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South of Thailand help!!!!!!!!!

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1. Posted by eli-85 (Budding Member, 4 posts) 27 May '09 12:07

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hi, i´m form Argentina and i´m plannig to travel together with my boyfrend to Thailand next November. we are going to spend there 15 days and we are looking for relax. we wanted to visit the South's islands but we don´t konw which are the best. Could you please recomend us some island. we heard that Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Tao and Koh Phangman are the best. Do you agree??
If it is true i wolud ask some more question about these islads.
Which are the best beaches there??
Do you know chep (betwen 20 and 35 USD) acommodation there??
How could we move from one island to the aother? Is it very expensive? May i book the tickets in advence? Have you got some useful link where i can see the tariff ?

do you think that we should visit other places apart from the island in the South??

thank you so much!!

elisa.-

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1299 posts) 28 May '09 06:33

Quoting eli-85

hi, i´m form Argentina and i´m plannig to travel together with my boyfrend to Thailand next November. we are going to spend there 15 days and we are looking for relax. we wanted to visit the South's islands but we don´t konw which are the best. Could you please recomend us some island. we heard that Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Tao and Koh Phangman are the best. Do you agree??
If it is true i wolud ask some more question about these islads.
Which are the best beaches there??
Do you know chep (betwen 20 and 35 USD) acommodation there??
How could we move from one island to the aother? Is it very expensive? May i book the tickets in advence? Have you got some useful link where i can see the tariff ?

do you think that we should visit other places apart from the island in the South??

thank you so much!!

elisa.-

I will answer your last question first. Yes, visit other places too! My advice is to stay in Bangkok a few days and see that city, Bangkok can be cheaper than Phuket. While in Bangkok you can also book flights to Phuket if you want. Also try to fit in a trip to Chiang Mai if you can and see some of the area of Thailand that make it unique. Keep in mind that Thailand is warm just about all over and you do not have to be only at a beach to get some sun!

Here is a link for some hotels in Bangkok that are not too expensive. Fan only rooms (no air) are the cheapest.
http://www.sawasdee-hotels.com/index.html
Ibis Hotel Sukhumvit Soi 4. http://www.bangkok.com/ibis-nana/
Chiang Mai Hotel, Montri. http://www.hotelthailand.com/chiangmai/montri/

In Bangkok you can use meter taxi cabs pretty cheap - but only use the meter do no bargain the ride! Meter taxi cabs, using the meter will be cheaper than tuk-tuks for tourists. A hotel (like the Ibis) near the Skytrain can be very helpful in getting around the city.

Here is a link to some hotels in Phuket. I haven't been to Phuket in years, I personally don't care for that area, just not into expensive beaches at my age, but other tourists love it a lot. When I was in Phuket I stayed in Phuket town. Hotel link for Phuket. http://www.phukethotelthailand.biz/ When you decide on a hotel for Phuket ask about the location to see how convenient it is to get to other areas in town. Some transportation is a little expensive at times.

Good luck.

3. Posted by bulldogtwo (Budding Member, 31 posts) 5 Jun '09 03:10

Elisa, I have to agree with the last poster, Not into the Phuket scene, and I favor the Andaman side of Thailand over any other place for Thai beaches and water fun. Get into Phuket and head north along the Andaman coast, cheap but nice accomodations along the coast in most towns, you are away from many of the tourists, people are friendly,(everywhere in Thailand) and you can find beaches that can be virtually deserted. If you are into the party scene then maybe Phuket is the place you want to stay, but many people are not into that but they get drawn into that area by reputation. It really depends on what you are looking for.
Have FUN!

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5. Posted by stoneman (Respected Member, 212 posts) 11 Jun '09 02:27

Eli, with only 15 days I would concentrate on Koh Tao, Koh Phanghan and Koh Samui. I have only sighted the first two mentioned from the ferry. Koh Samui I have visited twice and I wish I could return every year. Koh Tao is visited mainly for diving, Koh Phanghan for partying. Both islands will provide a lay back environment. Koh Samui is a bit more tourist orientated. Personally I enjoy Lamai Beach area as it is bit quieter than Chaweng and other areas in the north of the island. Simply google eg Koh Tao accommodation etc and you will find endless info to sift through including advice/recommendations from other travellers who have visited. Even though you are planning to travel in November (high season) I would still leave arranging accommodation until I arrived there (others may disagree in respect to the first 2 islands). Google is your friend. Enjoy and safe travels.

6. Posted by KevinRB (Inactive, 76 posts) 11 Jun '09 02:40

Hi Eli

Just to add another perspective, if you only have 15 days, my suggestion would be to use Phuket as a base, and from there you can easily & cheaply travel to the most beautiful parts of Southern Thailand.

All of these places are just perfect for a really relaxing stress free holiday:

Phuket - fantastic base !
Phang Nga Bay - James Bond island
Phi Phi Islands (Ley & Don) - filming of "The Beach"
Krabi - rock climbing & chilling
Koh Lanta - chilling
Similan Islands - snorkelling

They are ALL located on the Andaman Sea side of Southern Thailand, and having visited them all personally, you would have an unforgetable time.

Kind Regards

Kevin:)

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8. Posted by colinmc (Full Member, 128 posts) 9 Aug '09 12:34

hey if u want to relax go to ao nang in krabi its amazing i spent 3weeks there just chilling and u can catch a boat to all the islands, i payd 500bhat for my return ticket to phi phi, ill email u my friends details she lives there and operates a small tour company but not the scaming kind...