Thailand Where Should I Visit

I have travelled to Thailand many times and have visited many towns.
I have four days to fill in February and looking at Khon Kaen,
Hat Yai, Udon Thani and Surat Thani. If anyone has been to any
of these towns I would appreciate advice if they are worth a
visit and what is there to see/do.
Single male traveling alone.

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    Single male traveling alone.

    Wherever the most convincing ladyboys are then?

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      Inadvertently went on a boat tour run by some once. Only realised when they did the end of tour lapdances and had some very poorly dressed lady boys. 9/10 would recommend to anyone.

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    What are you into? Cities? Relaxing rainforests?

    A bit more info about travel preferences might help.

    Have you ever considered scuba diving? Great activity for a solo traveler, and pretty cheap in Thailand too for a few days by the water.

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    The biggest problem with a lot of country towns in Thailand is that they are very big. Long wide roads with miles between things, and little 'tourist friendly' public transport.
    Hat Yai, never been, never will. Dangerous part of Thailand.
    Khon Kaen have researched before, and scratched it off the list - per previous comments - problem with country towns .
    Surat Thani - never been tempted.
    Udon Thani, have been several times. Most things are close. There are a few walks that you can do. Riverside markets and Riverside massages. Very civilised. Not a lot to do. Can do a 2 hour drive to the border.
    CHiang Rai - similar to Udon Thani. Hire car/driver round trip to border, and golden triangle - approx 2000 thb.
    I always recommend Hua Hin to my friends. Google things to do there. Golf, elephant rides, Monkey mountain (I don't recommend), beach horse riding, Muay Thai - not professional. Lots of pubs, bars, restaurants. Not sleezy.
    Krabi and stay Railay or Ao Nang (Short boat ride between) very small very quiet. Ao Nang has a little more to do re pubs restaurants.
    Chiang Mai probably the biggest with the most pubs, hotels, etc etc. Lots of temples :( river rafting trip, walk up a million steps to a temple. Transport ok & Uber/Grab. Lots of young backpackers, some wearing Thai fishing pants, or tie-dyed clothes.
    Let us know where you go, as I am always looking for side trips, where things are reasonably close & transport is easy.

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    Am up for most things with the exception of trekking and visiting another temple.

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      my advice is to use scooter taxis to get around

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        Not readily available in lots of country towns. But maybe grab bikes/taxis. Thais use 'Grab' a lot, but I don't know if English language friendly, because if they ring you then you will be snookered!

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    Sorry to hijack, but I am into resting next to the beach, and travelling in group of 4 ish.

    Any recommendation? Thanks.

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      People rave about the islands. Eg Koh Phi Phi, Koh Si Chang, Koh Samui etc. But I've never been to the islands as I feel as though they would be like a giant tourist resort, and not suit a solo male traveller, but poss. good for groups. Koh Phi Phi is supposed to be good for diving - Other islands probably too.
      Other than the islands (As I don't know about) , beaches in Thailand are pretty poor by comparison to Aust. but may be good compared to UK, Europe etc.
      As I said before, I like Hua Hin, as a beach side town.
      Also of interest, I think that there is now a ferry Hua Hin <-> Pattaya. https://www.thethailandlife.com/pattaya-to-hua-hin-ferry-ser...

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        Thanks, I keep these names in name when I do more research.

        Thinking to go around Easter.

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          Research the dates/airfares as the good airfare prices can very much rely on dates. Also the closer that you get to your travel date the prices tend to go up…..I've never seen them go down.

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    Curious why you picked the 4 places (is it access to airports?) - which out of them, probably Surat Thani would be of interest to me as I haven't been there before and is considered safe. While its usually stated to stay away from Hat Yai - to be honest I reckon it would be worth a look for about 2-3 nights - just stay in the main town/built up areas (but I would read the fine print of my travel insurance first).

    Khon Kaen and Udon Thani - why? Been to KK too many times and Udon twice - out of the two I would go to KK as its more developed, but to be honest, neither are that interesting and would definitely choose other places in Thailand ahead of them. If your idea of travel (not saying this is true about you) is to stay in the hotel all day and come out for dinner and then a few beers afterwards before returning to the hotel, with the occasional shopping center or local attraction/market mixed in - doesn't really matter where you go in Thailand and the real focus is on selecting the hotel that suits your comfort level.

    If you are looking for a different experience to date in Thailand, Hat Yai would definitely be the choice out of the 4. If you are thinking Udon, there's also Nong Khai which I would pick over Udon - eating dinner on the bank of the Mekong river is nice and if you get bored of the place quickly, you can easily organise to do a day trip (with Laos driver) to Vientiane and come back in the afternoon.

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    I chose these places for no other reason that they all have airports

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      Check out nokair and to a lesser extent airasia - plenty of places in Thailand with airports these days.

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    Phnom Penh. I am going in June. AAsia ~$60 each way from DMK. They say that it is like Thailand 20 or so years ago.

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    how about training at a Muay thai gym? at least is a different experience!

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      Can do in Hua Hin!

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        In Hua Hin u must check Sitjaopho Muay thai camp! One of my fav camps ever!