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Help needed for Khao Lak honeymoon plans

Stockport, United...
6 posts
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Help needed for Khao Lak honeymoon plans

Hi

I've been trying to decide where in Thailand to book my honeymoon (March 09) and Khao Lak sounds really appealing. I've been to Koh Samui twice but feel its probably over commercialed now and maybe not quite as pretty.

Our plan is to spend a few days relaxing, enjoying the beach and food etc. Then to start exploring places and doing trips. Could anyone help suggest things not to miss.

From reading the reviews i think we'd like to include (some or all):

The Similian and Surin Islands

Khao Sok

Koh Jum

- would you recommned a stay over at any of these?

Also can't deide whether to spend some days at Krabi too and do trips from there?

Can anyone suggest a good itinery along with any tips/advice and recommend areas to stay.

We'd like a little bit of nightlife if possible, although we also enjoy our food and a few drinks in restaurants.

We're hoping to go for around 15 nites flying from Manchester. Is it best to book flights and hotels ourselves or via an agent?

Your help would be very much appreciated so i can get on with booking in the next few weeks.

Thank you in advance

JasmineHolidays
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1. Re: Help needed for Khao Lak honeymoon plans

If you like a bit of nightlife then Khao Lak probably isn't the best choice. The Sarojin is amazing if you want a luxury resort. For Krabi check out the Tubkaak which is very romantic but a bit quiet. If you want to be closer to bars then you could look at the Pakasai in Ao Nang, Krabi which is within easy walk of bars & restaurants but is also great for a honeymoon. In terms of bookings you could do it all yourself or book through an agent. Doing it yourself often means no financial protection, paying upfront and risking making an expensive mistake. Watch out for added taxes and poor exchange rates if booking the hotels with a local agent. You will almost never get a better rate booking direct with the hotels. Re the flights - Etihad or Qatar Airways will be your best ber from Manchester (they have the lowest taxes too at the moment). Haven't been to Similan Islands (you can do a day trip from Khao Lak). Finally - have you looked at Elephant Hills in Khao Sok - for a bit of touring and adventure. Sorry - rambled a bit! Phil

Poulton Le Fylde...
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for Khao Lak, Khao Sok National Park
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2. Re: Help needed for Khao Lak honeymoon plans

As the previous poster said Khao Lak is not renowned fot its nightlife, not if you are looking for clubs anyway. It has though plenty excellent restaurants and bars, including live music.

The Sarojin is perhaps the most exclusive (and expensive) resort but on the same stretch of the best beach in Khao Lak the Le Meridien is well worth considering. Although it is much bigger there are a variety of different types and prices of accommodation.

At the southern end of Khal Lak, on Khao Lak South Beach is a beautiful; new luxury boutique resort the Luckana Wadee (see pics at http://photos.orange.co.uk/album/7618249) - small but exclusive with beautiful grounds.

For a more authentic Thai feel, there is the Paradise Resort on Sunset Beach (pics at http://photos.orange.co.uk/album/7922925 )

For the latest map of Khao lak have a look at http://khaolaklovers.com/Khao-Lak-Map.htm There is loads of other info on KL including accommodation and booking links there too.

You can do day or 2 to 3 night trips to both the Similan and Surin Islands easily from KL, either bookable at the host of operators in town or at your resort. We stayed for 2 nights on the Surins - in a tent. Not really the most appropriate for honeymooners or two wrinklies for that matter! LOL. Seriously it was fabulous or there are bungalows there too. We did a day trip to the Similans but, again, you can stay in a tent or a bungalow there too.

An idea of price range for accommodation would help to indicate other possible resorts.

Cape Panwa, Thailand
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3. Re: Help needed for Khao Lak honeymoon plans

Hello,

You will find Khao Lak not over commercialised but at the same time it retains its charm and is ideal for relaxing and enjoying the beach especially in March. In Khao Lak town you will find plenty of extremely good restaurants and some bars. I have allways found the dining here to be some of the best in Thailand. If you have a look at www.khaolaklovers.com you will find maps of the khao lak areas and beaches showing also where the hotels are.

As Arandora has previously said The Sarojin is a very nice hotel for a honeymoon allthough i have not stayed here. I have stayed at the Le Meridien which is a beautifull hotel and it has a lovely beach restaurant a few minutes walk down the beach called the Rim Lay which many hotel guests use. Fresh sea food a fraction of what you pay in the hotels with the sea a few feet from you lapping at the shore ( wish i was back ). Further down the coast at Khuk khak there is a new hotel being built called the Kempinski 5 star currently in the UK being sold by Kuoni and Destinology due to be finished November 08.

Where ever you choose i am sure you will love khao lak.

I can not advise as to staying over at the similans or surin or khao sok as i have never done this. I like the 5 star accommodation too much to sleep in a tent .I have however done the day trips and they are well worth doing the surin islands were really nice and i saw enough in the one day.All your trips can be booked easily and most hotels have a tour desk and also plenty of other places where you can book.

If you are also looking at Krabi i would recomend splitting the time between the two places.Krabi is beautifull the scenery is really amazing i have never been to such a place before where the beauty of it takes your breath away.I used to love just sitting and thinking how lucky i was to be there. As Jasmine has mentioned the Tubkaak is a good choice for a honeymoon also the Rayavadee is amazing but very expensive. Krabi also has some very nice offshore islands 25 minures by longtail called chicken island tup island and poda where you just hire a longtail for the day.If you want to go to Phi Phi for the day i would suggest doing this from Krabi as it is easier to do this trip from krabi than khao lak . You can also visit the hong islands from krabi and the emerald pool and hot springs is a good day out. What ever you decide for your honeymoon i am sure you will have a marvellous time.

I have allways booked via an agent and do shop around this year the cheapest prices i was quoted was with Destinology. also trailfinders are very good price wise. They can usually get a contract price for the airfare which is cheaper than booking direct and also the same with the hotels.Hope some of this helps you.

Julie

JasmineHolidays
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86 reviews
4. Re: Help needed for Khao Lak honeymoon plans

Hi, Phil here again from Jasmine Holidays. Here's a suggestion for you: Few nights in Kabi to begin with - do a day trip around Phang Nga Bay, visit Phi Phi Island, visit Railay Bay. Have an overnight or two night trip to Elephant Hills Camp for a bit of adventure and activity and end up in Khao Lak. If you want to splash out, then stay at the Tubkaak Krabi and the Sarojin Khao Lak as the previous post recommends too. I've stayed at both and they're idyllic for honeymooners. From Khao Lak you could do a day trip to the Similans - especially if you're into snorkelling or diving. Sarojin is luxury and a bit isolated but if you prefer more central in Khao Lak then La Flora is well priced. Hope that helps in some way. Phil.

Stockport, United...
6 posts
1 review
5. Re: Help needed for Khao Lak honeymoon plans

Thanks everyone for all your helpful replies. As far as a budget is concerned, i think we are probably looking at £100 a night maximun. I think if we were to split our stay between Krabi & Khao Lak we may look at spending more in one place, then going a bit more budget in the other?

Location wise - if we can get from place to place easy enough and cheaply then we don't mind, otherwise somewhere more central to restaurants.

Which would you consider are the best trips just in case we can only afford to do so many?

In general i love a fantastic beach, not too over crowded then good food washed down with wine. Perhaps on to a bar now and again.

Thnaks

Poulton Le Fylde...
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for Khao Lak, Khao Sok National Park
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6. Re: Help needed for Khao Lak honeymoon plans

£100 a night is currently about 6600 baht a night and should get you some very decent accommodation in March 2009. From beach resorts in the south or to the north to the main arae of Khao Lak at Bang La On where most of the restaurants, bars and shops are located is only about 10 minutes by local taxi. Just to the north of Bang La On is Bang Niang where resorts are generally on or very near the beach and within walking distance of restaurants and bars on or near the beach. For instance there is the excellent Mukdara Resort, which has specific Honeymoon bungalows. See our photos taken last February for a TA member who stayed there in May and rated it very highly http://photos.orange.co.uk/album/7597039

A taxi from Phuket Airport to Khao Lak is about 1500 baht each way.

Examples of other taxi prices can be found at http://www.khaolaktravelcenter.com/

Day trips to the Similans and the beautiful Khao Sok National Park cost about 2900 baht each and examples of these and others can be seen at www.khaolaklanddiscovery.com/bookings.php

After countless hours Googling for flights for next Jan to March, we eventually used The Traveller (based in Morecambe) who offer a free phone service and do the searching for you. They found us the best flights at the best prices for us. See http://www.thetravelleruk.com/index.php

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