I'm going at the beginning of Jan which I know is peak season - so lots of people - and am beginning to wonder if Khao Lak is a good alternative? I'm not someone who wants lots of nightlife or shops, I'm more into wandering around, nature, beaches, diving... and I really don't want to surrounded by hordes of people! Still want to be somewhere where I can walk to restaurants, dive shops, etc, though and be able to organise days out.
Will it be as busy in Khao Lak at this time of year as Ao Nang?
I'm also wondering how to get to Khao Lak cheaply. I've read the FAQs - does anyone know of a shared minibus deal from Krabi airport? Was going to change my flights to Phuket but I'm flying with Tiger and the cost of changes equals buying a whole new ticket! I'm reluctant to pay for a private shuttle as I'm travelling alone and on a budget. I'll have 20K of bags with me so not keen on getting a public bus unless there's no other alternative!
Anyone with any advice?
Thanks in advance!