We will spending 8 nights in Khao Lak, Thailand next February.
We love to snorkel (I don't dive) & are considering taking day snorkel trips to both the Surin & the Similan Islands... Has anyone gone to both? Is one better than the other for SNORKELING FROM THE BEACH? It's too difficult for me to get in/out of boat out in the water... due to a back injury.
Any recommended tour operator? Should we book via our hotel (KhaoLak Orchid Beach)?
I've read that there are speedboats that take an hour to get out there & big boats that take 2.5 hours. Is there an advantage to one or the other?
We also plan to do a day snorkel trip to Phang-Nga (lunch at Muslim fishing village, mangrove/island tour) that does not involve hiking or caving... any advice on a SPECIFIC tour operator that doesn't go out in a giant boat crammed with tourists?
Also, are these 3 all day excursions (plus a day renting a self drive car in the national park) a bit too much for an 8 day visit to Khao Lak?