For your tour of the beautiful and stunning Ang Thong Marine Park, treat yourself and the family to a private speed boat tour. Tour the park in style with snorkelling, cave exploring and a private BBQ picnic. Read on to get our recommendations for your day tour of the park. Find out why it’s better to book a private speed boat rather than a group tour.
One of the best places to see nature in Samui is around the Ang Thong National Marine Park. The ocean, the rock formations and the greenery are the definition of tropical paradise. The park can easily be explored during a day tour, and the ideal way to explore it is by boat. You can choose from an array of group tours and private tours. You can also choose from speed boats to ferries to long-tail boats. However, after doing some research, we’ve discovered a lot of cons to booking one of the group tours and not many pros.
Common cons when it comes to group tours of the marine park:
Group tours are overcrowded, you’ll get taken to the tourist traps and sometimes when you snorkel there’s more humans than fish. Views out of the boat can be obstructed due to so many passengers. The group tours feel rushed as they try and herd you from one place and one activity to the next. On some of the tours they have been known to run out of food — the people at the front get all the croissants at breakfast. On the larger boats, it will often take more time to get to the destination, which means less time for snorkelling, swimming and relaxing on the beach.
The best way to see the marine park:
If you’re going to explore the marine park in Samui and are looking for recommendations for a tour, we suggest booking a private speed boat. The pros outweigh the cons, especially after reviewing the group tours. On a private speed boat you can tailor the day to suit what you want to do and see. If you’re enjoying the snorkelling, stay and keep exploring. Be able to see the amazing cliff rock faces covered in luscious green forest as you sail by in your private boat. Have a quiet and secluded picnic set up for you on a white sandy pristine beach. Skip the crowds and tourist traps. Sunbathe, swim, snack on a gourmet picnic hamper with sparkling wine and fruit smoothies in paradise. In the case of bad weather and high swells, you can reschedule your private speed boat tour of the park. Whereas if you’re booked on a group tour, they often don’t cancel, resulting in a lot of seasickness and unhappy customers. Sometimes on group tours of the park, the tour operators will skip certain parts of the scheduled itinerary due to weather, but won’t refund any of the money. If you book a private speed boat tour, you will have more flexibility.
Be in control of what you want to see and do.
If you are enjoying snorkelling or having a lovely time on the beach, stay longer; adjust the schedule to suit you. Group tours can be a distraction from the purpose of going to the marine park: to see and explore lush island landscapes, swim and snorkel in azure ocean water, lounge and picnic on quiet and beautiful beaches. The private speed boat tour of the park is for nature lovers, for explores and for island and sea goers.
Choose exclusivity and you won’t be disappointed.
At the InterContinental Samui, you can hire out their private speed boat for the day and explore the marine park. It’s exclusive. It’s luxurious. It’s special. It’s perfect for families. Kids will be entertained and distracted by nature instead of an iPad for the day. Your day will be a prefect blend of action, exploration and relaxation with a stylish and chic picnic set-up to match.
Your day imagined:
The morning Start the day with an incredible buffet breakfast at Amber overlooking the ocean, or have breakfast by your private pool in your villa with views framed by coconut trees. Have a quick dip in your private pool, and an espresso while you dry off in the sun on your sundeck before getting ready for your private tour. The trip You’ll depart from the resort at around 9:00 and head to the famous Blue Lagoon — deep turquoise water encircled by untouched tropical islands, then it’s off to to Koh Wao — an ideal spot for snorkelling with fascinating underwater caves. After you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll be treated to a private BBQ lunch at Koh Sam Bor. Beach lounges, a linen umbrella, and tables will be set up for you while you have a quick swim before indulging in a gourmet BBQ and seafood picnic.
The afternoon and evening Once you’re back onshore, stop by the ice-cream hut by the infinity pool for an afternoon treat or order some coconut ice-cream off the poolside menu.
Have one last swim for the day in the beachfront infinity pool. As the sun begins to set, order a cocktail during happy hour from the pool bar. Sit, sip and swim as you watch the sky light up with brilliant oranges and reds in one of the best spots on Samui to watch the sunset. For dinner ideas try the Beach Bar @ Flames for snacks and drinks in comfortable lounge chairs and beanbags that spill out onto the beach. For something more substantial, make a reservation at Flames for the seafood and meat all-you-can-eat beach BBQ. Indulge in seafood and prime cuts of meat flame grilled to order. Recline by the beach campfire for dessert with the family.
If you need a break from all things ocean and seafood, head up the cliffside to Amber for a themed buffet night — Indian fusion and Japanese fusion nights are highly recommend for a different culinary experience.