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Old 27th November 2012, 08:57 AM
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Hi guys,
This is my friend's concern, can you please help me out on what should I advise her. Thank you!

"I really could do with some help in choosing where to go in the southern part of Thailand..I have been looking at Ko phi phi, Ko phangan, and Ko Saumi.. But I am having difficulties deciding on the best island.

I would like a location which is not to overcrowded,noisy and tourist centred..but somewhere that is not isolated..

I want a relaxed atmosphere with access to shopping, resturants, bars and culture spots.. I am not to fussed about snorkelling or diving, I'm more of a lie in the sun kind of girl.

All anwsers will be very much appreciated.. Thank you"

All the Best!
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Old 28th November 2012, 11:02 PM
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"I would like a location which is not to overcrowded,noisy and tourist centred..but somewhere that is not isolated.."

"I want a relaxed atmosphere with access to shopping, resturants, bars and culture spots.. I am not to fussed about snorkelling or diving, I'm more of a lie in the sun kind of girl."


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You have bars, restaurants and shopping where lots of tourists visit. Not much sense putting up a bar or restaurant where there will not be enough customers. You are going to have to compromise a little. Having other tourists around means there is usually good transportation and more hotel choices.


Koh Phangan always draws crowds of young tourists. You have to play with boats to get there. Quite a few of the visitors to this place are young teenage boys who want to get high looking at the moon.

Some beaches are better at different times of the year. You might be able to find some part of Hua Hin deserted enough to keep you happy but with something to do in the evening. Hua Hin weather is not too bad all year long, even during the rainy season. HH is easy to get to by bus or train from Bangkok.

Maybe check out Ko Sukorn although I have never been there myself. For an island I prefer Koh Larn closer to Bangkok, near Pattaya.


Don't skip Bangkok. Bangkok is even cheaper than some beach areas like Phuket. The sun shines in Bangkok too!
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Old 7th December 2012, 09:56 AM
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Its difficult to answer as each person has their own opinion on what is "best". Personally I much prefer Phuket over Samui, other will feel the opposite. As its so easy to travel around in Thailand, why not advise her to split her trip between a couple of different islands depending on how much time she has?
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I would suggest bigger islands like Koh Lanta or Koh Phangan. Both are big enough with options of quiet beaches and enough to do to stay busy and they also have a lot of local character, unlike Phi Phi for example, which is just a tourist island.
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Old 27th December 2012, 01:18 AM
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I would suggest bigger islands like Koh Lanta or Koh Phangan. Both are big enough with options of quiet beaches and enough to do to stay busy and they also have a lot of local character, unlike Phi Phi for example, which is just a tourist island.
We spent half a day in Ko Lanta and that was enough it was deserted with little to do
Ko Samui would be our choice after Phuket
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Old 27th December 2012, 08:09 AM
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Why not try a bit of each? How long are you travelling for?
Flights in Thailand are fairly cheap.
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Old 27th December 2012, 11:15 AM
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If you have a car license and prepared to put up with the drivers in Thailand both Thai and expat who buy there licenses don't earn them both Ko lanta and Ko samui are a easy days drive from Phuket if you leave at 6AM and you will be early enough to catch the car ferries
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Old 29th December 2012, 06:22 AM
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Hi guys,
This is my friend's concern, can you please help me out on what should I advise her. Thank you!

"I really could do with some help in choosing where to go in the southern part of Thailand..I have been looking at Ko phi phi, Ko phangan, and Ko Saumi.. But I am having difficulties deciding on the best island.

I would like a location which is not to overcrowded,noisy and tourist centred..but somewhere that is not isolated..

I want a relaxed atmosphere with access to shopping, resturants, bars and culture spots.. I am not to fussed about snorkelling or diving, I'm more of a lie in the sun kind of girl.

All anwsers will be very much appreciated.. Thank you"

All the Best!
koh samuiand koh phi phi are definitly most affected by tourists. koh paghan also during the full moon parties (happen once a month)
theres plenty to do in koh paghan and lots of nice beaches rent a scooter out 200 baht a day and plenty of beches to try out.

i personally prefer koh tao the 3 islands just off there koh nagyuan i think there called are beautiful and it has without doubt the nicest restarunts out off all the islands, the asian food is top notch (su chilli) best asian restarunt ive ever been to
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