Thailand Itinerary, lot of confusion, strongly needed advice
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jul 11, 2012 1:33 PM Last Post By: dreamsignals86
Jul 4, 2012 11:04 AM
Thailand Itinerary, lot of confusion, strongly needed adviceHello everybody,
I have a 3 weeks trip (almost) planed in Thailand. Female, experienced solo traveler, 26 years old, backpacker. This is my first time outside Europe. The trip is from 16 September `till 05 October. I thought like, 5 nights & 6 days in Bangkok at first, then to Chiang Mai 4 days, 3 nights, then to Phuket, then to Krabi, then to Koh Phanghan for the full moon party on 30 September, maybe (i'd like to) some Koh Tao and then in Bangkok again 03, 04, 05 October.
I am very confused about how should i best spend & split a period of time : 26 September (when i land in Phuket) till 03 October (when i have to be in Bangkok where i have already payed for 2 nights at Shangri-La :) ). This period means 7 days and 7 nights, but i must be on the 30 of September in Koh Phanghan for the full moon party.
I'd like to have it all : fun, crowd and touristy places, quiet and secluded beaches, interesting activities, shopping. I am very dynamic so... with a little help i think is possible i have a bit of everything. :)
I thought i'd stay in Phuket 2 days and 2 nights (26 and 27 September, doing some water/beach activities, maybe rent a car for discovering the island), then 2 days and 2 nights in Krabi (28 and 29 October, doing some other activities, maybe seeing Phi Phi island), then 30 September and 01 October on Koh Phanghan and Koh Tao and then on 02 heading to Bangkok.
So good so far... BUT.. my biggest problem and concern is the transportation between these places & where should i stay in order to best save time.
1. Do you think my plan is realistic.. ?
2. Where should i stay in Phuket in order to be in a nice area, close to main interests (as stated above) and close to a departure point to Krabi ?
3. Then, where exactly should i stay in Krabi in order to get the best of it, activities and natural beauty? (in the city? in Railay? in Ao Nang? other places?)
4. Are there any other transportation means except for what http://www.phuketferryboats.com/ is showing? Having in mind that the trip to Koh Phanghan is splitted into many pieces (to Krabi city - Suratthani - Ko Phanghan) is important that i know very good all departure times from every place, mostly because is a full moon day. From Suratthani i can see on http://www.lomprayah.com/surat/surat.html that the last boat to Koh Phanghan goes at 15.00 o'clock.
5. When / how should i leave Krabi in order to catch this boat in Suratthani for Koh Phangan ?
Pffff... my head hurts.
6. Then, considering i'll arrive in Koh Phanghan in evening, 30 September (full moon party day), should i go next day to Koh Tao or should i remain on Phanghan ? (from what i searched on the internet, there aren't so many boats to and from Koh Tao that could allow me to spend just an afternoon there...).
7. Do governmental bus have a website because i couldn't find any..
And i have many other questions..........
I would be very grateful for any opinion, suggestion, advice & Info !
Jul 4, 2012 1:11 PM
1It looks like you've done some good research.
A few suggestions: You are planning to spend a week in Bangkok for a short trip to Thailand. I would maybe spend 3 or 4 days in all there. Maybe add somewhere else up north like Pai, Chiang Rai, or Chiang Dao.
Railay is a nice beach to chill out. If you want a little more seclusion, as the other places you are mentioning are quite crowded (especially Phuket and Koh Pangan), you can always go to Ton Sai. You can still walk to Railay, but it's more relaxed than it's neighbor.
It's your decision to stay in KPN or go to Koh Tao. They are both islands with beaches, lots of tourists, other secluded beaches, and the sea surrounding you. If you choose to stay on KPN, you'd probably be happier away from Haad Rin.
The government doesn't have one 'government bus' line. There are many different companies that are endorsed by the government. I'm sure if you google bus times Krabi to Surrathani, you'll find what you are looking for.
Jul 4, 2012 9:18 PM
Jul 6, 2012 5:16 AM
3Agree with all & deffo shave a bit of time of Bangkok as you there at the beginning and the end - it is a wonderful city you may get more out of it at the end - always think it is good to get moving quite soon when starting a shorter trip.
Enjoy - Thailand is very easy to get around - go with the flow then you can stay where you do like & leave where you don't!
Jul 11, 2012 6:10 AM
4Thank you very much for answering.
I have kinda... decided... even though if i continue thinking i will probably change my mind again and again and again. :|
I decided o stay one full day in Phuket.. walk around the city during day, some activity in late afternoon and a artistic show on evening.
Then 3 full days in Krabi town, meaning i'll go to Phi Phi if weather is ok and to Railay and Ao Nang and do some activities if possible due to weather in late September...
Then on the 30th go to Ko Phangan, arriving in the evening and departing in the morning after the full moon party, to Ko Tao where i should relax and recover my energy.
Then going to Chumphon where i will stay some 5-6 hours and then with the night train/bus, arriving in Bangkok in the morning...
I know that the weather in this period is not quite wonderful but... i choose this period of the year because of cheap plane ticket and vacantion from work. I know that i won't take the best of the islands because of rains... but i have read that is not raining that much actually... is like 2-3 hours per day, which i think is ok. Do you think will i be able to make some water/beach activities in these days ? (26 Sept - 01 Oct).
Any other opinions about my plan.. ?
Thank you :)
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