I'm going to be in Thailand for about 6 weeks from next week...
For the first part I’m meeting up with a friend and we're flying from Bangkok down to Krabi.
Can anyone advise 1) what are the best islands to visit in this area 2) a suggested route for spending approx 2 weeks in this area 3) any accommodation recommendations, we are looking to spend between 300-450 baht a night?
Any advice will be REALLY appreciated :O)
I can advise you to go to Railay. It's a peninsula of Krabi and one of the greatest places I've been while I was in Thailand. Hidden laguna's, rock climbing and such .
You will definitely love it. I stayed in the Yaya resort, I think we payed around 400 baht a night there and it has sort of a tree cabin feeling.
The fun thing about Railay is that you can't get there with a normal boat, you have to take the smaller longtail boats and wade through the water for a few meters before you can get to the beach.
Also, when you arrive in Krabi, go to P. Guesthouse. It's a very good and cheap hostel with very friendly people, you're close to a everything and you can rent motorbikes. In Krabi, I recommmend you to go to the Tiger Cave Temple, we bumped into it while we were driving around at random, it's worth it:
Hope this is of any help!
With your budget, it is going to hard to visit Koh Phi Phi or Phuket. Most rooms are way above ypur 400 baht/nite budget. Take a look at Koh Jum & Koh Lanta. Both are a short ferry ride from Krabi and have lower prices. I would walk into several travel shops once in Krabi. Tell them your budget and see what iresorts they might suggest. There are several lesser known resorts and beaches that may be in your budget range. Worth checking out IMO.
Railay Beach is beautiful. If you cannot find a room in your price range, you can day trip it. There are long tail-boats leaving from the Krabi pier frequently. Or you can take a songthaew, a truck taxi, over to Ao Nang beach. Ao Nang is a pleasant beach by itself, but it also much closer to Railay Beach than Krabi town. You may also want to island hop. If you can get 2-3-4 others to share the costs, it can be a special day and not break your budget. Hope this helps with your planning.
[ Edit: Edited on 27-Oct-2009, at 16:58 by vegasmike6 ]
Thanks for the advise guys! Really appreciate it!
If you want somewhere chilled to stay i can recomend Ko Lanta (the second of the 2 islands ko lanta Yai. Khlong nin beach is amazing...2 miles of white beach! i will be visiting it again on my trip early next year!!!