we need some advice regarding Thailand in July/August :)
We will spend 4 weeks in SE Asia, so far we planned:
- 5 days Siem Rep
- 6 days in northern Thailand (Mae hong Son loop) + cooking course
The big question comes now:
- where shall we head to spend approx 5 days relaxing/diving on an Island? (for us quitter is better)
We were thinking of Phi Phi because the diving seems better but the weather could be bad there...Otherwise we might consider Ko Tao. Any suggestions?
Which other nice spots shall we see in the lat week? (floating market/death train/BKK/...)
#1 Esusino has been a member since 25/6/2013. Posts: 19
The weather is so much better in the southern Gulf that time of year, and drier weather is imprortant for diving visibility, so why not Ko Tao? Happens to be dive-central for Thailand, so that is a plus too. Happens to be a pretty nice island into the bargain.
Tao does get busy in July/August but there are some quiet areas. Fortunately just about every resort is affiliated with a dive outfit or can organise one to call in and pick you up each day, so it doesn't matter too much where you locate.
You don't indicate your budget - if it is budget one of the nicest quiet areas in in the south-west bays - look at travelfish's and others' reports on Gul Jea, Sai Nuan, Cape Jeta Gang. Another quiet budget spot is Hing Wong Bay - no beach but a sweet spot. More upmarket - Mango Bay and Shark Bay. Google Ko Nangyuan Dive Resort - one km off Tao proper, gorgeous beaches, crowded with daytrippers 1030-1400 but serene when they go home. Hey, and you can do your night dive right off the beach.
For your last week: well I'm a fan of Kanchanaburi so I'd suggest the Death Railway and the many other great attractions of town and the hinterland. The Erawan Falls are fabulous.
But even though I am not a liker of big cities I reckon anyone who goes to Thailand should see Bangkok. Why not a few days in both? They are pretty close - maybe 90 minutes by bus.
Plenty of people do daytrips of Kanchanaburi out of Bangkok too. I think an organised coach tour is the go (Google should show plenty) - getting there and back on public transport and seeing the sights takes more than one day.
Thanks for the feedback :)
Regarding budget: i would say mid range
Any suggestion on floating market? which city is better to see them?
#3 Esusino has been a member since 25/6/2013. Posts: 19
Is there a direct flight from Chiang Mai to Krabi ?
I think there is one to Phuket - from Phuket you can fly to Samui on Bangkok Air, grab Lomprayah's free shuttle to the pier and use their fast catamaran to Tao. Cheaper - bus and ferry from Phuket.
btw Bangkok Air also flies Krabi to Samui.
I reckon it would be as easy to fly Chiang Mai to Bangkok and then grab a flight into Samui. Cheaper would be a sleeper train Bangkok to Chumpon to connect with one of the early ferries to nearby Tao. btw some outfit is now doing flights Bankok to Chumpon - I forget who but Google is yer friend.