I am traveling to Thailand with my husband and two kids (6 and 9), and we have a couple of weeks late April- mid May to be down south on some beaches.
We are looking for a mellow (not too touristy) scene, hopefully one that includes: a Thai town/village nearby with cheap eats (walking or biking distance), and snorkeling off the beach possibilities. Hikes and other activities nearby would be a plus, too.
Thanks for your ideas!!
#1 dancingD has been a member since 18/3/2012. Posts: 1
Agree with above. Also try Koh Muk, Koh Libong and Koh Ngai.
#3 guava_girl has been a member since 21/10/2010. Posts: 252
Um, Lanta is real nice but snorkelling off the beach is not strong. However snorkelling on the Trang Island daytrips available everywhere on Lanta is real nice - not to mention the fabulous Emerald Cave on Ko Muk.
Phayam is a sweet island - has your other asks but not good snorkelling.
Kradan has good snorkelling, but forget the village.
Hey, oft-maligned Lipe can do all your asks. One reason it is knocked is because of overcrowding - but not in April (away from any Thai holiday). I might just make it there myself in April.
Other possibilities? Check travelfish and others re Coral Beach on Ko Phangan.
Thought I'd add Coral Beach is better known as Had Khom. The nearby fishing village is Chaloklum, maybe 1km to the west on a good sealed road (a bit steep in parts) on Phangan's north coast. Chaloklum has not been dominated by touristy things and has a nice local character.
I wish I could say this for the villages on nearby Ko Tao which has some of the better snorkelling off the beach in Thailand. But all the village areas I know are as much/more touristy than local in flavour. Maybe someone could correct me here.
Wait, there's more! (Jeez, I wish I could think of all this stuff in my original answer).
Some real good trekking can be had out of Had Khom. Head east over the steep divide on a well marked track from near the end of the sealed road and you come to the north coast's nicest beach, Bottle Beach (aint got good snorkelling or a nearby village).
You can climb to a terrific viewpoint to the east of the beach. Or continue up the road into Bottle Beach from the south coast and eventually hike into Thong Nai Pan. Hell you can keep going from there down to Than Sadet.
But you would be flat out to do all this in a full day return.
Krabi, Lanta, Mook should fit the bill.
#9 longbeach has been a member since 28/3/2012. Posts: 307
Krabi is nice and also Maya Bay, just some nice beaches in Thailand, surely you and your family will enjoy and relax.
#10 yippie65 has been a member since 12/5/2011. Posts: 27