Hi guys, anyone out there been to any of the islands:
We want to explore an island or two and since we are going to be seeing a friend in Khao Lak (who is working there) we thought it would makes sense to do these islands rather than the more widely covered Koh Samui, Koh Phag nan etc on the East.
Would love to hear anyone who has been to stay in any of these places. Could you recommend somewhere cheap and cheerful to stay (between 600 - 1000B) and also good walking trails and good beaches? Cheers!
Phayam still has a fair bit of local culture, but is getting pretty touristy these days. Much more relaxed is neighbouring little Ko Chang Andaman side. I like the beaches on both islands although they can suffer from shallow water low tide and turbidity for a while after the end of wet season (big river estuary nearby)
Two islands which show much more traditional Thai island culture are Ko Yao Yai and Ko Yao Noi. Yai is the least impacted by tourism and had the better beaches. These are actually easier to access from Lak than Phayam or little Chang, being quite close to Phuket island and with multi-ferry links per day.
I've stayed at quite a few places on all these islands - got a few pix etc below and descriptions in TRAVELFISH'S accommodation pages.