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Posted by Miss_Lucy on 22/8/2006 at 12:11

Hey Guys,

My boyfriend and I from New Zealand are going to be back packing in Thailand around end of Dec till the end of Jan, and was wondering if accomdation at guest houses and bungalows is going to be hard to find/get if we haven't booked. We don't really want to make plans but don't want to have no where to stay. Will be travelling round the islands.

Any comments? Recommendations?

Cheers :)

P.s Great site!! So helpful :)

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Posted by EmjayReet on 22/8/2006 at 12:51

Hi

We are travelling for 5 weeks over dec/jan and have booked all our accommodation. didnt want to be stuck wasting time looking around when most things (ie all the best ones) will be full. You are travelling in peak season so I would advise booking (especially end of dec/beginning of jan)

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Posted by insearchofsunrise on 22/8/2006 at 20:13

Hi,

I too will be travelling around that area Dec/Jan (going it alone for the first time ever) and while I would love the experience of taking things as they happen, I'm also a bit apprehensive because of the peak season.

Any leads on how to pre-book beach huts? I have only been able to find websites for the mid-higher end places.

Cheers and maybe we'll bump into each other!

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Posted by tsargood on 22/8/2006 at 20:48

I will also be there in that time! WOW it really is peak season!
I have been there before at Christmas time and found it a little more difficult to find some thing but I never missed out.
For the beach huts I just take the first place I find and then scope out the hut I want, then just wait until its empty and rent it. People move around so much its never a long wait.

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Posted by Miss_Lucy on 23/8/2006 at 04:46

Sounds like its going to be pretty crazy but lots of fun! I have noticed that you can't really get in touch with many of the guest houses/bungalows shown on this site which is a bit annoying! Especially when you see places that you would really like to stay!!

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Posted by Miss_Lucy on 23/8/2006 at 04:46

Sounds like its going to be pretty crazy but lots of fun! I have noticed that you can't really get in touch with many of the guest houses/bungalows shown on this site which is a bit annoying! Especially when you see places that you would really like to stay!!

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Posted by insearchofsunrise on 23/8/2006 at 04:54

miss_lucy : Iknow I'm having the same issues with the bungalows. If I manage to pre-book anything decent I'll definitely post the links here!!!

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Posted by Miss_Lucy on 23/8/2006 at 04:57

That would be awesome. I will do the same :)

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Posted by EmjayReet on 23/8/2006 at 06:07

I have to admit that I have spend way too much on accommodation as we are not staying too long in each place. If we were staying a week or two somewhere I may not have booked, but alot of places we are doing 3 nights before moving on & alot of people had recommended to book early. I have found a few 'budget' places with websites or links through here.

Some places to start:

CHIANG MAI

Julie Guesthouse - rooms around 150-300baht www.julieguesthouse.com
CM Blue House - rooms around 300-400 baht (apparently better value and where we decided to stay) - email them through this website - very quick to respond

KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK/KRABI ETC

Have a look at www.krabidir.com - lots of smaller operations listed here - from main page go to 'category' then look at guesthouses or bungalows etc

KO PHA-NGAN

We are staying at Baan Panburi www.baanpanburivillage.com - it works out about 1300baht for a beachfront bure.. there are other beachfront huts not as nice and a bit cheaper and also ones further back in garden cheaper again.

BANGKOK

Alot of people recommend Suk 11 - www.suk11.com - not staying here but rooms look about 600 baht upwards I think from memory.

If anyone wants any more info I have (done soooooo much research and way too organised!!!!!!) let me know

When exactly is everyone going to be in Thailand and where are you going?

We are there from December 2nd - January 7th. Our itinerary is Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ko Phangain, Khao Sok National Park, Phuket, Khao Lak, Ko Lanta, Ko Ngai, Bangkok, Home!

Emjay xxx

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Posted by EmjayReet on 23/8/2006 at 06:10

Oops and sorry about the typo KO PHA-NGAN!!! I hate my own typos!! Must be all these essays at Uni!!!!

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Posted by Miss_Lucy on 23/8/2006 at 09:07

We are travelling from NZ to Bangkok on the 29th Dec and have four nights there (our flight package has accomodation) then hopefully head down to Koh Phangan on the 2nd to catch the Full Moon Party on the 3rd. This is when we need the accomodation sorted for def!! And then not too sure. We have until the 23rd Jan. As long as there are nice beaches and good people we don't mind! And then prob keen to head up to Chaing Mai before we fly back to NZ. Very excited!!

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Posted by EmjayReet on 23/8/2006 at 09:59

We were originally going to head back to Ko Phangan for the FMP (as we only have 3 nights there earlier on) but have decided to bite the bullet and stay in Lanta 8 nights (originally only 3 then back to KPN for 5) so unfortunately we will miss FMP! :-(

Have a look at Baan Panburi, or next door Star Huts... both have great reviews... can only phone Star Huts I think. They are at Thong Nai Pan Noi beach which is on the other side of the Island to the FMP - they have transport to/from FMP and you have the bonus of a beautiful semi secluded beach without the crowds of the FMP

It is so exciting!!!! I cant believe I leave in a little over 3 months.. have been planning for the past 5!!!!

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Posted by insearchofsunrise on 23/8/2006 at 23:05

I am flying into Bangkok on the 25th, perhaps Siem Riep for 4 days and then was thinking of heading to Koh phangan for the FMP as well but am a bit apprehensive about going it alone, although I've heard Thailand is the safest place for women travelling alone. Might just try to find a nice hut on a beach somewhere and chill for a while instead. So much to do and see - am nervous but REALLY excited.

Thanks for all the excellent leads!!!

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Posted by MCall on 27/8/2006 at 09:47

We are traveling from Bangkok to Ko Phangan then from Ko Phangan to Chang Mai. What is the best way to get there? How long will it take to get there?We wish to plan our travel time the best we can and don't have an idea of how long this leg of the trip will take. Any suggestions?

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Posted by marte on 29/8/2006 at 05:32

It all depends on which way you travel. I've never been to Chan Mai before, but I did the Bangkok/Koh Pha-Ngan/Bangkok-trip last year, and it was awesome! :) You can get there by both bus, airplane and train, I highly recommend the last one. Plane is of course the quickest, will take you about 1 hour, the bus 11 h, but if you're like me and get tired of squeezing your legs together for hours and hours you should choose the train. Takes you about the same amount of time as bus, but the trip is so much better!!

If you choose the "sleeper", you get seats wich the staff make in to beds for you at 22.00-23.00 - beautiful trip! So you take the train to Surat Thani from where you can catch a boat to Koh Pha-Ngan island. A little crowdy, but I promise you that it'll be worth it, lot's of funny people! ;)

I'm coming to Koh Pha-Ngan around 1st of October - looking forward to it!!

Have a nice trip!! :)

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Posted by marte on 29/8/2006 at 05:35

- and MCall?

http://www.kohphangan.com/travel/gethere.html

..all the information you need on your way down! :)

(Star Hut Bungalows at Thong Nai Pan on the East Coast is a really nice place, cheap even down at the beach and nice staff!) ;)

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Posted by MCall on 5/9/2006 at 12:45

Thank you everyone, your information has been so helpfull. I couldn't of done it without you all. Has anyone just done it all once you are there? How effective is that at Peak Season?

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