[quote=“Loretta”]I’m wondering whether Thailand would be a good place to take a break around CNY. I was thinking of going to Koh Tao, then I didn’t book a ticket and worried it would be too expensive, and now they’ve done the tsunami thing.
Will tickets be cheap again now?
Will the east coast islands be overrun with backpackers who can’t hang out in Phuket now?
A few thoughts. I had a ticket recently for this timeframe on KLM Airlines for NT $10,000, roundtrip from Taipei to Bangkok. When I checked Koh Tao, I found that the good and inexpensive places were booked, the bad and inexpensive places were available, and the exhorbitantly expensive places were available. There might be much more available there that I’m totally unaware of. Koh Samui did seem to be getting some overflow from Phuket, but there are some cancellations, so maybe that’s a wash. Koh Phangan (between Samui and Tao) seemed more promising. Last thought: The World Health Organization just recently started expressing caution about the spread of malaria and other diseases due to tsunami effects, and paraphrased, the guy said that deaths from disease could easily outnumber deaths from the tsunami and earthquake directly. Of course, his comment applied to the whole region, and less to Thailand as it wasn’t damaged as much as other places. That said, just as Bangkok is a major transit point for people, so it will likely be with any regional, communicable diseases.