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what island to go to

Posted by lorna123 on 30/12/2010 at 04:18

Hi there i know there has been similar posts and i know its a pretty open question which island or what beach to go to? depending on what you are looking for? I have had a look at the island selection but im still undecided can any one recommend. we are a group of 6 people and are looking for something middle of the road eg not to busy yet no to quiet. ive been to ko pangan, and ko samet so would like to try somwhere different, phuket does not appeal, nor ko sumui i feel it would be to touristy, does anyone reccomend ko chang or ko lipe cheers lorna.

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Posted by swag on 30/12/2010 at 05:48

Hi Lorna, what time of the year are you going? Are you leaving from Bangkok or somewhere else? I have stayed on Chang three times now and once on Lipe. Enjoyed myself at both, but they are quite different styles. Chang is larger with more infrastructure and easier to get via BKK. Fly or bus to Trat then head over. Lipe is a little more involved to get to. I went via Hat Yai then minibus to Pak Bara pier then speed boat to Lipe. Theres also a ferry from Langkawi or head down via Trang islands on Tigerline ferry. Not sure what your interest are but the diving swimming snorkelling I think imho is better at Lipe or the Andaman sea side than Chang or Mak, etc. Food wise Chang has a larger variety being a much bigger island and range of tourists etc. Don't know wether this helps or not but any questions ask away.
cheers
swag

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Posted by lorna123 on 30/12/2010 at 09:18

Hi swag thanks for your response and info we are going over this feb and probably going from bkk or flying from chiang mia south, not to sure yet depending whether we go to laos or not, id figured it may be a bit more difficult and time consuming to get to ko lipe than ko chang where in ko chang did you enjoy? as from reading their seems to be quite a few resorts and beaches to go to cheers lorna

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Posted by swag on 30/12/2010 at 10:23

Hi Lorna as I am a bit of a flashpacker/midrange spender not sure if were I stayed is up your alley . Lonely beach enjoyed Siam Beach resort as it's a bit quieter. Khlong Prao beach have now stayed a few times at Chai Chet Bungalows. They have some great quiet shaded concrete bungalows on the headland so you get a great sunset from your balcony. Numbers 2-6 from memory were the best. It's a bit of a walk to the beach but I suppose that's why there a bit cheaper but they have since added a great pool. Bonus is very good mid priced seafood here. Also if your staying here Ka Ti restaurant run by the lovely Ning further down the road is fantastic.
cheers
swag
p.s also from Chang you head via Bang Bao slow boat to Koh Mak if Chang seems a bit busy. We had a few days on Chang then went to Koh Mak resort for a week although I see they have put their prices up quite a bit. Very good food here and well run. They will also do a cash advance for a fee if you get short.

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Posted by sirhalberd on 30/12/2010 at 20:24

Read up on Hua Hin. See if that place has any interest for you. Easy to get to from Bangkok.

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Posted by Krabiman on 13/1/2011 at 21:48

Forget Hua Hin nothing much there.

Koh Chang is a good choice. Big island with plenty of beaches, a good waterfall and you can do a boat trip south to check out other islands. Medium busy with some nice food and laid back nightlife.

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Posted by lorna123 on 14/1/2011 at 00:55

Thanks Koh chang seems to be a good base for exploring the other islands as you mentioned and lots of beaches to choose from sounds good. Hua Hin i think would be fine for a weekend break away from bkk but we are hoping for at least 4-5-6 days on beach, and 3 weeks in thailand we should defo have time for this. We are heading to chang mia then poss over to laos if we do not get their the other option was to fly south from CM to Phuket any good recommendations around that area pref not Phuket itself though cheers lorna

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Posted by tezza on 16/1/2011 at 14:34

Not too busy, not too quiet. I'm thinking Lanta.

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Posted by Krabiman on 16/1/2011 at 18:32

Lanta is very quiet unless you go xmas time.

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Posted by guava_girl on 17/1/2011 at 08:38

My vote is also on Lanta. You can fly to Phuket and get a ferry there.

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