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Requesting island recommendations, several caveats

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Requesting island recommendations, several caveats

We will be traveling to Thailand the beginning of January 2015. We'd like to spend a few days at a Thai beach or island, so I'll give you a couple conditions we need to observe and also a little about what we like and dislike.

It needs to be a place we can reach by airplane, automobile, train or bus. Unfortunately, boat travel is out unless it is a very, very short – say five minute – ride.

We are both in our 50's and not really "beach" people. A a quick dip in the ocean is nice but a couple hours sunbathing is usually more than enough for us over the course of a vacation. However, we do enjoy being at the beach for accommodations, dining, cocktails or just a nice stroll. We very much enjoy dining and are both adventurous eaters, including spicy food. Short sightseeing drives and exploring are nice and we love to walk, however, nothing too rigorous (hey, it's vacation). The landscape, people, culture interest us. Again, boats are out. We want to go to the beach because it seems to be a big part of Thailand. Plus, it will be a nice way to unwind at the end of our trip.

We do not need a five-star (or even four-star) hotel, just something reasonably comfortable and well-located. We both hate beach resort strips, if we wanted that we could go to somewhere much closer to home like Cancun. For dining, we're game for anything from street food to nice restaurants though we usually prefer something casual, laid-back and if decent wine is to be had, all the better (if not, though, beer and cocktails can certainly suffice). Other than the above mentioned drives, we'd prefer not to have to drive to do things.

Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Requesting island recommendations, several caveats

can't comment on decent wine, as it all seems ridiculously expensive in thailand so we stick to beer chang or thai whiskey.

however, we are also 50 somethings and our favourite beach is khao lak. we stay at the orchid but there are loads of nice beachfront hotels all along khao lak. wonderful beaches and just an all round nice place to finish a holiday. fly to phuket airport and head north by road; either hire a car or arrange for a transfer- it will take about an hour and a half.

I grew up about 50 miles south of boston and we always had a summer place in westport MA. While there is no denying that Elephant Rock beach is a great place, it is not a patch on the beaches of khao lak. My husband is british and cannot sustain more than 10 minutes at the beach (slightly longer by the beautiful pool) and even he likes it here! A nice stoll early morning or at sunset, or a drink on the balcony watching the sun set is pure bliss.

Edited: 23 February 2014, 21:02
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2. Re: Requesting island recommendations, several caveats

As you are not 'beachy' people and don't like boats I'm actually going to suggest thinking about Chiang Mai. It's a wonderful city to wander around, with plenty of culture, markets, things to do and see. Food is fantastic in CM and cheap and it's an easy flight from Bangkok. Some good bars and riverside dining, great hotel choices. I really see no point in you going to a beach area for all the things you seek. I'd possibly recommend Hua Hin which is only a 2 hour or so car ride from Bangkok and still retains some Thainess. Great hotels, good shopping, restaurants, bars, decent beach, lovely night market (not too big or hectic).

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Have a look at koh Chang. There are some very nice B&B right on the river which you just can in kayak and paddle for a few minutes and you will be in the ocean.

We like the place called " Baan Rim Nam " in Thai mean The house next to the river or The riverside house. We didn't stay there but had a coffee on their water front veranda. The place is own by Ian koh Chang' destination expert.

There are a few islands next to koh Chang eg koh Mak and koh kood( kut).

Good luck

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4. Re: Requesting island recommendations, several caveats

Thanks, cassnu. We will be going to Chiang Mai as well. But Thailand is so famous for its beaches we wanted to spend a few days on the coast.

Edited: 25 February 2014, 00:37
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