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khao lak or phuket

Barcelona
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khao lak or phuket

We are planning a trip to Thailand in August with our 7 year old child and are debating between Phuket and Khao Lak. Any suggestions or comments?

Poulton Le Fylde...
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1. Re: khao lak or phuket

Depends what type of holiday you are looking for and what type of resort. An idea of your budget would also help with recommendations. August is Wet Season in both Phuket and Khao Lak but Phuket is perhaps busier "out of season" but is far more commercialised than Khao Lak which in my view has nicer beaches. Particularly with a young child you should be aware that swimming in the ocean can be very hazardous in both locations at that time of year so a resort with good pool and children's facilities, such as the Le Meridien, J W Marriott, Merlin, Emerald or Laguna in Khao Lak is worth considering.

Barcelona
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2. Re: khao lak or phuket

Thank you, we are considering the Le Meridien Khao Lak, what do you think? And in terms of excursions, I heard Similian are closed but we can still go to Phi Phi and Racha Islands? Any other tour recommendations?

Cape Panwa, Thailand
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3. Re: khao lak or phuket

Hi,

The Le Meridien is an amazing hotel with fantastic facilities for children and swimming pools with a lazy river into kids pool in the family wing and also a fully organised kids club. Phi Phi and Racha would be a long day from Khao Lak as a lot of the trips go from Chalong Pier or the Boat Marina at least 1.50 hours travel and in August would be weather dependent. Locals have told me that in the low season you can nearly always go to Racha as it is more protected Siam Bay is beautiful with shallow seas at Racha . Khao Sok National Park is a lovely day out with plenty to do and the green season is a lovely time to visit also Phangnga Bay is quite sheltered have a look at this link for some day trips

www.khaolaklanddiscovery.com/bookings.php

Julie

Edited: 18 April 2011, 19:46
Barcelona
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4. Re: khao lak or phuket

Would the weather be better in Koh Samui?

Poulton Le Fylde...
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5. Re: khao lak or phuket

August is perhaps best month for weather in Koh Samui but is also the most expensive and popular so you will need to book early.

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