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“Best snorkelling place in Thailand - true nature experience”

Mu Ko Surin National Park
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Full Day Surin Island by Speedboat from Phuket
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Khuraburi
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“Best snorkelling place in Thailand - true nature experience”
Reviewed 29 December 2012

Ko Surin is the true nature experience, no tourism, just a few tents at the beach, simple restaurant with certain times when you can something to eat. The water is amazing, blue, green and turquoise, just like in any Maldives travel prospect! Snorkelling trips were very good, coral life was surprisingly good and we enjoyed the whole stay of 3 nights. Also took the nature trail to the Ao Mai Ngam Bay, great trip, lonely and beautiful beach, saw a snake in the tree and several varans on our way back. This island is a gem and it is definetely worth a trip for a few days!

Visited November 2012
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“beautiful island pity the bad accommodation”
Reviewed 6 December 2012

We originally wanted to stay on the island for three days but the accomodation was so bad that we left the following day.
Snorkelling of the island is brilliant and we saw a lot of wonderful sea life in the beautiful clear waters .Also it was wonderful to frolic on the beaches basking in torquise green and warm waters
Unfortunately the accommodation is less than to be desired. The cottage that we stayed in was old delapidated and expensive . Its the only accommodation besides tents on the island and therefore no money was spent on the upkeep.
Our cottage was very basic with two single beds and old sheets covering them. The furniture was broken and as so we could not make use of the cupboards. The glass window was broken and could not be closed. There was no toilet paper or soap and our bathroom flooded badly.
Our floor has badly rotted away and we had to avoid holes on the floor when walking and the list goes on.
The food on the island was average but inexpensive .There was only a limited supply of electricity in the evening. The staff working there we found aloof and indifferent.
But despite all the misgivings the island is worth the visit.

Visited November 2012
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“Surin, not only for snorkeling but for a wonderful nature”
Reviewed 10 March 2012

Stay for a night or two on the Surin Islands. Experience the authentic nature, hear the jungle sounds in the night, enjoy the monkeys who are aggressive thieves, too, take pictures of many creatures and plants in the jungle, hike the jungle track to the next beach. The surin Islands seem to be almost deserted now, that the coral suffered under the bleaching last year and there are not so many fish any more. There is only one boat to the Surins now due to lack of customers. This is the right time for nature enthusiasts.

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“Nice snorkeling, for Thailand”
Reviewed 13 January 2012

There are several operators in Khao Lak who can book you on their 1, 2 or 3 day package, they will organize the transport from Khao Lak to Kuraburi in minivan and from Kuraburi to Surins on their speed boat. They will reserve a tent and provide you with the meals 3x day.
There is a canteen that prepares meals on the main beach, so the independent travelers can choose from their menu. The national park organizes long boats twice a day for 80tb per person to go to the snorkeling sites. The sites Ao Pak Kaad, Ao Suthep do not have much to offer as the corral is mostly dead broken from Tsunami, but the sites Ao Mae Yai and Hian Chong Kaad in the bay in front of the main beach have very nice hard and soft corral, variety of fish, and many people exploring these sites.

Visited February 2011
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“Don't day-trip, stay the night”
Reviewed 4 January 2012

Accommodation is fairly limited on tiny Ko Surin island, just a couple of handfuls of bungalows and two camping sites. We stayed in a bungalow, it was very basic - not much more than a bed, a bit of storage and a simple bathroom. It might be the most basic place you stay in Thailand.

Having said this, why on earth am I suggesting you stay on the island?

Because you will have a much more relaxed experience, a much richer sense of this tiny paradise, if you take the time to spend a night (or two, as we did). Day trippers are buzzed over in speedboats, dumped in the water for two snorkels, packed into the restaurant area for a hasty and crowded lunch, dumped in the water for two more snorkels and then it's back on the boat to shore.

We went snorkelling too - the longtail boats permenantly stationed there take people out every morning and afternoon, and we typically had a half-dozen people in the boat with us rather than the 20+ in the day-trip boats.

There's a couple of paths across the island you can walk, though they are only for those with decent mobility. It's a great way to get away from everyone, though, and we found a couple of lovely spots to snorkel entirely on our own straight from the beach. That said, two nights probably is the longest stay you'd want - we had completely run out of things to do by then.

We loved the snorkelling - it was the first we had done in SE Asia. Since then we've found much better places on Bali and Flores, Indonesia. But there's enough beautiful fish and odd sea critters here to not be disappointed.

Visited February 2011
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