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Island hopping Ko Maak - any suggestion to save money food wise?

Posted by talesofloriandmark on 13/11/2007 at 13:48

Just in Vientiene right now looking to head to Ko Chang and Ko Maak. . . Curious if the islands in Thailand are like Fiji in the sense the accomodation is cheap and the food is expensive. . . any suggestion on what to bring from Trat to Ko Maak?
We were eatting pretty cheaply in Luang Pabang with a combination of street food and a cheap restaurants for lunch time shade keeping it around $10 a day for food and $4 a day in accomodation.
We would like to keep our budget to about $15 a day for the two of us accomodation and food. . .

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Posted by somtam2000 on 13/11/2007 at 14:15 admin

Food is pretty cheap -- I can't think of anything that would really be worth lugging over from Trat.

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Posted by swag on 14/11/2007 at 09:26

Hi tales,you will find everything you need on Koh Chang as this is pretty well organized,and you will be able to eat cheaply. Getting to Koh Mak from Koh chang the cheapest option is probably to head to sthn part of island to catch the slow boat from Bang Bao. takes about 2 hrs i think was about 300 baht,Quicker option to return is by Koh Mak express speedboat about 3/4 hrs 750 baht i think.Koh Mak really only has one small store so sunscrren toothpaste etc better to get on Koh Chang. Also food very cheap on Koh Mak at various places were you can stay.
Enjoy your trip

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Posted by Tilapia on 15/11/2007 at 18:46

Don't bother bringing food, but you might want to pick up a hammock in Trat before leaving. Would be a shame to have a bungalow without a hammock, and last time I was on Koh Mak, not all of the places had them on every bungalow.

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Posted by exacto on 15/11/2007 at 23:49

On places like Ko Chang and Ko Samui, etc., the food places away from the beach are usually much less expensive than places right on the beach. The food is usually just as good, and depending on your tastes, often even better, because these are the places where the locals eat. You'll be sacrificing atmosphere but gaining authenticity and lower cost. These inexpensive noodle shops and food to order shops are almost always on the opposite side of the road from the beach. Just watch to see where the Thai workers are going to eat instead of the tourists. If money is an issue for you, this is the best way to save a few baht. Then again, do be sure to grab a few meals with sand at your feet and waves lapping at your table too. Where else will you get to do that for such relatively low prices. Have fun. Cheers.

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