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Old 12-15-2005, 08:25 AM   #1
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Hiya!

I'm spending 2 weeks in Thailand in April, decided on a few days in Bangkok then onto an island for about a week.

Which is the best island in terms of ease to get to and what it has to offer??

Ive heard that Ko Samui can be like Benidorm.. if this isnt true which is, in your opinion, the best part of the island?

I'm after a good mix of a good time & relaxing times with friendly people.

I'm pretty new to this backpacking thing so ease to get to is quite important to me.

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To figure out where to go really depends on what you want.

Two of the easiest islands to get to and most tourist friendly are Koh Samui and Phuket. They are both rather developed and commercialized. However, you can fly directly from Bangkok fairly cheaply on airlines such as Air Asia and Nok Air. These two islands have the most nightlife and western conveniences, shopping, etc. Phuket at least has some quieter parts to it, its a fairly good sized island. Patong Beach is party central. You could also stay at Kata or Karon beach both of which are a bit more low key.

If you want a much more laid back style, you could try Koh Tao or Koh Pha Ngan (famed for full moon parties - but very laid back the rest of the time). Both are big on the backpacker circuit. There will be people to hang out with, and some nightlife but not as crazy or commercialized as either Phuket or Samui. I beleive both islands will require you to take a bus from Bangkok to a particular seaside town and then hop a ferry or speedboat. I do not know the exact details, but do a few searches on the internet and you will quickly find the answers...a guide book will of course tell you exactly how to get to eaither island as well. enjoy!
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I'd go to Phuket just for the name.

Sorry I can't be of real help.
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i loved ko phi phi, a lot. they could use the tourist dollars too, unless you're a wild drunk partier. better to stay away. i say ko phi phi or ko lanta. i'm planning to go to the similans when i'm there next - but there's no nightlife there at all/
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I'm planning a trip to Phuket late April for about a week. Phuket's pricey in terms of living expenses and it is really commercialised.

As LiveFreeorDie mentioned, go for Koh Samui and Ko Phan Ngan...The full moon parties are famous, accommodation's very affordable and you get some of the most beautiful beaches..EVER!

Either way travel within Thailand is very cheap. It costs like 500 baht to travel from Phuket to Surat Thani (6 hours bus ride) and then to Samui.

Have fun! Thailand's lovely.
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