Thailand for cheap
Thailand for cheap Reviews
Thailand for cheap Oct 27, 2009
Just returned from an amazing trip to Thailand. Flew on Bangkok Air from Bangkok to Koh Samui and then took the ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan. For those of you going to the Full Moon Party in Haad Rin, I would suggest taking a taxi from Samui Airport to Bophut Pier and taking the ferry direct to Haad Rin. The Lompraya ferry goes to Nathon which is about 25 minutes from Haad Rin, the ferry costs more and you have to take a taxi. In Haad Rin, as well as a majority of places in Thailand, there are guest houses and rooms for very cheap. We stayed at the Banana Resort across from the Same Same. It is a two minute walk to the beach & FMP. It was 800b a night, more then some other places, but the location was very safe. A police barricade was setup right at the entrance. For touring the island, rent a scooter! It is 200b for 24 hours, a taxi is at least 500b for two people. If going to FMP, buy a bottle of liquor from the store (there is a big grocery store in Nathon), costs about 300-400b. The infamous buckets cost 300b apiece. We mixed beverages in our room and then headed to the party...saved a lot of money! Water is really cheap from the family run stores-you can buy six liters of water for 30b.
From Koh Phangan, we headed back to Koh Samui. Near the Bophut Pier is the Mermaid Resort, 400b per night. Nice pool, the beach is right across the street, and the "Big Buddha" is within walking distance. It is also only about a 10 minute drive to the airport and the resort offers free transfer. We also opted to rent a scooter for two days on Samui. From Big Buddha Beach we rode to Lamai. We stayed at the Magic Resort, cute wooden bungalows by the beach for 400b a night.
From Samui we flew to Krabi. We took a shared taxi, 300b for two people, to Ao Nang. We stayed at the Lavinia guest house located on a side street for 300b. View of the beach from the balcony. Clean with a fridge and friendly owners. From Ao Nang we took a longtail boat, 100b per person, to Railay.
Railay is the most beautiful, laid back place that we went to in Thailand. It hasn't been overrun yet with tourists. We stayed at the YaYa Resort on the east beach, 300b a night. From there you can walk to the beach that is at the tip of Railay...BEAUTIFUL!!!
From Railay we took a ferry to Phi Phi Don. It seems to be cheaper to buy ferry tickets at night or right before departure, and different places have different rates, so check around. It was more expensive to buy tickets from the resort than one of the tour places.
Once on Phi Phi Don, we once again walked around for a little bit in search of a room. We went to the beach opposite the pier and stayed at the Phi phi October, 300b a night. Located on one of the main roads and a two minute walk to the beach. Renting a kayak is a great way to tour the island at your own pace. The Sunflower is a sweet, laid back bar on the beach with chill music and free wifi.
On to Phuket...
From the Raasada Pier, we walked to the main bus terminal. Turned out we needed to go to the terminal for busses going to the beach, so we took a tuk-tuk, 100b. We took the city bus for 25b to Patong, not a bad ride and the cheapest way to get there. Once in Patong we stayed at the Tatum Mansion. 700b a night and really nice. Very safe and very friendly staff. Didn't spend too much time in Patong, a little too hectic. We took the bus back to Phuket Town and then took the bus to the airport, 80b.
We stayed in Naiyang at the Airport Resort. For 1500b, we had a nice room (with a bathtub!), a big breakfast, and airport transfer to & from. Right near the beach, very quiet and peaceful.
From Phuket, we flew back to Bangkok.
For our three flights on Bangkok Air, we paid $200usd a piece. They have great service, decent food, and "board rooms" for all passengers with free food, coffee, and internet.
For those of you looking to shop, I figured I would wait until I got to Phuket or Bangkok so I wouldn't have to haul stuff around. I ended up buying A t-shirt. I found great stuff on Samui, Phangnan, Railay, and Phi Phi, but didn't buy anything. The stuff I found in Patong was just not the same :( Buy stuff when you find stuff! Prices are basically the same and if you find something you like in Samui, you may not find it anywhere else.
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