i'm planning a trip to thailand for january 15-26 2014. i've done some research and have answered a lot of my own questions, but some require more opinion mixed with fact, which is where you come in!
bangkok and chiang mai are easy (for now), so most of my questions are about the beach towns. a friend recommended krabi over phuket since it's "less touristy," but i'm having trouble finding the right location/hotel there.
i'll be travelling with my husband. we are from nyc so we'd love a place to get away from it all and relax but we don't want to be too far from the action. if it's too quiet we go a little crazy. we are young (late 20s) and don't have children.
there are a lot of gorgeous hotels in ko lanta. they look like the type of resort we're looking for (mid-size resort on the beach) but i'm worried that they're too far from the action. and by action i mean at least a hint of nightlife or restaurants in walking distance or a short shuttle away. ao nang might be a little too nuts for us. we want to feel like we're secluded but don't want to take a plane, shuttle, tuk tuk, and boat to get to our room every time we want to leave (that's why i'm thinking phi phi or another island would be too secluded for us). but is ko lanta too far from everything? is there a part of it that's more lively than others? is it hard to do excursions from there?
unless there is a resort out there that has a lot to offer so you won't need to leave. a lot of restaurants, entertainment, etc. but is it a mistake to travel all the way to krabi to not leave the resort the whole time i'm there? (not counting water excursions, of course)
any help would be much appreciated! thanks in advance.