Posted by Adventurer on 28/1/2006 at 08:24
Hi; My wife and I are going to Thailand for 3 weeks and are thinking of going to the following places:
1. Stay in Bangkok for 2 days
2. Head to Kancanburi for 2 days
3. Then over to Ayuthaya 2 days
4. Back to Bangkok to take the train to Trang 1 day
5. Ferry to Ko Muk for 5 days ,maybe checking other islands like Ko Ngai
6. Head over to Krabi 1 day
7. Take ferry to Ko Phi Phi 4 or 5 days
8. Then take a ferry to Phuket for 2 days
9. Back to Bangkok for shopping and checking it out
It will be our first trip to Thailand,does this sound like a allright plan? Is there other places we should see or do??
I will be dropping her off at the airport and then will be checking out northern Thailand and Laos by myself but hope to hook up with another
Any tips or advice appreciated; THANKS
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Posted by somtam2000 on 28/1/2006 at 12:11 admin
That sounds like a pretty good first time trip to Thailand.
A couple of suggestions:
Look into taking the night train down to Trang, as that will save you a day -- a second class fan sleeper is more than adequate. Or if you're in more of a hurry, Nok Air have just announced flights to Trang -- more expensive, but certainly faster.
Ko Ngai has superior snorkelling to Ko Muk, so at least try to plan a day trip over to there. Also, further out lies the twin islands of Ko Rok -- these have some of the nest snorkelling I've seen in Thailand -- you should be able to organise a daytrip out to them from Ko Muk.
Phi Phi is well on the road to recovery from the tsunami though there is still a lot of damage clearly evident.
My only other suggestion would be that less is more. By allowing just two days in Phuket, you're not really going to get that much out of your stay there -- the boat from Phi Phi takes few hours, then an hour for transfers to your accommodation, so by early afternoon you should be on the beach, then you'll have one full day before having to get ready to head back to Bangkok (assuming you're flying). I'd suggest thinking about skipping Phuket other than for the transfers, giving yourself an extra couple of days on the islands off Trang -- perhaps then 4 days on Ko Muk and 3 on Ko Ngai...
Enjoy you trip!
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Posted by Adventurer on 29/1/2006 at 01:03
Thanks for the vote of confidence and tips. I was wondering if Ao toh ko bungalows on Phi Phi were easy to get a hold of ; as I would like to call from Krabi before I get there. Do you know how much there new bungalows go for??
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Posted by somtam2000 on 29/1/2006 at 08:32 admin
With Ao Toh Ko, you're best to call Pon (the owner) when you arrive in Krabi. It can take a few times to get through as the resort doesn't get a great signal -- perhaps sms is a better idea. Her number is on the profile page for Ao Toh Ko.
I don't know how much the new bungalows are, but if you do stay there, please add the price to the feedback form for Ao Toh Ko so others know.
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Posted by kplumb on 12/3/2006 at 03:53
Hi we will be travelling in Thailand during June or July--I have never travelled in Asia before & am having a hard time figuring out the transportation options. These are the areas that we definately want to hit (any suggestions of places to add would be appreciated too); I don't particularly care about the order we do them in, but we're definately starting from Bangkok:
Ko Pha Ngan
Ko Samui (maybe)
Any ideas about the best ways to get to each?? Thank you!
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Posted by exacto on 12/3/2006 at 11:28
hi kplumb, ko samet is a fairly easy 4-hour bus ride from Bangkok's Eastern Bus Terminal (called Ekkamai by the locals), followed by a 30-minute or so ferry boat ride. The three islands you mention of Ko Tao, Phangan, and Samui are all in the Gulf of Thailand, and tend to get less rain during the monsoon season, and should be a fine place for you in June and July. Like Somtam likes to recommend, the overnight trains are a fine way to get around anywhere in Thailand. They are a fun adventure, and get you where you are going inexpensively and comfortably. The best bet might be to catch the overnight train to Surat Thani, then go to Samui and work your way north via inter-island ferry boats to Phagnan and then Tao. Alternatively, there are flights from Bangkok to Samui several times a day, or you could even try to fly from the U-Tapao/Pattaya airport (not far from Samet) directly to Samui via Bangkok Airways. There is one flight a day, but I've never done this myself so can't say if it is good or not. Another option is to catch a bus to Chumpol, then a ferryboat to Ko Tao and work your way south to Samui. From there, you can head off to Krabi. Lots of choices, but typically bus, air and train service in Thailand is good, relatively inexpensive, and filled with options. I hope this helped. Have a great trip.
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Posted by windjammer on 13/3/2006 at 01:41
Adventurer, we just got back from Thailand and I am ready to turn around and go back!
You have received some good advise. I would cut out a couple of destinations in order to spend less time in transit.
Maybe cut out Ayuthaya or Kanchanaburi and do a day trip to one of those and add the nights to Bangkok. We spent 6 nights in Bangkok and it wasn't enough.
Trnasit does take longer than you will imagine so you will use almost a full day getting anywhere.
We stayed at Toh Ko Bungalows and loved it!! We paid 800 for the "superior" bungalow, which would sleep 4. It had a western toilet and shower head in bathroom. Some of the bungalows are only 200 baht. We liked ours because it was right on the water! The food is great, Pon is a delightful host and Ben, the bartender is laid back and helpful.
You can see lots of photos of Toh Ko Bungalows at my photo website www.windjammer.smugmug.com. Go the the "accomodations" album to view them.
Have a great trip!
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