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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Aug-Sept 2012
Active RetireesTM | 23 TRAVEL CRUISE Along the coast of southern Thailand, myriad islands mesmerise and tantalise. Forget Koh Samui -- which is over developed, overpriced and over on the east coast -- the best island-hopping adventures are along the Andaman coast between Phuket and Penang (Malaysia). All the major islands and most beaches are well connected by public ferry. These boats are large, comfortable and safe, and tickets can be bought at the dock on the day of departure. Distances are short and the seas usually calm; they can get rough in the wet season from May to October, when services may be reduced or cancelled. A more common form of transport is the long-tail boat, a common feature of the best known images of southern Thailand. Although not as comfortable as ferries -- getting in and out can be problematic, especially with luggage -- they are great fun. Long-tails can be chartered to anywhere, » A beach of one's own Board a ferry or charter a long-tail boat to reach the quiet beaches of Thailand's southern islands. By Paul Greenway $ Ao Nang, near Krabi, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. It is quiet, compact and serviced by a few roadside food stalls. Thinkstock
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