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#1 Kho Samed ?

Postby Trongpai » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:46 pm

Also and interchangeability spelled Kho Samet.

I've been several times going back to the late 80's-90's when it was a true national park with only limited park service lodging, no electric and one TV on battery power on the island at a place called Richard's.

I was last there a around 4 years ago and was developed but it was a nice trip. I was thinking of going there now and I was surprised that Agoda had so many resort listings now with the top place at 17,000 per night. As I browsed the options and read the reviews I was dismayed. I'll dismiss one or two negative reviews but every place had many complaints. The common one being large constant groups of Chinese day tripping tourists being flag marched into the resorts and beaches for a group lunch. Being loud, leaving garbage etc.

After spending considerable time looking at the options, the prices and the problems I'm having second thoughts on a trip to Kho Samed. Anyone with current information on the island and suitable lodging would be appreciated.

I was at a travel fair in Bangkok a few weeks ago and bought a resort package for Kho Phayam, Ranong Provance, Andamam. The booth for the resort actually had a sign that said, "No Chinese Tour Groups" in Thai only but the person selling me the package kept telling me, no Chinese on this island as a selling point. Sold me and we're booked for the last week of November.

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#2 Re: Kho Samed ?

Postby Josan » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:57 am

Trongpai wrote:the person selling me the package kept telling me, no Chinese on this island as a selling point.

No Chinese tour groups, and no Chinese are two different things!

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#3 Re: Kho Samed ?

Postby Undaunted » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:37 am

Josan wrote:
Trongpai wrote:the person selling me the package kept telling me, no Chinese on this island as a selling point.

No Chinese tour groups, and no Chinese are two different things!

The point made by the person selling the package is quite obvious :!:
"In the land of the blind the one eyed man is king"

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#4 Re: Kho Samed ?

Postby Trongpai » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:03 pm

Josan wrote:No Chinese tour groups, and no Chinese are two different things!

Yes, of course but I think she meant no tour groups. Sorry I did not question her further. The problem is not Chinese but tour groups of any nationality. It just so happens that the majority of the tour groups are Chinese. Independent Chinese tourists mainland or SE Asian (ethnic Chinese of various Nationalities) do not cause problems. Some are really good looking too!


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