Will be staying in Pattaya, mid-September. We would like to spend a few days on one an island. Have been there before, went to Samet. Enjoyed it, but may like something different, maybe a little less crowded. It seems that a lot of places are closed during September, due to rainy season. Not looking for anything fancy, just a nice place to relax. Thank you.
p.s. I should have provided more detail. We will be in Thailand for 2 weeks, only looking to go an island for about 3-4 days, thus only looking at those in the east.
#1 Slugo has been a member since 23/7/2011. Posts: 7
Ko Chang is a pretty obvious choice as it has a variety of beaches on offer depending on what kind of experience you're looking for - it's also the easiest to get to considering it is the jump off point for Ko Maak and Ko Wai . Ko Chang is big, so where Ko Wai and Ko Maak may be mostly shuttered up you'll still have plenty of opportunities to find a sandy spot on Ko Chang. Great sunsets.
I found some places on Maak that are open in September, and at pretty good rates. I thought it was possible to travel direct from Trat to Maak? Some of the web pages mention that only slow boat service is available, once a day. Is that accurate? Not an issue, just curious. I am guessing the trip would take 6 hours?
#3 Slugo has been a member since 23/7/2011. Posts: 7
In early 2010, the slow boat was not running every day but every other day. Because of that, we wound up taking the pricey but quick and fun speedboat directly from Laem Ngop to Koh Maak. If you spend the night in Trat, there are any number of places happy to sell a speed boat ticket. Ask around for different prices and times.
I wish I were there right now! Regards.
And back we go again. Enjoyed Chang last year, most everything was empty. I assume due to rainy season, but the weather was fine for the 3 days we stayed. Prices were also reasonable, B1500 for a nice, and quite new, aircon bungalow facing the pool/ocean. We stayed at the last resort on White Sand beach (can't remember name right now).
That being said, I'm thinking of going back to Samet this time. Mainly due the fact that it is much closer, the mini-bus ride to/fom Laem Ngop was a bit long.
Anyone have a recent experiences? It's been 3 years since I was last on Samet. Thank you.
#6 Slugo has been a member since 23/7/2011. Posts: 7
I think Samet is a good choice - nearly all the beaches face east so are on the lee side meaning no nasty surf like Chang and less flotsam etc than westward facing beaches. And Samet has a full range of beaches from lively to very laid back.
Having said that, I'm a fan on Ko Kut south of Chang. There will always be a ferry service on account of the decent local population (service includes songthaew to pier - ask at Trat bus station) and the beaches are far better than Chang's. I'd be thinking Siam Bay for a beach fairly sheltered in wet season (because of its wrap around headlands). Got three nice resorts flashpacker and above. travelfish's place booker plus Google are your friends here. Look for Siam Beach Resort for starters.
September is really quiet time for those islands. You won't find much open on Kood. Have you thought about flying south? Lanta is a bigger version of Samet without the bad mozzies. I don't know how you liked Samet with all the trash and mozzies there.
Yes, I have had my eye on Ko Kut. The only thing keeping me from going there is that it seems that the travel time would be most of a day. Like wise for flying to the southern islands. This is a once a year trip to visit a family member, so only want to spend 2-3 days away on an island.
I didn't recall Samet to be very trashy? Mozzies, yes. I think the beach was Vong Deum.
#9 Slugo has been a member since 23/7/2011. Posts: 7
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