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The most popular activities on (or off to be precise) Ko Chang are boat trips to the surrounding islands. These come in a range of styles and prices. Most focus on snorkelling, though some are centred on fishing, kayaking, yachting or just plain cruising.

The most common boat trips are usually dubbed "Five Island" excursions. These generally include pick up at your hotel, lunch and snorkelling equipment, and begin around 09:00. They include several stops for snorkelling, usually around the tiny islands off the coast of Ko Rong, where the underwater scenery is magnificent. A stop for snorkelling and beach lounging at Ko Wai is also compulsory.

Prices range from 600 to 1,300 baht per person, dependent on the size of the boat, whether it's a speedboat or slowboat, how many people in the group and quality of the food. It's wise to shop around for the trip that best suits you. Popular companies include Kai Bae Hut Speedboat, Attipol Tour and Kon Tiki, but there are several more. If possible, it's best to take the tours on weekdays, as they get crowded with Thai travellers on weekends and holidays.

For something different, Thai Fun offers more of a sightseeing cruise that lasts much longer than the usual tours and takes you to more islands, with some time for snorkelling also provided. Both Sea Adventures and Island View Resort offer sailing excursions, while Sea Hunters focuses on deep water fishing trips. Some companies also offer kayak tours, if you prefer to paddle yourself.

Last updated: 3rd March, 2014

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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