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Ko Surin island vs Phi Phi island

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Ko Surin island vs Phi Phi island

Many people comment that Phi Phi island is a must do but others comment it would be very crowded during peak season (between christmas and new year). We love to go to Phi Phi island but not sure...

As we are going to Ko Surin island for snorkelling in 3 days 2 nights, is it still worth going to Phi Phi island for a day trip if there are very crowded? or maybe we should go to 4 islands, Hong island, Phang Nga bay. We will be staying in Krabi for 3 and half days.

Any comments are appreciated.

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1. Re: Ko Surin island vs Phi Phi island

Personally for a day trip I prefer the 4 islands trip as Phi Phi these days can, sadly, be something of an anti-climax if you expect the picture postcard, although there are still beautiful, less commercialised parts. I appreciate though that others have completely different views. However, both the $ islands and Phi Phi are entirely different from the Surins. Phang Nga Bay including sea canoes though (looking at James Bond Island - same comments as about Phi Phi) offers a completely different, and memorable, experience.

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2. Re: Ko Surin island vs Phi Phi island

There are numerous snorkel spots around the Phi Phi islands and they are pretty popular. Because the islands are further out from the peninsula, you may see more deep water species. As well as lots of the human species, of course. If you just can't get enough snorkeling, I'd give it a try. But I wouldn't go out there just for the beaches and scenery.

Edited: 08 November 2010, 12:57
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3. Re: Ko Surin island vs Phi Phi island

just curious - what is this 4 island tour you mention?

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4. Re: Ko Surin island vs Phi Phi island

The Four Island Tour is a popular tour usually by long tail boat from the various beaches in Krabi but also by speedboat.

"The 'Four Islands' - a popular trip from Ao Nang, this day tour takes in Ko Poda, Ko Gai (Chicken Island) and Ko Tub, with its sweeping sandbar, plus the beautiful Phra Nang Bay on Railay peninsula. This beach, inaccessible by road, is considered to be one of the most beautiful strips of sand in the world." - see www.yourkrabi.com/krabi-island-hopping.php

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5. Re: Ko Surin island vs Phi Phi island

Thanks for the info!

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6. Re: Ko Surin island vs Phi Phi island

Ko Surin is superb for snokelling and there is relatively fewer people. I would just take the Phang Nga Bay tour instead. Phi Phi can be very crowded as you mentioned earlier.

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7. Re: Ko Surin island vs Phi Phi island

if you love to snorkel , Koh Surin is the best snorkelin site in thailand. Surin has more coral and fish species than any islands in Thailand. there is one company leave from Namkhem pier nearby Khaolak with pick up from hotel in Phuket or Khaolak. www.seastarandaman.com

if u want cheaper ferry , go to Kuraburi pier which is about 5 - 6 hrs from Phuket while Namkhem is only about 2 hours away

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8. Re: Ko Surin island vs Phi Phi island

Depends where you are staying on Phuket but Kuraburi pier is about 3 hours. It is about 75 minutes from Khao Lak.

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9. Re: Ko Surin island vs Phi Phi island

Seastarandaman looks very good and is more convenient. particularly if you are staying in Khao Lak which is only abut 30 minutes from Nam Khem (where the ferry to Koh Kho Khao goes from) but seems more expensive when compared to say Kuraburi Greenview for a similar day trip to the Surins.

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