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Khao Lak to Ko Lanta or Khao Lak to Ko pi pi ??

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Khao Lak to Ko Lanta or Khao Lak to Ko pi pi ??

Hello,We are staying in Khao Lak for 2 nights after 4 nights on The White Manta liveaboard,we are staying at the Briza Beach Resort I would like to do an elephant tour maybe half a day any ideas? Next question is should we go to Ko Lanta and how easy is it to get to from Khao Lak ? or should we go to Ko pi pi for 2 nights and khao lak for 3 nights? Any help or ideas would really help .It is our first trip to Thailand and we would like to see as much as we can without spending our whole time travelling.Our budget for our hotel is about £50 a night so any suggestions would be great.Thankyou for any help.

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1. Re: Khao Lak to Ko Lanta or Khao Lak to Ko pi pi ??

When are you going? This will help with suggestions for accommodation.

Do you mean you are staying at Khao Lak for 2 nights anyway then Phi Phi then back to Khao Lak? or Khao Lak another night then Phi Phi 2 nights?

So how long on Lanta?

Those are the questions here at least are some answers. :)

First, several elephant tours in and around Khao Lak. Our and many others favourite is the one to Saurung Waterfall. This is about 20 minutes north of Khao Lak and involves an elephant trek in a comfortable and secure seat (with car safety belt!) with the mahout either up top on the ellie with you or guiding it on the path, depends which ellie and which mahout. It is a level track through beautiful scenery bordered by plants and rubber plantations with the mountains as a backdrop. Then you stop at the lovely Saurung waterfall for some refreshments (water provided), buy some souvenirs from a local artist who has a stall there and lots of pics then back to the camp where you get some more water and buy (very cheaply) some bananas to thank your ellie for the trip with. About 3 hours in total home to home. You can get a taxi to take you there and just book the trip at the base camp or book an inclusive tour. Khao Lak Land Discovery, for example, do this tour. See their website at http://www.khaolaklanddiscovery.com/ (although it may not be featured on there.

However, if you fancy a more exciting trek including up and down fairly steep slopes in and out of the riverbed the Asia Safari Park & Elephant Village is within walking distance of you from the Briza. Just go up to the highway and the entrance is on the opposite side. See holiday-service-khaolak.com/en/index.php

In fact you will probably see the ellies from the Village having their daily bathe in the ocean not far from where you are staying.

Still thinking of going to Koh Lanta or more time now in Khao Lak? Including ferry transfer it will probably take about 4 to 5 hours depending on ferry timings to get from the Briza to a resort on Koh Lanta. Have a look here for a list of all the resorts and prices http://www.lantalanta.com/

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2. Re: Khao Lak to Ko Lanta or Khao Lak to Ko pi pi ??

Thankyou Arandora great to get inside info.We are in Khao Lak on the 5th and 6th of December.Sorry my posting didn't make sense it should have said ko phi phi 2 nights and then ko Lanta for 3 nights I'm new to the internet and am still learning to type and read!We have 5 nights still to plan for and will be flying back to bangkok from Krabi on the 12th of December.I hope this makes sense this time and you can give me more ideas thanks .

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3. Re: Khao Lak to Ko Lanta or Khao Lak to Ko pi pi ??

OK, No Probs.

So it's Bangkok to KL 4 nights liveabord + 2 nights Briza Fixed + 5 nights free finishing in Krabi then to Bangkok.

If you really want to see Phi Phi you can do a day trip from either Khao Lak or Koh Lanta. Personally we were spoilt by visiting Phi Phi on one of our earliest trips to Thailand when it was pristine and unspoiled. When we next returned before the Tsunami it was over commercialised, loungers like sardines on the beach, spoilt. We haven't had the heart or the inclination to return after the Tsunami so I can't say what it is like now. Perhaps having a scan through the Phi Phi Forum might help.

Perhaps one more night in Khao Lak and then 4 on Lanta might give you better options. From Koh Lanta there are some great trips out to more unspoiled islands and Phang Nga Bay (where James Bond Island is situated but only to be visited as part of a Bay tour including sea canoes) is a must.

Plenty of advice about accommodation on Lanta on that forum as I am not too familiar with it and wouldn't like to advise.

Can you get any more nights at the Briza within your budget? Incidentally we had a look around it in February as only reopened last November and it is a very nice resort in a super location on the lovely Khao Lak South Beach. There are only a few resorts and restaurants there but the main area of Khao Lak, La On village, where most of the restaurants, bars and shops are, is only 10 minutes away over the mountain by taxi.

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4. Re: Khao Lak to Ko Lanta or Khao Lak to Ko pi pi ??

Hello

Phi Phi now is still worth the visit. I did not see it before the tsunami only after. There are some beaches full of loungers but you can get a longtail boat or speedboat and they will take you somewhere quiet. We were dropped off at a secluded beach somewhere a bit further on then tonsai we had the beach to ourselves. Further down we found a beach shack selling drinks and meals with a few backpackers there it was idylic. I have looked on maps since as i did not ask the name and still not sure which beach it could have been.Anybody know please let me know? The snorkeling is very good in and around Phi Phi. I would have loved to have seen it before the disaaster but it is still a beautifull place.

Julie

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