I am getting booted out of China for a month or two as i have been working here for more than 5 years. I am hoping to find a great place to stay maybe in a bungalow that has great facilities that is affordable maybe some place that I can stay for a few months at a decent rate. I'm not really interested in staying in a city.
#1 owsleybeck has been a member since 1/5/2007. Posts: 9
How soon are you getting booted out of China?
High season is coming up, so beach towns are going to start filling up and prices will rise. Your best bet for cheap long-term accommodations is the established backpacker-friendly islands like Ko Tao, Ko Phangan, or Ko Lanta. Lots of people stay there for weeks (or months) at a time, so wrangling yourself a longterm discount should be easy.
I can't make any specific recommendations for the islands as I haven't been out there recently, but here's one for Phuket that I know does good monthly rates. I know you said no cities, but Phuket is big and you could rent a motorbike and explore a new beach every day :)
Joe Mansion: ~5,500 B per month + util
Maybe consider one of the Mekong riverside towns in the NE, in particular Sangkhom, Chiang Khan, or the biggest of the bunch, Nong Khai. Even NK has a small town feel to it.
All of them have great, inexpensive places to stay, have all the facilities most people could want, and are not busy with tourists.
Meant to add Mukdahan and Khong Chiam, as well. Khong Chiam, while gorgeous and quiet, is a bit more off the track, but it still has pretty much everything one might need for that long and it's only about 45 minutes from Ubon.
same as MADMAC, noticed that the message block portion is extra wide, but at least i can access the thread.
i think i'd definitely want to have a view of water somewhere, so would likely either try to pick an island like durian suggests or a nice spot along the mekong river in the northeast. i imagine the northeast would be less expensive and a bit more charming. two months? you'd have time for one of each...
tilapia's suggestion of trat appeals to me quite a bit because i have really enjoyed my time there, plus it is close to several good little islands where you could make a series of week-long visits.
if you haven't yet, look into getting the currently offered no-cost 60-day Thai tourist visa before you arrive in Bangkok so you'll have the most flexibility on where you go and how long you stay.
It would help if you narrowed down what you were looking for in a place. There are plenty of interesting places, but specifics on what kind of "facilities" you would like and on how much you want to spend would help narrow the search.
Thanks so far guys. Well to specify a little more. I should have about 150,000BT to 200,000BT for the two months. If I'm getting a forced vacation I want to make it worth my time. I was thinking perhaps south down Lanta way or Phuket . A great cozy guest house or maybe if its only for a month I may look into renting a pool Villa. I was also considering staying at the Marine Park Resort in Lanta if I can get a good deal with those guys as the last time I stayed there I hade a great time.
Basically I am interested in a base of operations that has reliable Wifi so that I can continue doing my Job while i am away and some place where I can relax as well.
I think Krabi or Phuket will be great because it is close to a lot of options for weekend trips and what not such as Koh Pha Thong.
So I am willing to spend anywhere from 5000 to 60,000 BHT a month.
Im not to concerned with the price I just want great atmposphere and great people maybe do a month on the cheap and a month on the rich side. that sort of thing. So anyone that has some great ideas or that are cheap or expensive please contribute to the thread!
#11 owsleybeck has been a member since 1/5/2007. Posts: 9
I could stay in Koh Tao for a couple of months. Or even more... It has a very relaxed easy going atmosphere. And the sea is magnificent!
#12 xontros has been a member since 3/5/2009. Posts: 19