I'm a Finnish exchange student in Siam University, Bangkok. I've been in Thailand a month now and I'm planing a trip around Christmas and NYE because my mother and sister are flying to see me then and they would love visit the islands of Southern Thailand. I really need help 'cause this is my first time in Thailand and I would like to make the trip as comfortable as possible for my loved ones...
So I was planning that we would first fly from BKK to Ko Samui at Sat 26. Dec and spend there couple days. What are the main beaches of Ko Samui? I noticed that the airport is located on the Northern part of the island.
From Ko Samui we would continue to Phuket or Krabi (which one do you prefer - it's NYE then) by ferries and train/bus. Which are the best options in this route and how long does it last to get there?
Okay, and the last destination would be Ko Phi Phi . I assume that we could get there by ferry from Phuket or Krabi? I read somewhere that especially in Ko Phi Phi the accommodations are quite full during the high season, so would it be wise to book a hostel/hotel in advance? And if so, what are the main beaches of the island and does anyone have recommendations of accommodations there?
And finally on Wed 6. Jan we would fly back to Bangkok from Phuket.
And now I'm more than welcome for any tips concerning the trip (flight, trains, busses, accommodations, beaches, prices, everything). I really need your help because I have limited amount of information so far. I'n extremely grateful if someone has the energy to answer all my questions :)
#1 SonjaKaisa has been a member since 23/11/2009. Posts: 1
If you're looking for a comfortable place around Krabi for New Years I'd be seriously considering getting some reservations -- even getting flights to Samui may be difficult -- if you can't get to Samui, consider flying to Surat Thani or reversing the route and flying to phuket first as there are more airlines flying Bangkok to Phuket.
Phi Phi will be a madhouse and I'd say a reservation here would be close to essential unless you're very flexible in the standard of accommodation you're after.
To get between Samui and Phuket/Krabi it is a straightforward bus boat combination -- any travel agent can help you out, but with the amount of time you're talking about I'd consider dropping Ko Samui completely and spending the entire time on the west coast -- perhaps aim for a less busy island like Ko Lanta or Ko Jum.
Hope that helps