4-day stay in the andaman gulf : which island? help!
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 25, 2012 5:46 PM Last Post By: leyodus
Nov 20, 2012 2:44 PM
4-day stay in the andaman gulf : which island? help!Hello everybody,
I am going with a friend to Thailand around Christmas&new year's eve. It will be surely packed so we are trying to see whether there are still some islands worth visiting but a bit off the beaten track.
We will only have 3-4 days, coming from Chiang Mai, and we initially thought of Koh Lipe or the Tarutao Parc. However, it seems that the island has been ruined by constructions and uncontrolled development.
As we don't have many days, we'll probably have to stay close to one of the main airports and choose a location from which day trips would be possible, in order to maximise our stay and see also other islands.Would you have any advice? We thought that Koh Lanta or Koh Kradan might be a good option but we would be super grateful for any advice!! we don't dive and are not into parties, really just snorkelling beaches, relax and laid back island life.
Nov 20, 2012 5:05 PM
1Koh Lanta is quite laid back - pretty beaches and some good day trips. Can day trip around the Phi Phi islands also, which are really beautiful. Some decent snorkelling around too. We arrived in low season and it was really quiet ... as soon as high season started though it started to fill up quickly.
The Trang islands are also really pretty - also, plenty of day trips. The Morokot Cave is well worth a visit.
Have never been to Koh Lipe, but some friends have just gone there and said it was stunning, despite the developments.
Another option is to stay on the mainland in Krabi, possibly Ao Nang, which is pretty, then do some day trips from there ....
Nov 20, 2012 5:22 PM
2Any of your options would be fine (although none of them are near an airport). Lipe hasn't been ruined. It's on the way to being ruined, but has got a few good years left. Lanta is well placed for excursions, but it's certainly not off the beaten track and there is no snorkelling from the beach - you would have to take a boat trip.
Your main problem is that it is the busiest time of year and everywhere will be packed out, so you'd probably need to book ahead whatever you do. Tarutao has to be paid for in person in Thailand within three days of booking so is probably off the table.
Have a look at Tezzas which island page. Also, there's some stuff on the snorkelling in Lipe, Kradan and other Trang islands here.
If you want to be near an airport, then try Phuket. At Ao Niang (near the airport) there is a beautiful long empty beach, and you can get away from the crowds there. But it's 20km to get to town/port for excursions.
Nov 20, 2012 8:36 PM
Nov 21, 2012 12:56 PM
Nov 22, 2012 1:23 AM
5it seems that the island has been ruined by constructions and uncontrolled development.
Any Thai beach that is easy to get to has been ruined by constructions and uncontrolled development, to cater for the flashpacker's desire for satellite tv, hot water and swimming pools.
Unfortunately for you, the not yet destroyed beaches take a long time to get to/ from, which makes it somewhat pointless going with only 4 days max.
Nov 25, 2012 5:46 PM
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