hey heading to thailand in mid june first time, gonna spend about 2 weeks down south on the islands, and just wondering can anyone recommended the best places to go? and how easy is it to travel between island? totally havent got a clue what to do?
#1 irishguy has been a member since 11/3/2006. Posts: 5
Welcome to Travelfish!
Difficult to make a suggestion without having some info on your interests, but I'll give it a try anyway.
In June, you want to stick to the Gulf of Thailand as the weather on the west coast will be pretty wet.
Of the three main gulf islands, Ko Tao is the smallest island and a veritable diver's mecca, Ko Pha Ngan is larger and more rustic, withs loads of beaches to choose from and a boisterous party scene, while Ko Samui is the largest -- a very well developed island home to luxury resorts, an international airport and lots and lots of tourists.
It is easy to travel by boat between the three.
If you've got more questions -- ask away!
i'm a big fan of koh samet too, and island just off the coast of rayong about 4 hours from bangkok by bus. it is worth a look anyway, although i'm not sure it has the variety most folks would want to fill up your two weeks. i agree with somtam's recommendations on the islands in the gulf. the advantage of something like Ko Samui is that you can fly directly to and from there from Bangkok on many scheduled daily flights, if that is within your budget. there is also a daily flight to/from Samui from the airport at U-Tapao, which is convenient to Pattaya and Samet.
Hi Irishguy, you could go to Phuket which is an island connected to the mainland by a bridge. Direct flights from Bangkok 1hr 10mins or bus which can take between 8 to 12 hrs Then go onto Phi Phi Don by boat which is up and running again and still trying to get on its feet after the tsunami. Hire a longtail boat for the day and go to Phi Phi Ley, no accomadation though(has Maya Bay where the movie"The Beach" was partly filmed).
From Phuket you could also go to Similian Islands. Good diving here. I'll be heading there in about 2 weeks.
Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan are as stated above good islands to visit. Have seen for my self back in 2003 then returned again in 2005.
The Koh Pha Ngan full moon parties at Haad Rin are something that you have to see for yourself if you are into dancing and drinking on the beach.
You will enjoy where ever you end up going.
#4 aussieboonmar has been a member since 5/2/2006. Posts: 9
cheers peeps, great info, bit more sorted since the last post!!!! so me and my mate are planing now to fly to phuket from bangkok and do phi phi & phuket(4days) then were gonna travel by bus to surat thani and do koh samui(4days) and fly back from surat thani to bangkok and the hit chiang mai.
does this sound too much?
#5 irishguy has been a member since 11/3/2006. Posts: 5
Bear in mind that in June both Phuket and PP get a fair amount of rain. It won't be raining all day, day in day out,but it will be a bit wet.
Unless you're really stuck on PP, another option would be to head from Bangkok to Samui then perhaps visit Ko Pha Ngan and/or Ko Tao from there -- while not as spectacular as Phi Phi, the weather should be better.
cool!!!! yeah after thinking about it gonna do samui, pha ngan and tao and save PP for another trip. booked our internal flights 2day, flying to surat thani and then on to the islands to chill out, party and avoid the rain cheers folks
#7 irishguy has been a member since 11/3/2006. Posts: 5
My boyfriend and i just got back from Ko Lanta were we chartered a longtail boat trip to
Ko Nui ( a night of camping)
then over to Ko Mook and Ko Ngai-
not many people out there and having the freedom on our private boat was worth the price. We went with another couple to share costs.
the website is www.lantalongtail.com
#8 irisheyes has been a member since 28/3/2006. Posts: 4