me?

    thanks.

    #2 Posted: 15/3/2010 - 13:34

  • tezza

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    I reckon big Ko Chang and neighbours may be the go. You are looking at another 2 hours from Bangkok for big Chang.
    Lotsa people knock it saying it has become too commercialised, but there are still some very laid back beachs on big Chang. Hell, there is still a very laid back area on White Sand Beach - party central big Chang.
    And the thing is, you might have liked Samet for the party - you can do that on White Sand or Lonely Beach on big Chang

    And it don't get too much more relaxed than Kos Whai, Mak and Kut to the south.

    "Fairly easy to get to from Bangkok"
    Hmmm - aint too much easier than cutting the zzzzzs in a sleeper train Bangkok to Chumpon (which saves a night's accommodation costs) and then jumping on a ferry for Kos Tao, Phangan and/or Samui.

    CD - I'll be back on Samet in a fortnight so will have updates in the usual place might help you. Anyway PM me if updates don't come soon enough.

    #3 Posted: 15/3/2010 - 13:46

  • caseyprich

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    I highly enjoyed my time at (big) Ko Chang and the surrounding archipelago. Lonely Beach is where the party is. If you want to relax go to Long Beach in the distant Southeast - I like staying on the beach at Zion but Monkey Tree(?) is still secluded. It is a great spot to get away.

    If you have to choose between Ko Wai and Ko Maak it depends on what you're looking for. Ko Wai had decent snorkeling but a busy beach as it seems to be the spot for it - but also a good hang out scene at Paradise. Ko Maak had really good food but not the best swimming beach - a little rocky. Nice for laying out and reading.

    The trip from Bangkok to Ko Chang took . . . I can only say between 6 -8 hours because I didn't sleep the night before so it felt like 12. Trat is also supposed to be a nice little town to stop in - though you skip going directly into it as the bus will take you right to the ferry.

    #4 Posted: 15/3/2010 - 15:45

  • caseyprich

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    Salakphet Bay (listed as this - Long Beach discussed underneath with no reference to Zion)

    #5 Posted: 15/3/2010 - 15:49

  • ceedee1

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    cheers tezza.

    well il be leaving in just over 2 weeks sos them updates may not come quite in time...thanks anyway,i think il take your previous advice and head to ao pudsa/au tubtim all being well.....after my andaman adventure of course (kradan/lipe etc)

    not sure wheer im gonna be for songkran yet.....btw how long does it take to get fom samet to chang? and whats the best mode of transport?

    #6 Posted: 16/3/2010 - 00:39

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