Boat trips

Beaches and islands

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Ao Nang's beach is nothing to write home about, so it's no surprise that many visitors take boat trips to some of the area's more pristine places.

While the most popular day trip from Ao Nang is probably to Railay, the closest island is Ko Poda, a small and rugged patch of white sand beaches and dramatic cliffs. Longtail boats depart for Ko Poda every day from the south side of Ao Nang beach at 08:00, and whenever full thereafter, and return at 15:00. The trip costs 100 baht one-way and is a good option if you want to see one of the small national park islands but don't feel like going with (or paying for) a boat tour.

With that said, the majority of travellers opt to take an all-inclusive boat tour of the area. These typically start at 09:00 and finish up around 16:00 and include pick-up at your hotel. They cost anywhere from 500 to 2,000 baht per person, depending on which program you choose and whether you want a speedboat or longtail boat.

A common program is the "four islands tour", which actually goes to three islands -- usually Ko Poda, Ko Tup and Chicken Island -- as well as Railay. Other popular day trip destinations include Ko Phi Phi, Bamboo Island and the spectacular Ko Hong to the north.

Boat tours often include snorkelling, kayaking and/or visiting caves, and they always incorporate limited time for beach lounging and swimming.

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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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