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Boat trips

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As Ko Pha Ngan has (so-far) dodged the airport bullet, the only way to get to and from the island is by boat, and while regular ferries ply the standard commuter legs, there are a few options for other boat trips that tend to be far more fun than a night boat to Surat Thani.

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While most travellers tend to visit Ang Thong Marine Park by tour from Ko Samui, you can also do the trip from Ko Pha Ngan with Orion Boat Trips who get excellent reviews for their comfy boat and relaxed attitudes. If you're travelling with kids they'll love the slide at the back of the boat. Trips start at 09:00 from Ban Tai and you're back on Ko Pha Ngan around 18:00-18:30 in the evening. The trip costs 1,700 baht per person, or 1,900 baht if you’d like to do kayaking as well. The price includes transfer to and from wherever you're staying on Ko Pha Ngan, kids 4 to 10 are half price and under 4 are free. The price does not include the National Park entry fee of 300 baht.

The Marine Park is pretty special. Photo taken in or around Boat trips, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand by David Luekens.

The Marine Park is pretty special. Photo: David Luekens

Longtail snorkelling and beach tours that hop around to various beaches on the island and are sold all over Ko Pha Ngan. Munchies remains a popular option, but you can just as easily roll together your own trip and approach a longtail driver on Haad Rin. A typical trip from Haad Rin would visit Haad Yao (east), Haad Sadet (for the waterfall), Thong Nai Pan Noi, Bottle Beach and perhaps Haad Khom, but you can go further – it is down to how much you are willing to pay (and how long you're happy to spend on a longtail rather than in the water or on the beach). Expect to pay around 1,000 baht per person for a day trip that includes snorkelling gear – the more people you can rustle up the cheaper it gets.

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