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    • Hotel Name?

      Phuket 23 hours ago

      Can someone help me in finding out the name of this hotel? All I know is that it's in Phuket. Thanks.

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    • Elephant trekking on Phuket?

      Phuket May 23, 2015 at 11:08 PM

      Hi guys. Is "Phuket Elephant Trails" a good choice to do Elephant trekking on Phuket?

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    • Phuket to Phang Nga to Railay

      Krabi May 20, 2015 at 9:30 PM

      Im in Phuket, I need to night stay at Phang Nga, have a photo shoot at James Bond Beach and then move to Railay. I just have 2 days to do that all. Please suggest about the transportation and Hotels.

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    • chumphon at $am

      Chumphon May 8, 2015 at 5:35 AM

      Hi we want to take the night train from Bangkok to Chumphon and then the early ferry to Koh Tao. The train arrives in Chumphon at 4am and ferry oly leaves at 7 am. what can one do in the mean time, are there still restaurants/bars open and which are recommendable?

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      Accommodation Please !

      Phuket May 31, 2015 at 11:53 AM

      Please can anyone give us some advice on where to stay in January 2016 were looking for a good clean and nice place Not to Expensive please thanks

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    • Planning a trip to Phuket

      Phuket May 28, 2015 at 2:10 AM

      Does anyone own a house they like to rent for a couple of weeks in Phuket? I am planning to visit between July 17th to August 10, 2015. Looking for a villa for husband and wife and two kids ages 12 and 14 years old. Prefer close to Patong by car 10-15 mins is doable. Anyone can recommend a car with a driver for the time period. Let me know. Regards/Happy

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      How to get to Samui from Phuket in One Piece

      Ko Samui May 26, 2015 at 10:47 AM

      Hello fellow VTers and thank you so much to Samui forum contributors davidjo, ossiecass, jamiesamui, erwinkoo, pfsmalo, popi (greekcypriot) whose answers to FAQs in the forum have been very helpful as I plan this holiday to South Thailand.

      I booked a night's bed at Phuket Airport Residence early June. I notice the Airport Shuttle Bus to HKT town starts at 9AM while the Lomprayah Bus to Surat Thani (with connection to Samui on its fast boat) leaves their Phuket town office at 10am.

      The best advise i gathered is to just head for Phuket Bus Terminal to have flexibility in travel arrangements.

      The last ferry boat to Samui leaves 6-7pm, from what I have gathered in the forum.

      Lomprayah quotes THB 1,300 for the HKT-SAMUI transfer, which I believe is not too bad. If HKT town is worth visiting, maybe I should be staying one night at least before heading for Samui? I manage 11 days.

      Or maybe I should take advantage of the free bicycles at the Phuket Airport Residence to visit the town and find Lomprayah by bike to book my ticket for the transfer to Samui?

      Any travel tips from those who have been there?

      Really appreciate VT's service and hope to find friends in this forum too.
      I will pay forward the travel tips I get by writing about this experience and contribute
      my two cents worth of tips after my travel.

      Mart (ulm168)

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    • Ferry & Speed boats

      Phuket May 21, 2015 at 1:21 AM

      How is the sea in the month of July? Is operation of ferry and speed boats remain normal or completely stopped?

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      Phuket to Samui

      Phuket May 23, 2015 at 8:42 AM

      Got 10 days in South Thailand. Booked a flight to Phuket for 2nd week of June. Any suggestions where
      I should spend my time ? Thought of visiting Samui. Was told Phuket is not nice and Samui is better. May have to spend the night in Phuket before taking a bus then a boat to Samui. Any good advice? Many thanks!

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    • Krabi monsoon season

      Krabi May 4, 2015 at 3:39 AM

      I will be travelling to Krabi in the early June. Will it be a good idea? Because I heard the monsoon season period is from may-Dec!

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    • Accommodationd during xmas

      by KalverK Online Now Aug 5, 2014 at 4:09 AM

      Should we book in advance or there are plenty of places available. Looking for cheap accommodation around 10 euros per room or something similar.

      2 Answers Aug 5, 2014 at 5:35 PM
    • Tattoo shop recommendation

      by Gemmabrowne Online Now Aug 5, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      Hi, has anyone been to Thai Art tattoo shop in koh tao, sairee?Think there is one with the same name further down the coast but interested to know about the one in sairee. Thanks :-)

    • Family destination?

      by Lizzybee Online Now Jun 6, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Is this a good place to go for a family holiday? We have two boys aged 6 and 10 years. Thanks

      10 Answers Jun 8, 2014 at 11:06 AM
    • When to Visit

      by kdusdal Online Now Mar 2, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      We are planning our honeymoon and have read a lot of conflicting information about when to visit regarding the rainy season. We have time off in October and November. Which month is better to visit in? And early or late in the month?

      1 Answer Mar 2, 2014 at 11:49 PM
    • Dengue Fever

      by Georgio2007 Online Now Jul 29, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      I have booked a holiday to Koh Tao in August 2013 for my family ( we have 2 small children). I am now really concerned about Dengue Fever on the Island. Does anyone have any information/statistics?

      1 Answer Jul 29, 2013 at 2:15 AM
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      koh nang yuan(sorry, vt does not have koh nang yuan)

      by Seanlow Online Now Sep 29, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      i have read many negative review regarding this island.
      especially the hotels, is it worth a trip???

      2 Answers Sep 29, 2012 at 3:13 PM
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      from ko tao to koh nang yuan

      by Seanlow Online Now Sep 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      we are planning to go to koh nang yuan this coming february 2013.
      what is the easiest way to get there?
      we are coming from penang,malaysia.

      from what i know, we will need to get to koh tao and take another boat to kioh nang yuan.
      is it true?

      if it is true, do we need to make reservation in advance??
      how to make the reservation?

      pls advice, thank you vters

      1 Answer Sep 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM
    • Solo/sola en Koh Tao

      by mariannej Online Now Sep 2, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      Hello, Bonjour, Hola
      Je suis Francaise et j'habite a Madrid.
      Je vais passer deux semaines a Koh Tao que j'aime beaucoup du 11 au 21 septembre et suis ouverte a partager quelques activites avec un autre solo: balades/snorkelling etc

      Hey i'm French and i live in Madrid, i'll be in Koh Tao that i already know from Sept 11 to 21 and would be happy to hook up occasionally with another solo for some walking around the island/snorkeling etc.

      Hola soy Francesa y vivo en Madrid, viajo solo a Koh Tao de Sept 11 a 21 y me gustaria ver a otros viajeros solos por alli para caminar/hacer snorkeling/tomar algo...

      Mon mail mariannej@rocketmail.com
      Marianne

      1 Answer Sep 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM
    • Weather Concerns for Koh Tao

      by AndyAird Online Now Oct 16, 2011 at 6:36 AM

      Hi, my wife and I have booked tickets to come to Koh Tao for a month end of October 2011 to November. Can anyone possibly offer some insight into what the Lomprayah crossing has been like recently from Koh Samui and as to how the weather has been as I have been reading the Thai Meteorological Department site and it doesn't look good for November and tickets are booked. Naturally we expect rain in the monsoon season but tropical cyclones is another story altogether....

      Hope you can help, any info, or advice is welcome...

      Andy

      3 Answers Oct 18, 2011 at 3:47 AM
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      Surat Thani to Ko Tao

      by foodandwine Online Now Jun 26, 2011 at 12:58 AM

      Hi
      We are flying Bangkok to Surat Thani and then hoping to get a ferry/boat to Ko Tao. We arrive in Surat Thani at 8:10am. Anyone done this route or can help with it?
      Its our first trip to Thailand!!!
      Thanks

      2 Answers Jun 26, 2011 at 6:17 PM
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      June Weather

      by nadine.harley Online Now May 7, 2011 at 4:51 PM

      hey everyone, was wondering if anyone knows what the weather has been like in Koh Tao since the floods and if June is an okay month to go there, has it been raining much, and how much rain will be expected for June. Thanks a mill :)

      2 Answers May 12, 2011 at 12:49 AM
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      “Koh Tao: Pure Villas - Chalok Baan Kao Beach

      by ric.darne Online Now Mar 12, 2011 at 10:34 PM

      “ Pure Villas - Chalok Baan Kao Beach ”

      Does anybody have any insight or trip reports of 'Pure Villas" at Chalok Baan Kao Beach. They advertise a 2 bedroom pool villa and a 1 bedroom pool villa, both right on the beach. We are planning to spend 6 nights on Koh Tao during April and would like to get a beachfront pool villa. Although there are quite a few hillside pool villas on various websites there seems to be a shortage of beachfront pool villas.

      Unfortunately we can't find any guest reviews for Pure Villas. I seem to believe that they have been rebranded and could have possibly previously been called Koh Tao Beach Villas or Khirana Villas.


      The Pure Villas website does not have a phone number or email address and one is only able to send massages through the website, so cannot even track if they have been received or read.

      If anybody has stayed there or knows anything about the Villas, I'd greatly appreciate some feedback. By the same token, if there is any info on alternate beachfront pool villas it would be greatly appreciated.

      Many thanks, Ric Darne

      PS: We are really looking forward to doing Koh Tao - we get to Thailand every year and apart from the Bangkok and Samui jaunts, also try to have some chill out time on the less developed islands. We've done Koh Phangan twice over the last two years and are itching to go that little bit further on the ferry. All of the Koh Tao feedback sounds so amazing. Hope we can make it gel.
      Reply

      2 Answers May 20, 2012 at 5:16 AM
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      Bouldering @ Ko Tao

      by cannessu Online Now Mar 3, 2011 at 8:26 PM

      I will be going to Ko Tao in Aug 2011. I will stay in Mae Haad. Can anyone recommend how far is the bouldering areas? Can I walk to those area or need a motorbike?

      Thanks a lot.

      3 Answers Mar 5, 2011 at 4:26 AM
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      Accommodation tips in Ko Tao

      by Pepgiggsy Online Now Dec 5, 2010 at 2:15 AM

      I will be going to Ko Tao in a couple of days and have been researching some accommodation options on the Internet. Every time I find something promising, I then find terrible reviews about the place and am getting quite discouraged! Can you help please? I'm a single woman and looking for something clean, quiet and safe. Preferably in the Mae Haad village within walking distance to Sairee village. I'm ready to pay up to 2,500 Baht/night. Own toilet and hot shower required. Thank you in advance!

      2 Answers Dec 6, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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      Transportation from BKK to Koh Tao

      by FHO Online Now Nov 14, 2010 at 8:33 AM

      We arrive 17 November early morning (08:30 AM) to BKK and I would like to go to Koh Tao the same day. Could you advise me please and helkp out finding price/time table for the train BKK- Chumphon in order we reach the ferry from there to Ko Tao?
      Is it possible to buy railway ticket (I ve heard 2-nd class is ok?) from BKK to Chumphon by internet for a foreigner?
      Or is it better to tak e abus from BKK. I just thought it is perhaps easier to sleep on a train?

      Any suggestions on a budjet travell from the airport to the railway station?

      4 Answers Nov 14, 2010 at 11:54 AM
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      nice bungalow / nice divingschool

      by Saar123 Online Now Sep 13, 2010 at 8:02 AM

      Can anyone recommend me a nice bungalow on Hat Sai Ree beach? Although not to close to the nightlife...

      I also would like to learn how to dive. Can anyone recommend me a good divingschool, not to big, nice people?

      Thank you!!

      2 Answers Jan 13, 2011 at 7:23 AM
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      Best side of the island

      by Saar123 Online Now Aug 23, 2010 at 11:45 AM

      Hi,

      I'm 33 and and will be travelling solo to thailand in dec/jan 2010/2011.
      As I do not want to be isolated but also want to chill and meet some other travellers my age, which side of the island is the best to stay?

      Thanks!

      3 Answers Oct 6, 2010 at 1:17 PM
    • tips for long staying accomodation in Koh Tao

      by catalinalyana Online Now Apr 28, 2010 at 2:38 PM

      Hello :)

      My husband( dive master) and I ( planning to do an open water there) are planning to go middle of July to Koh tao for one month. we would like to be in a descent cheap place, clean and with no cockroaches in the matress like we had been reading form some hotels. :P what would you recommend us to stay cheap in a descent place ? can my husband find a job as a dive master while we are there? what would you recommend us?

      thank youuuu!!!

      C.

    • Weather in Koh Tao - end of September

      by Josip6882 Online Now Apr 4, 2010 at 3:38 PM

      hello,
      I am planning my honneymoon in Koh Tao in end of september and I am really wondering about the weather. yes or rather no??
      thanks

      1 Answer Apr 4, 2010 at 7:15 PM
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      Staying in Ko Tao in July

      by slyons81 Online Now Jan 28, 2010 at 1:26 PM

      Hi all, I wanted a quiet beach to stay for a few nights, preferably one with a relaxed but colorful nightlife. Any comments or concerns about a few nights in Ko Tao?

      2 Answers Feb 7, 2010 at 4:39 AM
    • Ko Tao with kid

      by kalabalak Online Now Jan 27, 2010 at 11:59 PM

      Hi,
      I would want to come on Ko Tao in February with my family. We have a 8 months baby and I wander is it possible to find things like baby food, fresh vegetables and meet, kid doctor and so. We plan to stay about two months and take some diving courses. Is it possible to rent an apartment with kitchen equipped.. What about mosquito and insects thing? Any advices would be appreciated.......!
      Thanks

    • Where to stay in january?

      by birgittesol Online Now Dec 12, 2009 at 2:22 AM

      My husband and I would like to go to Koh Tao in the end om december and stay for a week or so. What part of the island has the nicest beaches and resturants? Do you think we will have trouble finding a place to stay since its all ready December now? Tips on a nice bungalowe-resort?

      4 Answers Dec 13, 2009 at 12:11 AM
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      Let's have dinner together in Koh Tao! :-)

      by AyurinHiro Online Now Jul 20, 2009 at 8:11 AM

      Hello!
      I and my husband will be in Koh Tao from August 8 to 15.
      If you are living or traveling there during that period,
      let's meet up and have Thai food dinner together!
      (Or a cup of coffee is OK,too)
      Looking forward to your reply :-) Thank you.

      5 Answers Nov 22, 2009 at 1:57 AM
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      Diving / resort in Ko Tao

      by cgf Online Now Jul 1, 2009 at 1:09 AM

      Hi, I'be to Ko Samui next August, my wife and I are both divers and we think to go to Ko Tao for a week (or more) and having fun diving there, no courses, just fun diving. I noticed resort are not smiling to people going there for not doing courses, is it the same treatment for who wants to dive only?
      Any advice? resort/diving in Ko Tao to contact? Which part of island could better? we actually not interested at night life.

      thanks

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      hire snorkelling gear?

      by bill9786 Online Now Jun 20, 2009 at 4:09 AM

      Hi
      I want to know whether I should bring my own gear from home or is it cheap enough to hire. We have 8 days on Koh Tao in mid July, 2009 and I plan to snorkel every day
      thanks

      4 Answers Jun 26, 2009 at 1:50 AM
    • Travelling solo to Ko Tao

      by aneleh2000 Online Now Apr 18, 2009 at 4:20 AM

      Hello, i wanted to know if you recommend Ko Tao as a destination to travelling solo. I will be one month in Thailand nd want to do North to South.In the last 2 weeks my plans are just chill in Paradise. Do you think its a good option to go Ko Tao? I really wanna relax in a nice beach but don´t want to feel too isolated a will be alone.Than you

      2 Answers Apr 19, 2009 at 7:29 AM
    • Ko Tao or Ko Phangan?

      by evamariapaula Online Now Apr 14, 2009 at 12:33 AM

      We will be travelling to Thailand in August this year with our 3 children (9,7,4) and wanted to go to either Ko Tao or Ko Phangan? We would like to do snorkelling and a bit of diving (not much) and were wondering which island would be better. I heard that Ko Tao's beaches are not that great and that is already ver commercial. Any suggestions would be very appreciated. Cheers, Eva

      2 Answers Apr 14, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    • Has anyone stayed at the silver sands resort on sairee beach?

      by poaman Online Now Mar 19, 2009 at 2:32 AM

      Hi i am looking to travel to Koh Tao in July with my ywo kids 9 and 7 for three weeks,have been looking at many options,and the silver sands gets good reviews,so just wondering if anyone has stayed here and could give me some feedback.
      greetings Jason

      1 Answer Apr 9, 2009 at 3:03 PM
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      Accommodation Costs - can you haggle prices down

      by ultimateangling Online Now Nov 4, 2008 at 10:41 AM

      A few people I have spoken to tell me Thailand in general is pretty quiet at the moment as less people are travelling due to saving money and the economic crisis. We're out there in December.

      Do you think we can haggle the prices down on accommodation or are resorts sticking to their guns and trying to still get top dollar (i.e. the web prices)

      With the £/bht rate being so poor everything is that little bit more expensive at the moment.

      We're looking for a nice resort with a pool.

    • Working

      by Em06 Online Now Oct 28, 2008 at 6:40 AM

      Am looking to go to Ko Tao at some point next year.....initially my thinking is to stay for two months and have 6 wks working and two weeks chilling out and travelling back to bangkok, does anyone know how easy it is to get general work in Ko Tao, was thinking bar/restaurant work??
      any advice will be helpful as this will help me plan my trip!!!
      thanks to all!!
      Emma

      4 Answers Oct 29, 2008 at 1:11 AM