I am planning a trip to asia(mainly Thailand) in the month of April. I am looking for a relaxing and enjoyable 2 weeks. I am thinking of Krabi. My questions is i have about 5-6 days in Krabi, should i stay in Krabi for those days or should I visit other islands. If anyone can offer any advice, I would greatly appreciated. If you have any ideas on where to stay please give your input. I am also looking for some nice and quite, secluded beach within those locations. If you know if any awesome spot, please let me know.
Certainly get to Phi Phi for some time (at least over one night) as the beaches there are stunning and the night life is really cool. A good place to stay is Chao Koh (thats where i stayed 2 years ago, clean, friendly, reasonably priced and good swimming pool if needed). Great day boat trips to nearby islands (Maya Bay - where Dicaprio's "The Beach" was filmed) with snorkling etc. Can be organised with any one of the many long tail boat drivers on Phi Phi, or with more expensive tour type organisations.
For seclusion, look into one of the many beaches on Ko Lanta or even better, investigate Ko Lipe (pronounced Lip). Both of which are excellent.
Enjoy your trip.
(P.S. Not sure how you like to travel, but in my opinion, avoid the oft-mentioned tourist superhubs such as Phuket and Ko Samui, they are way too over developed and have lost any semblance of authenticity)
That's some great advice. I'd definitely look into Ko Lipe.
I've been to bangkok many times for business but never had the chance to visit thailand's many island. This is really great advice.
I think you have the right idea. The Krabi area has some of the best beach options in Thailand, IMO. I have some photos in my gallery of the Krabi area. I would day trip to Ao Nang beach, then take a long tail boat over to
Railay Beach. Just a beautiful spot. Huts were cheap when I was there years ago, but difficult to find now. It maybe better to stay in Krabi town for a few nights then pick your spot. Go into any travel shop and tell them your budget and what you are looking for. There are many choices that are not well known and may be just what you are searching for. Koh Lanta is worth a look as is Koh Jum. Good luck in your search.
Id defo agree with Jmg - Phi Phi and Railay really stand out from all the rest. The people are genuine and friendly. Phi Phi is truely Paradise...great hotels, fab beaches and brlliant nightlife.. Spent 2 Summers in Thailand and goin back again this year. Check out pics online this will sell it 2 u... spent 3weekx on Phi Phi wish we cuda spent longer but we got caught up in a false tsunami evacuation in July so we headd back up north for the rest pf our trip... but goin backagain!! Check out Phi Phi Island Cabana Hotel - its amazing an we paid 1800baht in July
Railay is for a real laid back chillin break,,, strolls on the beach, dinner by the beach - rock climbin 2 add sum fun..Monkey beach is brilliant - the monkeys cum down frm the jungle in the evenin and hang around while tourists take pics/ feed them etc..
Dont miss Phi phi ul regret it!
Thanks for your input!
Do you guys think a couple nights in Krabi is good enough and then move on to the next island such as Phi Phi, Ko Lanta? I love the water and all the images that i can find from the net are awesome and i can't wait to be there. The huts and bungalows looks like good lodging. Does any have any ideas how those are. I've never stayed in one of those before.
Does any one know if April is a peak season or not and if i need to book anything in advance? Does it get really crowded during peak season?
I appreciate all the help guys. This is a great forum by the way.
High season ends about March. The big crowds will be gone by April. You do not need to book anything in advance. I would get to Krabi town and find a room in your price range. There are going to be small hotels/guesthouses that are not listed on the Internet for 200-500bt/night. Just walk the several blocks of the town and ask. You will find something acceptable. An example is here, or here. Use Krabi to daytrip Ao Nang beach, look it over and price the rooms. Same as when you daytrip Railay Beach. If you can find a decent priced room, switch over to Railay. If not, let a travel shop show you all the options available off the Krabi coast. Good Luck.
I was glad to hear that peak season ends in march. I am looking for some quiet and relax time on those islands. Those bungalows right at the beach (water front) looks very tempting. I will probably find something like that.
I'd check out Laoliang Islandif you like camping in paradise and a very mellow scene.
I am heading to Phuket at the end of May, i was just wondering what to expect in terms of weather is it well into monsoon season by then or can i expect some fine weather? And how hard would / much would it cost to venture from Phuket and visit some of the more remote less tourists areas for a night or so. What is Phi Phi like compared with Phuket?