This summer i would like to go to Thailand. I would love to take a vistit to Bangkok and see some breathtaking islands. Does anyone know what are the best thai islands to vistit and some fun things to do there? And is August a good month to visit Thailand?
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recommended Ko PhanganPartying is the raison d'etre of Ko Pha Ngan, which made its reputation on the legendary (and now thoroughly awful and commercialized) Full Moon Party. Of course, as drinking, drugs, and partying are ... read morethe island's meal ticket, moon-themed parties are going on all the time -- full moon, half-moon, black-moon, etc., so there's never any reason to miss out. A very particular kind of person will love Ko Pha Ngan for these reasons, and flock to Haad Rin beach or somewhere nearby. Others might try out the eastern coast (a bit of a haul to get to, but nice) or the west coast (accessible but boring), but after a good many months island-hopping thru Asia, I have to say: I've seen it done better elsewhere.Matthew Crompton
Very pretty -- popular with partiers, the quieter beaches are good for families. August is rainy season, but I've never found the rainy season particularly problematic. Climate change, of course, means extreme weather year-round, so your mileage may vary. Good luck! =)
- Cactus Bar, Haad Rin, Koh PhanganHaad Rin beachrecommended Cactus Bar, Haad Rin, Koh PhanganRecommended for:Nightlife LoversNetta Denes Drimer
Great place if you are planning to spend full moon party on the island, just make sure to arrive a few days before the party, otherwise you won't be able to find a place to stay.
recommended Koh SamuiGreat island that provides both action and relaxation at the same time, the island is pretty big and there are many options for hiking and sight-seeing around. There is a pretty big party area (The ... read more"green mango" - if it's still named like that) for those of you who are looking to party, and great beaches if you just want to lay down and enjoy Thailand great sun.Netta Denes Drimer
Great place for parties and some relaxation.recommended Koh SamuiQuiet island located in the Bay of Bangkok in a few hours by ferry from the city of Surathani. Hub for koh Phanga and its Full Moon Party and Koh Tao with its crystal clear sea. Chaweng is the main ... read morenight life spot
recommended Kanchanaburi4 hours drive from Bangkok but worth it! You should go visit the waterfalls here, it's definitely one of the most beautiful sites in Thailand.Netta Denes Drimer
This place is very quiet and peaceful, not many tourists are coming here and the prices are extremely cheap.
recommended Koh ChangThis little island and national park is pretty close to Bangkok, and you can fly or take a bus (with bathroom) between the capital and the ferry stop. It's not as famous as some of the Andaman Sea ... read moreislands and maybe not as pretty, but it's easy-to-get-to and a good quick break from the city. The water is bathtub warm.Margot B
I went in February and the weather was perfect.
recommended KrabiKrabi is a nice alternative to the heavily populated east coast of Thailand. We had great seafood, amazing diving and snorkel trips, and a boat tour to the neighboring islands and Raleigh (rock ... read moreclimbing area). If you have time and want to be away from the crowds, Krabi is a great place to consider.
recommended Koh TaoRecommended for:Eme Jota
If you are into snorkeling try Aow Leuk in Ko Tao, my favorite place along with Bottle Beach in Koh Phangan (not much snorkelling here but is beautiful and not crowded at all) I actually went to Thailand in August, 5 years ago though, and it was nice. A couple of storms here and there but overall we had good weather.recommended Koh TaoIn my opinion the crown of the gulf-coast islands of southern Thailand, tiny Ko Tao trumps it neighbors Ko Pha Ngan (too druggy and party-ridden on the main beaches, a little dull off of them) and the ... read moreresort-heavy Ko Samui. It's a shame that Ko Tao is always touted as just 'the diving island', because while it certainly DOES have some wonderful submarine life offshore, it's also a thoroughly relaxed, friendly, and livable place. The snorkelling directly offshore (and on the day-long snorkelling tours they run here) can be a little sad, as you get to see how beat-up the Earth's great coral reefs have become with human development, but there's still some good spots to be found. Much more compact than the larger islands, Ko Tao nonetheless has some fine nightlife at the main beach, and down at the even lovelier Chalok Bay, but if you want to get away from it all, Ko Tao's windward side offers ample opportunity. A highlight of Southern Thailand.Matthew Crompton
Lovely as well if, like everywhere in Thailand, pretty touristy. Snorkel or dive here.
- Mai Pen Rai BungalowsThan Sadet Beach | Suratthani, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailandrecommended Mai Pen Rai BungalowsA dream come true. Cheap, secluded, and stunning. Beach was impeccable, staff was friendly and helpful - they even had a jeep for us to use. If you want to party, this is not the spot for you, but if ... read moreyou want a relaxing time on a beautiful island, look no further. We went to all the restaurants in the area - downside was, no where for us to cook. Upside, food and drinks were cheap and plentiful. We loved this spot - would go back in a second!Mimosa Chloe
Great tucked away spot for a break from the partying :)
recommended High BarPerched way, way up the hill from Ko Tao's southern Chalok Bay, this super-chilled bar-lounge has what are easily the island's best views for sunset. With its deck hidden behind leafy lushness, it's ... read morean amazing place to relax in the hammock or at the tables, listening to dub or reggae and chatting to the friendly bar staff. The mixed drinks are a bit weak for the money, so stick to beer. Food is good and decent value. For those who are even the slightest bit saavy, there may be a double entendre in the name.Matthew Crompton
Best sundowner on Ko Tao.
recommended BangkokBangkok for me is that rare place: a big city that's also my favorite spot in the entire country. It's enough to love the city for its food -- pork-rice and grilled chicken and fresh passionfruit ... read morejuice on the street, dirt-cheap pad thai in food-court kitchens, fiery Isan cuisine, and excellent Western grub if you find yourself tired of noodles. Still, once you've eaten your way into a larger waistband, there's more than enough to keep you busy: astonishing temples like the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, or the fantastic Khmer-style Wat Arun across the river; or fabulous malls to people-watch and keep cool in (you get to appreciate their air-con in the Bangkok heat!) It's a great city for nightlife, and one of the world's best traveller centers. It's gritty and hectic and crowded, to be sure, but each time you come back you'll find you love it a little more.Matthew Crompton
Lovely spot. Check out my 36-hours-in guide for Bangkok here: