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1. Posted by Kitty123 (Budding Member 36 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi there

What is the most sensible route for these destinations:

Starting in Bangkok to Surat Thani, my problem is where to go from here!

Surat Thani ~~>Ko Samui ~~> Koh Phangan~~>Surat Thani

Surat Thani~~>Phucket~~>Ko Phi Phi

Surat Thani~~> Krabi

So, what's the easiest way to do this without going back to Surat Thani every other day?

After this I want to get back on to the main trainline to get to Langkawi, Penang, KL and Singpore, which I believe is also accessible from Surat Thani!

Thanks v. much!!

K x

2. Posted by jokar (Budding Member 27 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


Actually if you have enough time, you could actually cover all these places without passing through Surat Thani all the time.

If you are tight for time, then I recommend just going to Krabi, and then take a bus to Hat Yai, where you can catch the train to Malaysia and Singapore.

However, if you have a lot of time on your hands, then you can visit all these places. The most logical route to take would be the following:

Surat Thani --> Koh Samui --> Koh Phangan -- Surat Thani --> Phuket --> Koh Phi Phi --> Krabi --> Hat Yai --> Malaysia & Singapore

The bus listings can be found here:

Hope this helps! :)

3. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

You can get to Langkawi from Satun. There are ferry services from Satun. And from Langkawi, catch another ferry to Penang ;) And from Butterworth, catch train to KL and SIngapore.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 11, 2008, at 8:06 PM by opospa ]

4. Posted by Kitty123 (Budding Member 36 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

That's great info- thanks!

My only problem is that we plan to get to Bangkok on around the 20th January and be in Singpore for 1st March. We really want to see what this full moon party is all about- its on 9th Feb! Not sure what would be best to include that? Any ideas? Or is it worth going to at all?

Thanks again for your useful comments!

K x

5. Posted by DoA (Budding Member 84 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

You're planning your route for January 2009???

God that makes me feel so unprepared (we leave on May 6th).


6. Posted by jokar (Budding Member 27 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


I've heard varying comments about the full moon party, some enjoyed it and want to go again, others have said, never again. It's basically clubbing on a large scale on a nice beach in Thailand with a bit of carnival atmosphere, so if you like big crowds, music and dancing, this is the thing for you. If not, then best to avoid. Accommodation prices may be higher too during that period.

7. Posted by missmay77 (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


I have just come back from a brilliant three week holiday in Thailand and plan to travel from December 2008 for 2 x years. Scary prospect being a female and on my own however, I’m sure it will be the best career break.

Anyway, we stayed in Ko Pha Ngan, people advised us to head to Krabi however, decided to go with our gut feelings. Everyone said it's full of brits and drunken gap year students and parties but after reading about the island this seemed to be just a small fraction of the island. KPN is famous for it's parties and if you want to party you can full moon, black moon, half moon..etc. If this is not your thing fear not there is loads to see and do we stayed North West of the island Ao Chao Pao (I think that's how you spell it). It's a beautiful cove with a really mellow vibe if you visit go to heaven beach bar and stay in Seaflower bungalows the people are really friendly. In three weeks we went to various beautiful coves, ate amazing food, met great people, Wat Pao monks sauna is worth a visit, we went to a Buddhist temple party, a film festival on the beach and generally had a great time. It really is a great place. We went to a black moon party and it was fun just to see it with our own eyes. However, you have the option to visit a few of the islands so thats great.

I hope this helps if you need more information please feel free to mail me.

Emily :-)

8. Posted by Kitty123 (Budding Member 36 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all feedback. Hopefully this will help other people too!

Thanks to Jokar's post, I think I now have my route!

Was just wondering if you guys had stayed in any good places whilst in any of these places?

I have found some great and cheap bungalows in Koh Phangan, but struggling elsewhere.

I know I am probably very over prepared, but I am just a bit excited!!

Emily, you are more than wlcome to meet up with me and my bf at any point! We are looking to make lots of new friends and just have a great time really!

Thanks K x