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Dee Mar 19th, 2002 05:25 AM

Bangkok to Phuket or Ko Samui?
 
<BR>I have been reading the message board recently & the advice you people give is fantastic. I was wondering if some of you would mind giving me some advice? <BR><BR>I am leaving Bangkok & heading for the Islands in Southern Thailand in June. Which ones are the best ones to visit? I've heard Phuket is a bit touristy? Ko Phi Phi is supposed to be great? How long does it take to get to them from Bangkok? Is there a website that would tell me when the full moon parties are?<BR><BR>Any advice would be greatly welcome as I've never been in Thailand/South East Asia!!!

Neil Mar 20th, 2002 09:19 AM

Dee<BR>Ko Samui is fast becoming very touristy, I was there last xmas and they was just putting the final touchesto a new Mcdonalds Restaurant,watch out for used needles on the beaches be careful were you walk,you get a little hassle from the beach sellers but you get that anywere, the night life was lively and varied, the restaurants were cheap and served exellent food, there was a full moon party which was at the begining of Jan but could not tell you how often they take place,personally I enjoyed the Island but would not make a second trip, Phuket I have not been but like you have heard its more touristy out of the two, Have a great time were ever you end up,<BR><BR>Regards Neil

Neil Mar 20th, 2002 09:22 AM

Dee<BR>Ko Samui is fast becoming very touristy, I was there last xmas and they was just putting the final touches to a new Mcdonalds Restaurant,watch out for used needles on the beaches be careful were you walk,you get a little hassle from the beach sellers but you get that anywere, the night life was lively and varied, the restaurants were cheap and served exellent food, there was a full moon party which was at the begining of Jan but could not tell you how often they take place,personally I enjoyed the Island but would not make a second trip, Phuket I have not been but like you have heard its more touristy out of the two, Have a great time were ever you end up,<BR><BR>Regards Neil

Dee Mar 21st, 2002 03:20 AM

Thanks a million Neil. Thats scary about the needles!!!

Ursula Mar 21st, 2002 04:12 AM

Dee: Agree that both are touristy. However, depending on where you will stay, it's more quiet. Avoid Patong on Phuket. Bang Tao is still a relatively quiet oasis.

Katie Mar 21st, 2002 05:15 AM

Kata Beach on Phuket is very nice. We stayed at the Kata Thani hotel and really liked it.

Ursula Mar 21st, 2002 05:38 AM

Katie: Funny you should mention the Kata Thani. A work colleague of mine just came back and loved it as well.


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