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Xmas and nye in khao lak

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Xmas and nye in khao lak

Please help, I have never been to Thailand before but am looking to book a holiday for Xmas and new year. I want to fly into Bangkok and spend a few days there just before Xmas then fly down to a relaxed beautiful beach for Xmas and NY. I heard mixed reviews on where to go and I have come across khao lak, my question is how unspoilt is it?! I want to experience thai food from street vendors and not overcrowding from package holiday-ers! Can advise if khao lak would be my best option, and if not where would u advise?! Thanks in advance!!

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1. Re: Xmas and nye in khao lak

hi,i am sure Arandora will fill you in with the info you want,but ,i can tell you this,next year is 10th aniversary of the tsunami,i know i have bookings already for xmas,and i know of 1 hotel that is fully booked already,apparently,Lah hon.so i suggest booking early.you will enjoy khao lakfor sure.

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2. Re: Xmas and nye in khao lak

How unspoilt is Khao Lak? That depends on what you regard as spoilt. Compared to the more well known destinations of Patong, Karon and to some extent even Kata, on Phuket, Ao Nang in Krabi and Chaweng on Koh Samui (and it's wrong time of year for there anyway) it has not been spoilt by western commercialism. There is 1 McDonald's only but even that closes at 10 pm! Khao Lak was the fastest growing tourist destination in Southern Thailand when it was the area most affected by loss of life and destruction of property in Thailand by the 2004 Tsunami. It has recovered magnificently since then and is currently developing rapidly once again but so far although attracting a great deal of inward investment it is building on what its main attractions are.

These are mainly its 25km of glorious beaches, pictures of which from late last November to date you can see at tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k… and its proximity to Things to Do and Places to See in and around Khao Lak which you can look at in this link tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k…

It has accommodation to suit all budgets according to their preferred location and over 150 restaurants, mainly Thai but with a growing number of other cuisines (Regional Thai, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Indian, German, Swedish) to suit all tastes.

We spend 5 months here and New Year is our favourite time, that is the one on 1st January as there are also Chinese and Thai New Years celebrated too.

However, Xmas and New Year is Peak Season and very popular every year but as Andy says, the next Festive Season will be even more popular because it marks the 10th Anniversary of the Tsunami and there are preparations already being made for the Special Ceremony on 26th December at the Police Boat Memorial Site in Bang Niang.

So early booking of lights and accommodation is strongly recommended. If you are attracted to Khao Lak by the pics and what you read in the Top Questions on the right, please give an idea of your budget for accommodation, the standard you would prefer and its location (beach, near beach, near restaurants etc) to enable some suggestions to be made.

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3. Re: Xmas and nye in khao lak

Thanks...Lovely pictures! We want to be on the beach but still near resturants (within walking distance), whats the best beach for resturants and not completely out of the way but also not overly crowded - sorry sound really picky dont I? We would prefer not to be sounded by loads of families and children. Once i have narrowed it down to an area i can have alook at the hotels and that will decide my budget as flight prices are quite pricey for this time of year. would you recommend any travel companies or to book flights and hotels seperately?

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4. Re: Xmas and nye in khao lak

Bang La On is the main township with its beach Nang Thong Beach just down the road from the centre and greatest number of restaurants, bars and shops. Bang Niang with its beach of the same name is the next largest with a more diverse range of cuisines and later night cocktail bars and three afternoons a week big market and is just 10 minutes up the road.

See this comprehensive list of accommodation in the various location in Khao Lak at www.seadragondivecenter.com/accommodation.htm

and maps of the various areas at tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k…

You can try Trailfinders or Travelbag to help make an itinerary and get quotes for it and compare that with DIY looking for flights on Skyscanner.net (but book direct with airlines) or NetFlights.com or Expedia.com and accommodation. In the first instance look at all Khao Lak properies for your dates on Booking.com and compare to such as Expedia, Asiarooms.com, asiahotels.com, hotelscombined.com, hotels2thailand.com.

Then come back with any questions on any you fancy.

Southampton
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5. Re: Xmas and nye in khao lak

Okay narrowed it down to kantary beach or la flora?! Which one would get your vote?! Thanks

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6. Re: Xmas and nye in khao lak

Kantary Beach is Adult Only, not Thai style, located on lovely but secluded Pak Weeb Beach with just a handful of beach restaurants nearby and no shops. 20/25 minutes shuttle or taxi in Bang Niang/Bang La On respectively.

La Flora, Thai style on best and widest part of Bang Niang Beach with beach restaurants and bars either side and more on nearby roads. See map at walagata.com/w/…Bang_Niang_October_2013.jpg This is the place to be for the New Year's Eve Celebrations on the beach.

Have you taken into account whether either or both charge Compulsory Gala Dinner on either or both Xmas or New Year? If these are chargeable you have to pay whether you go or not!

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7. Re: Xmas and nye in khao lak

Excellent that makes my decision. La flora it is, let the countdown begin!

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