My husband and I have about 4-5 nights at the end of our SE Asia trip around the 14th January 09 (I know--planning way ahead). We were looking at going around the Ko Lipe or Ko Lanta area. It looks from the weather map like it is drier in that region in January?
I'm from Maui so we're looking to do more than just hang on the beach. We would like to do day trips to other islands, snorkel and hike through jungle or to viewpoints of other islands, and hopefully be where tourists do not severely outnumber Thais. We will probably be there for a weekend just after peak season and want to avoid crowds.
Would this area be the best to explore for these things? Would it be too much to stay a couple nights around Ko Lipe and a couple around Ko Lanta taking the ferry between (cost)?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. mahalo
#1 maliamaui has been a member since 1/8/2008. Posts: 17
pick 1 trang island stay there. do daytrips from there. no need to change islands. libong would be a god choice to avoid crowds.
#2 travelrock has been a member since 19/4/2008. Posts: 209
Yes I think you would probably be better staying on one of the islands off Trang.To go from Trang to Koh Lanta is 2 1/2 hrs via minivan with two small ferry crossings. Personally I like Koh Lanta but at that time of year there will be lots of tourists there.We caught a cheap fare from Bangkok to Trang via NokAir,not sure if your coming from that way. If you do go to Trang head to the railway station. Opposite is were you can pick up tickets to the islands.
Well, I'm actually going to agree with travelrock on this ;-)
The islands out from Trand lend themselves to island hopping as there's a bunch of them. Some are very low key -- Sukorn and Libong, others quite touristed -- Ngai, Mook, Kradan. But Trang's mainland hinterland is also interesting.
Lipe is good also, but it's getting pretty busy (in a low key kinda way) so it depends what you're after.
January is great down there.
#4 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,710
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Annoying rebels are sometimes right eh Somtam? ;-)
The Trang islands are relatively expensive, particularly Ngai which caters mainly to upmarket tourists. Kradan only has two resorts so capacity is very limited, check there's room before you get on boat.
You can ask at Seabreeze (next to the train station) in Trang to check vacancies. They seem more helpful and honest than most travel agencies around the station.
the main beach on Muk is dominated by Charlies resort but there are cheaper options a bit inland.
Other island options around there include Sukkorn (wonderful sunsets but so so beach) and Ko Libong (coral trashed by local fishermen dynamite blasting so don't go there if you are a keen snorkeller) but not many tourists...in fact I was the only one when I went but that was a few years back and not peak season. The food prices at the Ko Libong Nature Resort were extortionate when I was there BTW. Not to be confused with the Ko Libong Resort (within easy walking distance) which has more expensive bungalows but much better value food.
annoying rebels r always right :-)
#6 travelrock has been a member since 19/4/2008. Posts: 209
I would recommend the following:
1. Fly to Trang airport
2. Transfer to hat yao pier
3. boat to Laoliang Island; stay for a couple of nights
4. boat to Lipe and Taratao NP for a couple of nights
Re: Laoliang- snorkeling right off the beach, amazing beach, chance to try some rock climbing, no crowds
#7 aonangmike has been a member since 10/9/2008. Posts: 8