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1. Posted by amy27 (Budding Member 22 posts) 2y

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hi

im going to thailand with my boyfriend and trying to arrange route. want to spend most of our time at some really nice islands. can anyone recomend any and any good accomadation places?

want somewhere quiet and pretty, good beach, clear waters, with snorkelling, poss diving oppurtunities. into nature. ideally would like to stay in beach huts rather than posh hotels.

going to be there 30th decemeber to 18 januray so guessing its best to book in advance being that it will be peak season?

thanks in advance for any help :)

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3541 posts) 2y

Amy,
There are hundreds of islands of the coasts of Thailand. You will need some of the lesser known islands if you want, quiet, clear water, beach huts. You might take a look at Koh Lipe, Koh Phayam. and Koh Yao Noi.

Good luck with your planning.

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4. Posted by Bananatraveller (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y

Baitong, Thailand

I recommend you to Koh Tao, as it is famous for snorkeling and diving (Cheapest place to do diving license). The atmosphere is quiet and also there are many variety of bungalows for you to choose. :)
If you want to be in the nature there is one island which located next to Koh Tao called Koh Nangyuan.

Enjoy Thailand xD

5. Posted by Rhmyers (Budding Member 38 posts) 2y

Quoting amy27

hi

im going to thailand with my boyfriend and trying to arrange route. want to spend most of our time at some really nice islands. can anyone recomend any and any good accomadation places?

want somewhere quiet and pretty, good beach, clear waters, with snorkelling, poss diving oppurtunities. into nature. ideally would like to stay in beach huts rather than posh hotels.

going to be there 30th decemeber to 18 januray so guessing its best to book in advance being that it will be peak season?

thanks in advance for any help :)

I liked Koh Samui.
It has all your requirements and is easy to get to from Bangkok.

$ 1.25 for 3 course meal.
$ 8.00 for 90 min. message on the beach.

6. Posted by Lone Traveler (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

Absolutely, positively Koh Phi Phi Island. It is where the movie The Beach was filmed. You will probably go to Maya Bay first, then to island. It is incredibly beautiful and romantic. There are no cars on the island, just bikes and feets. You have to go through Phuket to get there and that will be an adventure in itself. You can book the trip to Koh Phi Phi from Phuket as there are many tours competing for your business. It takes about 45 minutes on a speed boat to get there. Don't be surprised if your boyfriend proposes to you on this island;) Enjoy!

7. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3541 posts) 2y

Amy,
Samui & Phi Phi are pretty, great beaches, good diving as well. Both are very well known however and certainly don't qualify as 'quiet'.

Good luck with your planning.

8. Posted by geneoliver (Inactive 4 posts) 2y

Thailand has so many islands and is so beautiful its impossible to imagine a bad island to go to there!
Its depends on whether you are going for party, relaxation, wildlife etc.

I knows these islands are well known but i really loved Ko Phi Phi Samui, They are on Opposite sides of Thailand.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

9. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 327 posts) 2y

I have to say I wouldn't really recommend Ko Phi Phi. I loved it when I was there a couple of years ago, but I would say it is far from quiet. Unfortunately I've only been to Phi Phi and Pha Ngan, so I can't really offer much advice, but I am sure there are numerous smaller, quieter and less touristy islands to visit than Phi Phi.

From the OP's message I would think they are looking more for a Thai equivalent of the Yasawa's in Fiji or Gili Meno in Indo.

10. Posted by Neetuagarwal (Inactive 4 posts) 2y

Koh Phi Phi – Made famous by the movie “The Beach”, this island offers great diving and snorkeling spots. Although devastated by the 2004 Tsunami, it has slowly redeveloped itself to become a thriving destination. Guesthouses and hotels are more expensive than in other islands with the same features. Maya Beach is a must, but is very touristy.

Phuket – This is Thailand’s most developed island and is the only one with an international airport, making it really convenient to visit. You will find some great resorts and a great variety of things to do. On the other hand, it is overprized and heavily touristed.

Koh Lipe – This popular small island has a great mix of beach activities, like snorkeling, and party scenes. There is a good variety of budget accommodations.
Koh Samet – This island has a full range of accommodations, from budget to high end. Although it is overdeveloped, you can still find some great scenic beaches and landscapes.

Koh Kood – A popular destination for the “typical” tourist. It is focused more on the “tour package type” tourist than the independent backpackers. Accommodations are in the mid range.

Koh Chang – It is considered Thailand’s “next big thing”. You will find dozens of beaches, bays, and amazing landscapes like jungles and waterfalls. It is still budget friendly on accommodations and shopping expenses.

Koh Samui – Like in Phuket, you will find everything here, from backpacker hostels to six stars resorts. Being Thailand’s second most developed island, it is heavily touristed and overpriced. But still, there are great deserted beached to have a fun time and relax.

Koh Tao – One of the best islands to dive. Diving in Koh Tao is a must for any scuba enthusiast – plus, price is decent. There is a great variety of accommodations, beaches, and party scenes.

Koh Phangan – Extremely popular island among backpackers thanks to its wild parties. The Full Moon Party is a beach party you must experience. It is cheap, but it still offers a lot of the commodities found in more expensive islands. Koh Phangan is well known for having great beaches. Some of them are somewhat developed while others are more pristine and deserted.

As you can see, one of the common features of most islands is the beach quality. Without any doubt, Thailand offers a great variety of beach experiences that can be combined with other activities according to your ideal itinerary, budget, “scene”, and island of preference.

Edited on 19-Oct-2012, at 08:51 by Neetuagarwal

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[ Edit: Edited on 19-Oct-2012, at 09:13 by Neetuagarwal ]