I will be in Hua Hin end of June and was wondering best way to get to Phuket.
If you want a more luxury travel then a large sedan / station wagon will drive you in comfort from Hua hin to Phuket straight to your destination hotel/resort for about B 6,000 ( USD 150 ) for the whole car, journey takes about 7.5 to 8 hours including a couple of stops on the way.
Monica. Thamk you for the reply. I assume the bus is over night and can be booked locally on arrival? Can you also advise if this is a scenic trip, worth doing? If we wanted to stop half way overnight is there some where you could recommend ? The alternative seems to be to travel back to Bangkok and then fly to Phucket as the airport seems to be closed in Hua Hin - is this correct?
Hua hin Airport is open, there are 4 flights a day to bangkok with SGA Aero but it's not realy worth it as the Limo only takes about 2hrs 30 from airport to Hua Hin.
The buses are overnight, they leave around 9 pm or 10 pm from the Clocktower and arrive into Phuket Town around 5 am, from there you take a taxi to your destination. I would say use the bus if you are on a budget but the drive direct is quiet pleasant, it is a dual highway all the way for the first 4 hours and then it turns into a normal road which winds it's way around Phang Nga and across onto Phuket. You can stop at service areas along the way, local plus KFC etc if you wish.
Another alternative and one that is very well worth thinking about is to overnight on the way, you can get a local taxi/car to drive you from Hua hin to Bang saphan ( about 2 and a half hrs ) or to Chumphon ( about 3 hrs 15 mins ) and relax on the beach and then get a car from there to Phuket next day. In Bang Saphan there are several nice beach hotels, not over-run with tourists and they are off the beaten track but at the same time you won't be the only ones as many people visit these beach areas, but don't expect tourist type shopping / restaurants.
The Chumphon Cabana is very nice for an overnight stop. if you are interested in that idea I can give you specifi ideas of where to stay, in Chumphon the Cabana is certainly the best, rates go from B 1,100 ( about US$ 27 ) to B 1,550 ( US$ 38.50 ) for 2 including services, taxes and breakfast, that top rpice is for an air conditioned bungalow, lower price is standard room in their main block. It has over 100 rooms so it's no small place!
The total car costs would probably work out higher, perhaps B 2,000 to Bang Saphan, perhaps B 3,000 to Chumphon, then perhaps B 4,000 from either of those to Phuket.
Another option to keep cost down and depending how adventurous you want to be would be to take a train from Hua Hin along the coast to either Bang Saphan or Chumphon ( hotel for a small fare would pick you up )
If you look on beachsiam you can get an idea of places to stop south of Hua hin and get ideas of what the coast is like ( www.beachsiam.com/sunrise_coast.html ), spending a night along the coast I think you would enjoy and adds to the vacation 'experience' yet in comfort and with ease.
Just to remind you that the weather in June is fine on the Gulf side but I pressume you know that in the Phuket area June is in the rainy season. But then again you get some real bargains in Phuket at that time.
Thanks again. We did not realise that it might be a little wet in Phuket. Are looking for a relaxing beach location for 10 days (after Bangkok & Hua Hin). On Gulf side any recommendations on mainland or maybe Koh Chang or Koh Sumai. Not backpacking and looking for good quiet hotel.
Well if you are doing Hua Hin would make sense to head down to Samui, it's 4 hours by road, well say 5 to get right to the ferry and then the boat across, that would be the easiest, what price range are you thinking of. To get to Koh Chang you have to fo thruough the south of Bangkok and then head south east again, but on Koh Chang there are some great places, on Samui too. As June is quiet in most areas it is one of the few times of the year when you really could decide once in Hua Hin, regardless of budget you will find accommodation and if the weather looks nice around krabi/Phuket then head off there, if not then Samui, but May and June are about 'the' quietest months of the year so leaving that final destination would not be a worry on accommodation.
Okay, that sound very good advice. It looks like Samui would be best then as I can fly back from here to Bangkok (and then UK). On Samui some where on / near beach, quite location ( not concerned about night life). Fleixable budget up to 10,000 THB per night. Is it best to be in North of island. Thanks for the help you are a star.