I'm going to be arriving in Thailand in Jan '05 for about 30 days. i fly into krabi and wanted to spend around 2 weeks around the islands - Ko Phi Phi, Phuket, Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan - before traveling up to bangkok and then onto chang mai.
My problem, what with all the travelling, is that i'd only have a couple of days on each island (+Krabi itself) so i may cut out one of the islands. Can anyone recommend from their experience an island which i could possibly miss out.
If you're only planning on spending two weeks down south, I'd recommend picking either east or west and leaving the rest for another trip. You could easily spend two weeks around Krabi - Ko Yao, Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta, Ko Jum (just to name a few) spend your time walowing around them, and do Samui, Pha Ngan and Tao another trip - there's not actually that much differnece between them all nowadays anyway.
Hope that helps
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I agree with Travelfish, do either east OR west coasts and not both. Me and my girlfriend went to Samui and Phangan in June this year and had a great time. We were in Thailand for 2.5 weeks and to be honest we felt a bit rushed. If you try and fit all the islands in in two weeks you won't get a chance to get a real feel for any of them and it will be as though you never take your back pack off.
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no matter what, please visit Koh Samui... really beautiful ..
if u have to , u can leave phuket out.. too commercialised..
Krabi area is a lot more beautiful than Samui/Koh Tao area.
Don't miss Krabi.
you can go to kon-sai near rally beach many young climber go to this island.
On the western side of Thailand, i think the best is Similan group of islands. It is a pity that no tourists can stay there, i think. However, there are campsites.
On the eastern side, you gotta go Koh Tao. Beaches not as pretty as Similan, but atmosphere is relaxing.