Just back from a great trip to Bangkok and Khao Lak. 5 hectic but enjoyable nights in BKK staying at the Marriott Resort & Spa, lovely Hotel in great location. Then 9 nights at the Ramada Khao Lak, beautiful hotel. The staff were amazing and the hotel was pretty quiet so it seemed like there were about 5 staff for every guest. Great location right on beach. We stayed in the Lanai rooms which were great. Breakfast was lovely with all the usual western stuff but also noodles/rice and really nice sushi. Quite a bit of rain but it was funny watching come in from the sea and everyone gathering up there things and running back to their rooms for an hour. My wife had a pedicure/foot massage treatment for £10 which she said was lovely and would have cost loads here. Some great little bars/restaurants on the bang niang road and loads more about 10 mins away in Khao lak centre. 4 of us us were having meals with starters, thai curries and a few singha beers each which came toi about £10 a couple, great food everywhere.
Did a couple of trips including a longtail boat out to James bond island with lunch on the fishermans village on Ko Panyee. Also did a day in Phuket where we got a boat from Rawai beach to ko hei, lovely but really hot.
I would reccomend the Ramada to anyone. cannot wait to go back to Thailand.