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Koh Chang, Phi Phi or Krabi?

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Koh Chang, Phi Phi or Krabi?

Hello - Am going to Thailand 14th January with my husband. Only got 6 nights to play with. Want sometwhere nice, not too overdevelped but still got a bit of life with a choice of restaurants, bars for the evening and a beach during the day. Nothing too wild but not too quiet either.

Koh Chang, Phi Phi or Krabi?

Very confused....and getting more confused by the second.

Any advice much appreciated

Blowout

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1. Re: Koh Chang, Phi Phi or Krabi?

Koh Chang would fit your requirements & so would Krabi. But you can do Phi-phi as a day trip if you go to Krabi. 6 days on Phi Phi is a bit of a waste of time as you wont get to see much other than the backpacker shanty town and a small beach. Stay around the Ao Nang area or Nopparat Thara beach if you want somewhere a bit quieter.

On Koh Chang maybe the bungalow resorts on Kai Bae beach or somewhere on Klong Prao beach which is a bit quieter but has posher resorts.

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2. Re: Koh Chang, Phi Phi or Krabi?

I would go for koh chang too - phi phi is overrun with drunk american 20 year olds.

The southern beaches on the krabi coast are quieter and laid back, the ones closer to Krabi town have a few large resorts and are busier. Koh Chang though I think would suit you - I just had xmas there (KaiBae beach) - plenty of space on the beach and 2-3 dozen bars and restaurants behind the beach to choose from later on.

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3. Re: Koh Chang, Phi Phi or Krabi?

Im confused between Koh Chang and Krabi as well.

Confused if i should do Koh chang- Siem reap (too much travelling) OR the Lanta-Krabi Combo in Jan.

Like scenery, mountains and beautiful postcard perfect & clean beaches, good places to eat, maybe some go0d options for dining & diving.....

Krabi seems to have a better variety of resorts than Chang seems more "tourist friendly". Also for an island like Chang where not many people visit it seemed a bit expensive to me....

Koh Chang seems more rustic & off the beaten path...but i dont know which has better beaches and a better overall bundle...

any ideas would be appreciated...

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4. Re: Koh Chang, Phi Phi or Krabi?

If you want some variety then do Siem Reap & Koh Chang. Quite a few people do that now and combine a week on a beach with some culture and old ruins. Travelling isn't really a big issue. It's a full day's drive from Siem Reap to Koh Chang but you'll get to see a bit of the countryside and how real people live rather than just seeing the tourist areas.

Combining Krabi & Lanta is kind of like ordering French fries and a baked potato with your meal. They are both good, but essentially the same thing, so you might as well choose one or the other.

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5. Re: Koh Chang, Phi Phi or Krabi?

Hello,

I've been to Thailand seven times and spent time in all the areas you mentioned. Koh chang is my favourite at the moment as Phi Phi is stunning but very touristy and Krabi much the same (not as beautiful as phi phi). Koh Chang is really lovely and still fairly unspoilt (really like lonely beach). The other benefit is that you can drive down from bangkok, which takes out the hassle of internal flights.

Also worth looking into some of the island in teh Trang province as they are lovely too.....

Anywhere you go in thailand is beautiful - all the islands have something slightly different to offer, but they are all lovely and have a similar feel.

The only island I wasn't keen on is Koh lanta (beachwise and scenery) but thats just me being fussy.....

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