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Off the beaten track in Thailand

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1. Posted by OKANEED (First Time Poster 1 posts) 31w

I have 5 days before a prebooked STRAY bus tour takes me north out of bangkok, and I am somewhat sick of Bangkok.
Ideally I want to grab a few books and just find somewhere akin to that scene out of Skyfall, super basic on the beach or near it, no tourists, where I can read, exercise and just enjoy life with the locals :) The gist of it is that I am going to be partying my way up thailand with the people on the bus so I want to use this time for a bit of isolation, natural beauty and local culture!

Is there anywhere like this? Very little interest in partying at the moment, open to hiring a motorbike and making my way via that. I don't mind if its a place not on the internet, as long as its likely that I'll be able to find somewhere to stay when I get there..

Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 237 posts) 31w

Such places exist in every country but they are not likely to remain so for very long once they start getting named as a place to go in a travel forum. All the best known party scenes in Thailand were in fact just as you describe you want, before they became known.

My advice is to get a bike and a map and just go searching south along the coast of the Gulf of Thailand till you find a place you like. I make a habit of getting a map and heading for the smallest places named on it along a country's coast. It doesn't make any difference if it is Thailand or Italy or Scotland. Some disappoint but others amaze. But you have to FIND them, not ask people to point them out to you. ;)

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1613 posts) 31w

How far will you go? Is this experience worth round trip plane tickets?

If you do rent a bike make sure you have a proper license and good insurance in case of an accident. Good medical insurance!!! Motor vehicle accidents account for most of the tourist deaths in Thailand.

Avoiding places where tourists do go may mean fewer hotels and restaurants. I don't think there is too many places in Thailand where tourists have not been. (I personally like having other tourists and expats around!)

Maybe Trang Islands.