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Where to go? Is Koh Phi Phi any good any more? Koh Samui? Koh Tarutao sounds nice, if it's descriptions are accurate. I really don't know what I am talking about, so feel free to enlighten me for those in the know.

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Krabi > Phi Phi > Samui > Phuket > Pattaya

Really depends what your looking for in terms of better beaches though. This is just from personal experience.

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I rate Thong Nai Pan beach if you visit the gulf.

That said probably doesn't qualify as liveliest or prettiest so, as previous poster implied, you'll need to consider what you actually want.

also not to state the obvious but, time allowing, don't choose one island. have yourself an "island hop adventure" :)

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Koh Phangan is pretty, as is Krabi and Koh Samet.

Phi Phi is beautiful but there are an absurd number of tourists there.

Always depends what you are looking for; I don't know why people never disclose this when they post for travel advice. Do you want a secluded, romantic beach? Somewhere cheap? A party environment? Shopping?

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^^ exactly

I really dug Ko Tao, and for a picture postcard beach try Bottle Beach on Ko Phangan ...

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Shit, that's all you had to say, man! Okay, first thing's first, find a taxi driver and tell him you're looking for "Soi Cowboy".....

As to the OP, try Krabi. It's not too crowded this time of year, and has a pretty nice mix of everything, although it was a little light on the 'party scene' if that's what you're looking for.

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For quiet beaches (= no gogo bars), Hua Hin and Chumporn may be worth checkin out. Hua Hin is only a 3-4 hour train ride from Bangkok.

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i must be high or something

i thought it said 'thai bitches'.

Now this would be an interesting topic to consider...

I haven't been to Soi Cowboy in a while, but it can be a pretty good time. Definitely the most liberal red light district in BKK, compared to Patpong or Nana. The ladies are definitely not shy about it on this strip.

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I've never actually been, but for obvious reasons, I'm almost dying of curiosity. Patpong was....funny.

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Largo,

One of these days, we'll have to take you on a "tour". Lately, we've been leaving the reservation and exploring the Srinakarin area. Good times...

Let me know when you're coming into town!

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I guess I figured there were objectively good beaches and objectively bad beaches...

Anyhow, I am looking for beaches that are beautiful, inexpensive to stay around, with not too, too many tourists, but something to do at night at the same time.

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are the terrorists still throwing grenades at people on the beach?or was that a one time thing?

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anyone been to chiang mai?

yeah, what about it? iirc analyst's has family up there, so he might be better directed.

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anyone been to chiang mai?

No beaches there, in case you were wondering.

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I would recommend Ko Lipeh, Ive been there twice myself. Not too many tourists and some lovely beaches.

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I'm off to Ko Samet for a couple of weeks in October. I'll post up a review when I return.

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i loved ko lanta off phi phi, very desolate at the time. southern part of the island. the place was destroyed by the tsunami though.

last year i was at ko chang on the east coast. went down to lonely beach which was too dead for me. too rocky as well. so we went to the more populated part, pretty nice as well.

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yeah, what about it? iirc analyst's has family up there, so he might be better directed.

I highly recommend going to Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand. While the south offers the white sands and beaches, the north has the mountains and cool, clean weather. Compared to Bangkok, Chiang Mai has its own distinct culture, character, and language. Surrounding the old city is also a moat with ruins of old battlements still there.

The city is much smaller than Bangkok. In Chiang Mai, expect no traffic jams or congestion. You can pretty much just take a tuk tuk everywhere you need to go. Taking a trip up to Doi Su Thep mountain and going to the temple at the very top is an awesome experience. In March the entire erupts into a three day water fight to celebrate the SongKran water festival. You have everything from a 4 year old splashing pedestrians with a bowl of water in front of his house to gangs of Thai kids in the back of pickup trucks with huge barrels filled with ice water and SuperSoakers.

Also, the nightlife is amazing. Unlike Bangkok, Chiang Mai's party scene is much more unregulated. You have a Bangkok-style hip hop called Warm Up around the Nimmahemin area which closes around 2am. Afterwards, there a plenty of places to go. Discovery is still going around til around 3:30am-4:00am. Fashion (awesome basement hip hop club) around the Kat Suan Kaew mall also goes to 4:00am. From 4:00am to whenever, there is also the V Club way out toward the Airport. Chiang Mai has the cutest girls in Thailand and is much less professional or pretentious compared to Bangkok. Definitely check it out.

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ko phan gan?

Good times. It's kinda cliched a bit but still a fun place to go. Best thing to do is get off of Haad Rin and check out other parts of the island namely, Mae Haad or Cholukum or Thong Nai Pan. The beaches are nicer and less Euro than the main beaches around the island.

Phuket this time of year is really rainy. I would expect numerous blackouts and heavy storms. If diving around Phuket or Phi Phi, the currents will be quite strong and visibility will not be as clear as during the November-February time frame.

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I can't +rep you Analyst, but your contributions are top notch as usual. Keep it coming.

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Many thanks, Tiss and Poly.

I'd love to hold an SuFu meet up in Bangkok one day, so let me know if you guys are ever around. I took Poly on a quick "tour" of the underside of Bangkok about a year ago. I'm sure he would love to go for another run. So far, there's only me and Largo around here. LeicaLad is in and out of the city. I'd really like to meet this guy: helicopters and Sugarcanes. Damn.

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I'm probably heading back to KL in december, so perhaps I'll be able to stop by in Bangkok for a few days. I will definitely let you know when I'm in the neighborhood.

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I am now quite torn as per where to spend my time. Chang Mai sounds quite fantastic, and everyone I've talked to has said North > South.

Analyst, I've been using your posts, found through the search, as a guideline from my trip from the basic stages of picking where to go this summer. Thanks so much for your articulate and thorough responses. +rep. I'll be in Bangkok from the 16th to the 20th of August, so if you feel like a meeting a complete stranger and having a couple beers, let me know.

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Ive always wanted to check it out because my grandma would tell me how beautiful it is. She grew up in Chiang mai before migrating to northern laos. I hope to make a trip there by the end of this year. Chiang mai sounds really nice.

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If you are up North - make the trip to Pai as well. It's a great little town. There's some nice cafes and art galleries too, which surprised me

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If you are up North - make the trip to Pai as well. It's a greta little town. There's some nice cafes and art galleries too, which surprised me

i've heard a lot of great things about pai. i remember i reluctantly did a day long golden triangle tour which ended up being very cool.

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