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10/01/2014 at 14:56
Has anyone been? Who did you book with - where did you stay?
I'm looking at holidays for this year and begrudge paying over £5k for 2 weeks in Europe so looking further afield but have no idea where to start.
10/01/2014 at 15:03
We went last Christmas. We booked through Trailfinders as we wanted to stay in a few different places and they seemed the cheapest.
We stayed in bagkok for 3 nights, then phuket, then khao sok, then khao lak.
Are you after a beach type holiday or more to do?
10/01/2014 at 15:05
100% beach holiday lmp. Would you say that's right for Thailand? I'm so undecided this year. I want beach & sun, kids need entertaining, H needs beer.
10/01/2014 at 15:23
I haven't been, but my sisters ex went.
He found a £5 prostitute, and came back with the clap. He really liked it there...
10/01/2014 at 15:26
What time of year?
You can get loads of really good hotels out there for way less money that you would spend in Europe, it's just the flights that are expensive. Plenty of beach resorts where you can do as little as you want to.
10/01/2014 at 15:29
This is the thing lmp I've no idea when we should go. Ideally end July august but Iknow nothing about weather out there etc. I like to go to a travel agent and they do all the work lol
10/01/2014 at 15:33
Have you got a trailfinders nearby? They were really good with us.
10/01/2014 at 15:35
We went on honeymoon and booked through Kuoni as wanted all the transfers etc included so we could relax. We did Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui. Internal flights are really cheap though and I think if we did it again we'd probably book things ourselves seperately as it's pretty easy to do. We went in April and the three places we visited were all boiling hot and we didn't have a drop of rain...I have a feeling that August might be wet season though so might be worth checking out.
Bangkok was my least favourite and if we were to go back I'd probably skip it and just use the airport to transfer to somewhere else.
It's an amazing place if you wanted to do more than just the beach. We saw quite a lot of Australian kids around so I'm guessing lots of the hotels will be geared up for entertainment for them. Plus you can still get really cheap food outside of the big hotels and very cheap beer!
10/01/2014 at 15:36
I'm no expert but I think Koh Samui is better at that time of year btw rather than phuket side.
10/01/2014 at 15:39
I'm going to have to speak to an agent I think. Would you mind divulging prices you paid at all? Just a rough idea - If we're looking at 10k for 4 of us it's out iyswim.
10/01/2014 at 15:46
It was Christmas so it was mega expensive, but from memory the flights were about 700 quid each, then hotels about 1k. So 1700 each. I think. How bad that I can't remember just over 12 months ago.
10/01/2014 at 15:50
10/01/2014 at 15:51
I went maybe 5/6 years ago and booked it all ourselves. Booked Glasgow-Bangkok flights (emirates via Dubai) and booked hotel in Bangok. Then booked internal flights Bangkok-Koh Samui and booked a Koh Samui hotel direct. I'd guess we paid maybe £2,500k total for 2 of us but I'd say £1600 of that was probably the emirates flights. Four star hotels in Bangkok and Koh Samui were really cheap. That was for 16 nights I think. I wouldn't do that journey with my 4 year old in tow though now!
10/01/2014 at 16:25
We paid about £4k, but we wanted to fly with Emirates (could have flown Eva for cheaper), and we could have scrapped transfers. As it was our honeymoon we stayed in hotels that were a level two about what we usually would stay in (e.g Banyan Tree in Bangkok). I think we could have made it work for £3k.
10/01/2014 at 16:41
MM that's a very good point about stopovers and transfers with a 4yo.
10/01/2014 at 16:56
Time difference was a bit of a killer for me too, I don't travel too well though so might be an issue for a small person
10/01/2014 at 16:58
Where can we go
10/01/2014 at 19:39
I flew with Thai airways about 7 years ago and travelled with either Explore or Exodus on a trip that included Chiangmai, Bangkok and the river Kwai (before going into Malaysia and Singapore). I went in July/August as I was with a teacher and it was very humid as it is their rainy season. Didn't see that much rain but the humidity might be a problem for a little one. Have you thought about the islands in the med? If you book flights with easyjet as soon as they are available (and can be flexible to travel maybe midweek to get cheaper flights) places like Ibiza, or the little island of formentera a boat ride away, or the Greek island may be cheap if you don't go through a package tour.
10/01/2014 at 20:40
Dominican republic or mexico? Both lovely although mexico probably on the expensive side. What about somewhere like tunisia? Never been though so not sure what it's like
10/01/2014 at 21:16
I know all the lovely places in Europe but fancy long haul or we could just go our mates villa again. We've been Mexico but with kids it's almost 10k & it's not worth that that's for sure. Don't fancy Dominican it's one of the cheaper Caribbean Islands. Tunisia not on your nelly my mate was eaten alive out there And got bAd Infections
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