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Phuket: Maya, Phi Phi, and Bamboo Island with Buffet Lunch

1. Phuket: Maya, Phi Phi, and Bamboo Island with Buffet Lunch

Depart from Phuket and cruise in a speedboat across the ocean to the Phi Phi Islands. Enter the picturesque Loh Sama Bay and walk across the sands to relax on Maya Bay. Spot local wildlife at Monkey Beach and indulge in a beach-side restaurant buffet before snorkeling on Bamboo Island. Get picked up from your hotel in Phuket and travel to the pier to meet your friendly crew and group for the day. Be welcomed onto the boat with a soft drink and seasonal fruits as you're briefed about the tour. Arrive at Loh Sama Bay, a famous site of Koh Phi Phi Leh, located on the eastern side of the island's southern tip. The bay has a small islet in the center, along with a tiny beach at the back of a small canyon on its northern part. From Loh Sama Bay you will walk over to Maya Bay, famous for being the set of the movie, The Beach. Here, spend time enjoying the view of the local white sand beach and take some time to walk around. Appreciate the restoration work around the bay, and respect the strict rules that have been placed to preserve its natural beauty for everyone. Visit Pileh Lagoon, an uninhabited national park, which truly allows you to take in the natural environment. It is one of the most stunning places to visit in Thailand due to being an enclosed lagoon with its bright emerald waters encircled by towering limestone cliffs. In front of the steep and dark cliffs, there is a narrow strip of fine white sand, where you can a small secluded beach. Ponder over your existence, let your toes feel the grains, and feel the peace of being where you are. Visit Viking Cave, an excellent way to discover one of the most profitable local industries in the past, the harvesting of swiftlet bird nests. Particularly prized in Chinese culture, these edible nests are believed to promote good health, specifically for the skin. Next, you will have the chance to visit monkey beach, one of the most unique locales on the Phi Phi Islands. Reach, an idyllic spot, surrounded by nature and steep rock formations that makes the whole vision of the beach a beautiful memory that will last forever. Limestone cliffs surround the beach and the wild monkeys can be seen up in these cliffs, chilling out on the sand or swimming in the sea. Here, take a moment to sightsee, but keep your distance from the wild monkeys to avoid a dangerous altercation. Enjoy a delicious International Buffet Lunch at a beach-side restaurant on Phi Phi Don. After lunch, travel to Nui Bay, a dive site on the northwest coast of Koh Phi Phi Don. It offers a shallow dive and is also well-known for snorkeling trips inside the bay. Get excited for some free time on Bamboo Island where you will be able to swim, relax, or sunbathe for an hour and a half. The island measures roughly 600 meters wide by 700 meters long, and the island is shaped almost like a heart. Surrounding the island, is a strip of white powder sand, which boasts as a highlight of the Phi Phi islands. Afterward, return to your speedboat and enjoy a comfortable transfer back to your hotel.

Koh Lanta: Adventure Sea Tour to Koh Rok and Koh Haa

2. Koh Lanta: Adventure Sea Tour to Koh Rok and Koh Haa

Get picked up either by speed boat directly from the hotel beach or by car from the lobby (depends on the location of the resort). Cruise on a modern speed boat from Koh Lanta to Koh Rok in less than 1 hour with professional skipper and knowledgeable fluent English speaking tour guide. The new and spacious boat offers both outdoor and indoor saloons, clean toilet and is equipped with the latest safety and navigational equipment. All our crew are trained in first aid and CPR. Protected as part of Mu Ko Lanta National Park, these twin islands are some of the most beautiful in Thailand’s Andaman Sea with brilliant white sand beaches, crystal turquoise waters, expansive coral reefs and metre-long land monitor lizards. The sister islands of Koh Rok consist of Koh Rok Nai (the 'inner' island which is closer to the mainland) and Koh Rok Nok (the 'outer' island). They are separated by a 250 m coral channel and much of the corals are not more than 5 metres under the surface and can be easily explored with a snorkel. We advise to bring your Go Pro or waterproof phone case to capture the amazing underwater scenes. During the trip you will make several snorkel stops around Koh Rok and enjoy a delicious Thai lunch served on Koh Rok Nai. Spend leisure time strolling on the long white sandy beaches of Ao Man Sai, Laem Thong and Sarn Chao Beach. For the more sporty of you, follow the trail leading up to Pha Samed Daeng, a viewpoint affording sweeping northern vistas to Koh Ngai and Koh Lanta. Book this tour with confidence to enjoy the best quality service you deserve on your holiday. Remember that it's only available from 15th October to 15th May every year due to the tropical monsoons and the closure of the National Park during low season.

Phuket: Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay Day Trip with Lunch

3. Phuket: Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay Day Trip with Lunch

Tour the paradisical Phi Phi Islands, and explore Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh on a guided speedboat day trip from Phuket. Dip below the waves with 3 snorkeling stops and tuck into a buffet lunch by the beach. Start your morning with hotel pickup and a complimentary coffee or tea with cookies. Hop on a speedboat, and make your way to Green Island for snorkeling while observing marine wildlife. Continue to Phi Phi Leh island, featured in iconic movies, including "The Beach." Sightsee along Maya Bay and Loh Samah Bay by boat before taking a swim in Pileh Lagoon, known for its emerald water encircled by limestone karst cliffs. Bring your camera to Viking Cave and see its bird nests. At noon, arrive at Phi Phi Don island. Here, regain your strength with a buffet lunch at a beachside restaurant. After, enjoy free time to discover this lush island with its many shops and cafes. Stop by Monkey Beach to catch a glimpse of the monkeys who call this beach home. Then, head to Nui Bay to swim, snorkel or soak up the sunshine. Finally, visit Khai Island and relax on its pristine shores or enjoy the water before a return transfer to your hotel.

From Ko Lanta: 4 Islands Snorkeling Tour by Long Tail Boat

4. From Ko Lanta: 4 Islands Snorkeling Tour by Long Tail Boat

Start with pickup from your hotel in Koh Lanta Yai at 8:30 AM. Board the long tail boat in Koh Lanta's old town and travel first to Ko Chuek known as "Rope Island." Enjoy an opportunity to snorkel early in the morning while there are no currents and the water is amazingly clear and turquoise in color. Next sail to Koh Muk, or "Pearl Island", where the Emerald Cave is located. While in the cave, swim on the hidden beach and the lagoon, in what is the highlight of the day trip.  Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch right on the beach at Koh Ngai, a lush paradise island teeming with colorful fish along its shores. After lunch visit Koh Maa, or "Horse Island." Here you can do more snorkeling, swimming, or relax for the remainder of the afternoon before being returned to Koh Lanta.

Koh Lanta: Phi Phi Day Trip By Speed Boat

5. Koh Lanta: Phi Phi Day Trip By Speed Boat

Start with pickup from your hotel at 8:30 AM and depart from Koh Lanta. Travel to the first stop of the tour, the island of Phi Phi Lay, the island made famous by the movie "The Beach." Then, take a relaxing stroll on the picturesque beach of Maya Bay. Make a quick stop at the Viking Cave, swim at Pileh Lagoon, Loh Moodee, and do some snorkeling at Monkey Beach. Enjoy a delicious lunch on the beach. At 1:30 PM arrive at Phi Phi Don's Shark Point for some snorkeling. Do some sightseeing on the island and walk to the beautiful viewpoint for an amazing photo opportunity. Depart at 3:00 PM from Phi Phi Don back to Lanta Island for a transfer back to your hotel.

Ko Lanta Yai: Half-Day Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Tour

6. Ko Lanta Yai: Half-Day Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in the morning or the afternoon, depending on the option selected. Upon arrival, your English-speaking tour guide will give you an introduction to the sanctuary and the elephants. Take some bananas and offer them to the elephants. Get acquainted with your new friends before hopping into the mud pool with them. Give the elephants a relaxing mud spa. Elephants naturally soak their skin with mud as a way to protect their skin from the sun, just like humans put on sunscreen. After the fun mud spa, enjoy bathing with the elephants in the water pool. Brush off the mud and exfoliate their skin to give them a relaxing pampering. Next, learn how to prepare food and herbal medicine for elephants. The herbal medicine is a mixture of multiple nutrient sources needed by elephants to stay healthy. They are like a supplement to their diet. Enjoy relaxing and feeding the elephants their herbal medicine. This is a perfect photo opportunity. Learn how to make eco-paper from elephant dung and take back the paper as a souvenir to show your friends and family.

Koh Lanta: 4 Islands and Emerald Cave Snorkelling Trip

7. Koh Lanta: 4 Islands and Emerald Cave Snorkelling Trip

Start with pickup from your hotel in Koh Lanta at 8:30 AM. Sail to the first island, Koh Ngai, and enjoy snorkeling for approximately 40 minutes. Take in the beautiful surroundings of the jungle hills and limestone karst cliffs.  Next sail to Koh Muk, or "Pearl Island", where the Emerald Cave is located. While in the cave, swim on the hidden beach and in the lagoon, in what is the highlight of the day trip. Relax and snorkel on the next island of Koh Kradan with its beautiful white sand beach and turquoise waters. Enjoy lunch served right on the beach.  After lunch sail onwards to Koh Chuek, or "Rope Island", and discover the abundant schools of vivid tropical fish and large expanses of soft coral reefs. Rope Island is known as one of the gems of the Andaman Ocean, with corals reefs still in perfect condition. After taking some time to enjoy this tropical paradise, be returned to your hotel in Koh Lanta.

Ko Lanta: Koh Rok and Koh Haa Snorkelling Tour by Speedboat

8. Ko Lanta: Koh Rok and Koh Haa Snorkelling Tour by Speedboat

Explore the crystal clear waters around Koh Haa and Koh Rok with this island-hopping tour. Snorkel in various places and admire the abundant sea life. Enjoy included lunch and resort transfers. Get picked up from your accommodation on Ko Lanta at 8:30 AM. After boarding your speedboat, arrive at the first point for snorkeling at Koh Haa around 9:30 AM. Marvel at the stunning scenery both above and under the clear turquoise water, and discover a variety of beautiful soft corals. A little over an hour later, head toward Koh Rok, a paradise island for snorkeling lovers. Koh Rok consists of the twin islands, Koh Rok Nok and Koh Rok Nai, with a distance of only 250 meters (273 yards) between them. Plunge into the clear water between the islands and see colorful anemone and a wide range of fish on the varieties of coral reef. Continue to a second snorkeling spot at Koh Rok for more coral reefs and fish. At 12.00 PM, enjoy some time to swim, relax, do some sightseeing around the island, and savor lunch. On land, find a powder white sandy beach populated by monitor lizards and some hermit crabs, who are always friendly and welcoming.  You'll make one more snorkeling stop at Koh Rok Nai at 1:30 PM before departing from Koh Rok at 3 PM and transferring back to your resort.

Krabi Airport: Private Transfers to/from Hotels in Koh Lanta

9. Krabi Airport: Private Transfers to/from Hotels in Koh Lanta

Ensure the beginning and end of your visit to Koh Lanta is entirely relaxing and worry-free with this private airport transfer service. Your personal driver will pick you up at Krabi Airport and drive you directly to your hotel on Koh Lanta or vice versa.  You will get a meet and greet from a professional driver and help with your luggage. Transfer in a comfortable vehicle such as a Toyota Camry or Fortuner for 1-3 passengers and Toyota Ventury or Commuter for 4-9 passengers. For this service, you won't have to go through the hassle of changing different transportations to transfer to or from the island. Simply sit back and relax as the same car is transferred via ferry. Take advantage of a service that includes insurance, a professional driver and an air-conditioned vehicle.

Phuket: Phi Phi Tour by Speedboat & Lunch Buffet

10. Phuket: Phi Phi Tour by Speedboat & Lunch Buffet

Explore the highlights of the Phi Phi islands on this full-day speedboat tour from Phuket. Use the onboard snorkeling gear to get up close to local marine life at locations like Bamboo Island, Monkey beach, and Pileh Lagoon. Eat a scrumptious buffet lunch on Phi Phi Don. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Phuket and sit back and relax on the drive to the marina. Enjoy scenic ocean and shoreline views on the trip to Bamboo Island. Dive into the crystal clear waters or snorkel through colorful marine life. Cruise to Yong Kasem (Monkey Beach) and take some time to explore the local coral reefs. Continue past the unique rock formations at Nui Bay and Camel Rock. In the afternoon, stop at a beachside restaurant on Phi Phi Don for a delicious lunch buffet that is brimming with local flavors. Head to the island of Phi Phi Lae to visit the Viking Cave. Admire the breathtaking turquoise waters of Pileh Lagoon and swim through a natural pool that is surrounded by cliff formations. Walk through the white sands at the famous Maya Bay, which was featured in the movie "The Beach." Return to the Royal Phuket Marina at the end of your tour and transfer to your hotel.    

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What people are saying about Ko Lanta

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 824 reviews

Worth five stars for the price! In addition to lunch, a light snack in the morning and fruit, drinks and local delicacies on the boat. Ice cream at the end of the trip. Lunch was good, rice, vegetables, chicken, fruit and soup. Bambusaari was the highlight of the trip. At the first destination, Maya Beach, there was a traffic jam, and tourists breaking the national park's swimming ban, which dampened the atmosphere. The other destinations were beautiful and more peaceful. Our group's guide was Paula and she and her team were great! We sat at the bow of the boat, which had the best views during the boat trip

very good value for money. We were picked up at the hotel and arrived at the port at 9am for drinks and sweet snacks. Then we went straight to the tour, whereby the tour guide changed the program due to the high tide and we snorkeled at the beginning. This was a very good decision. We were provided with drinks and fresh fruit throughout the trip. The food, which is often criticized here, was good for the price you pay for the tour! At the end everyone got an ice cream to say goodbye.

Really good experience. The guides are very helpful and kind. The speed boat ride, serene landscapes and snorkelling/swimming in those clear waters in this day trip is everything that’ll make your trip to Thailand worth it. Totally recommend!

Absolutely fantastic trip! We were in the most beautiful surroundings both on land and in the water. We had the sweetest guide with us, who made us feel comfortable throughout the trip. This tour has my warmest recommendation.

Great trip, modern boat, good guide, free water on board, fresh fruit, and at the end of the trip magnum ice cream :) Unforgettable views, being in Phuket is really worth taking this trip :)