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1. Posted by Lailalala (Budding Member, 7 posts) 22 Feb '14 06:22

Hello,
I'll be flying into Bangkok in July/August and plan to head north to Khon Kaen. I would like to have a couple of days on the coast to acclimatise, can anyone suggest anywhere decent that isn't too far out the way? I would like chilled and cheap and I don't want to add too much time onto my journey north by heading too far down the coast.
I am aware it is rainy season, but I'm not worried about that!
Thanks in advance.
Laila

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Feb-2014, at 06:25 by Lailalala ]

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1287 posts) 22 Feb '14 06:46

When you say "on the coast" do you mean fly from Bangkok to a beach area? Or take what is available near Bangkok. Pattaya - Jomtien is about 2 hours by bus from Bangkok. Pattaya Beach is crappy and tourists from N. America and Europe usually just use pools. Bus from Bangkok Ekamai bus terminal around 124 baht for 2 hour ride. Bus 389 and Bell Travel go to Pattaya/Jomtien from Suvarnabhumi Airport during day - early evening hours. Pattaya is cheaper than Phuket and other beach areas. Cheap hotels, cheap local transportation, good restaurants - crappy beach - lots of nightlife along with modern malls, street vendors and travel agencies for tours.
http://www.pattayabus.com/en/routes-schedules/bangkok-to-pattaya/
http://www.airportpattayabus.com/
http://www.belltravelservice.com/pages/PageHome.aspx

Bangkok is cheaper than many beach areas. Good city rail and bus service plus cheap meter taxis. (Cheap when you only use the meter and do not pay a flat rate.) Lots to do in Bangkok and hotels can be found in all price ranges. Some hotels have pools on roof.
http://www.urbanrail.net/as/bang/bangkok.htm

Other beach areas depend on how far you want to go from Bangkok.

Good luck.