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    Default Can anyone recommend a Thailand resort?

    I'm trying to organise something for my 40th next year with some girlfriends and have no idea where to start.

    We'd like something that is a resort but is also close to other dining and nightclub options but not in any seedy areas

    I like getting real reviews from people rather than try to scour the hundreds of them online.

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    Do you have any idea where in Thailand you want to go? Are you looking to be 'in the action' - close to night markets and bars or more of a peaceful beachside holiday? Or a bit of both? Also what time of year? This will greatly influence where you go due to the monsoon seasons which are different on East and west coasts.

    Thailand is a huge place and lots of different options. I've been 5 times and travelled all over but it's very hard to pick just one place 😉.

    Personally I am not a big fan of Phuket but plenty of others love it. It really depends what you are after.

    Koh Samui on the east coast is another option.

    I really like Krabi (Ao Nang in particular, that's the main area). Lots of bars and markets and activities with lovely surroundings - the best beaches tend to be on the islands though (we choose to do day trips which is super easy and cheap from Ao Nang, you just walk to the beachfront and there are hundreds of boats waiting etc). This is a great spot for variety - kayaking, island hopping (you can hire your own boat and driver for the day very cheap!), markets, atmosphere and all the usual Thai goodies food, massages, cocktails, etc.

    Phi Phi island is another popular spot, I don't think it's as good as it was 10+ years ago but still a fun place with spectacular views etc. but you can day trip there from Phuket or Ao Nang,

    Trip Advisor is a good start - I know you don't want to trawl through reviews but definitely check any recommendation against trip advisor reviews, will help you get a more rounded opinion. I usually read 3-4 recent opinions on any that look good and go from there.

    Also consider a stop over in Bangkok. Fantastic city and some amazing roof top bars that are well worth the pricey cocktails!

    Now I am jealous - this is the first year in 3 years we haven't been and I am having withdrawals lol 😊

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    Thanks for the info...it's a group of us all between 35-40 and we definitely like a drink and a party. I'd like somewhere that has good shopping as well as a decent night life but I don't really want an area that's full of 19 year olds partying it up.
    I don't care too much about the beach since we have beautiful beaches here to see. I'll probably be lounging around the pool drinking cocktails most of the time.
    It's mind boggling the amount of places there are.

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    Are there any resorts in particular you would recommend?

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    I have booked a plunge pool suite here:


    http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-8825...pa/index.shtml


    for 10 days in October. It's new and the reviews are all good, not sure it's a party place though
    Last edited by beancounter; 31-07-2015 at 17:01.

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    Sounds like Phuket could be a good option for your group, definately check out TripAdvisor.
    We have been to Twinpalms at Surin Beach Phuket a few times & keep returning. It's amazing. It has its own beach club with a DJ most nights, plus there are 3-4 other beach clubs in the area. Plenty of restaurants in walking distance. Basic shopping nearby, but we usually take a trip to Patong for shopping (15 min).
    It's more low key than Patong, but is still a bit lively, more so in the high season (nov-March).
    If you want to stay in the thick of things (yes there will be plenty of young ones partying it up!) Patong is the place to be. The Banthai is a great place, centrally located.
    One I have my eye on for our next trip is the Amari, 5 min from Patong. Haven't stayed there though.
    It truly is mind boggling the options!

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    We spent our honeymoon at Phuket Graceland. It's a huge hotel, and it's walking distance to Patong, it's right across the road from the beach & isn't far from some tourist attractions (like Fanta Sea). It was really nice. We didn't really fall in love with Phuket but that didn't have anything to do with the hotel

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    Thanks....friends of ours stayed at the Amari and loved it. I think we've decided on the Banthai. Because we have a group we can get the Villa suite which looks so nice I almost can't stand it LOL. I won't want to ever leave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianKangaroo View Post
    Thanks....friends of ours stayed at the Amari and loved it. I think we've decided on the Banthai. Because we have a group we can get the Villa suite which looks so nice I almost can't stand it LOL. I won't want to ever leave.
    I stayed at Banthai last time I was in Phuket last year...it's great! It's walking distance to pretty much anything in Patong. That can save you a lot of money in taxi/tuk tuks because they are super expensive for short trips

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianKangaroo View Post
    Thanks....friends of ours stayed at the Amari and loved it. I think we've decided on the Banthai. Because we have a group we can get the Villa suite which looks so nice I almost can't stand it LOL. I won't want to ever leave.
    Ooooh I am so jealous! I stayed there a few years ago with 5 girlfriends & we had a ball. The villa suite looks amazing.
    I highly recommend the day spa, there is also a beautiful jacuzzi/steam room area tucked away behind the spa, they let us hang out in there while we waited to check into our room. Have a great time!


 

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