I've seen a lot of people asking questions about where they should go on their SEA leg of their trips, and i'm guessing one of the most looked at areas of Thailand is this area - since The Beach etc was filmed here.
Has anyone been to this area, is it more expensive than the rest of Thailand as I can sort of see its more mainstream touristy.
And secondly, if you were to recommend the area, how long would you stay (and where) ? Any recommendations would be great. I'm sure a lot of the other first timer's would appreciate the info as well.
hi there i went to Phi Phi a few years ago before the sunami hit, things may have changed a bit since then im not sure. I would head over to patong beach in phuket and stay there 1 night and no longer, just to get your cheap boat ticket over and a night out maybe, the boat ticket i bought was open and i could come back whenever i liked (Phi Phi Cruiser) and picked me up from the hostel i was at. So you can arrive on phi phi and check out the accomadation, go into one of the travel agents in the village and see what there is. There will no doubt be people on the pier harrassing you when you get off the boat, you may choose to go with one of them but some do take you to a secluded beach that only boats can get to. i would recomend staying in the village. I would recomend about 5 -7 days here to relax see what there is to see its a stunning island one of the most beautiful on the planet. then head over to Krabi from there making sure you get the right boat ticket in the first place to do this. your going the perfect time of year to see phi phi nice and quite and prob some good deals on accomadation.
hope this helps but like i said it was a while ago i went there.
Thank you very much Gandk. Do you have any idea if its more expensive for accommodation etc than the rest of Thailand. Again, other advice from guru's is welcom
hi there you will find its slightly more expensive, depends where you stay, if you want a place on the beach you will pay loads for, if you dont mind staying in the village or set back form the beach then you will pay less, you may even find a place in the village when i was there people had signs up advertising rooms in there house and they were relly cheap but hard to find i guess. when i stayed there i payed 400bht a night for a 3 person room which was pretty cheap considering we paid 500bht a night for a 3 person room in patong beach (about £6-7) and in about july time. but again that was a few years ago and things may have moved on since then, especially since the sunami. Have fun im going there in December ish this year on a rtw trip and cant wait to see what its like these days.
maybe someone who has been there last summer may be more help?
Well, if you ain't keen on commercialism then steer well clear of Patong. On Phuket we stayed a couple of nights at Kata, it was pleasant enough but still a bit over-touristed for me. There isn't really any budget accomodation though.
We stayed on Phi Phi just after the Tsunami, and it was a bit of a mess. There are some cheaper, more backpacker-oriented bungalows, particularly if you go on to Long Beach (you can get a water taxi). As the hotels were rebuilding a bit while we were there, we got discounts on some OK places. Phi Phi Leh, where the beach was filmed, was very attractive.
We got the boat from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Lanta. Lanta is really laid back, beaches aren't as stunning but are a good place to relax, a bit less touristed, and there was some really good cheap accomodation and food.
If I had a fortnight, I would stay 1 night in Phuket (maybe in the town even), 5 nights on Phi Phi and 8 nights on Lanta - maybe I would split that and head out towards Krabi/Railay as well, though I never made it that far myself...
If your traveling around the Krabi area make sure you spend some time on Koh Lanta!! I got a boat from Krabi which took just over 2 hours, you can get a taxi which is much quicker, depending on the weather it might be better to go by road. It was almost 40c on the boat and i felt like i was going to pass out the entire trip. They did provide water soft drinks and ice lollys, but in that heat it didint really make a difference.
Once you arive its not hard to find somewhere to stay, prices range from 100 up to the tens of thousands depending on what you want. A simple hut with no fan or ac would be around 100-150 a night
I payed 800 for a room with 2 fans, ac, a fridge/freezer shower, bath & 2 double beds here http://www.ehotelbooking.com/thailand/krabi/lantaparadise/index.htm
We had a swimming pool right outside our room aswell :D
all along Klong nin beach are bars with huts behind them which are very cheap from around 100 a night.
The night life on the island isnt great, but in a way thats good as you dont get half as many idiots as other places
been to Krabi/Phuket/Phi-Phi last week.... all are difff...
ur base camp cud b either Krabi or Phuket
Phuket then has few beaches, Patong being the most happeing one, wid bars and discos and SOOOO many tourists... , then there is Kamala and Kata, a few other... i dint like Phuket after i reached there from Krabi (3 hours by road), it was noisy, it was dirty, it was expensive... it was over crowded... and beaches wont appeal u if u been to Phi Phi or Railay beaches,...... wud only reccomend it if u into partyin and vagas-style fun...
Krabi is koool, its quiet, its inexpensive( i found a double room for 90 bhat ... imagine !!! ) and all the islands for which Phuket is famous(THE BEACH island, Bond island,etc), are accesible from Krabi, so obvious chioce...
There are two Phi Phis, one is Phi Phi Ley and Phi Phi den... beaches are UNBELIEVEABLE.... too good... accomodation is available only on one of them, but again too many tourists... one day tour to Phi Phi will do... will take around 1200bhat for 1 day speed boat tour to Phi Phi with lunch from Krabi ( Ao Nang Beach)...
so if i go there again... i wud stay at Krabi, visit all the secluded islands ... relax on Railay Beach.... for as long as i can...
I spent 2 weeks in this area last January; it's high season, so the price of accomodations is more expensive from Dec to March.
The south part of Thailand is definitely more expensive than the north or central part of Thailand; Krabi, Phi Phi, Phuket are also more expensive than Koh Chang, but amazing places to relax.
If I have to recommend some place I will recommend Ko Ngai island, it's like the paradise, there are just 4 resorts, no cars, no motorbikes. Villa Ngai has cheap accommodation (300 b to 800 bath). How to get there? easy, take a bus to Trang (600 b) then a minibus to Pakmeng (60 bath) then boat to the island (300 bath one way), entrance fee National park (200 bath).
The minibus stop is very close to the market.
From Ko Ngai (or Koh Hai - the island has two names, just in case) you can have a boat to go to Koh Lanta (400 bath)
thanks very much guys, very helpful. Obviously if anyone else has anything they might add we would all be very grateful!
do u know any nudity beach in phuket?