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Thailand beginning of Nov.- Koh Chang or Trang islands?

Thailand beginning of Nov.- Koh Chang or Trang islands?

Old Sep 18th, 2009, 02:49 PM
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Thailand beginning of Nov.- Koh Chang or Trang islands?

We will be in Thailand in the first two weeks of November and would like to spend some time by the beach. We are two active adults and like to explore, kayak, snorkel, hike, eat… rather than sit on the beach.
I am looking at two possibilities and would like to hear from you your opinion, please.

The choice is between : Koh Chang and islands in Trang area

Koh Chang (activities: kayaking, snorkeling – what else?).
1/ Is this time (beginning of November go to visit?)

Islands in Trang area
1/ Is this time (beginning of November go to visit?)

2/ What would be the best island for us based on our requirements?
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 07:34 PM
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november is a fantastic time for all of thailand really...

i have not been to any of the other islands but chang is really nice...
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 10:30 PM
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The weather in either location will be fine at that time of year. I have not heard of kayaking around Koh Chang, but I suppose someone might offer it. Also, people tell me the diving and snorkeling around Koh Chang is not that good (I didn't do either last time I was there). The Andaman, where Trang is, generally has the better (healthier) reefs.

In Trang, your two main island choices are Koh Hai (aka Koh Ngai) and Koh Mook. You'll want to visit Koh Mook even if you stay on Koh Hai/Ngai, where there are a few more choices bookable through on-line agents.
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Old Sep 19th, 2009, 05:20 AM
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thank you. The only worry I have is the monsoon at the Trang islands, the weather charts are indicating that it continues well into the beg. of Dec. With little time it would be shame to go there and not being able to see anything because of the rain, not being able to snorkel.
Would you have any suggestions who to contact to verify this?
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Old Sep 19th, 2009, 06:01 AM
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i would not give it a thought
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Old Sep 19th, 2009, 07:36 PM
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The monsoon in the Andaman is pretty much over by the end of October. I did a live-aboard to the Similans last year at the end of October, and we had one 'bad' day out of a week.

Also keep in mind that "monsoon" means that it rains, at most, an hour or so a day. The rest of the day can be quite fine. This weekend has been a great example: As I write this on a Sunday morning, the sky is clear and blue. It looks like a beautiful day, as did yesterday morning. But, chances are that by late afternoon there will be clouds gathering a winds gusting, and by sunset it will rain, which is exactly what happened yesterday. It's actually a bit refreshing and shouldn't put you off.
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ther is kayaking on KC - in the mangroves.
THr rasiny season stops very dramatically usually at the start of November - if it hangs around you may get wet.....KC is a very wet island when it rains. Much higher rainfall than the Andaman side. (About 30% more)

this is a rather dreary discussion on the weather there NOW!

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic...Koh_Chang.html
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Sorry - were you saying Koh Chang on the Andaman side or the island near Cambodia?
I was referring to the latter which is the second largest island after Phuket.
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