I am planning on travelling to Thailand mid-May for a week or so on my own. My main goal is to spend the time relaxing on an island beach (or inside a bungalow if it is raining!) rather than 'sight see', but I am at a loss as to which island to choose?
Ideally, id prefer one that wasn't merely a cove for loved-up couples, or one that is too wild and loud - something in between would be perfect!
Its not a huge issue, but just to check - I appreciate that May is the start of the monsoon season, but does that mean sunbathing on a white beach is out of the question all together?
Thanks for any advice!
#1 dave07 has been a member since 2/3/2007. Posts: 7
You could try Koh Lanta. Last time I went was about 3 years ago and it was very peaceful. It wasn't very well known at the time - it is gaining in popularity but I think it would still be nice there.
The beaches are great - not particularly great for snorkelling as they are not rocky enough, but for a wide sandy beach with fantastic sunsets over the Phi-Phi islands and bungalows right down to the sand, I've never found better (there were no hawkers when we went either........but I'm sure that will have changed!).
Pretty much all the hotels/resorts there were bungalow operations and not built above the tree line so picturesque - it was also relatively cheap at the time compared to places like Railey and Phuket.
Most of the activity goes on beachside, so you can wander along and pop into little bars and restaurants without leaving the sand!
To get there you can get a ferry from Krabi (about 2 hours) or there are mini-buses etc from Krabi too which take about 1.5 hours). Unless they have built a bridge since I went, it involves 2 car ferries - one to Koh Lanta Noi from the mainland and then another over to Lanta Yai (where the accommodation is).
If you want to know anything else, I'd be happy to help.
#2 Loops has been a member since 21/3/2007. Posts: 5
Thats great thanks. I had browsed that island but not really looked too much at it. Cheers. If anything else comes to mind, I know who to come to!
#3 dave07 has been a member since 2/3/2007. Posts: 7
Ko Lanta is a pretty good option, though I'd be wary of the weather -- particularly in May. If you're concerned about rain, Ko Samet is a good choice -- it's not the most beautiful island, but it's still pretty great, and sort of fits into your idea of not a love nest nor a ravers retreat -- somewhere in between. Plus its very convenient to Bangkok.
There's always Ko Pha Ngan -- it's big enough that you can hide from the parties when you want and join in on other occasions -- very popular too, so if you want to hook up with a few other travellers its a fine choice.
#4 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,644
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Is it just me or is main part of Koh Phi Phi one of the dirtiest stretches of beach imaginable?
Horrible water and so much rubbish...shame about monkey beach on the other side...even more rubbish
We had to get a boat to take us to cleaner water and beaches for swimming
#5 darnsmall has been a member since 15/4/2007. Posts: 4