Leaving Bangkok after the new year (13th April)
Super cheap to buy a flight from bangkok to Krabi, around £15pp (on skyskanner 02/01/2016). Buses take 11 hours and cost around £15pp also.
Things to do:
Khao Khanap Nam:
Buses from bangkok to Phang Nga:
Phang Nga Province:
Romantic island: Ko Ngai, http://nemoguides.com/thailand/ko-ngai/
Koh Bulon Lae:
Far to the south, near the Malaysian border, lies gorgeous Koh Bulon Lae. Tiny, without roads, it takes 15 minutes to walk across. Each morning a local lady crosses the island with her basket of freshly baked cakes for travellers to buy. All the beaches are friendly and understated. Stay with the charming chao lay (sea gypsy) people or in one of the basic but comfy bamboo huts by the beachside school, spending days listening to the music from the classrooms and watching kids play petanque with their teachers. Relax at the hilltop bar with a cold beer, enjoying the sundown sounds of insects and toads. A beautifully diverse, enchantingly fascinating, supremely relaxed hidden gem. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/oct/01/thailand-islands-readers-koh-beaches
For a truly relaxing getaway, leave the crowds of Koh Samui and take a 30-minute ferry from Maenam or Bangrak pier over to Koh Phangan, off the east coast. Once there, head for Thong Nai Pan Yai beach on the north-east of the island. Along with its neighbouring cove, Thong Nai Pan Noi, these two secluded beaches provide a welcome cocoon with crystal clear waters and long stretches of golden sands. Having lived on Koh Samui for three years, this was our favourite place to visit for a relaxing weekend trip. The hotels are spread out among the palm trees, peaceful and mostly hidden from view. While Thong Nai Pan Yai caters for the B&B crowd, Thong Nai Pan Noi has a selection of more upmarket hotels if your budget can stretch a little further. Both are truly beautiful places. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/oct/01/thailand-islands-readers-koh-beaches
Koh Mak, by Cambodia, is about as far away from the beach parties on other islands as you can imagine. The simplicity of a Buddist way of life, breathtaking vistas, and fresh, locally cooked Thai cuisine abound. Stay at Seavana resort for simple, comfortable beach bungalows with a nice beachside swimming pool. Hire a bike from the resort and explore the island by pedal power. And for a real piece of undiscovered Thailand, hire a kayak and take the short paddle across to tiny Koh Kham.
A swim through a 70-metre long, 10-metre wide tunnel in the cliffs of the Trang sea on the beautiful island of Koh Mook might seem a little scary at first sight. But once you reach daylight on the other side you will be rewarded with the most stunning natural lagoon and a white sandy beach surrounded entirely by nature. There are also beautiful beaches, high cliffs and ancient Muslim communities to meet.
Morakot Cave: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Morakot+Cave&safe=off&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:%7Breferrer:source%7D&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi_qMmwjozKAhUETBQKHQxIDeQQ_AUIBygB&biw=1366&bih=643
For laid-back cool without the crowds head to this island off the south-west coast, which is much quieter than nearby Koh Phi Phi. The best seafood restaurants are near the arrival point at Saladan pier but be sure to explore the whole island to find deserted beaches, stunning scenery including rainforests, mangroves and waterfalls and, on the southern tip, the Mu Ko national park where you might see monkeys stealing ice-cream. There is a relaxed Scandi vibe, due in part to the high number of Swedish residents resulting in two Swedish schools on the island.
things to do and accommodation:
accommodation (loads of it):
relatively simple to get to from Krabi: http://www.kolanta.net/get-to-koh-lanta/
Koh Samui (eastern side):
Even on a world famous island like this one there are pockets of peace and quiet. Thongtakian beach is surrounded by a palm tree forest and fringed with lovely round rocks. The water is bath warm and my snorkelling gear was redundant, so clear was the water. Locals cook up dishes on the beach to eat in the day and the few resorts have nice restaurants. But it’s situated halfway between Lamai and Chaweng, so if sitting on your patio with a cold Singha, watching the fishing boats come in is too much relaxation, then you are only 10 minutes away from party town.
things to do: http://www.kohsamuipoint.com/attractions/
Koh Chang (near Cambodia):
Koh Chang is a largely undeveloped island on the east coast, close to the Cambodian border. The island is 85% national park, protecting its serene beauty intact, with gorgeous waterfalls and untouched hidden beaches in abundance.
Koh Phi Phi:
things to do: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g303908-Activities-Ko_Phi_Phi_Don_Krabi_Province.html
Koh Nang Yuan:
Railay Beach (west), Krabi
Phra Nang, Krabi
Thong Nai Pan koh phanan
andaman beach koh jum
Mai Khao, Phuket