I am very lucky to be travelling to thailand from nov 19-dec 3. The first part of my trip will be for work in bangkok, then I plan on heading to Chiang Mai for a few days, then to Koh Samet for some sand and sun before heading back to the cold canadian winter.
My current Koh Samet itinerary is as follows:
Monday, Nov 29 - early morning flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, bus from airport to Ban Phe, Boat to Koh Samet. This should be reasonable correct? I am told that for a little extra cost you can arrange a van with a/c to koh samet rather than the local buses. I assume I can prob do this through my hotel in bangkok?
I plan on spending the next few days on the beach with a book, eating thai food, drinking thai beer and probably doing some wandering/visiting to the local attractions.
I am looking at 2 options for coming back - either wednesday (dec 1) evening so that I can have a full day in bangkok in dec 2, before returning to Canada on Dec 3. Or leaving early in the morning on Thursday, Dec 2, leaving me half a day in Bangkok. Any advice on which one of these you would recommend is appreciated. Wondering, for example, if travelling late in the evening on wednesday will even be possible! I admit I am leaning towards the second option.
Finally, I would like some advice on hotels/huts. I am not looking for anything fancy, but would like something nice, and a/c is a must! Would like to be on one of the more busier beaches so I can have easy access to restuarants and nightlife, but don't necessarily want to be right in the middle of things either (I like to sleep at night, lol). I have read that many of the hut style accomodations do not have websites - if anybody could recommend one and share a telephone number -that would be great!
I guess I should also mention that I am a young woman travelling alone - just in case that makes a difference!
Thanks a million for the advice, can't wait to go back to thailand!