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Suitable for snorkelling and nature exploring?

Middelfart, Denmark
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Suitable for snorkelling and nature exploring?


I need help to choose destination!!!

We (a family of 2 adults and 2 children age 6 and 9) are off to our 2. trip to Thailand february 2014. We start with 14 days around Chiang Mai and thereafter 14 days in south. But where?

We love snorkeling, swimming, being in walking distance of small local shops and markets, eating delicious thai-food, meeting local people, trips into the "wilderness" (rainforest, waterfalls, caves, lakes etc), cooling off in a swimmingpool AND would like a family or connecting room.

We would like to find accomodation around 3-4000 Bht and prefer smaller hotels / B&B's.

Besides that it would be nice if the destination is easy to acces on our way down from chaing mai.

Any ideas? Is Khao Lak the place?

thank you, mrs. Lone.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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for Khao Lak, Khao Sok National Park
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1. Re: Suitable for snorkelling and nature exploring?


I'm sure Khao Lak will take most if not all of your boxes.

"We love snorkeling" - although there is no snorkelling direct from any of Khao Lak's 25km of glorious beaches because of the absence of any inshore reefs and the constant motion of the ocean, it is the principal centre for snorkel tours to the Similan Islands, Koh Tachai (the "Maldives of Thailand") and the Surin Islands.

" swimming" - from any of the beaches is generally safe in February which is one of the best months for weather in Khao Lak

"being in walking distance of small local shops and markets" - that depends in which area you stay. The two main townships full of restaurants, bars and shops are Bang La On (with its beach Nang Thong Beach) and Bang Niang, with accommodation mainly on or near Bang Niang Beach but with restaurants on or overlooking the beach and on the surrounding roads upto and on the highway which runs through Khao Lak. The 3 times a week busy market is located here too. Khao Lak Beach, the first you reach coming from Phuket has just a handful of resorts with local restaurants nearby. The other beaches are more secluded needing a taxi or shuttle into town but have beach restaurants nearby.

"eating delicious thai-food" - many mostly Thai restaurants but with a growing number serving international cuisine too. Please note there is only 1 McDonald's (some would say 1 too many!) and no other western commercial chain restaurants which for many is one of Khao Lak's strongest points.

" meeting local people" - of course

" trips into the "wilderness" (rainforest, waterfalls, caves, lakes etc)," - you are just one hour to the wonderful Khao Sok National Park and a bit further on to the awesome Cheow Lan Lake (have a look at Khao Sok Forum) and in the other direction just over an hour to the equally awesome Phang Nga Bay

"cooling off in a swimmingpool AND would like a family or connecting room" - a variety of accommodation in Khao Lak to suit all tastes and budgets.

See www.seadragondivecenter.com/accommodation.htm for a comprehensive list of accommodation throughout Khao Lak

See this map to locate it phuketindex.com/images/map/00457-map.gif

... and specifically look at Cousin Resort and Ayara Villas in Bang Niang, and Nang Thong Bay Resort on Nang Thong Beach for accommodation with pools and connecting rooms at your budget level.

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