I'm flying to Bangkok on March 20 and then on to Phuket where I am starting my trip with a liveboard out of Khao Lak. I have a few questions about traveling in Southern Thailand. I plan to work my way north to south visiting Khao Lak, Ko Yao Noi, and Ko Lanta to start.
1) Is there a public bus from Phuket to Khao Lak? Most things I've seen posted refer to taxi service, which is expensive (>$1400 baht).
2) What's a good hostel/guesthouse in Bangkok near either the airport or the skytrain? I arrive in the evening and fly to Phuket in the morning.
3) Best yoga retreat of around 7 days. Has anyone had experience with Island Yoga on Ko Yao Noi? I've seen a few yoga retreats on Ko phanang, but I am wanting to stick to the Andaman side.
4) Where is it best to cross into Malaysia once my 30 day Thai visa exemption runs out? Penang?
5) Best SIM card to get for an iphone 4S? And can guidebooks be readily found in the South?
Thanks for all the help. I'm a bit nervous as I'm a solo female traveler.
#1 JainaSJedi has been a member since 14/2/2014. Posts: 2
1 Currency is baht not dollars so it would be 1400 baht. I think there's a bus but sharing a cab is possible.
2 Depends which airport. You do know there are 2?
3 No idea. I wouldnt waste a holiday doing yoga.
4 It's best to fly in and out to get 30 days extra rather than 15. Saves a lot of hassle too.
5 Any major company.
Thailand is full of tourists in the places you are going. No need to be nervous.
If you come from one of the G7 countries you will get 30 days on arrival if you cross into Malaysia and then come back overland, or by water. It used to be 15 but that was changed last November.
You can get to Penang (or back into Thailand from Penang) by ferry if you don't want to go overland or if you don't want to fly. It's a bit expensive, but a nice way to go.
How long is your trip? If you are travelling longer I also would recommend to fly in and out to get the 30-days-visa-on-arrival. You can find special offers from air asia, tiger air and a lot of other airlines. Last summer I booked a flight from BKK to Clark (Philippines) for around 20 Dollars. I was planning on staying in Thailand for 2 months, but I couldn't resist when I saw the price ... thank you tiger air ...
Oh and if your really go to Ko Lanta I can recommend you Otto's Bungalows. Actually you don't really need references for a acommodation on an island in Thailand ... There are SOO many, and most of them are good. But I like'd Otto's, so why not ...
And by the way ... If you really are staying longer ... why do you skip the north? It is really worth a side trip.
Hope I could help ... Tabea ...
#4 TabeaS has been a member since 7/2/2014. Posts: 1
Thanks for all the replies. To clarify a few points:
1) I'm flying into and out of Bangkok's main international airport (BKK).
2) I'm from the US so I think I get 30 days if I do a visa run.
3) I need to end up in KL eventually as my flight to Taiwan is out of KL in early May.
4) I'm not planning on going to the north; I was in Thailand 2 years ago and visited the north then. I'm more interested in beach time this trip.
#5 JainaSJedi has been a member since 14/2/2014. Posts: 2