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Koh Samui / Koh Phangan... Help please!!

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Koh Samui / Koh Phangan... Help please!!

Hi there

We will be in Thailand early oct with family. Kids 8&10

Planning on going to Chiangmai Mai for about 4 days

Would love any suggestions re best stuff to do there

Then koh samui and maybe also koh phangan

Would love suggestions re

Getting from samui to koh phangan

Is speedboat a good option?

How long does it take?

Where to go on koh phangan .. Idealic beach. Somewhere not stuck eating in resort.

Which area nicest in koh samui?

Accom thinking nice bungalow for 1 part and nice resort for other

Would love anyone's ideas and suggestions

Thanks!

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1. Re: Koh Samui / Koh Phangan... Help please!!

Hi

You may find that posting in the Samui forum you might get some even better ideas.

October can be when the weather changes, and the sea a bit rougher with more chance of rain.

Q] Getting from samui to koh phangan is speedboat a good option?

A] IMO no, I would go for the high speed ferry - Lomprayh or Seatran

Q] How long does it take?

A] the high speed ferrry takes about 20-30mins

Q] Where to go on koh phangan .. Idealic beach. Somewhere not stuck eating in resort.

A] I love the west coast and IMO Had Yao or Had Salad take some beating - but check them out

Q] Which area nicest in koh samui?

A] IMO it is the southern end of Chaweng - not don't freak - Central Chaweng is busy, but the southern end has the lovelest beach, with choices not faraway.

Q] Accom thinking nice bungalow for 1 part and nice resort for other

A] what sort of budget are you looking at. Lots that fit the bill both in Phangan and South Chaweng.

Do pop along to tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g2099231-i26170-… (just click on the link) which covers both Samui and Phangan. You may also find these links useful . . .http://www.map-thailand.com/samui.htm or http://www.map-thailand.com/kohphangan.htm

Edited: 18 June 2012, 20:48
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2. Re: Koh Samui / Koh Phangan... Help please!!

TravellingMit.... nice of you to take the time to answer all the OPs questions and make good suggestions. Good on you!

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3. Re: Koh Samui / Koh Phangan... Help please!!

South Chaweng, while nice, is still very commercial and busy.

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4. Re: Koh Samui / Koh Phangan... Help please!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond :)

I will look at the links you suggested

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5. Re: Koh Samui / Koh Phangan... Help please!!

A split between Phangan abd Samui would be ideal with kids of that age.

My boys are now 10 and 13 and we just spent 12 nights on KPG and 4 in Samui at the end of a 5 week trip.

Your children are at that age now where you have to decide between squeezing the 4 of you into one room or going for 2 seperate rooms. We opted for 2 rooms at KPG and a 2 bedroom apartment on Samui. Single rooms that accomodate 4 is not as common as you would expect.

In Koh Phangan, an excellent option would be a deluxe family bungalow at Dreamland Resort on Thong Nai Pan Yai. We stayed at Havana Resort but preferred the vibe and pool area at Dreamland. It is also on a better part of the beach, not that there is anything wrong with any part of TNPY.

If your kids are content to play/swim, then you could spend the majority of your time here. We hired a jeep to get around the Island. If we hadn't, 12 days may have been a little long as this side of the Island is pretty quiet.

If your kids need a bit more activity like movies, bowling, go-karts, mini-golf etc, then more time on Samui might be practical. A great option there for rooms that will sleep 4 would be a Junior Suite at Whitehouse Resort on Choeng Mon Beach. This beach is stunning and far enough away from the madness of Chaweng...but still accessible to all that Samui has to offer a family.

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6. Re: Koh Samui / Koh Phangan... Help please!!

Thank you!

Yes, we will try to find places that can accom us all in 1 room. This may be our last holiday where we can do this!.. but still fine

Has anyone been to Koh Chang?

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7. Re: Koh Samui / Koh Phangan... Help please!!

We haven't been to Koh Chang. Have been tempted a few times, but the famaliarity and accesibility of Phuket and Samui keep drawing us back.

I am very glad that we made it to Phangan, I think that it is a beautiful Island with alot to offer and as some of the Island still caters to the backpacking crowd, it is cheaper than Samui and Phuket in many regards.

Weather may be a factor in your choice. October can be wet in both Chang and Samui. The difference is that Chang will be just coming out of its wettest time of the year and Samui will be entering it.

If you can go in September or even early October, Samui/Phangan would give you a higher probability of dry days and a little heavy rain in the evening, whilst on Chang there would be a possibilty of more prolonged rain. The later you go into October, the likelyhood that this pattern is reversed.

Here is a really good map with interactive data based on historical figures...

http://www.travelfish.org/weather_fish.php

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