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1. Posted by jiminy (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

I just want to kick back on a beach for a month or 2, between June and September in Asia (Or even Sth Pacific if it was better value for $)...

My requirements:

* In the tropics, with a decent beach for swimming

  • Due to the good conversion rate against the Aussie dollar, this place was better value for your money, than any other countries with beaches that you have visited.
  • I only require basic accomodation, perhaps a bungalow with aircon.
  • A few different food options in the area. (ie. I don't want something so remote that I can only eat at the Hotel/guesthouse that I'm staying at. The amount of other travellers around doesn't faze me. Perhaps its better to have at least a couple around because it means at least the locals have some experience in dealing with foreigners, perhaps a little English to make ordering a meal easier.
  • No civil wars or impending jihads in the vicinity!

I hear conflicting reports about good value. I read on Thai forums that islands are tourist traps because they know you're stranded there (Ko Samet), yet others say Ko Pho Ngan is dirt cheap. I read that the concentration of accommodation in Patong means that it is cheaper than other Phuket beaches, yet others say that hotel/food prices are much higher than other parts because it is a tourist area.

So which countries/places/towns that fit the above description would you recommend? India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, P'pines, Indonesia, Micronesia etc.?

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

One caveat is that this timeframe is rainy season in most of SEA.

I would seriously look at the Krabi area for your idyllic spot. There are so many islands to choose in the Andaman Sea that one of them is sure to meet your needs. Take a look at Koh Jum, Koh Lanta, Ngai Island, Koh Phayam, etc. Most of the smaller islands have the bungalows by the beach at low prices. A travel agent in Krabi town will have a full range of options and price ranges, pictures of the beaches and accommodation. All have great beaches and clear warm water for swimming. Good luck in your search for the perfect spot to relax.

3. Posted by jiminy (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Thanks heaps for the advice. And yeah I know it's the rainy season but a bit of rain doesn't bother me. As long as its warmer than Melbourne, lol

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1655 posts) 10y

[quote=jiminy]I just want to kick back on a beach for a month or 2, between June and September in Asia (Or even Sth Pacific if it was better value for $)...

My requirements:

* In the tropics, with a decent beach for swimming

  • Due to the good conversion rate against the Aussie dollar, this place was better value for your money, than any other countries with beaches that you have visited.
  • I only require basic accomodation, perhaps a bungalow with aircon.
  • A few different food options in the area. (ie. I don't want something so remote that I can only eat at the Hotel/guesthouse that I'm staying at. The amount of other travellers around doesn't faze me. Perhaps its better to have at least a couple around because it means at least the locals have some experience in dealing with foreigners, perhaps a little English to make ordering a meal easier.
  • No civil wars or impending jihads in the vicinity!

I hear conflicting reports about good value. I read on Thai forums that islands are tourist traps because they know you're stranded there (Ko Samet), yet others say Ko Pho Ngan is dirt cheap. I read that the concentration of accommodation in Patong means that it is cheaper than other Phuket beaches, yet others say that hotel/food prices are much higher than other parts because it is a tourist area.

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I would go to PATTAYA, it's only about 120 baht on the VIP bus out of the Ekamai bus terminal on Sukhumvit.

Yeah, someone is going to say that the beach usually only has Thai's or Japanese swimming in the water, BUT you can go to Jomtien Beach nearby for only 20 baht on a "baht bus." If you are only interested in a suntan then the Pattaya beach is more than adequate, rent a chaise lounge chair on the beach all day for 20 baht!

Hotels are pretty cheap, you can find a place with air conditioning starting around 350 baht. Some hotels in the 400 baht to 500 baht range during low season also have swimming pools (Honey Inn Hotel and Bay Breeze Hotel, both on Soi Honey Inn.)

Your nightlife is a little better in Pattaya then on one of the "islands." Lots of bars, restaurants, street vendors, modern malls, cheap local transportation, and lots of pretty girls.

The best thing about Pattaya is that if after trying it out for a few days - and you find that you don't like it - it's only a cheap 120 baht to go back to Bangkok to find somewhere else to waste your time at!

Give Pattaya a try.

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

I have spent 10 winters in Pattaya and I would not recommend it for a place to relax. Pattaya does have great nightlife, plenty of golf course, heaps of restaurants, many things to do each day, but it is not relaxing or pretty. If you want excitement everynight and good beaches, you could stay in Pattaya and day trip to Koh Larn. Nice sand, warm, clear water for swimming, but gets very crowded. I would vote; 'no'. There are better options out there.

I have been to Sihanoukville, Cambodia and it is close to what you want. Pretty cheap place to visit; rooms from $3/nite, dinner for $1-2, warm water for swimming. Take a look at my photos.

Most travellers stay at Victory Hill. Many cheap rooms & retaurants plus nightlife are here. But, you can stay almost right on the beach at other GHs. Take a look at 'Star Bar Bungalows', $7/nite, right on Otres Beach. 'Diamond Beach GH' is 10 meters from the water for $5/nite, Serendipity Beach. There are many similiar choices.

Try; 'canbypublications.com' for maps and information. Also 'travelfish.org' has useful info. Hope this helps.

6. Posted by jiminy (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Thanks again vegasmike.

Whilst I appreciate karazyals recommendation, that's the vision I get of Pattaya too. That and prostitution, which does not appeal to me. Having said that, I'd still check Pattaya out for a couple of days, to see for myself.

I don't mind a bit of nightlife as it affords the opportunity to meet locals and travellers alike, but pickup joints or bars with 'barfines' are just not my thing. But to each their own...

The Cambodian suggestion is intriguing; I'm checking out the photos now. cheers