Boat trips

Get off the sands and into the sea

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What we say: 3.5 stars

A typical full day group tour lasts from 11:00 to 17:00 and costs 600 baht per person, with groups of up to 12 people. The usual itinerary includes stops at Ko Kuti, Ko Thalu, Ko Plateen and Ko Kham for snorkelling the coral reefs and lounging on white sand beaches where sea turtles sometimes nest, and finishes with a stop at a fish farm.

A half-day trip runs from around 14:00 to 17:00, costs 400 baht per person, and usually only spins around Ko Samet with a couple of stops for snorkelling. The full-day trip should include a barbecue lunch, snacks and all the water you can drink, while the half-day tour will only offer snacks and water.

If you have the time, the full-day excursion seems to be a better experience. It's also possible to go on a night squid fishing boat, or to charter a boat and plan your own itinerary. If you prefer kayaks to speedboats, they can be rented from resorts on all of the beaches for around 150 baht per hour or 500 baht for a full day.

Last updated: 9th November, 2013

About the author:
Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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