Can you send them to me too.bajm wrote:Hamradio,
I have sent you a PM with a list of URL's of Ban Krut resorts.
Pet-1, I am glad you enjoyed your stay. You mention being able to stay longer. Well if you are serious then it is not so difficult once you get here.
You can save considerable amounts both when traveling and staying in a resort. I think that all of the guest houses in the higher end of the market (1,000 Baht plus) will offer long term discount. This can start at as little as three days with further reductions for a week or a month. You often have to ask though. Places don't always promote discounts. Also there are very clean beach side bungalows starting at 300 Baht per night.
You seem to have travel costs sorted OK but of course it is always wise to take the extra time and make a saving by going by train rather than taxi, and it is much safer. If possible get straight out of Bangkok after getting off the plane. I have taken longer getting from Don Muang to Nana than I have getting to Cha Am (2 hours max) when the traffic conditions were against me.
Eating out is another area to save. Bang Saphan is very good for cheap eats. 30 - 40 baht will get you most Thai dishes. Western food is also cheap here. Bars here charge less for a large bottle of beer than HH bars charge for a small bottle.
When I used to come here for short stays, my budget was the same for 4 weeks as it was for 8. The only difference was that my daily allowance shrunk a little. The biggest costs are fixed such as air fare, travel to and from the airport and the necessary accommodation on route.
If you or anybody has any questions on travel in the region then don't be afraid to ask. I have been traveling this part of Thailand for 8 years now.