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Are there any budget islands left in Thailand?

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  • Added on: February 20th, 2011
Ok, I am 42years old and I spend a good chunk of my late 20's and early 30's, in and out of Thailand. In those days, Koh Phangnan, Koh Tao, even Koh Samui, you could live in a hut right on the beach for 200-300 baht a night. And I mean a nice beach!

Flashforward to today and I am keen to go back to Thailand for a month. But WTF! Old the old traveller beaches now have big flash resorts on them, even Koh Tao!

So, are backpackers/travellers still heading to Thailand and if so could you give me a heads up where?

Many thanks!
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I was in thailand in 2007 and stayed in the south part of Lonely Beach for 250-300 bath for a bungalow next to the water - but it wasn't on a sandy beach.

On Phi phi I stayed in a bungalow in second row or so, for 600 bath..

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Take a look in a Lonely Planet to have a better idea of what prices are like these days.

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Often overlooked or ignored is Koh Larn just off Pattaya Beach. If you are looking for a bargain island this has to be it! It is a place to go to when you are too old for all the hoops you have to jump through just to get to Koh Phangan. In Pattaya ordinary baht bus transportation is only 10 baht compared to an "arm and leg" in Phuket!
http://kohlarn.com/index.htm

From Ekamai bus terminal, Bangkok, take a cheap bus to Pattaya, maybe 115 baht for the 2 hour ride. From the Pattaya bus terminal pay 20 baht to get to Walking Street. Walk to Bali Hai pier for the 30 baht ferry ride to Koh Larn. No roving dope sellers, no mushroom shakes, no crowds of drunk teenagers contemplating the full moon! Just being able to get there cheap saves you money! Kinda like outgrowing Khao San Road and choosing a hotel on Sukhumvit or the Siam area in Bangkok so you can also use the Skytrain and connect with the rail link and subway!

If you don't like it, or the cheaper hotels in Pattaya compared to Phuket, it is only a couple hours ride back to Bangkok!
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Thanks for your replies.....Still feel my question has not been answered though.
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Has everything in Thailand got a lot more expensive or is it just accommodation?

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Probably everything getting more expensive... due to falling dollar.

I'm sure this is especially true with regard to beachcomber's original trip he's referencing, 20 years ago... heh

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Well last time was in 2004 and yes I understand the pace of "progress" marches on.

I understand that Koh Samui and KPN is now overrun with concrete resorts.

I was simply asking, if there are any "budget" islands left?
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There were a ton of deals to be had on railay when I went during low season. I walked around the loop from the beach back down to the beach and after shopping at different places, one lady rented me a room for no more than 150baht or so. Then after chilling at the small world bar for awhile, the bartenders and other backpackers were more than happy to pass along some free drinks.

I suppose if you time your trip during the low season, you can find deals on several islands.

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Recently returned from Koh Lipe. Family of five were eating for 1000 baht a meal. And eating well, Chang, etc. We stayed in air condition comfort for about 3000 baht a night.

It hasn't been mentioned yet, worth considering got the full range of accommodation but probably just past its best. A bit of litter although not to bad and it looks like getting over developed for its size eventually.
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Koh Chang is still very cheap and its absolutely stunning - you could easily live off $30 a day staying in a beach guesthouse and eating out every day.
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Try the Philippines...much cheaper, much less developed, just as beautiful, and with 7,000 islands it'll take quite a while before they get as built up as the Thai ones. Definitely the most underrated country in South East Asia
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itinerantlondoner wrote:Try the Philippines...much cheaper, much less developed, just as beautiful, and with 7,000 islands it'll take quite a while before they get as built up as the Thai ones. Definitely the most underrated country in South East Asia


Too bad it's such a pain to try to get around them by boat & have to fly everywhere. :(
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It's kinda the same amount of hassle as getting down to islands in thailand isnt it? In thailand you gotta take a train + boat, or possibly fly + boat (to nearby islands around samui/phuket). And even the philippine islands you can fly to directly seemed to be a lot less developed and touristy compared to Samui/Phuket.

Also, I'm pretty sure there are many islands close to manila similar to koh samet and bangkok. I went to Anilao for diving and it was incredible. Only a relatively short bus ride away from manila (distance is short, traffic makes it far hehe).

Plus, I'm pretty sure cebu pacific is often a lot cheaper for domestic flights than air asia. They have some incredible sales.

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Koh Tao island is somewhat cheaper. Here one can find apartments at rent for around 1500 - 2000 bht per night.


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