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A week to dive snorkel and chill. Where?

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A week to dive snorkel and chill. Where?

We are a couple in our early 50s, me a diver, my husband a snorkeller. We are planning our 1st ever trip to Thailand in January. We will spend some time in Bangkok and the northern territory and would like to end up with a week of rest and water. We are looking for a fairly upmarket resort or b and b which has its own or is very close to a good dive centre. Ideally my husband would like to be able to snorkel right off the beach.

We also love hiking, exploring, and kayaking.

Night life is not important but nice restaurants would be a bonus.

Is Khao Lak for us? Where should we stay?

Any suggestions welcome. Thanks.

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1. Re: A week to dive snorkel and chill. Where?

Hi,

Khao Lak is a great place for a rest and to chill out. A good upmarket resort is the Hotel Le Meridien on Pak Weep Beach it also has a dive center here Sea Bees www.sea-bees.com . The best snorkeling is to be found at Surin islands and the Similan Islands i have never found the snorkeling in Khao Lak to be that good. From here you would be able to go hiking as there are some lovely nearby waterfalls ect exploring and Kayaking as the Le Meridien let you use kayaks for free also you can use their mountain bikes as well .There are not a lot of restaurants in this area but the ones that are are some of the best that KL has to offer the Rim Lay 2 minutes walk along the beach and the famous Boatyard rest 25 minutes walk on the beach. The LM has a choice of 6 restaurants and there are also some on the highway outside the entrance and the hotel operates a shuttle into Khao Lak town 15 minutes away.You will also find a further 3 restaurants on White Sand Beach 10 minutes walkl.Hre are my recent photos of the Le meridien

www.photobox.co.uk/albums/104309164

Julie

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2. Re: A week to dive snorkel and chill. Where?

An experienced diver or snorkeller would be disappointed with the limited opportunities offered along Khao Lak's beaches. The off shore reef was sestroyed by the Tsunami and efforts have been made to stimulate a new one but, as you would appreciate, it takes time. You can also take local longtail boat trips to an island near Tab Lamu where coral is now reappearing with accompanying marine life.

However, with two World Class dive/snorkel sites only an hour away by speedboat, anything from the beach pales in comparison.

If you do want some snorkelling close to where you are staying, have a look at the Ramada or La Flora on Bang Niang Beach or the Nang Thong Bay Resort on Nang Thong Beach.

There are many dive centres throughout Khao Lak, which owe their origin to Khao Lak being the base for these incredible dive sites.

Have a look at the latest Khao Lak maps at http://www.khaolakmap.com/ and resort information and dive centres at http://www.khaolaklovers.com/

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3. Re: A week to dive snorkel and chill. Where?

We are open to any suggestions. Where should we base ourselves? What island would you recommend? It does not have to be Kao Lak, I had just heard it might suit us.

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4. Re: A week to dive snorkel and chill. Where?

I think you need to decide if snorkelling direct from the beach is a "must" or if having access to World Class diving/sites whilst enjoying the other attractions of Khao Lak would suit. Of the Similans and the Surins, the latter is acknowledged as being better for serious divers/snorkellers. The Similans being nearer to Phuket attract many more visitors from both Khao Lak and Phuket whereas there are only a couple of operators who go to the Surins, although many tour agencies offer the tour.

You can of course go on liveaboards to both islands, so you and your husband can both enjoy diving and snorkelling.

This German site will give you links to local Dive Centres, most of which have an English version, which feature both islands and other dive areas:

mykhaolak.de/dive-center/khao-lak-dive-cente…

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5. Re: A week to dive snorkel and chill. Where?

You also might like to consider Krabi. You can fly direct into Krabi from either Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok.

Excellent dive sites and shops, and fantastic snorkeling trips either via longtail boats or speedboats.

We have pics, maps and stories here... www.bobandjanette.com of out trips which always include plenty of 'on water' time.

Happy & safe travels

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6. Re: A week to dive snorkel and chill. Where?

Hi,

I can also agree with BobnJanette with the options open to you from Krabi. Krabi has some beautifull offshore Islands only 25 minutes by longtail and here you can snorkel from the beach if you wish and plenty of diving options also.Krabi is also excellent for hiking,exploring, and kayaking especilly around the mangroves its beautifull. You also have the lovely Thanbok Khorannee National Park nearby. Here are some photos taken around the Krabi area and Offshore islands that i went to for snorkeling.

www.photobox.co.uk/albums/103923867

Julie

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7. Re: A week to dive snorkel and chill. Where?

Sorry to deisagree with my two esteemed previous posters but personally I think Khao Lak is a better destination these days than Krabli which on my recent return visits I have found disappointing in terms of poorer (a relative term) beaches and more commercialism.

Mind you I would say that wouldn't I given this is the Khao Lak Forum and it needs all the support it can get. :)

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8. Re: A week to dive snorkel and chill. Where?

Thanks for all the advice.Looks like Krabi might have more options but will look into it. So exciting planning holidays!

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