Which islands/beaches to go to. 9 days. 1 adult, 1 child.
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Sep 17, 2013 3:20 AM Last Post By: wonderingtsar2
Sep 7, 2013 2:00 AM
Which islands/beaches to go to. 9 days. 1 adult, 1 child.4 weeks in Thailand. Single Parent with one 9 year old child...
Ok, so I have a plan forming...
So far - 3 nights Bangkok. 1 night Ayutthaya. Night train to Chiang Mai. 5 nights Chiang Mai.
2 nights Chiang Rai. 3 nights in mountains near Chiang Rai.
Now I'm stuck!! I want to fly from Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai to beach/island where we can spend the last 9 days of our travels before going back to Bangkok for the last day or 2. The problem is, is that I really can't work out where to go as there is so many places to chooses from.
Budget = Accommodation: budget to lower mid-range (thinking approx £30 / 1500THB tops) for 2 people.
We want to go somewhere where we can do some snorkeling, but good snorkeling, not mediocre. This is a holiday I've been saving up for for a few years so If we're coming all this way we want to see lots of colourful fish! I'm prepared to spend a little bit more to have a better experience (I'm not massively keen on the thought of going out with a million other people on a boat) (but no way top notch - we're not that well off!)
We would also like to go to a beach or island that is not in the major tourist trap areas. We'd just to swim and chill out really; possibly see a couple of caves. No massive towns or cities; somewhere quite laid back but still have access to some shops and eating areas. We will be relying on public transport so nowhere too remote.
So, I don't know whether to go over to the Eastern seaboard (Ko Chang district), or The Gulf (maybe Ko Tao?) or the Andaman (maybe Krabi/Lanta)
Any suggestions please???
We are going mid January to mid February 2014. We don't mind a bit of life and but prefer laid back. Would prefer to avoid mass crowds and tourism but understand this may be difficult considering we are going in high season and can't do too much travelling to remote areas.
Help us to decide please...
Thanks in advance
Sep 7, 2013 3:20 AM
1On the subject of snorkelling, Ko Tao in the Gulf or the lower Trang islands in the Andaman, Ko Lipe, Kradan, Ngai etc. These islands all offer snorkelling from the shore, i.e. wade in and stick your head under the waves. There are islands that offer better snorkelling but these involve boat trips. Statistically weatherwise, the Andaman side is your best bet but who knows next year. Good luck.
Sep 7, 2013 4:10 AM
2In January and February the weather is fine in the Gulf of Thailand. I spend about 6 months a year there and the weather is normally very good at this time of the year. We get proper moonson in November and December and a mini-moonson in April.
Koh Tao is a good bet for snorkelling, as is Koh Ma in Koh Phangan. For a description of Koh Ma Snorkelling click this link.
Edited by: Forgottogohome
Sep 7, 2013 8:31 AM
Sep 8, 2013 11:55 PM
5a beach or island that is not in the major tourist trap areas. We'd just to swim and chill out really; possibly see a couple of caves. No massive towns or cities; somewhere quite laid back but still have access to some shops and eating areas
You won't get shops/ variety of restaurants on anywhere not in a tourist trap, they are also very difficult to get to.
With only 9 days, I'd compromise and go somewhere easy to get to.
I haven't been to any popular beaches with good snorkling except Phi Phi, and nothing would make me go back to that ruined hell hole again.
So, wherever you go, you'd probably need to take a boat trip.
Sep 15, 2013 12:39 PM
6Thank you for all your suggestions.
Am liking the look of Koh Kradan, this looks like the kind of place I had in mind for a few days or more. Any recommendations on where to stay there? I've looked at the available accommodation and there seems to be mixed reviews on all of them.
Do you think I would need to book accommodation in advance because of being high season?
Has anyone been to Tham Morakot? Would it be okay to take a child through the dark tunnel?
Almost certainly avoiding Phi Phi - have read lots of bad press about it so far.
Koh Ma looks nice too
Thanks again peeps
Edited by: Kashkay
Edited by: Kashkay
Sep 17, 2013 3:17 AM
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