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Thailand....just Phuket?

post #1 of 24
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I'll be going on a little trip mid April. I was suppose to go to one of my friend's wedding in Seoul Korea, but due to some unforeseen circumstances I won't be able to make it so now I have a change of plans. They will be going on their honeymoon to Phuket right after their wedding, so hopefully my gf and I will be able to meet them there to give them our blessing and also for us to take a break from work.

I'm looking to relax on white sand beaches, noobie scuba diving, watch a live show, night cruise, maybe a little bit of hiking. I will be staying for about 5-7 days so time is a factor.

Any suggestions or experiences? Would it be wiser to join a tour? I hate the idea of following a hectic itinerary plus all those must stop tourism shops.
post #2 of 24
are you sure your friend wants you tagging along on his honeymoon?
post #3 of 24
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are you sure your friend wants you tagging along on his honeymoon?

Maybe his friend and his fiancee are into that kind of stuff
post #4 of 24
yeah.... even if they like you to go with them, it sounds like a terrible idea tagging along on a honeymoon.
post #5 of 24
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You guys got the wrong idea, We'll just be meeting them for a dinner or drink. I know better than to bother 2 horny people on a honeymoon.
post #6 of 24
okay. Whatever you do, don't join those package tour rip-offs, most probably you'll be wasting a lot of your time in shops you don't want to spend your money on, and moved like cattle from one place to another. Depends on how long you're staying, you could cover Phuket for probably 3d2n or 4d3n, and if you have more time you could go to the other places in Thailand. Thailand is one of the most covered places amongst travel books, and I think you could pretty much rely on the good ones to go around.
post #7 of 24
ok...Phuket basically divides into two categories. Godawful Patong and Other. Patong is overrun tourist hell full of fat German dudes on scooters with the rented Thai girls who love them like monkey love banana. Outside of Patong (Kata and Karon beaches for example) are much nicer. A little pricier sure, but you will appreciate the quiet. I wouldnt spend a week there, 4 days is ample, spend the rest in Bangkok for a decent (if thoroughly beaten track) Thailand trip.
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ok...Phuket basically divides into two categories. Godawful Patong and Other.

Patong is overrun tourist hell full of fat German dudes on scooters with the rented Thai girls who love them like monkey love banana.


So true. I spent a week in Phuket with my girlfriend. We enjoyed the beaches, but the sight of so many fat German dudes getting massaged by skinny Thai girls on the beaches really made us want to leave.

Four days max, then go somewhere else.
post #9 of 24
I wouldn't even go to pucket - I've only gone there a couple of times because I had work conferences there.

there are much better places in thailand, a little more quiet, a little less tourists. pucket is like disney for fat german guys.
post #10 of 24
Agree with that.

Say hi to your friends, then hightail it out of Phuket.

lefty
post #11 of 24
ahh outside of Patong, it is really nice. Id go again.
post #12 of 24
Karo,

I don't know where you've been in SE Asia, but there are many places worth exploring. Thailand is wonderful, but I would anywhere in the country but Phuket.

Since I'm traveling there in a few weeks, it's on my mind, but have you considered Bali? In my opinion (others may disagree), Bali is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

lefty
post #13 of 24
pretty much the same as Phuket.... Phuket = Patong = full of drunk misbehaving Germans on scooters Outside Patong...fabulous. Bali = Kuta = full of drunk misbehaving Australians on football tours Outside Kuta....fabulous.
post #14 of 24
try ko lanta. or koh phi phi if you want a more happening island.
post #15 of 24
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pretty much the same as Phuket....

Phuket = Patong = full of drunk misbehaving Germans on scooters
Outside Patong...fabulous.

Bali = Kuta = full of drunk misbehaving Australians on football tours
Outside Kuta....fabulous.

To some extent, but I'll take a drunk Aussie over a German.

I would disagree on the beauty outside of the party zone though. Bali is unique in it's architecture, culture and environment. I've stayed in plenty of $10/night bungalows in both and have to say that even on the low end, Bali has them all beat.

lefty
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