Islands for 60-somethings

Jan 26th, 2017, 05:19 PM
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Islands for 60-somethings

Mrs. EmJayZee and I have been mulling the suggestion that our 10 days in Bangkok may be too much -- or not.

We are already "planning" our next trip to this region: Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. More Thailand could easily be added to that if we wish (eg, Bangkok to CM to Laos by boat ....)

Rather than spending 10 days in Bangkok now, knowing that we plan to return to the region, we have decided 4-5 days in Bangkok to sample it (will we love it or hate it?) and 5-6 days south, on a beach/island. But which one?

Criteria are: relative simplicity of access by air from Bangkok. Not a party scene. We would like to snorkle a bit,and to visit neighboring islands on day-trips. We do not want to be trapped in a resort, but rather in a beach town where we can sample local restaurants, wander the streets, etc. A day trip to the interior is also a possibility

Our initial thoughts are either the Koh Tao/Koh Samui cluster (snorkling, Ang Thong National Marine park? flights to Koh Samui?) or on the Andaman side, Koh Lanta or Krabi/Ao Nang/Railey beach.

Please note that these ideas were spun last evening over fish and beer at Lert-Ros in Chiang Mai and have not been researched!

Our hotel budget is, as usual $60-$100/night. NIghts are roughly Feb 19 through Feb 24. We probably need to miss the weekends on such short notice.

Suggestions, please?

Ah, the joy -- and complexity -- of changing plans on the fly!

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Jan 26th, 2017, 06:21 PM
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The Phuket area has the most flights. Koh Samui has fewer flights and they are more expensive.

Phuket is a large island and has many different beaches. has good info on the various beaches.
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Jan 26th, 2017, 06:35 PM
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Thanks. Yes, I've just looked at flights and have ruled out the Koh Samui option, as the flight costs are nearly triple those to Krabi or Phuket. And there are reports that the island is now completely dominated by the mass Chinese tourist trade.

So, that leaves us looking at flying into Krabi, perhaps staying there, or moving on to Koh Lanta. We have not investigated Phuket yet other than to look at flight prices.

We are now leaning to 6 or possibly 7 nights "down south" to afford us the opportunity to stay in two locations and take boat day trips.

Recommendations for nice "bungalow" accomodationusing Phuket or Krabi as a jump off would be gratefull received.

Back to research!
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Jan 26th, 2017, 11:06 PM
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Koh Samui is now largely a party island. A good decision to discount it. Koh Tao offers the best snorkelling but has to be reached by ferry from KS or Chumpon on the mainland - get there by train/bus.

Krabi is ok but I would avoid the tourism excesses of Ao Nang. Krabi town is an interesting place for a night if in transit.

You could fly to Phuket and then go to Khao Lak ( 2 hrs). Not an island but more the sort of ambience to suit. i.e. Not a party place. Decent beaches, a good restaurant scene. Several very nice beaches and Khao Sok National Park is within striking distance with some great scenery, a boat trip on the lake amongst the karsts make for a nice day out, as do the various jungle trips. Maybe even spend a day or two there. You can get there by taxi but to make the most of it I would suggest renting a car from Phuket airport.
Lots of decent accomodation in your price range there. We did a John Grey sea canoe trip to Phang Nha bay from there - Highly recommended!
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Jan 30th, 2017, 03:40 PM
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After digging around it looks like we will do Koh Lanta: 1 night in Ao Nang in transit, and then five nights on Koh Lanta.

Suggestions for accomodation (beach "resort" under $100/pn) appreciated.

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