I will be in Thailand during the month of August and I'm trying to decide which beach to stay in, both in ko Chang (Trat) and in Ko Samui. I was looking for somewhere quiet, with nice food and nice sunset views... hopefully a tree house lodge. I would like to avoid places full of tourists (full moon party type of scene). Any suggestions?
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 28, 2008, at 2:44 AM by pedroalmei ]
In Koh Samui, I stayed at the north end of Lamai beach. The north of the beach is relatively laid back with a few beach hut options, and the centre where you can find a few bars and clubs is just a short walk along the beach. I also stayed in Chaweng and although it is a more picturesque beach than Lamai, I would not recommend it if you want to get any sleep! For sunsets though, you would probably have to visit the other side of the island where I do not believe there are many beaches. Perhaps you could get a boat across to Sunset Beach, Haad Rin on Koh Pha Ngan. One of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen in my life was on that beach. Highly recommended. But steer clear of sunrise beach if you want peace and quiet (that is where the moon parties are held).
Check this weather map out....
Statistically August is wet on Koh Chang....i mean really wet. You might strike lucky, but it has been known for roads to get washed away and ferries to halt.
the hotels/resorts regard it as the close season and many facilities are not available......the up side is that it is the cheapest time of year to go there....the down side is that it is very unlikely that any of the larger hotels will mention any of these drawbacks.
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 30, 2008, at 12:59 AM by wildfk ]
hi there yes it will be low season but i do know people that have been that time of year and loved it. Firstly it sounds like you want somewhere laid back and beutiful and not too many tourists!! why the hell are you gong to koh samui? not a good place if this is what your looking for. If you have to then maybe big budda beach is quite, most beaches on samui are highly developed dirty and busy.
I would head to maybe koh Panyang, i think Koh tao would be best but maybe very very quite that time of year.
otherwise krabi - koh lanta or phi phi. which will be better weather but further to travel but seariously reconsider koh samui i didn't like it and everyone i spoke to in thialand didn't like it either to be honest.