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Recommended tour operators around Merlin? + a practical Q?

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Recommended tour operators around Merlin? + a practical Q?

I know that Fantastic is close, as in walking distance - but they "only" do the snorkeling trip, I want, they don't seem to arrange trips to Khao Lak. We (two boys age 8 and 11, and I) would like a day trip there.

Do I have other good options for trips close to Merlin?

Also, a small practical question... I don't expect spa-like conditions ;-) But I assume there's some kind of "bathrooms" both on khao sok and snorkeling trips?

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1. Re: Recommended tour operators around Merlin? + a practical Q?

I'm sorry but what do you mean by "trips to Khao Lak?" The Merlin is on Khao Lak Beach, which is the first of Khao Lak's several beaches that you reach coming from Phuket. It is a 10 minute taxi or hotel shuttle ride across the mountain and down into Bang La On, the main township of Khao Lak where most restaurants, bars and shops are to be found. Confusingly Bang La On is often referred to as Khao Lak Town or Khao Lak City or just Khao Lak.

Perhaps you mean Khao Sok? If so there are several tour shops near the Merlin including another one almost next to Mr.Moo's Fantastic Shop and plenty over in Bang La On where you can book day trips to Khao Sok. Speedboats to the Similans have toilets on board and there are facilities on the island where you have lunch. Similarly in Khao Sok, depending on where you are visiting there are restaurants or other places where you can use their "facilities".

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2. Re: Recommended tour operators around Merlin? + a practical Q?

Jeeeeez... I meant Khao Sok!

Sorry!

I'm relieved ( ;-) ) to know about the "facilities". Thank you, again. I still recall being in Morocco as a child. Wonderful most of the time, but not when on day trips....

Edited: 23 October 2014, 22:20
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3. Re: Recommended tour operators around Merlin? + a practical Q?

OP,

You wrote "...on Khao Sok...". You are aware Khao Sok is not an island... right?

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4. Re: Recommended tour operators around Merlin? + a practical Q?

CM

I think she only made one mistake, Khao Lak insread of Khao Sok since she was referring to "khao Sok" AND "snorkelling".

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5. Re: Recommended tour operators around Merlin? + a practical Q?

On was referring to trips, actually. As in "on khao sok trips and on snorkeling trips". I was just too lazy to write trips twice.

And yes, I know it's not, but thanks.

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6. Re: Recommended tour operators around Merlin? + a practical Q?

Cool... I just wanted to make sure because I've seen many people confused by 'khao' and 'Koh'.

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