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Snorkeling destination with on-land attractions?

Posted by CKDexterHaven on 4/6/2017 at 15:04

Two people traveling in August/September with about 4 nights for an island/beach. One of us wants to snorkel and get out on the water, but the other can't swim. Is there anywhere with beautiful marine scenery but on-land cultural appeal too: temples, museums, markets? Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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Posted by DLuek on 7/6/2017 at 05:38 TF writer

The problem is that August/September is thick of the rainy season for all the Andaman (west) coast islands (Phuket etc.) and the Eastern Gulf islands (Ko Chang etc.). So you're left with the lower Gulf islands - Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao. Both Samui and Pha Ngan have some a few okay temples and some markets but actually the snorkeling is not great from either of them so you'd want to do a day trip to the Ang Thong Islands. The snorkeling at Tao is pretty good, but there's not much to do on the island other than nightlife. You could split your time between islands and the mainland. For ex. go to Ko Pha Ngan and do a day trip to the Ang Thong Islands, then go back to the mainland and hit someplace like Nakhon Si Thammarat for temples, markets, Khao Luang National Park, etc.

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