I've looked at websites which offer snorkelling and kayaking tours and the average prices are 1900-2200 for speed boats and 1500 baht for longtail boats. Is this normal on the island or can you get better deals?
I normally pay 500-600 for longtail and 900-1000 for speedboat from chang/trang/krabi.
#2 guernseydan has been a member since 26/12/2010. Posts: 52
Rosanne here, the Samui correspondent. Your prices are about right for a tour to the Marine Park. http://www.tourskohsamui.com/angthong.html See this one, that offers a direct booking discount to 1700 baht. Note that this is usually a full day trip, so not a bad price and the boats travel quite far to the Marine Park so a lot of fuel is used. Usually incl lunch and drinks too.
The alternative is to take a tour that is only a 20 min long boat trip from Thong Krut in the south, to Koh Matsum, where the snorkelling is actually very good. see this link http://www.tktoursamui.com/kayaking-snorkelling-trip.php
If you don't want to leave Samui, then your best snorkelling beaches would be Coral Bay and Crystal Bay, just before Lamai.
I did the review on Promsuk Buri, it is a good place. The Kayaking is great in the Marine Park, better than the snorkelling actually. We regularly go to the Marine Park as well as around Samui, and the snorkelling is better at Ko Matsum, but kayaking around the many islands in the Marine Park is spectacular. The snorkelling beaches I mentioned are not far from where you want to stay. Not as good as getting off the island, but still worth a swim around x
Last time I went it was April and it was as hot as hell during the day. That resort charges low season prices in June so happy about that. Not a big diff in prices but a saving is still good. Just have to find cheap flight deal and work out the northern part of my trip.
tao, watsum, ang thong 3 days
explore island 2-3 days
relax 3-4 days
9-10 nights should be the right amount
That sounds good. Check out Choeng Mon beach, and also Fisherman's Village walking street market on a Friday night, or the Mae Nam one on a Thursday night. Lamai has theirs on a Sunday night, closest to you.