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Krabi, Koh Tao or Phuket?

Discussion in 'Thailand' started by rabe, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. rabe

    rabe Manta Ray

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    Little update: I've now confirmed with my tec instructor and I'll be in Koh Tao starting from the 22 of April.
    Now that I got the confirmation, I will consolidate my planning.
    Still not sure if I'll fly or I'll take the train...
     
  2. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    Good Friday is on 19th Apr which is happened to be Full Moon!. So I imagine there will be a lot of revellers going to Koh Phangan for the "infamous" Full Moon Party!.
    22nd Apr is Easter Monday and you probably have to arrive at Koh Tao a day or two earlier.

    Plan ahead mate and stay out from the Party.
     
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  3. rabe

    rabe Manta Ray

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    Why 2 days earlier?

    (don't worry, I'm not a party boy anyway)
     
  4. divinh

    divinh Photographer

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    You may not be a party boy, but you may end up right in the middle of it, due to logistics and timing.

    The Full Party on Koh Phangan attracts a lot of people, which means the ferries will book up fast. The general route people do is either go to Koh Tao before or after Koh Phangan, usually after, to "chill" after the party. (Koh Tao has the reputation of being more "chill".) I've seen situations where people who didn't book ahead get stuck on Koh Tao for two days due to full ferries. (They were buying tickets on the day of, instead of ahead of time, either online or right after arrival.) Also, if there are ferry scheduling issues, the ferry company will prioritize getting people to Koh Phangan. (I've had to wait for two hours when a ferry broke and they ferried people directly to Koh Phangan from Koh Samui and then came back to do the Koh Phangan-Koh Tao run. If you're doing the Surat Thani or Chumphon route, Koh Tao is the first stop, so this scenario won't happen.)
     
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  5. rabe

    rabe Manta Ray

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    Good to know!
    My plan is to book everything in the next 24-36 hours...
     
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  6. Divemaster No.1

    Divemaster No.1 Angel Fish

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    It may be worth checking the weather a few days before you go if you choose the Phuket/Lanta option, and not booking anything in advance (it's low season then anyway, so nowhere will be full i'd guess) - as others have said April is the start of the wet season on the Andaman side, i had a Similan trip totally ruined because of rain/wind one year in April. If it looks like the weather will be bad (big waves in particular) then go to Koh Tao and do it there!
     
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  7. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

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    May is the start of wet season on the Andaman side, and even then normally conditions are still really nice. Later on in the wet season there will be more rain.
    It is low season then anyway? No idea where you got that, it will be Easter that time, so not quiet at all.
     
  8. rabe

    rabe Manta Ray

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    Location: Brisbane
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    Update: I've confirmed my resort in Koh Tao... Now I just need to find how to get there (flight or train?), and then just go!
    I can't wait!!
     
  9. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    Overnight train to Chumphon and then by either Lomprayah or Seatran transfer to Koh Tao.
     
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  10. Divemaster No.1

    Divemaster No.1 Angel Fish

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    The Thais don't celebrate Easter, and April is low season. I got that from living here for many years.
     

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