Originally Posted by dancingD
I am traveling to Thailand with my family (two kids; 6 &9). We will have 2-3 weeks in late April- mid May to be in the south, and are looking for:
mellow beach scene (not too touristy)
walking/biking to Thai town/village with cheap local eats
snorkeling off nearby beach
Anyone have any suggestions?
In this part of the year I would recommend you eastern coast of Thailand, you will have the best weather conditions here .
1. Pranburi - not touristic place, great beaches, good conditions for snorkeling, best caves in Thailand, small islands you can reach by kayak, cheap accommodation. Great starting point for many trips to surrounding attractions like: Sam Roi Yod National Park. This place has its own charm, and is not frequently visited by tourists. After 5 months in Thailand I still consider this place to be one of the best I have been to!
2. Koh Tao - not yet so developed as Koh Samui and Koh Phangan but with amazing snorkeling conditions. We have stayed on Sairee beach, it has shallow and calm waters, just great if you go with kids. There is small town nearby where you can try local food. (but koh tao is more touristic) If you want to see real Thailand go to Pranburi! There are some incredible local markets there, and it is very posible that you will be the only tourist there!