I am planning to spend a week in Southern Thailand at the start of my trip around South East Asia. Can anyone recommend which island to spend my week at?
Ideally I would like a fairly relaxing beach atmosphere, not too touristy and the option to visit some stunning scenary.
Any advice would be most welcome.
#1 flopsydaisy has been a member since 3/9/2008. Posts: 7
You could try one of the Trang islands... Ngai or Kradan depending on your budget (the former is more upmarket)...both have very little infrastructure apart from the resorts there....no roads, ATMs or shops. Nice karsts to look at and beautiful beaches. You can do daytrips to the other nearby islands while you're there. Shouldn't be too busy in November.
ko chang is another or ko kood
#3 travelrock has been a member since 19/4/2008. Posts: 209
thank you for the advice. I hadn't considered the Trang Islands and had been looking at going further South to the Krabi area. Maybe Ko Lanta? Has anyone got any comparisons between the two areas? Would I miss out if I didn't go to one of the Southern Islands?
#5 flopsydaisy has been a member since 3/9/2008. Posts: 7
"I hadn't considered the Trang Islands and had been looking at going further South to the Krabi area."
The Trang islands are further south than Krabi and Ko Lanta so I don't quite get what you mean... where do you think the Trang islands are?
Krabi is scenic but very touristy. Phi Phi is the same. Lanta isn't nearly as scenic as those two and I hear there's been quite a lot of development in the last few years. I went there when it was pretty undeveloped, but still didn't particularly like it...it's OK but nothing special.
Check out "Best Thai islands on this site maybe...
Try Ko Jum.
Very laid back; great accomodation; easy to get around and you can visit the krabi area attractions (RaiLay; Tiger Temple, KhlongThom Hot Springs etc.) before you take he boat there. Try to take the local boat (Bus to NuaKhlong,Bus to LaemKhruat, Boat) not the Lanta Ferry.
The most stunning scenery for places with lots of accommodation and good beaches is at Railay and Phi Phi. Both are pretty busy, even in November - but you could check TRAVELFISH for Phi Phi's Toh Koh Bungalows on the super laid back east coast or if you want closer to town, AO Poh Bunglaws or Phi Phi Hill above Long Beach.
The outlook from the main beaches on Ko Ngai and Ko Kradan are pretty nice too, with lots of karst islands and a rugged mainland coast. Nice beaches too.
I like Jum, very nice and relaxed island, but the scenery is not exactly stunning. Ditto Lanta, although the mountains there are more imposing and there is good scenery overlooking the beaches in the south of the island.