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Snorkeling at the Phi Phi Islands (excursion from Khao Lak)

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Snorkeling at the Phi Phi Islands (excursion from Khao Lak)

We are staying at the Sarojin and have lined up an excursion to the Phi Phi Islands through Siam Adventure World. I understand that it is approximately 2 - 21/2 hours away, so we'd be spending 4-5 hrs of our day on a bus. Is this worth while? Has anyone done one of these tours?

Are there better tour operators you'd recommend?

Thank you.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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1. Re: Snorkeling at the Phi Phi Islands (excursion from Khao Lak)

All Phi Phi Island trips from Lhao Lak start from piers in either Phuket just over an hour away then a long and potentially uncomfortable speedboat ride or from Krabi about two hours away with a shorter speedboat or longtail boat ride. So whichever you are faced with a road and sea transfer time of at least 2 1/2 hours away and IMO Phi Phi is sadly now over rated and over commercialised and to go just for the snorkelling is not justified. Especially when in less than an hour from the Sarojin you could be at Kuraburi north of KL plus am about an hour speedboat to the Surin Islands for the best snorkelling in and around Khao Lak. Kuraburi Greenview is the recommended operator bookable for best price when you arrive in Khao Lak.

Immediately to the right of the Sarojin is White Sand Beach where there are three local restaurants, the centre one Aow Thong Beach Restaurant and Bungalows having a tour shop where you can book this and other tours as well as local taxis.

Southport, United...
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2. Re: Snorkeling at the Phi Phi Islands (excursion from Khao Lak)

Thank you for this full and frank answer, and in fact, its just made our minds up. Don't want to waste a single second of our precious time in Khao Lak.... and after looking at the various pics of nearby islands...that's going to be what we do. Maybe go to see Phi Phi islands another time, when staying nearer. There are loads of different tour companies in Khao lak offering similar, with slight variations of trips to these islands, where I'm sure you would have more time to pack in as much , or, as little into the day, without the hassle of a long journey...

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