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    Asia The Route


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    1.) Koh Samet

    How to get there:

    Well be taking the bus too either Rayong or Ban Phe

    deepening on ATM/other needs. Hopefully well be

    able to take the bus right away from Bangkok to Ban

    Phe.Alternative 1.

    From: Bangkoks Eastern Bus Terminal Ekkamai.

    Destination: Ban Phe.


    Travel time:3.5 Hours.

    Price: 170 Bath / Person.


    Alternative 2.

    From: Bangkok's Mo Chit Bus Terminal. Destination: Rayong.


    Travel time: 3 Hours.Price: 150 Bath / Person.

    BAN PHE - KOH SAMETFrom: Ban Phe.

    Destination:Koh Samet. Vehicle: Ferry.

    Travel time:30-45 minutes.

    Price: 70 Bath / Person


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    Quick travel guide for Koh Samet:

    Bangkok > Ban Phe > Koh Samet ( Na Dan ) > Hat Sai Kaew > Ao Thian / Ao Wai

    General Information - Departure: Ban Phe is the point of our departure to Koh Samet. Rayongis the place where we easily

    can get to an ATM and its located just a few kilometers outside Ban Phe. If we are in need

    of an ATM or something else that is neededbefore we leave for the first Island we are going

    to make a stop here. Otherwise we just continue quickly to the little harbor city Ban Phe.

    From Ban Phe well be taking thefaireover the seas to Koh Samet.

    When we get to Koh Samet we will arrive to the biggest villageNa Dan. It is where well

    start our route on Koh Samet. Well be trying to get quickly to Ao Thianor Ao Waiwhich is

    on the east coast.

    See and do in Koh Samet- Destination:The lost resort, the beaches here might be the most beautiful ones in whole Thailand. So

    while were here, we definitely will enjoy the beaches. There are loads of bungalows on the

    east coast of Koh Samet, it is also where the beaches are the best.

    *Hat Sai Kaew (Diamond Beach)One of the most beautiful and most popular beaches on Ko Samet,

    Hat Sai Kaew is 1 km long and 25-30 m wide. Most of this space is taken up with deck chairs from the

    restaurants. The name speaks for itself, Hat Sai Kaew, which literally means Crystal Sand Beach, is a nice

    beach filled with activities. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, jet skiing, windsurfing (700 baht/hr),

    catamaran sailing (1000 baht/hr) a banana boat.

    *Ao Thian (Candlelight Beach)Ao Thians topography is painted by rocky beach in which some nice

    spots for skin diving are available. This beach is very quiet and free from group tours.

    *Ao Wai is located within a short walking distance of Candlelight Beach but far from city center and no

    lights at night. Shaded by coconut trees, the beach is a quite, scenic and serene spot for sea lovers.


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    BE CAREFUL - EXTRA NOTES + EMERGENCY:* Note: The ticket sellers may state that you must buy your national park ticket from them also but this can be

    done at the gate as you enter the park. They may also state that you cannot buy the return from the island, and

    must buy it at the Ban Phe pier. This is not true. Only buy a one-way ticket at Ban Phe pier.

    * Dont believe taxi drivers that says its a long distance between Na Dan to Hat Sai Kaew, you are capable of

    walking. It takes approximately 15 minutes.

    * If it occurs any health problems we are able to call 03861-2999which is

    a direct phone number to a hospital located on Koh Samet.

    2.) Pattaya

    How to get there:

    Well be taking the bus too either Rayong or

    Ban Phe deepening on ATM/other needs.Hopefully well be able to take the bus right

    away from Bangkok to Ban Phe.


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    Alternative 1. From: Rayong.

    Destination: Pattaya.Verhicle:Bus.Travel time:2 Hours.Price: ??Bath / Person.


    Alternative 2.

    From: Rayong.

    Destination: Pattaya.Vehicle:Taxi.Travel time: 1 Hours.Price: 400 Bath / Person.

    General Information - Departure: Pattaya is the destination of this departure. Before we head off to next un-tourist island well

    be visting Pattaya which is a very famous tourist destination. This leads to higher prices, and it

    will be expensive to stay here, therefore we wont be here that long. However it is a perfect

    time to do fun things - like visting an amusement park or a water park. To get here well be

    going back from Koh Samet to Rayongand from there go to Pattaya by bus or taxi.

    See and do in Pattaya- Destination:

    * Underwater world Pattaya

    Pattayas most exciting aquarium, brings a slice of the deep ocean on shore in a serie of exhibits that take you

    from the sandy ebachers to shallow rock pool teeming with colourful reefs to the open ocean where predators and

    prays swim side by side. Enjoy the live feeding shows and watch real.time action as you progress down the

    100-metre acrylic tunnel, with all the brilliantly coloured creatures plying the waters above and all around you.

    Discover the riches of the worlds deep ocean, and you will be amazed at how much you learn in one

    entertaining hour.Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00

    Location: Along Sukhumvit Highway, 200 metres south of Tesco Lotus in South Pattaya


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    * Pattaya floating market

    Covering an area of 100,000sqm, the Four Regions Floating Market is separated into four sections each representing

    and selling items from the four major parts of Thailand (north, northeast, central and south). Expect to find many

    eateries, fruit stalls, souvenir shops and some art galleries. There is also a cultural show every afternoon. The 350million baht market has over 114 shops and water vendors selling authentic Thai food, desserts and specialties from all

    over the kingdom. For a floating market experience, hire a man-powered boat to get around and discover the richness of the

    surrounding Thai architecture and riverside life. Typically, the boat is big enough for four people and can be hired for a

    small fee for around 30 minutes.Opening Hours:10:00 23:00

    Location:451/304 Moo 12, Sukhumvit Road Pattaya


    *Pick pocketing is a big problem in town mostly in crowded places like Walking street try to follow the basic

    rules like dont carry your passport or more money that you need with you and try to have exact money for

    motorbike taxis.

    * :It's very simple to get this discount. You have to book your hotel by Internet. In fact on Internet, you can get

    a travel agent price which is always cheaper than if you book the hotel directly.

    I think you can get the cheapest prices for Pattaya on asiarooms. Go to :



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    3.) Koh Samui

    How to get there:

    Well be going from Pattayas Airport

    (U-Tapao) to Koh Samui (Samui,

    Thailand (USM)).

    Flight.From: U-TapaoDestination: Koh Samui.Verhicle: Airplane.Travel time: 1 Hours 10 Minutes.Price: 3800 Bath / Person.

    General Information - Departure: This is just another paradise island, thou theres a bit more flow of tourists here. But that

    doesnt change that you can find different budget stays. After getting of the plane at the

    airport youc and directly check for stays, there will be a location outside the airport where

    Thai-people want to rent you a place to stay.

    See and do in Koh Samui- Destination:

    * Just explore the island and the beaches* Hat Chawenr and Hat Lamai* Very cheap massages here


    * the taxi Buisiness is like a big mafia.the capes dont have taximeters on samui.thats illegal. therefore ask for the price at first.make bagaining.because the charge is everytime ver ry expensive.

    from airport to lamai almost 800 bhat.thats take a taxi is the biggest trap on ko samui.the better&cheaper way is to take a truck taxi the day chrarge

    until6PM 50 bhat. nightcharge 100bhat.but ask the driver although for price and destination at first


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    * Samui Rescue no. is 077 421 444

    Tourist Police no. is 1155

    4.) Koh Phangan

    How to get there:

    Get to a pier, preferably Maenam

    Pier. Then its only a 30 minutes

    ferry ride to Koh Phangan. However,

    a ferry is the key here.


    From: A pier, preferably MaenamDestination: Koh Phangan Verhicle: Ferry.

    Travel time:30 Minutes.

    Price: 200 Bath / Person.

    General Information - Departure: My thought about this departure is to get here as soon as possible after Koh Samui, since its half the prices on

    this island if you compare to Koh Samui. Also this destination Koh Phangan, is famous for its beach partyswhen its full moon. So hopefully we can experience that.

    We dont know where we will dock from the ferry, its depending from what pier we leave Koh Samui. So we

    need to be flexible on this part of the route. However if were lucky we land in Thong Sala- which is

    Phangans capital. Because we will need to go there to get an ATM. Because theres the only place were we

    will be amiable to get money. So before leaving to different places on the island, grab some money from an

    ATMin the capital .


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    See and do in Koh Phangan- Destination:My plan for this destination is to experience some real backpacking. Were going to head against

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