|Koh Samui||Koh Tao|
Another day, another island. Sail from Koh Samui to Koh Tao via Ang Thong Marine Park, lotsa white sand beaches, some sweet snorkeling and, you know, general paradise stuff.
Brush up on your sailing terms for this one:
- Rhumb Line – when two or more crew members are waiting for a drink
- Swell – a really, really great wave
Meals included: 1 dinner
He'll be the skipper. You'll be his best mate. It's a match made in sailing heaven. Ang Thong Marine Park is made up of 42 islands and loads of animals. The only one we care about is the crab eating monkey. Let us know whether it's as amazing as it sounds. Swap your flip-flops for something a bit sturdier when you climb to the Emerald Lake lookout.
Meet your skipper, yacht and other passengers in the early afternoon and set sail for Ang Thong Marine Park, a fascinating group of 42 islands featuring lime stone massifs, dense forrests which are home to Langurs, Crab Eating Monkeys, Monitor Lizards, Hornbills and deserted beaches. Highlights include the beautiful Koh Mae Beach and Thale Nai Snorkelling (Emerald Lake) Lookout. Climb to Emerald Lake which is fed by an underground cave for a spectacular lookout (need good footwear)
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Discover the natural beauty, explore the coves and overlapping limestone half pipes by kayak and marvel the underwater world while snorkelling in the famous Ang Thong National Marine Park. Finish the day by dropping anchor and enjoy your own barbeque right on one of the parks beautiful beaches whilst watching the sun set over the horizon. Ang Thong is great for night squid fishing.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch
Spend the day sailing to Koh Tao one of Southern Thailand's true tropical island escapes. Swim in tropical waters, laze on the pristine white sand beaches and take in the stunning scenery before arriving at Mae Hat on Koh Tao. Head out for the evening to enjoy a delicious Thai meal or have a drink in one of the beach bars.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
We set sail for Mango Bay, a bay on the northern Tip of Koh Tao for our final leg of the trip. The landscape consists of high rocky cliffs and lush green hillsides and the clear blue-green waters are great for swimming. The tour finishes on arrival into Mango Bay at around 10am but there is plenty for you to explore in and around this beautiful part of Koh Tao.
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
Please note that on your tour you may link up with passengers booked on other tours in our Gecko’s Asia program.
Local Tour Guides
By employing and training local site guides to lead our group holidays, there is a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we provide employment opportunities for the local community. Just as importantly is the benefit to you, the traveller. Your tour guide’s friendship, humour, passion and intimate knowledge of the region will be key factors in making your holiday a success.
Tipping has become an accepted part of tourism in South East Asia. Your tour guide will be able to advise you in this area; however, as a guideline we would recommend tipping 10% of the total bill in restaurants and a small tip to hotel bellboys for carrying your bags.
At you pre-tour briefing your tour guide will discuss with you the idea of running a tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then the tour guide pays the tips and keeps a record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour is returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassles of needing small change and knowing what is an appropriate amount to tip.
It is customary to tip your tour guide, at the end of the trip, if you are happy with the service. A minimum tip of US$2 per day, from each member of the group, is the usual amount expected.
Please note that any travellers of certain nationalities (ie. Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders) do not normally require a visa for Thailand if flying in and staying up to 30 days. However, travellers will only get 15 days of stay if arriving without a visa at a land border checkpoint from a neighbouring country. Travellers arriving in Thailand this way and planning to stay in the country longer than 15 days should obtain a Thai visa before they leave home.
All other nationalities should check for visa requirements with their travel agents. Please note that those nationalities requiring a visa may need to acquire one before they arrive Thailand, as a visa on arrival is not available at certain land borders.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
16 February 2014