Hua Hin or Krabi?

Mar 12th, 2003, 03:38 AM
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Hua Hin or Krabi?

Hi, Myself + newly-married Husband going to Thailand in September(1st time). After Bangkok and Chiang Mai we're journeying south for beach+SUN!! Can any-one recommend Hua Hin (Dusit/Hyatt Vs. Krabi (Thai Village) in terms of beach,weather + lack of commercialisation (if possible..??!)
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Mar 12th, 2003, 04:58 AM
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Been to both recently. Krabi!

Dusit beach is kind of dirty -- lots of trash floating around and water is on the murky side. Their pool is very nice, though. We had a suite at $400 US a night that came complete with bedbugs. Lots of people selling stuff on the beach.

Krabi is off the beaten track, and has a spectacular setting. It has some of the backpacker-y feel of Luang Prabang, Yangshou, or Byron Bay. Some very expensive rooms mixed with a lot of very cheap places to stay. Lots of climbers and Europeans. Seafront BBQ at most restaurants every night -- just point to the piece of the shark or barracuda that you'ld like griled up. The nicer places are on west railay beach, and there are a few good beaches nearby. Some hiking, great sea kayaking, and so-so snorkeling. Added benefit -- you get around, including to and from your hotel, only by longtail boat.

Almost no shopping, although there are more shops over in Ao Nang.

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Mar 12th, 2003, 05:26 AM
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Hi bkboyd, many thanks for your really detailed response. Unfortunately, some further questions..(!!)Do you know if early Sepember in Krabi is really wet (in which case we'd look else-where). Also, can you recommend a 4/5 star hotel - was looking at the Thai village?
Thanks again..
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Mar 12th, 2003, 05:45 AM
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There is a long thread I initiated after my most recent trip to Hua Hin (returned in December) comparing hotels in Hua Hin. That thread will give you a good feel for what Hua Hin is like. Just search on this board for Hua Hin.
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Mar 12th, 2003, 05:46 AM
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I have been to both and my totally personal opinion is that Krabi is more physically beautiful and dramatic. However, September is one of the wettest months on the west coast and Krabie/Phuket. You may be lucky and get no rain, or you may have a continuous down pour for days.
The east coast of Thailand will be better in September. Hua Hin is a bit like Miami beach with hotels all along the beach. However if you want something less developed than Hua Hin, consider Koh Samui. Also consider(and my personal favourite) the east coast of Malaysia. I have topped a couple of threads for you on this area aas well as Koh Samui. An island like Rawa would be perfect in September and you can also hire boats and go to uninhabited islands in the area.
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Mar 12th, 2003, 06:42 AM
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Hi Kathie, Thks for your response. Have read your account of hotels in Hua Hin - however don't think you mentioned the Dusit? Am finding it difficult to get info. on Krabi hotels and weather; have heard that Phuket protects Krabi during the rainy season?

Cicerone...Thks for info on Koh Samui- is KH more commercialised than Krabi? Are the beaches more/less beautiful?

Thanks again...
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Mar 12th, 2003, 07:17 AM
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Hi Cicerone -apologies for the spelling gaff!! Meant to ask if Koh Samui is more commercialised than Krabi?
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Mar 12th, 2003, 09:28 AM
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If you chose a hotel in Hua Hin I would say the Hyatt out-does the Dusit by a long way. Closer to Hua Hin and overall simply a better hotel. Weather, Krabi will be wet! Koh Samui and Hua Hin would be drier. Koh Samui more of a tropical island atmosphere compared to Hua Hin. You can find nice places on Samui that are away from the busy areas.

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http://www.freewebs.com/koh_samui_hotels/
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Mar 12th, 2003, 02:30 PM
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Kofki,

Take a look at some maps of the Krabi area --it may make this answer more clear. I'll defer to others re: weather.

The Thai Village resort is off the beach in the Ao Nang section. Close to the beaches, and Ao Nang is the small tourist town that I mentioned before.

If you are interested in a more rustic/less commercial section, check out Railay Beach. The Rayavadee (formerly a Dusit property) is top dollar, w/rooms in the 400-500 night range. One of the prettiest beaches I have ever seen. The beach is public access, so you can also walk to it from cheaper digs on West Railay.

Railay Bay Resort and Sand Sea are much more moderate price. Both hotels front out onto the beach, although rooms are set back in the jungle.
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Mar 12th, 2003, 07:42 PM
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please look at the marriott resort and spa in hua hin...we stayed there in november and were very pleased...they have the widest section of the beach and their pool is very nice---not huge like some but well appointed and in a very nice garden and close to all rooms...the hyatt is also very nice...we looked at all the major hotels but somehow we missed the dusit...we will go back to the marriott again...
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Mar 12th, 2003, 10:31 PM
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Hi

I went on a vacation to Thailand in September last year with my wife. We had a few days in Bangkok first. Then we flew to Krabi and stay at the Golden beach hotel (Ao Nang). After about a week we went back to Bangkok and we took a bus to Hua Hin where we stayed at the Hilton. I have posted a long travelogue together with quite a lot of pictures on my homepage www.gardkarlsen.com. I think that you will be able to find some usefull information there.

Have a great trip I have been on vacation to Thailand twice and it is a great destination.

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Mar 13th, 2003, 12:10 AM
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Koh Samui is more developed than Krabi, as Krabi only became available for hotel development in the last few years. That being said, I don't think you would find Koh Samui overdeveloped, and certainly much less so than a place like Hue Hen. The beaches are very pretty in both Krabi and Koh Samui; IMO Krabi is a bit more dramatic as there are limestone cliffs all along the coast. Koh Samui is coral, so is a bit flatter, although there are hilly sections, most notably in the area around the Meridien.

As mentioned, my only concern with Krabi is September is weather. Would you rather change being in a downpour in a less developed place, or have better chance of sunny weather in a more developed place? It is really up to you. Also, rainy weather will make the sea rougher and may hamper your ability to see the outlying islands like Phi Phi, which really should be included in any trip to Phuket/Krabi. Take a look at worldclimate.com and you will see that September is historically the highest rainfall month in the Krabi area. I am not aware of any protection which the island of Phuket provides to Krabi, but others who have been to Krabi and Phuket during the rainy season may have different views.

If you are looking for undeveloped islands and don't need 5 star luxury I would say take a look at Rawa island off the east coast of Malaysia. See the threads I topped yesterday or look at rawasfr.com.
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Mar 13th, 2003, 02:40 AM
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Hi, Thank you all so much for your insight which has resulted in our deciding upon Koh Samui. Can't wait to see Krabi, but will wait until next trip - when weather will be more condusive!!

Really amazed by the iformation shared on the site - so much so - am just about to post a new request for info on Chiang Mai! So, if any of you have been there......!!

Thanks again.

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