Ian Forbes;391912 said:Krabi and Phuket are good destinations with lots to see and do. I once had a time share in Jomptien (Pattaya) and would use it as an exchange to Phuket for a week. A lady friend of mine in Phuket had a car and when my week was up in Phuket we drove drove over to Krabi and Ao Nang where we rented a place there for a week. We rented a boat for a few days and visited a bunch of islands in the area. It was one of my nicer holidays.
Briankuhio;392199 said:Some other suggestions:
The west coast of Koh Phangan on a week when there is no full moon party is easily accessible by scooter and basically deserted. Lots of beaches with nobody on them, clear water, good snorkeling, and variety. Plenty of cheap resorts along that route too if you are looking for a quiet beach only destination.
The little island (sort of tourist trap) Koh Nangyuan about 1km (or less) off of Koh Tao is actually the best snorkeling I had ever in Thailand. It is a bit of a tourist trap, but for good reason. Worth a day trip on the fast ferry.
If Patong is a must. Tri Trang is my favorite by far. Less so since they put up that fucking fence, used to be great when you could pull up the motorbike under the trees and part right behind your spot. You get shade from the trees. Used to be very few people. You do have to plan a bit around the tides as the reef strait out from the beach is very shallow during a low tide. But given its proximity to Patong, its actually amazing compared to the other options. Recommend taking a kayak off the beach out to the longtail moorings, tie up and snorkel in 7m-10m water there. Will be headed there a few times in the next few weeks for sure, will report on conditions as I have not been there for 3 years.
I'd be iffy of a place that gets big day trip visitorsFuck it, Koh Larn it is. Looks fantastic.
A couple of nights in Patts, week on Koh Larn and a back to Patts for a couple more days in May.
I did my research. The Pattaya facing east coast is where the cluster fuck is. Interior and west side is brilliant and the water is amazing.I'd be iffy of a place that gets big day trip visitors
If you were down that way
I'd suck it up and do the 5 hour taxi ride/bus to Koh Chang
I heard It's great with amazing islands off of it
And I believe there are bar girls down there
If BG's doesn't matter to you, but you want to stay more close to Pattaya
Go to Koh Samed
Besides Phi Phi it's the most beautiful water I've seen in Thailand
Looks good, enjoyI did my research. The Pattaya facing east coast is where the cluster fuck is. Interior and west side is brilliant and the water is amazing.
I've just rented a cabin in the woods. Looks good, and still only a two minute scoot to the beach.
Check it out. Starts at 3:15 in this vid