6 Questions to Consider When Visiting a Thai Island


  1. This is a great checklist! I’m planning on going to Thailand next winter and the amount of options is overwhelming. If you don’t have a post about this already (I couldn’t seem to find one) you should definitely do a post on your favorite islands and what kind of people they’d be good for. I did a similar one last week on the best “off the beaten path” places in China, where I’ve lived for a while. I’d love to hear what you have to say!

  2. Shane says:

    Thanks for this and all the great articles – well done!

    I got a crazy flight deal so will be visiting Thailand for the last 2 weeks of June. Chiang Mai is the most intriguing spot I’ve read about. I arrive/depart in Hong Kong and also want to visit Angkor Wat. I know it may be too much, but visiting Thailand for the first time and not hitting a beach seems almost criminal. Any suggestions?

    I’m trying to keep costs reasonable. I will be in and out of Bangkok with flight connections. I’m looking for something more chill/less touristy so most of the drive time beaches near Bangkok don’t appear to fit. I’m travelling solo, so I don’t want pristine beauty, yet be completely isolated. Is there anything that might fit the bill? Or forget about it?

    I imagine 3 days in Siem Reap and 2 in Hong Kong, leaving 10 days for Chiang Mai/Bangkok/beach. While Bangkok is a must, I don’t think I need to spend much time there, so it comes down to squeezing a beach in, or spend a week exploring Chiang Mai. Thanks for your insights!

  3. This is so helpful! I’m planning my first trip to South East Asia for early 2015 and it’s great to know there are decent reccomendations while I’m settling into new towns and cities. I am slightly worried that the time of year will affect the price as I’ve discovered January – March is the high season? I’d love to hear of any cheap options you’ve come across during high season too! especially for getting away from big crowds

    • Alana Morgan says:

      It depends on where you go, but in Thailand the busiest part of the high season is November-January. You can often negotiate cheaper prices for rooms if you’re staying longer or keep an eye on deals and promotions like from Agoda.com!

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