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Khao Lak, Koh Samui or Krabi? (Beach after Chiang Mai)

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Khao Lak, Koh Samui or Krabi? (Beach after Chiang Mai)

Hi,

We visited Thailand last year for our honeymoon, we did 10 nights at the Sheraton in Krabi (Nong Thale actually just outside Ao Nang) then 4 nights in Bangkok. We loved Thailand and are planning two weeks next January.

We're looking at 3/4 nights in Chiang Mai and then a beach destination for the remainder. We loved the Sheraton Krabi so much, the area etc. that were just thinking we could go back there, but with such a lot more of Thailand to see we're considering Khao Lak or Samui.

We liked the seclusion and quiet, relaxedness of the Sheraton, so don't want anywhere hustle bustle or very touristy - we only went into Ao Nang for a couple of hours, didn't like it and came back!

Any suggestions of places in KL or Samui that are similar to the Sheraton, with a couple of close by restaurants/bars, would be helpful, or indeed areas in KL or Samui to go to or avoid?!

Thanks,

Helen x

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1. Re: Khao Lak, Koh Samui or Krabi? (Beach after Chiang Mai)

You could check out Marriott at KL. I would avoid Ko Samui if I was you, when reading about your preferences.

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2. Re: Khao Lak, Koh Samui or Krabi? (Beach after Chiang Mai)

Hi

To be fair there are many hotels that similar or better brand name than to Sheraton krabi in Samui the like of Baan Yan tree, Four season, The W retreat, Six sense, The Intercontinental Baanntaling Ngam just to name a few. These resorts are away from it all with just a few locals to be had.

However the time of your travel in Samui you will be in the tails end of rainy season. It might not rains the whole time but the ocean will be rough. With that I am too recommended Khao lak area.

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3. Re: Khao Lak, Koh Samui or Krabi? (Beach after Chiang Mai)

I would suggest Koh Chang. Laidback island that I think you would like. Check out Kaibee beach.

Krabi Sheraton is at Khlong Muang beach btw.

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4. Re: Khao Lak, Koh Samui or Krabi? (Beach after Chiang Mai)

Hi, from what you've said I think you would enjoy Khao Lak rather than Samui, the Marriott would be ideal.

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5. Re: Khao Lak, Koh Samui or Krabi? (Beach after Chiang Mai)

Hi, we also loved the Sheraton at Krabi, and are going back next month. We have also been to Koh Samui and loved that as well, but have not stayed in Khao Lak, but have driven up there and will one day stay there as well, At the time of the year you are going, I also would recommend KL, and Le Meridien looks lovely.

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6. Re: Khao Lak, Koh Samui or Krabi? (Beach after Chiang Mai)

I think you might regret not spending a bit more time in Chiang Mai. With two weeks maybe consider spending 5 or 6 nights in the north. It's a totally different experience. Beautiful boutique style hotels, great restaurants and lots to see and do. Also good value.

Caroline.

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7. Re: Khao Lak, Koh Samui or Krabi? (Beach after Chiang Mai)

I agree with Caroline. As for your beach time, have a look at Khao Lak, maybe the Ramada?

It's much less commercialised than Koh Samui, though Koh Samui too is nice and you could consider staying in Bo Phut which is a little more laid back & village-like.

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8. Re: Khao Lak, Koh Samui or Krabi? (Beach after Chiang Mai)

Excellent responses, thank you!

Caroline & Robol - what would you recommend for the north?

We've looked at and like the Ramada in Khao Lak, need to speak to the husband as I think he has his heart firmly placed in Krabi (Klong Muang - thank you!)!!

Can't wait until January!!

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