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    Hotel recommendations ...

    ...for a messy weekender

    Might drive around to Ao Nang and have a night there too.

    How far is Koh Lanta from there, can you put a car on a ferry?. Is that worth a look. Always fancied it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    ...for a messy weekender

    Might drive around to Ao Nang and have a night there too.

    How far is Koh Lanta from there, can you put a car on a ferry?. Is that worth a look. Always fancied it

    TIA

    You haven't said where, other than also going to Ao Nang (Krabi). Yes, there's a ferry from the mainland to Koh Lanta Noi, then a bridge to Koh Lanta Yai. Really nothing special there, a few enclaves of resorts stretching along the west coast of the island. Lanta Old Town is quite quaint to spend a couple of hours. From Ao Nang, probably take around 2 hours.

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    Ah, just seen its in the Phuket Forum, so that's a reasonable clue.....

    Assuming that this isn't a 'family' weekend, the Expat Hotel (Expat Hotel | Budget hotel in Patong Beach, Phuket) might suit. Easy walk to most of the nightlife options, and as per title, very much a western expat place, with a decent bar and staff. Small swimming pool, and I believe decent rooms for quite a cheap price.

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    Phuket... I thought the subforum gave that away

    Can I get to Koh Lanta from Phuket by boat? Is it worth it? I wanna do some sightseeing with a friend. I have 3 days. Any suggestions mate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAG View Post
    Assuming that this isn't a 'family' weekend, the Expat Hotel (Expat Hotel | Budget hotel in Patong Beach, Phuket) might suit
    Yep just me and an old friend. And you are the perfect guy for this Pag. So no hotels with the name budget in the title , only the finest swanky ones like the ones that you normally use please

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Phuket... I thought the subforum gave that away

    Can I get to Koh Lanta from Phuket by boat? Is it worth it? I wanna do some sightseeing with a friend. I have 3 days. Any suggestions mate?
    Yes, here are some ferry options:

    Koh Lanta Ferry, Koh Lanta Speedboat, Koh Lanta Bus | Phuketferry.com

    I don't believe they carry vehicles however. As I said before, Lanta isn't anything special, just some laid back beach resorts.

    If you wanted a decent day out, I would recommend this:

    Sea Cave Canoe : The excursion of kayaking&canoeing in Phuket – Sea Cave Canoe

    I had family here in September and joined them for this, and actually quite impressed with the organisation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Yep just me and an old friend. And you are the perfect guy for this Pag. So no hotels with the name budget in the title , only the finest swanky ones like the ones that you normally use please
    OK, then it comes down to how close you want to be to amenities and nightlife. The Boathouse in Kata is pleasant, good restaurant, beachfront, and about 10-15 minutes in a taxi from Patong if you want full on nightlife.

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    ^^That looks cool. I will try that.

    Lanta sounds like a romantic getaway so I will just drive round to Ao Nang, take in Phan Nga and show him Railay beach, the 4 beach tour and the cave full of wooden cocks then ask him if he still fancies Lanta will get up and do Koh Phi Phi too. Any more suggestions on things to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Can I get to Koh Lanta from Phuket by boat?
    The boast from Phuket will drop you off at the main town of Saladan.

    Not much to do on the island apart from drink, beach and hire a motorbike out for a tour.

    Usual beach life, with small bars scattered along each beach hoping to make enough through the high season to sustain them through the low season.

    Can't really get lost because there is only 2 main(ish) roads. One goes from top to bottom, whilst the other takes you to a gypsy village.

    Muslim island, so you might get some chicken ham/sausages with your brekkie in some places.

    Most of the people you will bump into will be divers/backpackers and small family groups.

    Not been for a few years, so I'm more than happy to be corrected if I'm wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAG View Post
    The Boathouse in Kata
    That looks amazing. Big dough for a 4 star, although looks like a 5

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    ^^ Cheers for that mate

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    Gonna spend the first night and last night in The Boathouse, and other night in Ao Nang.

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    I took a car over there, twenty years ago now, from Krabi.

    We were ferried to Koh Lanta Noi, which we drove across, and then again from Lanta Noi to Lanta Yai.

    It was fine, though a bit time consuming.

    We were last in that area when we were staying on Koh Jum and the tsunami hit.

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    Phi Phi is just about halfway to Lanta from Phuket. Hour and a half to there just under 3 to Lanta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Yep just me and an old friend.
    That could have been so much more interesting if that was ...

    "just me and an young friend"
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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    That could have been so much more interesting if that was ...

    "just me and an young friend"
    You havn't seen his old friend when they hit the beach together



    This is gearing up to be a trip report similar to the Hangover movies

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    ^ So which one is Dill? I reckon it could be either?

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    I'm the tall dark and erm brute on the left with the bigger packed lunch.

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    All things considering... you've done pretty well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Gonna spend the first night and last night in The Boathouse, and other night in Ao Nang.
    Hopefully will be ok. Living here I'm not the best person to ask about hotels, however as a dining venue, the Boathouse ticks a few boxes. Looking forward to some feedback Dill.

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    Although the boat house is indeed nice, ( the wine list at the restaurant is 5 star ( with prices to match) the area outside the hotel sucks...

    There a 3 very nice beachfront hotels in Kamala, ( twin palms, Novotel, Sunwing) walking to bars, restaurants, shopping, beach is not that busy....Plus a beach club with a pool

    Laguna has some very nice 4-5 hotels/resorts.

    Lanta is good for a relaxing holiday of a couple of days, NOT worth the drive for a day or even one night. Have you been to the monkey temple outside Phang Nga? The tiger temple outside Krabi?

    Highly recommend John Greys nighttime sea canoe tour..."Hong By Starlight"
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    ^ Thanks for that Richard. I've seen enough wild monkeys and doped up tigers, will look into the canoeing but I just imagine mosquitos of an evening

    Gonna scratch Koh Lanta off the list, will look at the hotels though, haven't booked yet and was thinking somewhere closer to Bangla Road would be better for somewhere to stumble back to after a heavy night


    Cheers

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    I saw that you were only there for the weekend so, yeah, I suspect that Bangla will meet your requirements better than Lanta.

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    If you wanna be near the action then check out the trip adviser reviews for the Grand Montana Patong .

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