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Island holiday advice

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Sydney, Australia
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Island holiday advice

I'm planning to take my 70 yr old mum on a relaxing island holiday in Thailand. Are they any you'd recommend that are slightly awya from the backpacker route and perhaps with options for day tours etc.

She's never been to Thailand.


Ko Chang, Thailand
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1. Re: Island holiday advice

Depending on the time of year, Koh Chang might be an option, quiet and not yet overdeveloped. Or Koh Kood just for a week of beach life, very original still.

Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: Island holiday advice

Thanks for this :)

We're planning to go around mid to late August. Would that be in the middle of the rainy season?

Gold Coast
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for Ko Phangan, Ko Samui, Thailand
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reviews: 42
3. Re: Island holiday advice

Have a look at Hua Hin, much more relaxed than some of the other places, generally no backpackers and a slightly, on the whole, maturer crowd. Although it's not an island it has easy access to Bangkok, which is a plus. Lots of nice hotels, restaurants, markets, easy to walk around, some nice shopping and a fair amount of tours.

Bangkok, Thailand
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4. Re: Island holiday advice

I think the logistics of getting to Koh Chang for a 70 year old are a bit much. Hua Hin is a good suggestion, or there's always Phuket. Not a backpackers place as costs can be a bit high, but a huge amount of resort, hotel and tour options.

The time of year is important in relation to weather.


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for Thailand
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5. Re: Island holiday advice

August Gulf of Thailand area, mainland Hua Hin and then Koh Samui area.

If you tours you are more into cultural sights, temples, national parks and nature + beach then Hua Hin makes good sense.

You will not have the swaying palms tree tropical style of Koh Samui but most reasonable to good hotels are right on the beach and the place is far more 'Thai'.

Night markets, street stalls, Thai classic music and dance, over the water restaurants etc. You can cab or limo from Bangkok in 2.5 hrs. Also train, but that can take 3-4 hrs.

There are also cafes and plenty of bars etc when needed

The Sofitel is a true classic resort hotel, in town, but on the beach, think along the lines of Raffles Singapore at a beach :) - but cheaper :)

Edited: 11:44 pm, July 29, 2011
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