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Khao Lak or Krabi in mid-Dec for honeymoon?

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Khao Lak or Krabi in mid-Dec for honeymoon?

My future husband and I will be on the Andaman Sea side of Thailand in mid-December this year for 6 days. We are having a hard time deciding between making Khao Lak or Krabi our home-base from which to explore the area.

This part of our trip will be more about exploring and being active (and we are not partiers or drinkers). We hope to do snorkeling, sea kayaking, hiking, climbing, and cultural events -- with only a day or two on the beach. Given that, would Khao Lak or Krabi be better?

The fact that Khao Lak is close to the national parks, as well as Surin/Similian Islands makes it more appealing. Is there more to do in Khao Lak than in Krabi?

Lastly, are the Surin/Similian Islands worth visiting if we are not scuba divers? We'd still like to visit and maybe snorkel or kayak around that area.

Thank you in advance for your help and advice. I will be cross posting this in the Krabi forum also - so apologies if this is duplicative.

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1. Re: Khao Lak or Krabi in mid-Dec for honeymoon?

Hi travelhappy02,

From a Khao Lak perspective:

"We hope to do snorkeling, sea kayaking, hiking, climbing, and cultural events -- with only a day or two on the beach. Given that, would Khao Lak or Krabi be better? "

- snorkelling. You are best placed for day or overnight tours to the Similans, Koh Tachai (The Maldives of Thailand - see tripadvisor.co.uk/…30871062 ) or the Surin Islands

- sea kayaking. You are only just over an hour to Phang Nga Bay and an extended visit to the Monkey Temple, Wat Suwannakuha - see https:/…

- hiking. Just an hour north is the fabulous Khao Sok National Park for trekking and awesome Cheow Lan lake - see https:/…

- climbing. Can't compete with Krabi for this, except climbing out of your bed to view the better beaches - see tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k…

- cultural events. Lots of temples both in Khao Lak and Krabi. Walking Street in Takua Pa Old Town is a weekly local market on a Sunday afternoon that is well worth visiting - see tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k…

- only a day or two on the 25km of glorious beaches in Khao Lak.

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2. Re: Khao Lak or Krabi in mid-Dec for honeymoon?

Arandora, thank you so much for your reply! I think you convinced us to spend some time in Khao Lak over Krabi. We are very excited.

We are now also interested in spending a few days in Khao Sok+Cheow Lan Lake (your photos were amazing) - how do you recommend doing a transfer there? Is this something the hotel and resort in Khao Lak can help to arrange for us?

I see in the Khao Sok forums some recommendations for 3 tour operators there. Is sounds like they are all solid options?

Many thanks!

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3. Re: Khao Lak or Krabi in mid-Dec for honeymoon?

Oh - one more question. For all the excursions you recommended for Khao Lak, given that we will be there in mid-Dec, do we need to book everything in advanced? Or can we book when we arrive?

Many thanks!

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4. Re: Khao Lak or Krabi in mid-Dec for honeymoon?

Hi,

I'm sure you will enjoy that part of your honeymoon you spend in Khao Lak. For day tours I would firmly have in mind which you want to do but book them when you arrive. When you decide or finalise your short list post back here for advice on operators.

For Khao Sok/Cheow Lan in addition to the three operators suggested on the Khao Sok forum (Green Andaman Tours, Khao Sok Explorer and Limestone Lake Tours) you could also consider Boss of Cheaper than Hotel Taxis, who specialises in transfers to and from Phuket Airport and other destinations but also offers car + driver tours, including one to Khao Sok that come highly recommended by TA members. Contact him on cheaper_khaolak@ymail.com

You may also like a more personal tour with a local guide. If so contact Lora of Dior Travel on diorkhaolak@yahoo.co.th

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6. Re: Khao Lak or Krabi in mid-Dec for honeymoon?

Thank you Arandora and Ao_Nang_Stu.

I'll follow up on this thread when we have a better idea of what we want to do to get advise on tour operators.

I know we definitely want to do Khao Sok / Chieow Laan Lake. I put an inquiry to Green Andaman tours for their 3D/2N Khao Sok Jungle/Lake tour in mid-Dec. They quoted 12000THB per person. Is that pricing reasonable and competitive?

Thank you!

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7. Re: Khao Lak or Krabi in mid-Dec for honeymoon?

It very much depends on the standard of accommodation included, particularly in floating raft house sites on Cheow LAN, some of which are very primitive. Green Andaman use decent accommodation but I would ask them, and any others, to confirm the standard.

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