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First time in Thailand

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First time in Thailand

I'm looking for advice on where to stay in Thailand. My husband and I are hoping to visit for the first time in September. But we want to do some hoping around. We are flying in to Phuket and want to stay in Phuket for 2 nights but need to stay somewhere near the pier to take the ferry over to ko lanta where we will stay 3 nights and then move on to railay beach. Now everything is still in planning process so any advice on and feedback is really appreciated

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1. Re: First time in Thailand


If you have more time I would add Bangkok and Chaingmai in your itinery for cultures, history. Unless you're only interested in beach.

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2. Re: First time in Thailand

With 2 nights in Phuket no need to stay near the pier, any taxi can take you there.

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Hi, as you are still in the planning stages I would check out the Gulf coast in September as it's the monsoon season in Phuket and the andaman coast, you could combine Koh Samui with Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

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Phuket is a big island. You refer to pier, but what pier. The pier in Phuket Town? You don't really need to stay in Phuket town, as other than a few heritage buildings there is not much there. The airport is in the north west of the island, you could stay at one of the beaches along the west coast, and then catch a taxi to Phuket Town (on the east) to catch the ferry.

You don't say how long you are away for and you are already having a pretty rush itinerary. Have you thought about staying a bit longer in Phuket, see the sights there [and there are some lovely things there]; a bit longer in Koh Lanta, as it is a long journey there.

If you are not careful you will spend more time travelling, and less time relaxing or seeing.

How long are you away for?

Where do you need to get back to at the end of your holiday?

Bangkok is almost essential for a first time visitor as is Chiang Mai.

Edited: 18 April 2014, 08:14
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