Boat trips

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What we say: 3.5 stars

The only way to explore the islands dotting the sparkling ocean that surrounds Ko Pha Ngan is by boat. You can get to Ang Thong National Marine Park from here, do a spot of fishing or simply explore the more difficult to find beaches on Ko Pha Ngan itself, such as Bottle Beach and Haad Sadet.

Ang Thong National Park

Find your own superlative.

Though Ang Thong is closer to Ko Samui — and cheaper to explore from there — you can make a trip to the beautiful archipelago from Ko Pha Ngan. Orion is one of the main boat tour companies that frequents this stunning archipelago; they don’t follow a strict itinerary and are extremely popular for their relaxed attitudes; settle into beanbags at the front of the boat and zip down the slide on the back if you’re feeling athletic. The trip costs 1,800 baht per person, or 2,000 baht if you’d like to do kayaking as well, with children aged four to 10 half price, and those under four free. Price includes pick up from your resort and leaves Thong Sala or Baan Tai at 09:00, returning at 17:30.

Baan tai pier.

Baan Tai Pier, your departure spot.

If you’re into fishing, Ko Pha Ngan’s waters offer a good chance to snare your own catch of the day. Phangan Funny Tour offers fishing trips day and night; their boat is large and able to hold up to 50 people, but their tour takes a maximum of 15. The 1,200 baht price includes fishing equipment, lunch, snacks and soft drinks, plus snorkel equipment. You can cook your fresh catch on board, too, savouring the fruits of your labour immediately. Day fishing trips depart from Baan Tai pier at 11:00, returning at 16:30, while the night fishing trips depart at 18:00 and return at midnight.

Haad Sadet

Haad Sadet is worth making an effort to find.

The Munchies tour is a great option for full mooners who want to see more of the island than just Haad Rin. Munchies explores Ko Pha Ngan’s most beautiful and difficult-to-reach beaches, including Haad Sadet, Thong Nai Pan, Bottle Beach, Ko Ma and Ko Tae. The trip includes lunch, soft drinks, snorkelling equipment and lifejackets, and, of course, a free bucket. At 1,000 baht per person, this trip is a good budget option. For an extra 700 baht you can camp overnight as part of the excursion. Tours depart from Chicken Corner in Haad Rin at 10:00 and return around 18:00.

Orion Tours
(081) 8945076

http://www.phanganboattrips.com/

Phangan Funny Tour
(077) 445 905; (086) 952 4543

Munchies Tour
(081) 083 0968; (086) 952 4543

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Canadian Kaila Krayewski is a journalist who is passionate about everything travel-related. Kaila lives on Ko Pha Ngan where she continues to hone her beach volleyball game.

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