Somewhere to stay between Bangsaphan and Ranong

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Somewhere to stay between Bangsaphan and Ranong

Post by bazfaz » 09 Jul 2015 00:41

We have booked to stay in Bang Saphan next February. We'll be moving on to Ranong after BS but I want to stay somewhere in between. I think not Chumphon. Would Kra Buri be good for a couple of nights? I am just looking for a simple place with good scenery around it that we can do gentle hikes through.

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Post by bazfaz » 14 Jul 2015 04:34

I've decided it's best we go down to Ranong. Any experiences of staying there?

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Post by buksida » 14 Jul 2015 06:43

Yep, there are a couple of trip reports and some photos here: http://www.huahinforum.com/viewtopic.ph ... 2&start=15

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Post by bazfaz » 14 Jul 2015 21:44

Thanks for your input Buksida. I have thought about staying near the springs. Travelfish has a couple of recommendations - Rim Than and Baan Bunga. Both sound good. Rim Than has rooms over the river which sounds attractive.

And then it is off to Ko Chang. Chang Tong sounds my kind of place (again according to Travelfish).

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Post by buksida » 15 Jul 2015 07:10

Never used that site but there are plenty of little places along the river there and a few more in town. Koh Phayam also maybe worth a look.

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Re: Somewhere to stay between Bangsaphan and Ranong

Post by migrant » 15 Jul 2015 09:38

Didn't stay at Chang Tong, but really enjoyed Koh Chang, have fun!

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Post by bazfaz » 16 Jul 2015 22:50

Buksida, if you don't use Travelfish it is certainly worth checking out. Better than Lonely Planet.

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Post by buksida » 17 Jul 2015 12:07

Tripadvisor works for me. Lonely Planet is good to carry around with you when out of country.

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Post by bazfaz » 17 Jul 2015 15:28

I bought the latest LP guide to Thailand. It seems worse than my 6 year old Rough Guide (for instance, it has no map of Ko Chang). Ten years ago we did a meander upstream the Mekong from Nong Khai. Most of the places we passed through weren't mentioned in the latest LP. But one place we stopped at had an old LP guide with much more info in it. To me it seems that LP is no longer for travellers. It is concerned with dive shops, bars and where to get a good pizza - a guide for gap year kids.

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Post by buksida » 18 Jul 2015 08:42

It depends where you go I guess, I'd never use it for such a touristy, commercial country as Thailand but for somewhere like Burma or North Sumatra where you cant always get online the book was a god send.

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Post by bazfaz » 18 Jul 2015 23:37

I got the very first LP guide on Kindle. It was an interesting read. It mentioned 4 hotels/guesthouses in Bangkok.

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