My wife and I met in Thailand and spent an amazing week in Ko pangan and in Ko Tao back in 2000. We had an amazing time and we've decided to now go back to Thailand, though we are not longer in our 20s (more like early thirties).. We're a bit afraid by everything we read about how developed / ruined Thailand has gone since we've been there 10 years ago..
We're looking for advice on which islands to visit - we're not looking for big resorts, something simple but nice, not too busy but not too dead either..
Any jems still left in Thailand? Looking for your tips and advice.
#1 arielgr has been a member since 8/3/2011. Posts: 1
Lots of good info on Tezza's website ...
I'd recommend that you check out Koh Jum.
Why do people equate developed with ruined?
#5 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
Because Madmac, we all dream of deserted tropical islands where the hotels do not pump raw sewage into the sea via blue pipes. Where the availability of a bucket or a tattoo is not the main attraction.
The islands in the far south are incredible. Koh Muk was our first taste of Thailand and it was beautiful, although very quiet. On the coast near ko Tao there are some amazing beaches in Chumphon, with great restaurants and bars, with its own micro-climate.. and near BKK there is always Samet or the islands surrounding them.
After island hopping up from Koh Muk, we were really disappointed by all the really touristy islands and if it were not for the few gems we stumbled upon when I burnt our copy of the lonely planet, we would never go back.
#6 C has been a member since 17/3/2011. Posts: 6
Well even Koh Muk is on its way. It will soon be overdeveloped. Get in now while you can. The problem is Thailand doesn't have a strong enough non corrupt government either central or local to keep places on an even keel. The more foreigners equals more money. So that is why development goes unchecked.