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Thailand for oldies....

over 5 years ago about Thailand

We're planning to travel to Thailand & possibly Cambodia whilst we're there. Travel agents want a FORTUNE and so decided to look into booking ourselves.
Want: beach stay, hotel NOT hostel, too old for roughing it too much. Thought an island would be good, something like Koh Lanta from where we could visit all the other islands or Koh Samui maybe and possibly another destination.
Bangkok: hotel? Ideas
Don't know anything about Cambodia but as we're in the area is it worth going? And more importantly, how'd we get there? Spoken to the travel agent and they suggested flying. Seems a bit excessive and expensive although they do have to make a living.
Time frame: 3/4 weeks.
Age: I'm 56 and hubby's 68 and a year ago had a heart attack and although ok now due to stents fitted etc, we shouldn't go anywhere that is too remote just in case.

Thanks in advance:)

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    Where are you coming from? Where's home? over 5 years ago

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    Sorry, should have thought of that. UK. over 5 years ago

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    I would recommend Hotel Rembrandt. It's quite central and comfortable. Wie stayed there before and booked it again for February. We are a couple 49 and 63 years old. over 5 years ago

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    If you are looking for a beach stay in a mellow area, try Lanai beach in Koi Samai. No where near as noisy and loud as Chaweng Beach, but still plenty of restaurants to choose from. Definately a mixed crowd, so minimal loud, young backpackers. Try staying at the Lamai Inn 99, it's located right on the beach. It is also a quck 3 minute walk to the village center. over 5 years ago

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    I use Airbnb these days. Try https://www.airbnb.com.au/s/Thailand?price_min=75 over 5 years ago

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    Have you looked at Phuket? Lots of quiet beaches to choose from such as Surin Beach, Nau Harn, Kata, even Karon Beach. You can easily take day tours or trips from wherever you stay to outlying Islands. Loots of good info at www.phukettravelandtours.com over 5 years ago

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    Cambodia has such a fascinating history and lovely people, I don't think you should miss it. However, the heat, and the extent your husband can walk around in it, should be taken into consideration.
    Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (Angkor) are both worth your time and money. Air Asia has cheap flights in the region. over 5 years ago

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    Ok, thanks for all your advice. Decided on Phuket as a base after Bangkok where we're going to stop off on the way and way back both a couplea days.
    Just one prob. Getting from the airports? Taxi in Bangkok we thought, but Phuket? Emailed the hotel we're interested in but no reply yet. It's at Kata beach so looks quite a way from the airport.
    I should just book it and worry when I get there...just decided! over 5 years ago

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    Taxis can be booked from Phuket airport. Turn right as you go out of the exit door and you'll see a taxi kiosk. Price is around 500 - 550 Baht. I had occasion to go to hospital once whilst there too. I was transferred to Bangkok Hospital in Phuket Town from Patong Beach. Heart probs. Very good staff and facilities. Was in overnight, cost about $AU1,000 so make sure you have health insurance.
    For a hotel in Bangkok I would recommend the President Palace Hotel in Sukhumvit Soi 11. Has lots of bars and restaurants nearby, is only about 500 metres from Nana Skytrain station and not too expensive. I have stayed there a number of times. My age is 60 and I have had a lot of good times there. over 5 years ago

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    Thanks for your responses. We've booked the Ibis Siam which has opened in dec 2012. They do transfers from the airport so we'll book them. We then fly to Phuket and are staying at the Foto Hotel, looks lovely, very modern and clean, good reviews and theyll also collect us fro the airport, only booked room because I think we'll be be able to find breakfast and dinner easily enough.
    One question... Alcohol? Do we take duty free? Or is it readily available? Not that we haw a problem you understand and I know wine is expensive, but wouldn't mind a drink in the evenings. What's available please? over 5 years ago

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    Elsa, alcohol is readily available in Thailand and the hotel you are staying in might even have a nice swim-up bar ;) but wont hurt to take some duty free as well.

    As for your husbands pre-existing medical condition, make sure you have a decent travel insurance policy that will cover him for anything that might happen. over 5 years ago

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