If I only have 3-4 days to spend on the beach, where is the best place to go from Bangkok? I am thinking about Ko Chang. The Andaman Coast sounds beautiful, but seems like it is harder to get to the islands and it seems pricier. Here's what I'm looking for: affordable, pretty good diving/snorkeling, non-resorty, non-party place, some nature- hikes/biking/sea kayaking.
Also, must I book ahead if I am going in mid-January, or is it possible to find decent lodging when I get to the islands?
#1 lesleyvr has been a member since 7/10/2006. Posts: 16
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Ko CHang is a pretty good choice as if you were to head down to the Andaman coast for just the 3-4 days, you'd really need to fly (to Trang or Krabi) to make it worthwhile.
Another option is Ko Samet, which is closer to Bangkok, though Ko Chang has far better potential on the hiking side of things.
As for reservations, there are lots of places that don't take reservations and rely on walk-ins only, so that being the case, if you're happy to wing it, you'll find something without a reservation. That said if you've got your heart set on a aprticular place, and that does take online reservations, then why not -- one less thing to worry about!
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,735
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Thanks for the help! One more question.... for booking on-line, do sites generally ask for credit card numbers? Is it safe to give out your CC # on-line?
#3 lesleyvr has been a member since 7/10/2006. Posts: 16