I have been tasked with sorting out my in laws 50th wedding anniversary trip (just turning 70). the will be joining us for two weeks in March (Bangkok, Beach and Angkor). Whilst owe have been to Thailand many times in the past, this is the first time visiting the Andaman coast for many years. The least time in Khao Lak was pre tsunami. Clearly things have changed a lot.
I could really do with some help from people who have recent experience. I have been focusing on Khao Lak as, in addition to being easy to get to, it seems to strike the right balance of being reasonable laid back but still with a decent selection of restaurants/bars but with none of the excesses associated with some other beach resorts. I am however open to other locations.
Budget is <$75 per night - double room, ac, ensuite. Quiet rather than on a main drag. we will have a car from the duration and that may expand the range of accommodation options.
Any suggestions for places to stay (to avoid) would be much appreciated.
we need to keep them occupied for their time on the beach so any excursions suggestions would be great. Phang na Bay, Khao Sok NP etc. are on the list.
Many thanks in advance