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Shall we try Khao Lak?

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Shall we try Khao Lak?

Hello all, looking for a bit of advise. We love Koh Samui & have just returned from our 4th visit, staying in the quieter part of Chaweng this time. We are debating whether to try Khao Lak in May next year, we did Phuket a few years ago and didn't like that at all, too commercialised, much prefer Ko Samui, but would Khao Lak be too quiet for us?

If anyone has been to both, would be interested in your thoughts. We don't like to be too remote, like to be close to the beach, bars, restaurants, maybe a bit of live music, but don't want as busy as Phuket. Should we try it?

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1. Re: Shall we try Khao Lak?

Khao Lak in May is not the best time of year. The weather will be better at Ko Samui. But Ko Samui is far more commercialised compared to Khao Lak. So personally I will never recommend people going to Ko Samui as I don't like that island. But you liked Ko Samui, so if I was you I would choose Ko Samui because of the better weather.

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2. Re: Shall we try Khao Lak?

I have been to both and if you like those things listed above you would need to choose your resort well and make sure you pick one that is only a short walk to the main town area. You may feel it is too quiet otherwise. Like Koh Samui though it is easy to catch transport into town. I loved the quietness of Khao Lak. It is signifcantly quieter than Samui but that was its appeal to me. I have done all the Thailand shopping I will ever need to do and I am just after a lovely resort and a relaxing holiday. There are lost of restaurant options in the main town and most resorts out of town will have beach hut restaurants close by. I can't comment on night life though.

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3. Re: Shall we try Khao Lak?

DennisJ

Just as a matter of interest have you visited/stayed in Khao Lak in May or just going by the fact that it is the first month of the Wet Season?

Mary C

I know previous years are no guarantee of future years but it may surprise you and others when you look at previous years average weather statistics for Khao Lak at https:/…Thailand and Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, at https:/…Thailand that Koh Samui has actually had more rainfall on average in May than Khao Lak. So that in itself is not a definitive reason for choosing one above the other.

One key advantage Khao Lak in Low Season May will have overs Chaweng Noi on Koh Samui in High Season May is accommodation prices when those in Low Season are often about 50% of High Season. It will be quieter in Khao Lak, of course, than in High season but beach restaurants usually remain open as do most town based ones. We stayed in Chaweng Noi and enjoyed it for its quietness compared wit the much more commercialised main Chaweng Beach area. Khao Lak is more reminiscent of the former than the latter though it does have one McDonald's! LOL

Hope this helps.

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4. Re: Shall we try Khao Lak?

Alan I have lived in Thailand for 1 year, and yes I have been to Khao Lak in May, September, December. I told that there was a better chance of good weather in Ko Samui than Khao Lak.

I know that Khao Lak is your paradise on Earth, but you can't tell me that the weather will be better in Khao Lak compared to Ko Samui in May.

But if I had to choose between the 2 places I would prefer Khao Lak too. I just tried to help the OP.

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5. Re: Shall we try Khao Lak?

I am not saying it is better Dennis, what I am trying to do is add balance to the comments you made which seemed pretty categoric that weather would definitely be better on Samui in May than Khao Lak than records actually indicate. I was merely asking whether your views were based on actual experience rather than having been told by others. Having "lived" in our "paradise on Earth" for 10 years now including in the not so wet start of the Wet Season and having not enjoyed not so dry weather in the Dry Season in Samui, I know how variable the weather can be and that it just doesn't switch overnight between seasons. There is no guarantee of consistently good anywhere in most tourist destinations these days.

All we are both trying to do is clarify things to help the OP and others.:-)

Cheers

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6. Re: Shall we try Khao Lak?

Thanks for your responses. We may look at April, or we may just take a chance with May, as the costs are much lower for accommodation & it is my hubbies birthday 😀😀

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7. Re: Shall we try Khao Lak?

Accommodation prices tend to reduce from 15th April at some resorts. I believe the Manathai on Bang Sak Beaches has a great offer on from 1at April.

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8. Re: Shall we try Khao Lak?

I agree Alan, and as I have lived in Phuket I know that the last couple of years, the wet season has been very dry in Phuket, and also in Khao Lak.

Maybe because English is not my native language, you misunderstood me a little. I was just trying to say, that most likely Ko Samui will have the better weather compared to Khao Lak.

But even in wet season, it is often only showers, but also some sun.

And now I maybe offend people loving Ko Samui, but I really don't like that place, and me personally will prefer Khao Lak over Ko Samui. But the OP said that they like Ko Samui, and therefore I maybe assume that they will prefer Ko Samui in May.

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9. Re: Shall we try Khao Lak?

I understand. Perhaps we should keep quiet about our Paradise! ;-)

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10. Re: Shall we try Khao Lak?

Yeah keep quiet send everyone to patong !! Lol!

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