Advice on an itinerary

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1. Posted by Reensy (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,
I was hoping for some feedback from people who have travelled to Thailand the kind of itineraries they did.

I am in the process of planning for a trip later this year Oct/Nov.
Myself and my boyfriend. We do not have a set time limit but will prob aim to base it around a month in Thailand.

We hope to spend a few days in BKK, maybe fly up Nth for a few days. How many?
Back to Bkk and fly down to Phuket.
Spend a few days in Phuket.

Was hoping to spend a few days on an island resort near BKK and also maybe one or two in the Phuket region.

Ones i had down to research were Koh Samet for BKK area and Railay Bay-Krabi and Phi Phi in the Phuket area.

any adivce on whether this sounds ok and can be done. If anyone else has better ideas for better islands etc.

We are not on a really really tight budget but would be looking at budget to mid range. Would love to have a hut on a beach somewhere and also a nice hotel room in the big cities.

Would love to do a jungle trek and elephant trek and river ride back. I have heard so mmuch about them but cannot really find out much about where they are in thailand.

hope somebody is willing to give me some tips on where to go what to see and where to stay.

thanks guys


2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Koh Sammet is ok. You can just arrive and get a nice bungalow for about 1200 baht (about £16, but you can get much cheaper). It is about 21/2 hours by road from BKK. It's not too bad there. You go to Ban Phe and then get a ferry to KohSammet. The main beach is about 5 mins from the ferry and there are bungalow complexes all along the beach. If you're not on a budget, i suggest flying to Trat (about 30 minutes) and going to Koh Chang. White Sands Beach is beautiful with a lovely backdrop of the hills. Koh Chang is a bit quieter than Koh Sammet for nightlife, but there are still some decent bars and restaurants along the beaches in both places. If you want i will try to dig out the names of both places i stayed, which are at the higher end of budgets (£15 to £20) as they were both decent. Hope this helps. As for Bankgok, there are numerous great hotels.

3. Posted by Reensy (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Daveh.
I would really appreciate the names of the places you stayed. Thanks for your advice. i wasn't sure of Koh chang as people were saying that if you weren't diving the hotels would rather get rid of you for people who would be diving.

4. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't listen to those people about Koh Chang. The hotels/resorts/ charge the same rate whether you are diving or not and are glad of the business. To be honest i didn't meet anyone who was in Koh Chang for the diving. I will dig out the names of places i stayed and let you know.

5. Posted by robertson (Full Member 53 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Just to add: don't go to Koh Chang for diving! When I was there, they weren't diving any more than 10 metres... and it was 2100 baht for one dive! Eek!

I second that KC is pretty cool, but I was just on Koh Samet and for about 5 hrs closer it's decent. Beautiful beaches, as well, I'd almost say the beaches are nicer.

I don't think Phi Phi has really re-opened for tourism - had a friend just go past and it's all re-building etc. etc. Only the concrete hotels were left standing...

6. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Don't worry Reensy, you'll get a lot of brochures and nice smiling faces from the ofiicers in tourism info centre!:):):)


7. Posted by Reensy (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone for all your information.
I think i have decided on Koh Samet. My boyfriend has told me he would like to go diving now though so anyone who has been diving got any suggestions for accommodation and diving company?