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Q: Anyone have travel suggestions for Thailand?

I'm taking off the first two weeks of February to fly down to Bangkok. The first week I wanted to spend out on the beach, somewhere a bit off the regular tourist path that secluded islands, white sands and crystal clear waters kind of bit. Unfortunately, I know very little about Thailand and there seems to be an overwhelming array of options. I'm not looking to spend a lot of money as I'm fine going the backpacker route and I hate the middle-aged American tourist resort atmosphere, that being said money isn't really an issue. Any suggestions would be awesome!

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I second Irvine's suggestion of Ko Chang. It's beautiful, quieter than most of the islands, and an easy journey from Bangkok. The locals are particularly friendly, even by Thailand's high standards.

 

We went in the off season, so the weather was less than amazing, but it was dead quiet. We got a basic beachside hut for 250 baht (about 40RMB at the time) and just chilled out, swam, ate and read. Bliss. 

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Be aware of the current political situation in Thailand. I was there during the aftermath of some of the riots a couple of years ago, and not the best environment to play tourist. Might be better in February, but if I was you, I'd consider going to somewhere else, or at least steer clear of Bangkok. 

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Consider Vietnam, it's cheap, great food, lots of great places to visit, many people speak English. I went for three weeks in OCT. Spent a week in Hanoi, a week on Phu Quoc Island (great beaches)and a week in Ho Chi Minh. It was my second trip and I will go again in 2014.

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Go dive the Andaman~   Similans, Richilieu Rock...   hard to beat...  

 

I believe Philippines would be quite pleased if tourists came now.  Tourism $ is a big part of the economy there.  Boracay is a beautiful place, if a little over-developed.  for less developed head to Palawan...

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Ive been to thailand three times. I usually stay away from the over touristy places, any place but bangkok should be fine during this time. But in general, yhey are pissed at the government not foreigners. youll be fine. Koh samui was my favorite, developed but not too crowded and not developed to the point of
hookers and things but that was almost 8 years ago. But it was my favorite. 3 or 4 years ago i went to krabi, off of phuket on the mainland, really quiet, not over developed, pipi islands are right there. Nice spot. Last year went to a small place called koh tao, dont need a flight, just a 2 hour bus from bangkok then a baot ride. its a smaller pedestrian island, no cars except for a few 4x4 taxi trucks, wide range of places but less big resorts as you said, nice bars and food on the beach, fire dancing , ect. If ur looking for lady company, dont go there. Beaches not as nice as the south, but still great.

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I was in Philippines two days after the typhoon and the only damage I saw was soil build up from a flooded river, not even a bent palm tree. It didn't really hit every where hard. I had a way better time there than I ever had I China. I've been to Thailand, took my Chinese GF, had a so so time.

All the foreigners in Philippines are old enough to use walkers and they all have two GFs. I think the beaches are nicer in Thailand but you will see foreigners also.

I was in Pantong Beach, there are lots of beaches around Phuket.

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Ko Chang, is by far the best island in Thailand. 5 hours from Bangkok, close to the border with Cambodia.

 

It won't be topped, avoid Phucket etc at all costs

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I second Irvine's suggestion of Ko Chang. It's beautiful, quieter than most of the islands, and an easy journey from Bangkok. The locals are particularly friendly, even by Thailand's high standards.

 

We went in the off season, so the weather was less than amazing, but it was dead quiet. We got a basic beachside hut for 250 baht (about 40RMB at the time) and just chilled out, swam, ate and read. Bliss. 

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I like BKK, even though it is always packed and messy. Close to BKK there is a National park, you can do trekking there. Quite cool. 

For the island, I like Koh Samui coz it has airport so it's much easier for a country whose transport is not so good and efficient.  And it's close to Koh Phangan, full moon party is cheap and fun! Even though the music just so-so electric music but anyway!

 

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Well if you are not going to opt for the Philippines and don't need a walker to get around with, then northern Thailand is another good option.

I lived in Chiang Mai for a while in a village just outside called HangDong. Accommodation is cheap, the eating places are many and also well priced and then you have the night bazaar. Also clean air, cooler weather, the temple on the mountain top, the elephant training school in Lampoon, the ancient temple of KohKan. Hire a scooter and you can go anywhere. A short trip to ChiangRai is also in order. BKK is okay if you want busy busy! KohSamui for beach all around you and yes, avoid Phuket.

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Thanks for all the info guys, I decided to switch it up and actually do the Philippines. From most responses it seems that I shouldn't worry about the storm issue and the ticket was about 1000 kuai less! Now all I have to do is swipe my gfs nikon before she returns home for chunjie

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  Yeh, if anyone asks you to help them carry anything through customs when you're leaving, say yes, take it, turn round, and head back to your hotel for another week. You'll have a great time.

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Best place I've ever traveled to is a small village called Pai in the north of thailand. It's about a 3 hour bus trip from Changmai, which is also cool but not as good as Pai. It's a small villlage in the mountains where ou can rent motorbikes and go around visiting canyons, hot springs and water falls. I have traveled a fair bit in my life and Pai is my favourite place on earth. Staying in a cabin on the lake where they make bonfires every night costs 100 Baht a night for a double bed. 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pai,_Thailand

 

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g303916-d2676104-Reviews-Pai_Park_Cottage-Pai_Mae_Hong_Son_Province.html

 

 

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Go to a small village, get on a scooter, and just drive somewhere. God I miss Thailand.

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