Hi Travelfish guys,
My Partner and I are planning a trip to thailand for 17 days in june-july this year. We are landing in Chang Mai and planning to spend quite a lot of time discovering the north and possibly doing a slow boat down the Mekong into Laos (heard its quite good?).
Anyways to finish of our trip we would really like an awesome beach getaway and have discovered that the gulf of thailand is probably best to avoid really bad weather. We are more interested in a lazy and relaxing experience with some exploring and maybe snorkelling, sipping a few beers and watching the sunset kind of stuff, as apposed to a huge rave/full moon party (heard they can be really touristy).
read some info on Koh Mak and it looks like the ideal place, but the weather could be bad? also we fly out from phuket so the closer we are, the easier it will be to fly home.
any information would be awesome, you cats know your stuff :)
#1 EddieWalker has been a member since 1/2/2014. Posts: 2
Statistically it's the SOUTHERN Gulf which tends to be drier mid year - the EASTERN Gulf where Mak is located is usually in early wet season and has similar conditions to the Andaman. Not too bad but not as good as on Samui, Tao and Phangan.
I'm a weather nerd and prefer to head for the last two islands that time of year.
Hit travelfish's search function plus good ol' Google and check out really laid back beaches like Phangan's Had Thian/Tien (the east coast one), Had Wai Nam, Than Sadet, Bottle Beach, Coral Beach and Had Mae. These are far nicer than anywhere on Mak - and I do enjoy visiting Mak.
On Tao, research nice quiet places like Sai Nuan, Gul Jea, Sai Daeng and Ao Leuk.
There are livelier beaches without being over the top on both islands, but all the above are good for relaxing.
Oh yeah, comparative travel times.
It will take you most of the day to travel from Bangkok to Mak.
If you take advantage of overnight sleeper trains to Chumpon or Surathani you can reach Tao/Phangan by mid-morning next day, so wasting less precious beach time. Chumpon is the better option for Tao, both are about equal for Phangan although Chumpon is a shorter train trip. Lomprayah do an oft-praised overnight (and daytime) bus to join their fast catamaran out of Chumpon. Plenty of other buses but Lomprayah delivers direct to the pier about 30km out of Chumpon.
Closest you can fly to Phangan/Tao is Samui, for Mak is Trat.
Good info, I'll dive into some research.
#4 EddieWalker has been a member since 1/2/2014. Posts: 2