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Suggestions please for a destination similar to Khao Lak

Glastonbury, United...
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Suggestions please for a destination similar to Khao Lak

We stayed in Khao Lak this year for the first time and really liked it. However we were not too keen on the sun lounger situation having to be on the hotel premises and now I've been reading that the beach restaurants have been demolished. The beach restaurants for me were what made the holiday so enjoyable. We have also previously stayed in Koh Samui, south end of Chaweng which we also enjoyed.

Next February we are looking for a 3 week stay, split between 2 locations that have a contrast and we are looking for suggestions other than Khao Lak.

A great beach suitable for long walks is high on the list.

A good quality hotel with nice rooms.

A selection of bars and restaurants within walking distance, but nothing too rowdy.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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1. Re: Suggestions please for a destination similar to Khao Lak

If you find any please let the forum know! Khao Lak is far from unique in having its beach restaurants removed, indeed they have lasted longer than those on Phuket which were the first to be the object of the Military junta's enforcement of the illegal operation of commercial activities on public l;and, especially beach. Other areas such as Pattaya and Koh Samui and, I think, on the West Coast such as Koh Lanta have faced similar action to one degree or another. Krabi doesn't have the same sort of attraction in relation to beachfront restaurants but is still a popular destination as indeed is Koh Lanta. February is less certain for weather in February on the East Coast but there are some lovely less commercialised destinations like Khanom, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ban Krut and Ban Saphan which are further down the East Coast from Hua Hin and Cha Am which are worth considering.

Worcestershire...
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2. Re: Suggestions please for a destination similar to Khao Lak

An alternative venue which has many of the things you're looking for is South Goa and not quite so far to fly. It seems that the beach chair issue is widespread in Thailand.

Edited: 09 July 2016, 18:52
Poulton Le Fylde...
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3. Re: Suggestions please for a destination similar to Khao Lak

Sorry, I assumed the OP was asking about destinations in Thailand not world wide. :-)

Perhaps she could clarify this?

Manchester, United...
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4. Re: Suggestions please for a destination similar to Khao Lak

South Goa has long beaches and no restriction on sunbeds but that's where the similarity ends. Both different experiences. I quite like the beaches being devoid of sunbeds but realise I am probably in the minority. It's certainly not a reason to start contemplating other destinations I don't think.

We found Ko Chang and Ko Lanta ( great beaches) to be very beautiful destinations and on a par with Khao Lak. I also enjoyed Hua Hin , in fact i haven't visited anywhere in Thailand that I didn't enjoy.

Glastonbury, United...
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5. Re: Suggestions please for a destination similar to Khao Lak

Thankyou for your replies and I will be doing further research. Arandora I would also consider destinations outside of Thailand and I am keen to research further into Langkawi for example, however I realise this is not the best forum to do this!

Sydney Australia
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6. Re: Suggestions please for a destination similar to Khao Lak

The closest we have found to the laid back relaxed Khao Lak atmosphere is Ko Lanta

Nakhon Si...
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7. Re: Suggestions please for a destination similar to Khao Lak

You will find one or two pockets within the Khao Lak area which have, so far, been less affected by the onslaught of 'greater Phuketism'. If, however, you wish to find somewhere like Khao Lak, but before TripAdvisor, then your question is self-defeating.

Glastonbury, United...
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8. Re: Suggestions please for a destination similar to Khao Lak

Thanks you so much for all of your replies. I need to do more research before I decide where our next hiliday in February will be.

Nakhon Si...
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9. Re: Suggestions please for a destination similar to Khao Lak

One time, I just got a map and picked an area which appeared to have the features I was looking for. Then I researched the towns and made contact with organisations through websites and referrals. It worked for me and I found a place like Thailand used to be, my second second home.

Edited: 15 July 2016, 12:14
Poulton Le Fylde...
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10. Re: Suggestions please for a destination similar to Khao Lak

Care to share? That's what TA is supposed to be for.

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