Me and my parner are planning our trip to Thailand this year. We are looking to spend 2.5-3 weeks there starting 26th December. While looking at weather reports and friends advice we have decided on the Andaman Sea Islands.... But which one or maybe a few? We don't know the hustle and bustle of everything maybe some nice bars and a restaurant but for it to be quiet and relaxing, my partner loves elephants so maybe an island with elephant trekking on or maybe even a day visit to an island that does it?? I would really like to try some diving.
We haven't really tried that far east before so thought of maybe incorporating a few days to Cambodia is this possible?
Thanks so much for all your help in advance
#1 Kjglen has been a member since 26/5/2012. Posts: 1
Um...the only 2 Andaman islands with elephants I know are Phuket and Ko Lanta.
Phuket gets bad press on account the big 3 beaches are maybe a bit too commercialised and over the top (although I do like Kata) but it has a beach for everyone. 2 which meet your asks are Nai Yang and Nai Thong, both near the airport.
A bit more lively but not over the top and much bigger choice of places - Kamala.
Lanta is sweet and has half a dozen beaches would fit your specs - I'd be trying Long Beach or Khlong Nin
Elephants don't live on islands unless someone has brought them in for commercial purposes, and then it's usually just for touristy 30 minute rides. For something more "real" check out Khao Sok National Park north of Phuket, and look at Jungle Huts or Smiley Bungalows which organise elephant tours/treks in the jungle. The park itself is also excellent, including overnight stays on floating raft huts. Bear in mind you are going at the businest time of the year so probably book ahead.