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Old 10-14-2012, 10:06 PM
 
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What are the best Thailand beach areas to hit in early November? I'm going to Thailand Nov 1-15 and I want to spend some of my time in the south. It's hard to choose where. I know many are touristy, but I want to see some of the tropical beaches as part of my trip. The gulf side (Ko Phangan, Ko Toa, Ko Samui) seems like it's out because the weather isn't good early November. So that leaves the west side Andaman Coast. I'm a single 42 year old guy going by myself so it would be nice to have some nightlife, but doesn't have to be crazy nightlife. My first time in Asia. Some ideas:

-Phuket is very touristy, but the guidebooks say it's not so bad outside of Patong Beach in areas like Surin Beach or Kata Yai beach.
-Rai Le Beach
-Ko Lanta
-Ko Phi Phi (I know this is very touristy too)

Ko Lipe seemed interesting and more off the beaten track but looks like it will take me a lot more time to get down there if I fly into Krabi or Phuket.

Also any suggestions in north Thailand outside of the standards Chiang Mai and Pai? I'll spend a few days in Bangkok too, any suggestions there? Also if I have time thinking of taking a side trip flight over to Luang Prabang Loas or some other area of Loas.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:06 PM
 
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Koh Lipe also seems like an option. Just not sure if that will be too quiet for me. Seems very nice.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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Patong Beach is a mess! I came to Patong for the first time 5 years ago and it was beautiful. I came back in 2008, 2010 and my last visit was this year. If you are looking for sewage water in the ocean - go to Patong Beach. *urgh* I was wondering why the beach was crowded ( and dirty) and almost nobody was in the ocean ( at over 90F) I know why.

My parents in law live in Rawai, a city on Phuket island. We went to the Beach in Rawai and Nai Harn. And it was much clearer, not to say clear water.

I hope that Patong Beach is clearer now.

Bangkok Thai Boxing stadium is fun. But there is also a boxing stadium in Patong. The market in Bangkok is nice and if you have time - DO A DINNER CRUISE IN BANGKOK. Very cheap, good food. I also went to the famous Mandarin Oriental for a glass of Chardonnay :-)

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Old 10-18-2012, 06:11 PM
 
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I decided I'm going to skip Phuket all together and base myself in Ko Lanta when I'm in the south. I may take a side trip to Ko Lipe and maybe some Trang islands. From what I've read Phuket isn't what I'm looking for....I don't want to be around all the package tourists & another Miami Beach.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:26 AM
 
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In the north, try Chiang Rai, or in the central area: Sukhotai, Phisanolok, Kampang Phet, Korat, etc.
There's also Isaan.
Depends on what you like.

I go diving in the Similan Islands and don't get near Phuket.
I have no desire to be around Club Med world, either.

Get a good guide book and see what meets your needs.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:56 AM
 
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Thanks chielgirl....I'd like to hit some of the more off the beaten track areas like you mention in the central area and Isaan but not sure I'll have time. It's hard to know what I'll like as I've never been there, but I do know I do not like super touristy heavy commercialized areas in general.

As my first trip to Thailand I have 2 weeks so the plan is to see Bangkok, then Chiang Mai (I will try to make it up to Chiang Rai, Pai, etc... or other points north) and then down to Ko Lanta with some side trips to other islands. Even though some of those areas are touristy for my first trip I think I'll have to check them once out since I've never been. Next trip I would love to hit some areas in central Thailand and over towards the Loas/Cambodia border that are more off the beaten track.

How is the weather in Ko Lanta in last week of October and first week of November? Is the water color nice that time of year? I hear the rainy season ends in Nov for the Andaman Coast, just not sure if it normally ends very beginning or end of Nov. Just hoping it doesn't rain my whole time in Ko Lanta.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:43 AM
 
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I spent 3 days in Koh Samui for my honeymoon. From what I remember it was beautiful, and the beaches were nice. I haven't been to all the beaches so I cannot comment further. Either way I think the beach gets boring after 2-3 days anyway.

I can recommend places to see in Bangkok if you'd like, what kinda stuff are you into?

But for native Thai people, we're into the shopping at the outdoor markets, movie theaters and Malls.

Malls are the big thing for Thai's since that's where we go to escape the daytime heat.
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:01 PM
 
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Thanks Mr. Chad. I would love for you to recommend some places in Bangkok! I'm into just hanging out and exploring the city. Finding some good food. Hitting some cafe's. Checking out some historical sites or temples would be great too. Maybe a nice place to have a cocktail in the evening.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:23 PM
 
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Thanks Mr. Chad. I would love for you to recommend some places in Bangkok! I'm into just hanging out and exploring the city. Finding some good food. Hitting some cafe's. Checking out some historical sites or temples would be great too. Maybe a nice place to have a cocktail in the evening.
CTR88....

I'll run a few suggestions off the top of my head. For anything further I'd recommend stopping by a local book store or library to read up some tourist books on Thailand like Lonely Planet. These guides are really good and give you good advice as to where to go and what to do based on your likes and your budget.

1) MBK Mall - huge big mall in the heart of Bangkok- a popular tourist spot but you can spend the whole day wandering the 100's of vendors booths here.

2) Siam Paragon- another high end mall across from MBK mall. The mall where the hi-so's go and hang out. The parking lot in this mall has reserved parking for "exotic cars" Ferrari's and Lambo's

3) Take a dinner cruise up the Chao Pra ya river during the evening time. Its a way to see the Bangkok skyline and temples during sundown.

4) Jatjujak Market - the outdoor market where you can literally buy anything.

5) Ride the MRT and BTS, airtrain and subway system....very clean and comfortable....sure beats sitting ina cab during rush hour.

6) as for cafe's there are cafe's everywhere....wander around and you'll bump into a whole bunch.

7) Wat Phra Kaew - beautiful temple that you can see if you're into art and "old" looking stuff.

8) Pra Tu Naam - another market, hangout area

9) You can take a cab, or the free bus (open air, no a/c) to "old bangkok" the old part of town

10) Siam Square - shopping, clubs and restaurants.

11) Victory Monument- I remember going to a nice Jazz club around here, forgot the name, and met a lot of expats here. Got to meet Americans and other English speaking folk.

12) outdoor restaurants - the best, and most authentic Thai food is the street food....but stay away from it unless you go with a local who knows the restaurant well. All my American and European friends who have eaten street food have gotten some sort of food poisoning because they picked a place that wasn't clean.
The only time I eat street food is when my relatives are escorting me.

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Old 10-20-2012, 03:22 PM
 
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Thanks very much Mr. Chad I will take close notes of your suggestions. Besides not eating street food is there any other precautions I can take to make sure I don't get sick from the food? I'm a vegetarian so I do not eat any meat or seafood. How do I know if a restaurant is safe? I guess I could choose the ones recommended in Lonely Planet as a safe bet.
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