What to do????
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Feb 7, 2013 8:41 AM Last Post By: Redbullet13
Feb 5, 2013 5:51 AM
What to do????Me and my Boyfriends are flying to Thailand next month, we are spending 5 x nights in Bangkok then our plans was to get the overnight train to Krabi and stay there for 4 weeks. I've kind of had a change of heart and was thinking of gradually making our way to Krabi over 7 - 8 days. Just jumping on the bus and making our way down the East Coast (Hua-Hin / Cha Am / Phang Nga) then ending up in Krabi... Can anyone recommend any other places to visit along the way? OR should we give these places a miss and just head straight down south?
Feb 5, 2013 6:40 AM
Feb 5, 2013 8:51 AM
2I would say it depends a bit on what you want to see. After you pass Hua Hin the places you will encounter will be much smaller and/or places that mostly Thais go to, so be prepared for less choices in terms of rooms, places to eat, etc. Not to say it is a bad idea, but if you are expecting places with full services and night life I think you will be disappointed.
If you are worried that 4 weeks is too much time in Krabi you could also consider spending some time in Ko Lanta or the islands near Trang or even going over to the gulf islands (Samui/Phangan/Tao)
Feb 5, 2013 1:44 PM
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Feb 5, 2013 6:11 PM
7Some people may scoff, but Hua Hin has its charms. I went back there last month for the first time since 2006. I stayed on one of the old guesthouses (Sirima guesthouse) on the piers near the Hilton, very basic accommodation and a tad on the expensive side for what you get at 500 baht per night, but the rooms (and the staff!) have loads of character and you can't beat being lulled to sleep each night by the sea directly beneath you (and sunrise/sunset from the end of the pier is beautiful).
It's resort-ville all along the main beach there, but the sand is great and the beach is kept clean, plus if you walk a little bit away from the resorts you can easily find quiet spots along the beach. Also, hassle from sellers/touts is nowhere near as bad as I remember from a few years ago.
Rent a motorbike or car in town (about 200B/1300B per day), to head south for day trips to some very quiet beaches. Also, stunning Kaeng Krachan national park with its wealth of wildlife is within striking distance for a long day trip or, preferably, overnight stays.
Feb 5, 2013 7:10 PM
8HH is way less touristy than Patong or Phi Phi with more charm. Agreed. It is a good base to explore the region as you say.
Feb 5, 2013 9:18 PM
Feb 5, 2013 9:43 PM
10There are so many nice island locations along the Andaman coast to visit, each with its own special atmosphere (very developed vs. not so developed for tourists, large vs. small, etc.) so you could certainly use all your time well if you headed straight for Krabi. But one thing to consider: On the islands the "Thai experience" is somewhat watered down, may not even seem to be present at all, due to tourism. Foods are far more expensive and can be far less authentic, and in many island areas what you see may be just resorts and bungalow complexes built for tourism. On the mainland, however, you get to experience Thailand for real. And this is a special treat. So you might enjoy better taking the slow route south and spending a number of days on the mainland, enjoying what Thailand is really all about.
Of course you could also do this if you go directly to Krabi as well, if you just make a point of spending some of your time on the mainland in the South. But I would think traveling through Hua Hin could be well worth it.
I love the Thai islands for the beauty but I always make it a point to spend a few days in a Thai city at the start and end of my vacations to soak in the real Thailand.
Feb 7, 2013 8:41 AM
11What can i say 1 boyfriend just isnt enough (-;
I am going to be in Thailand for a total of 5 months.. Spending the first 3 months from March onwards.. I do want to see as much as Thailand as possible so really want to see as much places as i can making my way down South also will be heading to Phuket (touristy i know) but have friends over. Im not overly fussed about nightlife ALL THE TIME.. A nice quiet Thai Town will do me perfect from time to time.
I'll be heading to Koh Samui & Koh Phangan & Koh Tao in July.
Once in Krabi we intend to chill out a bit but if we get bored we can move on (o:
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