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First Time in Thailand - East Coast

Posted by KidCat on 11/5/2012 at 06:08

Hello Community

I am single female Traveller to Thailand - I stay in Bangkok now, but soon I would like to go to Koh Samet and the Koh Chang Islands.
Anybody has some Recommendations, where to go and stay?
Cheers and Thanks

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Posted by tezza on 12/5/2012 at 04:33

Bit hard not knowing your budget.
But for low budget travellers I reckon one of the best locations on big Chang is the enclave of beachfront budget bungalows centered on RockSand towards the quieter north end of the most popular beach and first off the ferry, White Sand Beach.

Lonely Beach is a good budget location popular with long termers and returnees - lots of cheap places in town but right down on the sout end of the beach you should have no problem getting a good value bungalow at Siam Hut.

The islands south of big Chang are jewels. Only problem is you may have to go back to the mainland now high season has ended for transport - and some places will have closed down.
I'd be checking Ko Wai Paradise and Ko Wai Pakarang, joints like Island Hut and (the cheaper overwater bungalows) at CocoCape on Maak and those cool places travelfish lists along the river at Ban Klong Chao (Jao) on Ki Kut. Kut is best reached from a separate pier from the others - and boats will run for locals in low season. Google will give you info on this.

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Posted by altmtl on 12/5/2012 at 10:48

Lonely Beach & Ko Wai get my vote :)

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Posted by vineetkoushik on 13/5/2012 at 13:31

Ko Samet is part of Khao Laem Ya–Ko Samet National Park, which encompasses Khao Laem Ya on the mainland, as well as various other islands. Ko Samet has been developed over the past few years and remains hugely popular with Bangkok folk who take up many of the rooms during the weekends.

Koh Chang, Thailand's second largest island, is the central point of Koh Chang National Marine Park, part of a marine national park consisting of mostly uninhabited islands. In recent years the beautiful paradise beaches of 'Elephant Island' have started attracting international tourists. As a National Marine Park, the area is protected and the island has developed with the environment in mind. All new buildings have been designed to enhance the landscape, not destroy it. Koh Chang is is quickly becoming one of Thailand's most popular islands for people from all over the world!


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Posted by tezza on 13/5/2012 at 19:06

Um. I didn't mention Samet. Nice island to visit. Usually drier than most Thai islands n the wet season and virturally all the beaches are on the sheltered east coast. Lots of nice beaches but I like Ao Pudsa/Tubtim which has two nice places to stay with a good range of bungalows down to budget, is a nice beach, quiet at night but a relatively short walk to the livelier beaches just north.
The one catch with Samet it is is popular with weekending and public holidaying Thais - you usually need to pre book if arriving then.

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Posted by longbeach on 15/5/2012 at 20:10

Lonely beach is horrible. Lots of trash lying around and the beach is more prone to dangerous currents during wet season. You best bet is to stay between White Sands and Kaibee. Safer for swimming and lots more food choices. The road to Lonely beach is also hilly and dangerous on a bike so you are isolated in a not so good area.

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Posted by altmtl on 15/5/2012 at 21:51

true I saw a lot of trash, but I didn't like the vibe on the other beaches on Koh Chang that I saw.

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