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Should we combine Khao Lak with Krabi?and some other qs...

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Should we combine Khao Lak with Krabi?and some other qs...

Hours on the computer and a few LPs later, I'm still as confused as ever. Our current thinking is we have 13 nights to spend in Thailand in November. 2-3 will be spent at the end in Bangkok I suspect, so we will have 10-11 to go further afield. Khao Lak seems to be pulling us, based on quite a few TA reviews saying how lovely it is, along with a definite trip to Koh Kho Khao. What I'm wondering is how long we should be there for? I'm thinking maybe 6 nights there, followed by perhaps 4 in Krabi.

A few questions as to what we might do: Are there cooking classes in Khao Lak for instance? Not ones in fancy hotels but preferably real hands on stuff. And can anyone recommend how to do a trip to Khao Sok NP? I've already looked at Paddleasia and while it looks perfect, the trips are 3-4 days long and also really pricey. I'm trying to work out if it's worth us doing it on our own or with a guide/tour group as we won't have a clue what birds we're spotting. Maybe an overnighter would be different.

We do like a few days chilling by the pool/beach but like to have some other things to do too. We don't dive, but would like to snorkel so that would be a day or 2 taken up. I guess I'm also trying to find something quite different that your regular tourist doesn't see or do. Something that makes us feel as if we've experienced something really quite special so it feels like we aren't having just a repeat of last year's holiday. Does that make sense?

And final question, should I just stay longer in Khao Lak and not go to Krabi? Would I be missing out on much? And would there be enough to fill our time in Khao Lak? And how easy is it to get from Phuket airport to Khao Lak?

Sorry, lots of questions being fired out as my mind goes into overdrive. Welcome any comments....

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1. Re: Should we combine Khao Lak with Krabi?and some other qs...

Hi,

First of all Cookery classes. There are 2 that I'm aware of. Firstly at O'Connor's Irish Pub - that should be good, A Scot taking Thai cooking lessons in an Irish Pub! LOL

Have a look at

irishpub-khaolak.com/Cookery%20Course/cooker…

Then there are lessons at the Suwan Palm Resort. Have a look at this link to details on a German Forum

www.mykhaolak.de/forum/thread.php…

For Khao Sok NP have a look at Khao Lak Land Discovery at http://www.khaolaklanddiscovery.com/

and there is also ECO Khao Lak Adventure Email kwaneco@gmail.com

I think a guide is necessary to make best use of your time and gain expert knowledge.

Olaf Schomber is a local English speaking guide. See

http://www.khaolakguide.de/khaolak1.htm

For more flexibility you could hire a car either from Phuket Airport or in Khao Lak or in Krabi. Car hire rates are great, roads in the area are good and they drive on the same side of the road as us! Phuket Airport to Khao Lak is easy, virtually a straight road and takes a comfortable and scenic hour. Krabi about 2 - 21/2 hours from the Airport. Krabi from Khao Lak about 3 1/2 hours. Taxi from Phuket Airport to Khao Lak is about 1500 baht each way.

A good trip from Khao Lak is Phang Nga Bay and, in particular the John Grey Hongs by Starlight Tour (though this goes from Phuket) - plenty of info on this on the Phuket forum.

I'm a committed Khao Lak lover and would spend the 11 days there (we are returning for 2 in March!) especially if you wanted to do something completely different and do one of the 2 or 3 overnight tours to Khao Sok NP.

Hope this helps.

Alan

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2. Re: Should we combine Khao Lak with Krabi?and some other qs...

I highly recommend Limestone Lake Tours for trips to Khao Sok. We did 3 nights there in December and it was the highlight of our whole 6 weeks in Thailand. You cannot miss it. There is a package called Jungle Magic which is 2 nights (we ended up adding an extra night) which is fantastic...

Have a look at my blog here:

travelblog.org/Asia/…blog-112328.html

Dont let the snake story freak you out... we had the best time... there are photos of the accommodation and also a tip : if you stay at Arts make sure you request Treehouse C.... it was gorgeous! You get to see the wild monkeys come down to the river while sitting in their restaurant near sunset... a magical time

When I was pricing everything (and I was on a strict budget) I found that it was just as cheap to get Kris from LL Tours than do it myself. From memory it cost me 9900 baht for 2 people for 3 nights, all meals, transport and activities...

If you have any questions dont hesitate to ask

Reet xxx

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We have just booked our trip to Thailand for this November visiting Khao Lak, Phuket and ending up in Bangkok. We have worked the schedule to be in Bangkok on November 24th as this is the Loy Kratong Festival and from all accounts worth seeing. We also try to make sure we are in Bangkok at the weekend so we can go to Chatuchuk Market.

Good luck planning your Holiday

Pete

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4. Re: Should we combine Khao Lak with Krabi?and some other qs...

Thanks for all that advice. Alan, I'm curious, how did you spend your 11 days in Khao Lak? And do you have any comments on what it's like to Krabi? Do yuo think we should do both or just the one? Also, have you ever done a trip to Khao Sok yourself?

Emjay - I had already read your blog and yes, the snake did scare me, as did the spider in your jumper. I'm not too sure I'd like to swim in a lake with snakes about. And the dodgy route to the loo was a bit off putting too. What happens in the midde of the night if you just have to go? Was it a private tour that you did through Limestone and was your guide able to tell you about the wildlife there? Do you also get to do much canoeing yourself?

Sorry, I'm inundating you both with loads more questions.

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Hi Pete, we're hoping to leave on the 10th November for 2 weeks. Can I ask, when did yuo book your flights and who are you flying with? I was hopig to get a BA flight but it's about £700 from Edinburgh, last year we booked in Jan for November and it was only £535 so we're trying to hold off and see if anything better comes up. I'm desperate to book now of course just to know for definite our dates and so Alan can't back out!

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Hi Artemis,

We actually stayed last April may for 19 days. Originally booked for 15 but likede it so much added another 4 on while were there. We are going for 21 in March - never felt inclined to do a repeat before as things are generally never the same second time around. But Khao Lak had such a profound effect on us both (and that's not being mawkish about the Tsunami, albeit you can't but admire the Thais for the way in which this community that was so devastated by that cruel event is regenerating itself.

I have to say we are pretty easily pleased and the simplicity of just lazing on a fabulous beach and just getting up and wandering along it's deserted stretches proves irresistible to us. That and enjoying the understated commercialism in Khao Lak. It was very quiet at night last April/May. That's why we are going a bit earlier. There are great local restaurants and bars with some very good live music.

However, having a car for entire stay will give us the flexibility to get about more, particularly during the day and, in a belated answer to one of your questions get up to Khao Sok National Park ourselves (didn't manage it last time) but to have a guided tour when we get there. We also intend to spend a day on Kho Khao Island (see report and pics at http://khaolaklovers.com/update3.html) which is just North of Le Meridien.

We also intend to drive down and revisit Krabi (stayed there in 1999) for a full day. We enjoyed Krabi but prefer Khao Lak. Quite similar in many ways and both worth visiting. Krabi has the more spectacular skyline with the limestone formations both on land and, especially, in the sea.

As for fares (I know you asked Pete but I'll chip in with how we booked ours). After extensive browsing and tracking prices for weeks, probably months, I searched on www.kelkoo.co.uk on their Flights link, which goes through many flight providers, and eventually booked with Qatar Airways from Manchester with LastMinute.com. Our flights cost £450 each (inc taxes etc.) I've booked internal flights Bangkok/Phuket with Nok Air (further £100 total return in Nok Plus) (now it seems we'll have to go to the old airport for these - but that's another story, see Thailand Forum) .

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7. Re: Should we combine Khao Lak with Krabi?and some other qs...

Hi Alan,

Thanks for all that info, you've certainly given me a lot to think about. I think the plan now is to wait until we book our main flights and by then I will have researched until I'm blue in the face and we'll know where we're heading. By then you'll probably be back from your trip so hopefully you can tell me if you managed a trip to Khao Sok and how it was. I've managed to find a great price with a flight from Newcastle so we're debating whether we want the hassle of driving there. it's about £100 cheaper each than flying fron Glasgow and a heck of a lot cheaper than any flight from Edinburgh at the moment.

The way my work is going at the moment, I may well just want to chill on the beach all the time anyway!

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Hi Artemis 1

Sorry for delay in getting back to you ( been to Lisbon on Business)

We have booked a package through Premier holidays. Could probably have saved a bit booking flights and accomodation transfers seperately but prefer an all in in case of problems. We fly Thai as they have the best leg room and we like service, but means to get a connecting flight we have to fly from Durham Tees Valley (Teeside)

for a BMI flight as they are part of Star Alliance. Last year as our domestic flight was first thing in the morning we booked a Park and stay package at the airport for an extra £1.50 B&B over park only price. Worth checking out if you fly from Newcastle.

Good luck its worth it in the end

Pete

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Hi Pete, thanks for that. I'll have a look at the Premier brochures and see how it all compares. I used them once about 10 years ago and they were great. No hassles with figuring how to get from one palce to the next.

My work is a bit crazy at the moment so no time to sit and think things through but my partner reckons we shouldn't let the Emirates flight from Newcastle slip through our fingers at that price so I'm hoping in the next week or so I'll get my time off approved and we'll book up. So exciting!

I'll check out the car parking /hotel situation too but I think the flight is a 1pm so it should be time enough.

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10. Re: Should we combine Khao Lak with Krabi?and some other qs...

Just a thought!

Have also used Travel Counsellors when we wanted a multi centre trip tailor made. They will work round you and save you a lot of time.

www.travelcounsellors.co.uk for information.

Pete

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