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1. Posted by xxxlauzxxx (Budding Member, 11 posts) 14 Jan '08 12:17

Hello

Me and my partner are leaving the UK in December on a 12Month round the world trip. Our first stop will be to thailand,we both want to go to Ko Phi Phi and Phuket. Im interested in Scuba Diving and hopefully having a good time. Could anyone please let me know what there most enjoyable moment of thailand was and where?

Also the accomodation, do you think it best to book in advance? Or just find somewhere on arrival? We are happy to stay in beach huts.

Your info will be much appreciated

Take care

Thanks

Laura
xxx

2. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member, 274 posts) 14 Jan '08 18:28

Hi Laura,

I enjoyed:

Chiang Mai: the atmosphere, hills, night life, culture and did the whole elephant riding thing and visited hill tribes
Phi Phi: beach (obviously), scenery, snorkelling
Koh Samui: beach, nice size town with night life and living in a hut within metres of all this, riding around the island (not as terrifying traffic as bangkok etc) and seeing the sights
Bangkok: being outside what I'm used to, shopping, night life

Enjoyed all of these places - hard to pick one!
I also went to Koh Phangan, Pattaya, Phuket but didn't like these places quite as much, although I still had an awesome time everywhere!

Erik

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3527 posts) 15 Jan '08 00:02

Laura,
You don't need to book anything in advance. There are so many places to stay in all price ranges that you will find something acceptable.

I am going to vote for the offshore islands off Krabi. You mentioned Phuket and Phi Phi, but perhaps you will want to hit some less well know and cheaper islands. Take a Look at Koh lanta or Koh Jum and see if it interests you. A very memorable experience is to charter a long tailed boat at Railay Beach and visit some of the many islands offshore. Most are uninhabited and you will have the entire island to yourself. Good Luck to you.

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru, 809 posts) 15 Jan '08 06:40

Could anyone please let me know what there most enjoyable moment of thailand was and where?

On my last trip to Thailand, just this past Christmas, my most enjoyable moment was leaving Phuket and arriving in Lanta where life was so much better. For me, December on Phuket was about the opposite of everything I love about Thailand - quiet beaches, lazy days sitting in a hammock reading a book, and cheap cheap Thai food. I was also disappointed with Phi Phi which seemed to be stuffed to capacity and there didn't seem to be an inch of space on the beach to sit. It was a big change from my last visit there in 2003. Of course I'm not saying that all of this is bad, and it may just be your scene. If you want to party, have lots going on, and feel like you are in Ibiza, then head to Phuket. But if you want a relaxed low key time with you, a beach, a hut, a hammock, and a beer, then I would suggest checking out places like Koh Lanta, Koh Tao, some of the beaches in the north of Phagnan, or even Krabi which is stunning.

On previous trips some of my highlights have included:
Chiang Mai: The classic tourist stop with temples, hill tribe treks, cooking courses, and a whole lot of shopping.
Sukathai: For a bit of history, I enjoy this more than Ayathaya
Kanchanaburi: I don't know what it is about this town but I really enjoy hanging out on the patio of a river hotel.
Bangkok: Lots of people hate it, but I think it's a great city.

5. Posted by kymar1 (Full Member, 12 posts) 15 Jan '08 19:47

Got back from Thailand just 2 days ago. This was my third trip. Highlights this time were Chiang Mai; just a great place to walk around and check out temples and markets. Also went up to Chiang Rai, a bit more primitive but really cool atmosphere. Went up to Hill Tribes and Golden Triangle from there. On previous trips we went to Phuket staying at Karon Beach. Phuket is just beautiful but next time we'd probably stay away from the tourist areas of Patong and Karon and stay over on Rawai beach which looks a lot more laid back and casual. A lot of people hate Bangkok but you have to experience it for youreslf. So much to see and do there. Personally I can't hack it for more than 3 days by which time the hussle and bussle starts getting to me.

6. Posted by xxxlauzxxx (Budding Member, 11 posts) 16 Jan '08 11:39

Thankyou all so much for your replies.

If possible could you let me know where you stayed (only if it was nice accomodation though lol). We are not planning on leaving Guernsey until next January but we are going for 12months, so we really want to research everything! Its a once in a life time oppurtunity, so i dont want to mess it up. We dont want to stay in 5* accomadation just clean places.

If you could give me some accomodation names that you would go back to, that would be fab.

Thankyou very much guys

Take care
xx

7. Posted by steff (Travel Guru, 1158 posts) 16 Jan '08 15:42

Hi Laura,

since I love diving and did lots of it when I was in Thailand, I might be able to give you some advice. Don't know if you're already certified, if not Ko Tao is probably the cheapest place to get the Open Water. There's plenty of schools on the island but my friend got certified with Crystal dive, which worked out really well. Not only he got free accomodation with the course (that also included two more friends who were staying in a room with him!!) but also the equipment is new and reliable and the staff was really nice. I went on a few fun dives with them and totally enjoyed what I saw under water.

If you are already an experienced diver you have to go to the Similian Islands, probably one of the best dive spots I've ever been to. I booked a three-day live aboard through Blue Heaven Divers in Khao Lak and don't regret a single penny I've spent. It was an experience of a life time and Book, the guy at Blue Heaven who got me the deal was fantastic!!

hope this helps,

Steff

8. Posted by xxxlauzxxx (Budding Member, 11 posts) 18 Jan '08 09:28

Hi Steph

Thanks so much for your reply.

Im not certified and would love to be though. How would you go about going on a course with crystal dive? Have you got any websites i could llok at? Would you book it when you get there? Or before?

Thanks

lauz
x

9. Posted by steff (Travel Guru, 1158 posts) 19 Jan '08 04:28

Hi Laura,

just click on this link or the one in my above post and it will lead you directly to the Crystal dive website. Booking in advance wasn't necessary as far as I remember, but you could always get in touch with them beforehand to ask for special deals. If you don't like what they offer, you can always wait until you get to Ko Tao since there are plenty of (good) diving schools to chose from.

Steff

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 19 Jan '08 12:18

Hello Laura:)

I can certainly recommend Phukett. I was there last June. It is not the tourist trap I expected it to be.
I recommend that u stay in Phukett town. It is easy and convenient to get a bus from the day market in the town to any of the beaches. If on the otherhand u stay at one of the beaches it is not so easy to get to the other ones from there.
I was never on Koh Phi Phi so cant comment.

I wouldnt book accomodation in advance if u are interested in staying in beachhuts. In fact that and other budget accomodation cant be booked on the internet. Only the mid to upper range accomodation can. I was also in Thailand one December and had no problem with just showing up and getting accomodation. Dont book budget accomodation by phone or email and certainly never send a deposit. Bookings for budget accomodation are rarely honoured and when u show up nobody will know anything about your deposit.

Mel