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....