hey guys im going to Thailand in march im just wondering which is the best place to be for the longest or at all? im there for a month and im leaning towards phucket? or bangkok? anyone got any ideas on what the best thing to do out there is at all?
I spent a month in thailand aswell and from my experience Bangkok is good for a couple of days.Then i flew down to koh samui where i spend a week.Its quite western but a beautiful island with loads to do -Quads, shooting, elephant treks,scuba diving and it has good nightlife with loads of half moon ,black moon parties(raves on the beach).
Then i went to koh phangan for a full moon rave(do a google search for full moon party koh phangan )to see when the next one is,theyre amazing.ABout 10000 people having a great time and dancing about etc.Then theres the less visited islands like koh tao,ko phi phi which are worth a look too.
I always spend at least a week on samui but everyone is different and u might like another island more.
i have to say the same about bangkok i had 3 days there and after the 2nd just wanted to get away. would recomend going koh samui rather than phuket. phuket is to western now
Phuket and Koh Samui are very touristy islands if that is what you want. If you prefer somewhere more natural and relaxing there are islands in the far south west and also islands in the Gulf that are quiete and relaxing just to chill out. It is whether you want load and lots of tourist things and supermarkets or you want a natural island or beach. There are so many to choose from if you can manage without the other touristy things.
It's a good choice to head toward Phuket as there are loads of other islands/beaches around the area that are easily reached by boat with 2 hours, i.e. The Phi Phi Islands, Koh Lanta, Railai Beach (Krabi) you can easily spend at least a week island hopping around the Krabi area.
I think Laura_B's suggestion is good. Phuket itself is a bit overdone but I very much liked Phi Phi and Lanta.
I actually really like Bangkok too, could happily spend 3 or 4 days there...
Definately visit Ko Phi Phi. There are no cars on the island and it is gorgeous with natural beauty but also plenty of bars for the evenings. You can also go to Ko Phi Phi Ley and a couple of other tiny unhabited islands around there while you are there which is just like travelling in paradise. I loved it. I was only going to ge there for a week but i stayed for over 2 weeks on Phi Phi. Amazing. It was a bit of a strange feeling when i left Phi Phi and went to Phuket, as it seemed so busy and touristy.
There are lots of islands and beaches with nice accommodation whether you want something cheap and budget or top luxury, Koh Samet and Koh Chang are easy to get to from Bangkok or you can beach hop down the coast from Bangkok easily by train or bus to nice quite beaches and coastal towns like Bang Saphan and Koh Talu sland that retain their natural Thai appeal but you can also find nice places to stay, in fact there are even top expensive beach resorts down that coast, and then head from Chumphon to koh tao, Koh Phangan or onwards to Samui. Phuket and Samui are both highly developed tourist places, MCD Burgers and Starbucks and all that, far south are lovely island like Koh Ngai where you can find nice beach cabins and bungalows, that is far south near Trang area.
I have just come back from Thailand.
I liked Ko Pha Ngan. But u would have to choose carefully, which beach u stay on. Some of them are full of garbage. At the moment, Ao Chalok Lam is probably the best one. Lots of bungalows, advertised, in the Lonely planet, or u can easily find them by walking along the beach.
Also coconut beach. Although the bunglows are a little more expensive here, but certainly affordable, even on a budget. The guy who owns them does not advertise, in the lonely planet, but u can phone or email him and he would pick u up, from the pier.
His contact details are
Phone: +66 09 9895489
or 01 81 49630,077 374298
Bangkok is a big city, so there are endless possibilities, for things to do. Stay at or near the Khao San Road. U will meet lots of travellers there and get lots of info, about things to do.
I also went to Kanchanaburi. I also recommend it. Stay at the Blue Star Guest House. It has bungalows on stilts, which are surrounded by tropical vegetation, by the river, A bit like sleeping in the Jungle.