Planning on a trip to thailand for 2.5 weeks in august with 2 children , 10 and 13, dividing trip up between Bangkok, hua hin and ko samet , sorted accomodation in Bangkok but would be really grateful for ideas of where to stay in ko samet, don't want to be kept awake with all night parties if they still have them in august, and where to stay in hua hin somewhere nr the beach but walking distance to night market, but not too packed any responses would be great, thanks
#1 Candleface has been a member since 26/1/2014. Posts: 6
You might consider Ao Phai and more specifically Samet Villa for Koh Samet. It will put you a relatively easy walk between the busier beaches of Haad Sai Kaew and Ao Wong Duen but still within a reasonably quiet area at night. Samet Villa was a favorite weekend getaway many of my friends used when we lived in Bangkok. DLuek and tezza have been there much more recently and can give you more current info on if it is loud at night or not. Have a look yourself at:
Sorry, you may need to cut and paste that link. Anyway, because it is so close to Bangkok, Samet gets pretty busy on the weekends so if you can visit midweek. Regards.
Why HH? It's horrible. I'd suggest Samet and Ko Chang. Same side of coast. For Samet, Tub Tim resort is good. For Chang, Chai Chet resort or Kaibee Resort.
I went to Hua Hin 6 mths ago and I would rate it 2 or 3 out of 10. Ordinary beach, overpriced rooms, horrendous traffic on the main road thru town. Downright dangerous crossing the road and the food is overpriced in all the seafood restaurants near the beach.
Chang is much better for a holiday. Excellent food, relaxed island and the snorkelling tour is excellent to other islands south of there.
I've heard from others too that Hua Hin isn't as charming as it used to be, so if you wind up going, I'd love to hear what you thought of it.
Should you wind up heading off towards Koh Chang instead, you could also visit some of the smaller islands that are in the same area. Koh Maak is one I liked, and would particularly recommend Kooh Mak Buri Hut Natural Resort. It isn't right on the water, but does have a stretch of sand just down the hill and one of the best infinity pools I've ever used in Thailand. You can read more about it here:
If you head that way, Trat is also a lovely Thai Provincial town and definitely worth an overnight on the way out or way back. Cheers.
Re Samet, the racket of Haad Sai Kaew and Ao Hin Khok has spread to Ao Phai in recent years (huge beach party there on weekends now at Silver Sand's bar), so I wouldn't recommend it as the best choice for peace and quiet. I would however concur with Leonard's suggestion of Tub Tim Resort - very quiet, good value and all-round a lovely spot. Otherwise perhaps somewhere like Vong Duern Villa on Ao Wong Duen, which is quieter than Haad Sai Kaew but with all of the same conveniences. If you don't mind something more remote, I really liked Ao Nuan Bungalow and also Nimmanoradee way down at the southern tip.
Re Hua Hin, I agree with the above. Not the greatest beach and quite busy with a package holiday feel. But there is quite a bit to do there for families (national parks, boat trips, that crazy monkey temple on the hill).
I think Ko Chang is a good suggestion, though I personally don't see the point in going both there and Samet. If you were going to do that, might as well skip Samet and daytrip to Ko Wai and/or spend a few nights on Ko Maak or Ko Kut, all of which are easily reached from Ko Chang. On Ko Chang itself, northern Haad Sai Khao (White Sand Beach) is beautiful -- both White Sand Beach Resort and Rock Sand Resort are good choices for families (was just there yesterday so fresh updates coming soon). I also like Kai Bae and agree it's a good family spot, though I wasn't impressed by Kai Bae Beach Resort. Felt KB Resort is a lot better, or Porn's Bungalows for more of a beach bum atmosphere. Also a bunch of interesting places to stay in Bang Bao / Khlong Kloi beach, way down at the southwestern tip where the boats depart for Ko Maak.
For a short time Samet is handy but with 2.5 weeks there's plenty of time to visit Chang. Can do both though easy enough. Buses from near the piers to take people and any travel agent or hotel near there can sell you a ticket.
If you have 17 nights you could do 3 nights Samet, 7 Chang and you have 7 nights left for say Bangkok and maybe even Kanchanaburi for a night or 2.
Can't comment on Koh Samet, but I was really surprised by how much I liked Koh Chang. Khlong Prao beach was fairly quiet and quite a family-oriented place (stay away from White Sands Beach and Lonely Beach if you want peace). There are some lovely places up the river estuary at Khlong Prao beach. I stayed at Baan Rim Nam which was fab but there were other options there as well.
As a small-town alternative to Hua Hin, have you looked into Prachuap Khiri Khan, a bit to the south? Much less touristed, cheaper, good seafood, friendlier locals and good beaches. You can also arrange excursions to tiny nearby islands.
Thanks to all for the great information so far! Here's the cruxt. We arrive in to Bangkok and then have one week to spend somewhere before we head to http://www.sampranriverside.com/about-us/tourist-attraction-around-bangkok for a wedding for a couple of nights.
So the first week was going to be Hua Hin although now I'm not so sure!
Considering I will now be looking at booking on Ko Chang for the second week any suggestions for the first week if not in Hua Hin area?
Hotels seem expensive in Hua Hin is this correct? Is Hua Hin that bad? Considering we have to travel back North for the wedding i dont want it too far.
Also any suggestions for accomodation on Ko Chang? We like quiet with access to some great places to eat. Is Kai Bae the best and only bet for Ko Chang?
#13 Candleface has been a member since 26/1/2014. Posts: 6
For accommodation on Koh Chang I'd second CaptainScott's recommendation of Ban Rim Naan, slightly up the estuary from Khlong Prao beach. You might look into their family room. Tiny place and much in demand, so reservations suggested even for August.
OK thanks. Whats the best way to reach Ko Chang from BKK? And how long is the journey compared to Ko Samet?
#15 Candleface has been a member since 26/1/2014. Posts: 6
Sampran riverside is a nice place. Huge gardens and good buffet and pool. The elephant zoo there is good and go to don wai market- excellent food.
Hh is expensive. For 1st week go to samet or kanchanaburi. For samet Just catch a mini bus. Id spend first 2 nights near pratunam in bangkok then book mini bus from hotel. 4 to 5 nights is plenty as small island.
Or kanchanaburi u can catch a train or bus.
For chang u would have to go back to central bangkok to catch a bus to the pier as well
'Chang pier is about 90 mins past samet pier'
Are you referring to Ko Chang?
And by pier are you meaning we get a boat to Ko Chang?
#19 Candleface has been a member since 26/1/2014. Posts: 6
Any ideas why this is so cheap?
Koh Chang Bailan Beach Resort
#21 Candleface has been a member since 26/1/2014. Posts: 6
$30 for august 3 stars is pretty stock standard. Its thailand not france.
Kb resort and chaichet have similar prices. Kb resort are cheaper in person. They bargain down to 1000 baht for aircon garden bungalow.
Bangkok is more expensive as is hua hin