SO, im planning a trip to Thailand and more specifically to the islands in the gulf of Siam. I´ve never been there before, so i thought that this would be a good place to ask some information and tips. Planning to go to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and any other that comes to my way..
Im travelling with a budget of proximately 15euros/12dollars so anyone answering please mind that i cant afford the most expensive accommondations or activities. But anyway:
What is the quality and quantity of accommondations and services within that pricegroup? Is it easy to travel between islands there? cost of food if eating in local restaurants of streetkitchens? Any activities diving, trekking or any nature related outdoor activities?? How to get there and how to move there and with what prices, busses, trains, tuk tuks or..?
Thanks to all and peace!
if theres one place you go to make sure it is East Railay on the Krabi Peninsula!I visited a lot of the islands when I was there a couple of months back!I found Koh Samui over priced and tacky and although the Full Moon Party was fun on Koh Pha Ngan, the overspill of the thompsons style package holidays crew from samui seemed to have invaded!I much prefered the west coast, it was a lot cheaper, i found the people more friendly and you werent as harrassed over there! When you get to Krabi you can get a longtail over to Railay...stay at the Viewpoint bunglalows, theyre great and have a fantastic restaurant!we paid on 100 Baht each a night!!!!!!!!!!!Its my favourite place!I think what you have estimated for your budget it fine, accomodation is very, very very cheap over there (on average we were paying about 250 baht per night all over the country and we used to eat from the street stalls which i thought was the best I encountered!sometimes we were even lucky enough to find 10Baht Padthai!Its very easy to live well on a budget over there, exept i kinda went crazy with the shopping!!!!!Give me a message if you want to chat thailand stuff as i have some addresses for some decent bungalows and stuff!
I agree with 'twinkle'. With your budget, Koh Samui and Koh Tao would be difficult. Go to Krabi and use it for your base. There are hundreds of islands to visit off the Krabi coast, many uninhabited. Go to the Railay beach area and after a few days of beach time, ask other visitors if they want to share a long tail boat. Hire a guy to take you to the many islands in the area. You will have your best experiences and memories in the Krabi area.