My boyfriend and I are spending three weeks exploring Thailand and Cambodia this August. We'd like to spend 5-6 days on a beach/island hopping. I understand Koh Samui and the surrounding area don't get as much rain at that time of year, but it also sounds like it's built up and a bit of a party scene. We are 27 and love nice cocktails, but are mostly looking for authenticity and a way to relax after taking the bar.
Are there other places besides Koh Samui that wouldn't get so much rain and meet our needs? Or is Koh Samui our best bet? I've seen pictures of Krabi and it looks stunning.
#1juliet17 has been a member since 21/6/2017. Posts: 1
Posted by BillGood on 22/6/2017 at 03:54
If you mean authentic Thai atmosphere Samui isnt the place. Very westernised. Krabi is stunning. Also westernised in some areas.
I never worry about rain. In tropical areas it is sunny 90% of the time. Rainstorms come and go.
#2BillGood has been a member since 22/6/2017. Posts: 14
I'd go to Ko Pha Ngan with a day trip (or overnight) to the Ang Thong Islands. Was there (and Samui and Tao) last year in August and the weather was mostly great. Pha Ngan has a reputation for being a party island but most of it is actually laid back and beautiful. There is local "authenticity" in towns like Thong Sala and Baan Tai, and it generally draws a younger crowd than Samui. Just try not to be there during full moon party time, and be aware that some places on Pha Ngan are popular with stoners, in case that bothers you.
I'm not a big fan of Samui -- much of it is very heavily developed, tacky and quite seedy in some parts, though you will find some nice patches as well. If you have enough time, you could easily spend some time on Samui and some on Pha Ngan. It's a pretty quick ferry ride between the two.
Personally I would not hit the Andaman side in August. May to July it could be alright but by August you're getting into the thick of rainy season over there.
#4DLuek has been a member since 19/6/2008. Location: Thailand. Posts: 1,344
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