My friend is coming to visit in late April/early May. We're wondering what island between Samui and Chang will have better weather? My friend is looking to just chill so nightlife is not really a necessity.
I went to koh Samui last April....actualy had song khran in Bkk then went down to samui & it was fukin hot! I got burnt, literaly. Not a good idea to venture out on ur bike with no sun cream ..next day i could not bend my wrist without experiencing emense pain! no exageration either :sad:
Im planning a trip to Thailand in early/mid June...possibly heading to Koh Samui & I would also be interested in the weather conditions for this time of year.
Monsoon or not?!
I was on Koh Chang for 5 days at this time of year 2 years ago. It was hot, but not as hot as Samui. If you're looking for somewhere to chill out, I would say Chang. There are still some quiet beaches there, or so my friend told me when he got back last week, and you have a pretty wide range of accom. choices and nightlife options.
Good luck. Might see you there. :chug:
to be or not to be.......didn't know will was a tefler
I'd go with Koh Chang - the weather is usually better
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Just got back from Samui the other day, don't see what the fuss is about, a beach is a beach and a beer is a beer. Go for Chang I reckon.
If nightlife isn't a priority I'd go to Chang not that you can't escape the hordes and nightlife on Samui. But Chang is cheaper and quicker to travel too overland.
DJ Pat: Your friend's site seems to be down at the moment.
Everyone: Thanks for all the input.
Looks like she's decided that she likes Koh Chang better. Plus this allows her to hit up Siem Reap. Now another question. What's the best way for her to go to Siem Reap from Bangkok and then from Siem Reap to Trat? She'll be traveling by bus but I don't know how buses from Siem Reap to Trat work. I'm thinking of just flying to Trat to meet with her before we hit Koh Chang. That way I don't have to sit on a bus for a long time. Plus that saves her having to ride back to Bangkok to meet up with me before we go to Koh Chang.
Any further recommendations on which beaches are the nicest (white sand, very few to little rocks in the water, photo opportunites, best food, things to do) would be appreciated. We're willing to run around the island if one beach doesn't outshine the others.
She also wants to hit up Pattaya on the way back to Bangkok so it looks like I could use some advice on Pattaya as well. I've never actually been inside one of those "bars" nor have I been to any of those infamous shows. She wants to see it all while she's in Thailand since this is probably her first and only time going through here. Where should I take her so she can see how the bars are and where can I catch a show. I know they have those sex shows but she is also asked about other types of shows that they might have over there.
It's like I'm speaking a foreign language or something...
Kai Bae beach is the best (near Casamarina) quiet and nice with plenty of places to stay cheap or expensive. Few rocks in the water but I'd take that to get away from the backpackers!!
Never seen the point of flying to Trat - the bus is fine, 200bt and 4.5 hours. By the time you get to Don Muang in a cab, check-in, wait for inevitable Bangkok Air delays it takes about 3 hours by plane and costs about 5000bt more!
Don't know about Siem Reap to Trat but I imagine it's quite doable because there are lots of places on Koh Chang and in Trat that offer buses the other way!
Excuse me for not taking this seriously .....
If someone is going to Siem Reap and wants to go to Koh Chang, I'd suggest taking the fast boat to Phnom Phen spending a couple of days there then taking the bus to Sihanoukvil on the coast and spending a few days before taking the boat up the coats to HadLak/KohKong then crossng back into Thailand.
Busses also run to and from PhnomPhen and KohKong.
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