Hi, I am going to Bangkok in April and was hoping to travel to one of the Islands for a few days relaxation. Any ideas on the best isalnd to get to from Bankok?? I don't mind travelling at all but as am only going for 3 weeks I don't want to spend all my time trying to get there.
Any info / ideas would be great.
#1 Birdie has been a member since 14/6/2006. Posts: 3
how much time will you have for your island portion of your trip, and what is your budget?
also, keep in mind that mid-april, particularly the 13th through the 15th, is the new year/songran holiday, so you'll need to have your accomodation and transport sorted ahead of time if you are travelling over those days.
Thanks for your relpy.
We only have about 1 week for the islands in Thailand and will then need to head back to Bangkok for flight to Vietnam. We won't arrive in Bangkok till the 15th April so will miss the holiday.
I jsut wanted to get an idea of what you can fit into a week. If it would be worth going down to Krabi & isalnds around there or if there are better ones nearer Bangkok.
Any ideas woudl be great.
#4 Birdie has been a member since 14/6/2006. Posts: 3
Only 1 week is really pushing it. If you desperately want to go south, you'd have to fly, so to avoid a lot of travelling from the airport you've realistically only got the choice of Samui or Phuket, or if you're really well organised Railay Beach or Kho Lanta. Not sure if Khao Lak is back to normal, though that would be an option from Phuket airport.
Much simpler to stick closer to Bangkok, which basically means Kho Samet or Kho Chang. Though it's not on an island, Hua Hin is definitely relaxing, with nice long beach walks.
Consider River Kwai area for some very nice resorts, if relaxing is your primary objective.
If you've never been to Thailand before, you might want to return to Bangkok at least 1 day before outward flight in case of ( not uncommon ) travel delay.
#5 thaibeachlovers has been a member since 25/5/2006. Posts: 38
we just got back from five nights on koh samet, and that was a fantastic time. we even stayed at two different beaches, ao thian and ao hin nok, each with a different personality and lots of fun things to do. the sand and the water there are still first rate, and a few accomodation bargains are still to be found.
it is a 3 1/2 to 4 hour bus ride from bangkok to ban phe, then another 30 minutes or so ferry ride to the island. or, you could take a minibus directly from khao san road and probably save time on the drive too. in any case, given the one week you have, i think koh samet might definitely be worth checking out for you. regards.
I would like to get from Ko Samui across to Ko Lanta - any ideas on the quickest or cheapest way of doing that?
#7 psolomon has been a member since 21/6/2006. Posts: 3
From Samui any travel agent will be able to sort you out with a boat bus connection that will take you straight from Samui to Lanta. If you want to do it indepndently:
Samui->Surat Thani by boat/bus then bus to Krabi then ferry to Ko Lanta.
I went to Koh Chang the end of June (rainy!) also because of a time issue, and suggest that if you do go there you go toward the southwestern part of the island (Lonely Beach). Although there is a lot of construction beginning (won't go back in a couple years!) it is a much less touristy and beautiful. I stayed at The Nature's Resort and it was great. The bungalow was nice, the swimming was great (nice waves), and the restaurant area was comfortable with pillows and hammocks and good food.