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11. Posted by LaurenLolz (Respected Member 226 posts) 4y

Quoting mashed

Hi

Me and a friend are stopping over in Thailand for about a month starting in late April whilst en-route to Oz. We are planning to stay in Bangkok for a couple of weeks but would also like to spend some time on the coast. Ideally we want somewhere where there are things to do, a fair amount of young people (late teens/early twenties) that we can meet and reasonable nightlife but without too many holliday resorts or completely packed out beaches. I am aware that we are going out of season so there will probably be less tourists in general but it would be good to get some suggestions about places people have gone, or are planning to go to that are slightly out of the way but still good for meeting people and going out?

Cheers

Bangkok for a couple of weeks ??? why are you learning Thai? No. Then stay like 3-4 days MAX. Hit up Ko Phi Phi or Ko Lipe

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14. Posted by LaurenLolz (Respected Member 226 posts) 4y

Quoting DocNY

Well I won't get involved in the apparently personal battle going on here.

However, I do LOVE Bangkok. I think it's a city I could actually live in. That said there is a wild, wild west (or east if you prefer) aspect to Bangkok and in fact much of Thailand - where anything can go.

Are there still deserted and special nooks of Thailand? you bet. But places become more and more a part of the tourist trail every single day. Massive development is pushing a lot of places in Thailand. Koh Tao, which I just visited again in July, unfortunately has I'm my opinion become one of them. What once was a quiet special island is a lot less of that than it was just 4 years ago.

Still I'd say you can find many, many great places. The Krabi area is a good place to look as is out near Trat, or some of the more outlying islands. The problem with many of them is that I'm not sure how easily you'll get to them, or find the specific crowd you are looking for.

In Koh Tao everyone pretty much is a tourist, or serves that industry. The same is true of Koh Lanta, Samui, Phi Phi, and even Koh Chang. That's not to say you won't find the solitude you are looking for, but that romantic isolated island is becoming harder and harder to find and often is difficult to get to.

There are islands that meet your criteria, but you'll find the populations there to be mostly locals. if you speak Thai you'll find plenty of nightlife in those places, if you don't you might not find people to go out with.

I love the country and would happily live there - I've spent at least 18 months there in the last six years and there are tons of places worth going, but realize that the tourist trail and the backpacker trails exist because many of those places are special and are worth going to - even if they are a bit more crowded than they used to be.

For undiscovered places that meet your criteria, you'd find more of them, and easier ones to access in some other SE asian countries.

The tour touts on Khao Sarn will push just about anyplace they can send young people to - and some of them are great. But fewer and fewer are really undeveloped, and most of the more renowned backpacker haunts have become far more touristy with mainstream tourists and developers taking note of all the great places that backpackers loved.

please note. phi phi is much different than any of these islands.

15. Posted by mashed (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y

Quoting LaurenLolz

Quoting mashed

Hi

Me and a friend are stopping over in Thailand for about a month starting in late April whilst en-route to Oz. We are planning to stay in Bangkok for a couple of weeks but would also like to spend some time on the coast. Ideally we want somewhere where there are things to do, a fair amount of young people (late teens/early twenties) that we can meet and reasonable nightlife but without too many holliday resorts or completely packed out beaches. I am aware that we are going out of season so there will probably be less tourists in general but it would be good to get some suggestions about places people have gone, or are planning to go to that are slightly out of the way but still good for meeting people and going out?

Cheers

Bangkok for a couple of weeks ??? why are you learning Thai? No. Then stay like 3-4 days MAX. Hit up Ko Phi Phi or Ko Lipe

Yeh sorry thats was a typo. I was trying to say we wanted to head to the coast for a couple of weeks. The plan was about a week in bangkok, couple off weeks on the coast, and a week in cambodia.

16. Posted by mashed (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y

Quoting Dauce

Hey,

I'm heading there at similar time landing on the 24th of April will be staying in Bangkok for a bit then heading off to koh phangan for the full moon party. After that I'm going to head to koh jum for a nice relaxed beach experience!

When do u land in Bkk? Be good to meet up in khao San road for a drink or something?

Cheers

Dave

Safe man, that would be cool. We are hopefully getting our flights sorted this weekend so i'll let you know!

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