Boat trips

Beaches and islands

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What we say: 3.5 stars

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.

Last updated: 30th June, 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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