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Visiting Thailand

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Visiting Thailand

We are a family of 4 (1 adult disabled) and 2 children (11 and 16) travelling to Thailand on 21st December 2012, am getting a bit bogged down with where to travel to, am looking to possibly go to Cha Am from Bangkok for a few days first, then want to travel down to see friends who live in Phangan but dont know where to stay on the way down, we want to see some culture but also aware that 11 year old wants a bit of beach and/or swimming pool. Also dont want to spend hours in the car, any advice where to stay would be great, we dont mind hotels or self catering accommodation

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1. Re: Visiting Thailand

Many options to do.

I assume that you have a car? if so, you will pass these provinces in order

Bangkok --> Samut Songkhram --> PedBuri --> Prajuab Kirikhan--> Chumporn --> SuratTani.

1) Samur Songkhram is just 80 km from bangkok, A town called "Amphawa", here is famous for firefly watching and its floating Market. It is very nice to stay overnight on the riverbank with some firefly. Search "Amphawa" in TA

2) Prajuab Kirikhan

- Hua-Hin/ ChaUm. These two city are just next door to each other. However, Hua-Hin is much more developed and busy. The beach is not so special, but it is close to BKK, and that is why it is popular

- Pran Buri beach (Famous beach with luxurious hotel like Hua hin)

- PraJuab Kirikhan - Ban Krut (Nice beach and quiet, not too developed) - 365 km from BKK

http://www.bankrutinfo.com/

3) Chumporn

- Tung Wualaen Beach// The most beautiful beach of Chumporn, still pretty quiet. 450 km from BKK

- Chumporn Town and its beaches. The are several beaches close to the city center. The most famous one is SAIREE BEACH. There are loads of several fisherman villages to see. (500 km)

Anyway, if you dont have a car and travel with a bus+ferry. I recommend

a bus to Chumporn, then a ferry to Nang Yuan island or Tao Island, stay a couple nights here, then move to Samui (ferry) and Phangan.

http://www.nangyuan.com/

for how to travel

http://www.lomprayah.com/E/route.htm

Bus

You can take a bus to Surat Tani, and take a ferry to Phangan island

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2. Re: Visiting Thailand

Would suggest Hua Hin rather than Cha Am, more to do and nicer beach.

We did a similar trip last year and stopped at Amphaha for the evening, weekend market - it'a lovely little town on the river with some nice, authentic accommodation options. We hired a private driver to take us to Amphawa and then on to Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan, from PKK we got the train down to Chumphon.

We then stopped at Hua Hin for 3 nights, a great town that still retails some Thai flavour, plenty of restaurants and a good night market and decent beach, plenty of accommodation options too and easy to get around.

After than we stopped in Prachuap Khiri Khan for a few days, lovely quiet, authentic little Thai town with a fishing industry and just out of town is a beach called Ao Manao where the Thais go to eat and socialise.

From there we went to Chumphon and caught the ferry over to Koh Phangan, the Lomprayah Pier is 1/2 an hour from Chumphon train station.

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3. Re: Visiting Thailand

Thank you so much for both your replies, i have a lot to look at now so will try and plan our trip, can i ask has anyone hired a car in Thailand, think it might be the best option for us travelling around, due to my partner being disabled, too much hassle getting off and on bus and coaches with wheelchair and luggage, are the roads ok

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4. Re: Visiting Thailand

We hired a car in Koh Samui and had no trouble at all, but you would have to be aware of the interesting lack of road rule observance by many of the locals and not advisable to hire from Bangkok as it's a scary place to drive for even the most experienced. If you are planning a similar trip to the one I suggest above, I would suggest getting a private car to take you between towns and then hire a car once you are in the towns I suggested.

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5. Re: Visiting Thailand

well i dont think it is that bad for driving, my family always drive from bangkok to the southen and northen thailand. it is a joy for us, the road is in very good condition as it is always maintained่. search tripadvisor, road trip for more information. anyway, you can hire a minivan with a driver, it costs around 1800-2500 baht a day depending on the van condition. Or the easiest way is to directly fly to Samui or Suratthani, and get a private transfer there.

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6. Re: Visiting Thailand

Hi

With all respects to # 5. I assume your family are Thais there for you're familiar with road rules and surroundings. For the OP I would strongly recommended you considering Cassnu adviced don't get me wrong it's do able but I would rather be hassle and stress level free. Also if you use a driver you can then enjoy sight and scenery.

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7. Re: Visiting Thailand

Exactly, if you are familiar with driving in Thailand it's not a problem, but if you're not forget it especially in Bangkok.

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8. Re: Visiting Thailand

Forget Bangkok is very right, you must be very confident to drive in Bangkok, but from Bangkok to the Southern part is something else, especially if you drive less than 200 km per day as your plan. So, I would say if you have a plan to travel around a lot and driving in foreign country is not a kind of stress for you, then driving is OK, just go slowly. If you think that's too stressful, try other options.

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9. Re: Visiting Thailand

Car + local driver would be better.

You can also train place to place down to Chumphon and the get the fast Lomprayah Ferry over to Koh Phangan, perhaps stop on Koh Tao between Chumphon and Koh Phangan if you wanted to do some great snorkeling.

The coastal train route is quite good to get place to place, but at each point where you stay can arrange a car+driver for each hop also.

Fast railcar train eg:

Hua Hin to Prachuap Khiri Khan : 1 hr

Hua Hin to Ban Krut ( also for Bang Saphan area ) : 1 hr 45

Ban Krut to Chumphon : 1 hr 45, but unless staying overnight won't fit to ferry connection for Koh Tao / Phangan

Coastal train:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4LL_EunfD0

Hua Hin gives you the beach + culture,night markets, over the water dining, floating markets, water park :)

just south of Hua Hin 40 mins is Dolphin Bay close to Sam Roi Yot National Park attractions, Dolphin Bay Resort is a good family style small resort to stay, quiet area.

Prachuap Khiri Khan Town has beautiful scenery.

flickr.com/photos/…

and

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South of there is Ban Krut and Bang Saphan, great for very quiet beaches

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g1566927-i18413-k4…

Ban Krut Beach:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLC7mfaOZw0

Koh Tao

www.youtube.com/watch…

Edited: 12 March 2012, 01:01
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10. Re: Visiting Thailand

If you just wanted to do Hua Hin and then to Koh Tao or Koh Phangan, Lomprayah has a bus+ferry service that departs Hua Hin at 0830 and arrives on Koh Tao at 1445 and Koh Phangan at 1610

http://www.lomprayah.com/E/route.htm

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