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Last week in Thailand

Posted by simonb9 on 11/2/2008 at 22:44

Having spent 8/9 days in and around Bangkok and then 8/19 days in Cambodia I am coming back to Thailand for another week or so. I want to chill out on some beaches and so some lazing around with a bit of snorkeling.

Where would be the best place to go ?? I thought of Island hopping from Koi Samui to Ko Pha Ngan to Ko Tao and having a couple of days on each. Is this just too much hassle or should I find one islands to stay on for the duration ?

Don't want a wild place nor a couples place !!

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Posted by Guernseystu on 12/2/2008 at 00:27

Check out the Coral Bay Resort in the Chaloklum area of Northern Koh Pha-Ngan. I just got back from spending four days there and it's great. Nice resort, beautiful beach, not too many buildings, snorkelling and kayaking too.

#2 Guernseystu has been a member since 10/7/2007. Posts: 108

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Posted by 2face on 12/2/2008 at 13:24

Hi Simonb9,

Koh Pha-Ngan is probably your best choice, yes.
And do make sure to avoid the lure of Haad Rin
beach, which used to be a God-given paradise, but
is now a lot of concrete and commotion.

As you don't have much time to relax, maybe not take the lovely overnight train ride down, but instead
fly to Koh Samui, and boat over(only :40).

I don't know Coral Bay by experience, but the place does look ideal for you, according to Guerneystu's great pictures of the area.

Closer to BKK is Koh Samet. But give that place
miss, I say, and tell a friend, as they charge a 400 baht entrance fee for farangs, while locals pay just
a nominal fee, which locals seem to think is funny...

... and for that national park fee you have noisy motorcycles flying by on the dirt road behind your hut, and noisy motorcycles on the beach while laying out.

(This two-tier pricing for parks, etc., is a relative shame on the country; it's low class. I can understand some difference--locals support parks through paying their taxes, but the disparity is often huge.

I mean, what would it say if, national treasures like
at the Tate Modern in London, or the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. had a special price for Thais and other tourists, instead of being free to all?

China, Cambodia, Vietnam, are no different, of course; Laos, India, too, and one can kind of expect it in some places, but not Thailand, not anymore at least.)

Anyway, have a great trip wherever you go!

#3 2face has been a member since 8/11/2007. Posts: 25

Posted by Guernseystu on 13/2/2008 at 00:55

Good post and good advice 2face.

Regarding the two-tier pricing system I think that it is quite fair as long-term teachers living in Thailand get in for Thai price by showing their work permit as do non-teachers living in Thailand by showing a Thai drivers licence or other forms of local ID.

#4 Guernseystu has been a member since 10/7/2007. Posts: 108

Posted by 2face on 13/2/2008 at 22:20

Guernseystu, I didn't know that about getting
local prices with Thai driver's license or
local ID. That's a great tip. Thanks for that.

#5 2face has been a member since 8/11/2007. Posts: 25

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