Currently in Pattaya and would like to take a short (2 night) trip somewhere. I've been to Koh Samed so I would like to go somewhere new -- flying is an option (out of Bangkok or Pattaya) but would rather not -- any ideas?
#1 cubedweller has been a member since 23/2/2008. Posts: 35
Si Racha and Ko Si Chang is ok for a night or two -- they're not covered on Travelfish, but they're not bad spots.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,738
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I love Ko Samet, so if it were me, I would definitely head there (assuming it was mid week and not over the weekend). But if that doesn't interest you, what about Trat ? Most folks just blow through there on the way to Ko Chang, but the city itself is charming and there should be just the right amount of stuff to keep you busy but give you plenty of time to just relax for those two nights. Read the listings on Travelfish on Trat and see what you think.
Hey, by the way, what did you finally decide to do about your visa? Did you apply for the 60-day tourist visa or did you get 30 days on entry with that planned side trip to Malaysia? Cheers.
I was going to suggest Chantaburi.Some really nice unspoilt beaches there,or there was 3 years or so ago.Not too many tourists.Also there's some pretty interesting Mangrove swamps which have been turned into a National Park or reserve and you did'nt have to pay.Perhaps you do now though.I think it's one of the very few places left in Thailand where you may get to see a Dugong or Sea Cow.
How about Bangkok???
... just kidding.
I'll double Exacto's Trat suggestion. I love that place. Terrific night market, and a very relaxed atmosphere with some nice guest houses. A very unassuming provincial capital. Great place to rent a motorbike in and then explore the area along the coast, or the hilly areas up along the Cambodian border.
I like Phimai, as well, for short excursions. But if you're not into Khmer architecture, Trat or Chanthaburi might be better choices. Closer, too (though you can get the train to Khorat.)
krabi is a nice island
#7 donny has been a member since 14/3/2009. Posts: 3
Thanks for the replies everyone... I actually ended up on Koh Samet for two nights... and although it was over the weekend, I had a good time -- just very crowded ;)
I think I'll check out Trat for a night or two before heading to Koh Chang in a few days.
I ended up not getting the two month visa. I just didn't want to take the time off work prior to leaving as would have been necessary. Now I can't decide where to head for my visa-run/side-trip. I'm still heavily leaning toward Malaysia but I am open for ideas? I'll need to book the flight for the 31st, so I've got some time..
#9 cubedweller has been a member since 23/2/2008. Posts: 35
....and Krabi is nowhere near Pattaya.
Check out Keaw Keaw Zoo
avoid the Tiger Zoo at Sri Racha at ALL COSTS!
Koh Sichang is accessible from Koh Loy in Sri Racha.
Sri Racha has a good shopping mall - Robinsons. and many restaurants
Koh Loy is good for an afternoon - look at temples and have some seafood.
Bang Saen is a Thai (bangkok) w/e resort town - loads of seafood and passable beaches. Beware of monkey mountain - Kao Samut.
Sattahip - south of Pattaya has many beaches
#10 khunwilko has been a member since 27/1/2007. Posts: 560
I can suggest more active option instead of just relaxing on the beach :)
I mean Khao Yai National Park and some other attractions near Khorat (Nakhon Ratchatsima), especially Phimai ("Little Angkor"). IMHO, good trip for 2-3 days...