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Want a quie stay with sun and beaches in late September, koh mak a good choice?

Posted by lejpfrk on 13/7/2012 at 23:51

Currently planning a trip in late september to Thailand.

I want a quiet romatic Island, if possible, as I plan to propose to my girlfriend!!!

Personally picked on Koh Mak, which is smaller, quieter and more lazy mood... Howver, I read from posts to posts that September is towards the end of the most rainy times, but would it be still very bad weather in case we want to enjoy sunshine on beaches?

Those posts are somehow out of date, so would see if anyone can give me some hint on the issue.

If Koh Mak is not very suitable, is that Koh Samui is better?

Thanks very very much and your assistance would be very important for this proposal trip.

Many many thanks

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 14/7/2012 at 05:04

Sep/Oct is the most unpredictably rainy times of the year, but that doesn't mean it rains all the time. You're slightly better off going to the lower gulf of Thailand (Ko Samui, etc) during July-August but Sep/Oct it's anyone's guess.

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Posted by guava_girl on 14/7/2012 at 21:36

Agree with Caption Bob. You are better off in the Gulf to avoid the rain. There are many lazy, quieter beaches in the north of Koh Phangan and the southwest of Samui. Bopuht (Samui) is also a nice spot.

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Posted by tezza on 15/7/2012 at 02:30

I'm a weather nerd - one place I'd avoid is the eastern Gulf in September. I can be okay but often real real wet.

I'd be looking maybe at the southern Gulf - it's wet season is normally Oct into Jan so late Sept may be okay. Samui is a possibility but you say quiet beach - I'd be looking at Had Yuan, Had Thian (east coast one) and Had Wai Nam on the east coast or Bottle Beach on the north coast or Had Mae on the west coast.

If you are super keen on Samui, google Thong Takien and Jungle Club.

Closer to Bangkok, Ko Samet which has the rep as the driest island in Thailand. Google Ao Pudsa/Ao Tubtim.
But of course, check what travelfish says abt all these places first.

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Posted by longbeach on 15/7/2012 at 06:08

Both Koh Mak and Samet have serious mozzie/sandfly problems. I'd avoid both.

Quiet and romantic? I'd go for Kantiang Bay on Koh Lanta or Ko Ngai/Hai.

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Posted by exacto on 15/7/2012 at 18:49

Koh Maak is definitely smaller, quiet, and more laid back than Koh Samui, but the weather on Koh Maak could be a big issue that time of year and sandflies are a problem on many parts of the island. Plus, as much as I loved the time I spent on Koh Maak, I didn't think the beaches were as good as other places.

In addition to Koh Samui, Koh Samet as tezza suggests could be a good choice. It doesn't rain there as much as other places in the area, and there are several suitably romantic spots on the island. I'm not aware of a sandfly problem on Koh Samet, but it does get very crowded on the weekends, so you'd want to go mid week for the best experience.

If it were my call, that time of year and wanting a romantic spot, I'd go to Koh Samui. Hope that helps. Regards.

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Posted by tezza on 16/7/2012 at 06:40

I just realised my #4 above is not real clear - "Had Yuan, Had Thian (east coast one) and Had Wai Nam on the east coast or Bottle Beach on the north coast or Had Mae on the west coast." are all on Ko Phangan, Samui's neighbour.

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Posted by tezza on 16/7/2012 at 06:42

Strewth! Not too sure about all that color.

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