My husband and I are traveling to Thailand in early September, spending a few days in Bangkok and then we will have a week where we would like to visit another part of Thailand.
Mostly we are looking for somewhere with good weather, nice restaurants and quality massage and a place to stay where we won't feel too crowded and won't be affected by noise in the evenings.
At the moment we are considering Chiang Mai or Ko Samet but are open to suggestions. We have already visited Samui.
Another factor is that since we only have a week we don't want to spend too much time traveling and especially would like to avoid or minimize sea travel because my husband gets seasick.
Any suggestions? Accommodation recommendations would also be much appreciated. We would like to keep it under $50 a night.
#1 balibutterfly has been a member since 25/7/2009. Posts: 6
Travelfish has some amazing stories that provide the sort of details I suspect you are after.
In the fist instance, try here:
Second, try reading these...
and also this (which, though oriented as a trekking destination, there are so many hidden delights here [from food, to sublime scenery, etc.]- and not far from Chiang Mai)...
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Hope this helps.
If you check TRAVELFIH's excellent interractive weather map you will see that apart from the Samui area islands, Samet tends to have least rainfall early Sept, so yeah, that is a good island option.
I really like the first of the quiet beaches, Ao Putsa/Pudsa/Tubtim and Tubtim Bungalows gets good reviews - including TRAVELFISH'S reviewer. I have some pix of the beach and Tubtim below.
You can avoid long sea trips by flying onto Samui, but you have already been there. However neighbouring Phangan is a great island and is only a 20 km ferry trip away - google for Lomprayah which has a pretty big catamaran ferry between Samui and PHangan.
Hat Salad is one beach fits your asks - google for Cookies. A quieter beach again is Bottle Beach - google for Bottle Beach One.
Lots of other options of course.
Thanks for the link guys. Lots of information there.
Chiang Dao looks nice and Samet is still a possibility.
Brucemoon have you actually stayed in any of the bungalows in Chiang Dao? Something like this is appealing because we tend to enjoy finding a quiet spot where we can relax with massage and food on site, so long as it is good.
#4 balibutterfly has been a member since 25/7/2009. Posts: 6
I stayed at Nest. It is set amongst really tall Teak trees overlooking the Chiang Dao mountain.
This place has the most wonderful Thai/English chef. Her food is great.
They have opened a second place - Nest #2. The bungalows are less attractive, but the chef there is more oriented to Thai cooking (Nest #1 = European cooking with a Thai twist).
I just found their website (go here).
I actually hired a car and used the Nest as a base to go wandering around the area as well.
Thanks Bruce. Did you try the massage while you were there?
#6 balibutterfly has been a member since 25/7/2009. Posts: 6
I also read a review that mentioned very noisy roosters in the morning and the lack of mosquito nets on the beds. Did you have any experience of this?
#7 balibutterfly has been a member since 25/7/2009. Posts: 6
The massage was great.
I like country sounds, yes there were roosters, but I don't remember them being a problem.
We use the ceiling fan at night and so the mosquito's don't (and didn't) annoy us. From my memory, there were flyscreens on the windows.
The rooms aren't western style 'resort' standard. Rather, comfortable rural Thai standard (which perhaps may be classed as resort to locals).