1 independent reviews for Koh Surin NP 4 day tour, Thailand

Reviews for Koh Surin NP 4 day tour, Thailand


review 22 Jan 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

I would definitely recommend this trip for someone who wants a short getaway. The snorkelling was out of this world. The water is as clear as crystal and the fish are of every shape, size and colour that you can think of, so many of them that you dont know which way to look.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

You cannot do it in less than 4 nights. The drive from Phuket to Kuruburi is 3 hours, so you arrive in the early evening and stay the night there, then 2 nights on Koh Surin, and on the third day the boat to take you back to Kuruburi only leaves at 3pm or later, takes an hour and a half to get there and then 3 hours back to Phuket so you could not book a flight earlier than 10pm. The trip should specify that the 4th night is spent in Kuruburi and then one can have breakfast in the market the following morning .

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The guide spoke good English and she was very pleasant and looked after me well. Her name was Noon. When we were in Kuruburi she took me to very local restaurants and for breakfast we went to the market and sat at one of the benches and shed go to the various stalls and find strange things that she thought Id like to try and it was really good. Koh Surin is beautiful. The camp is spotlessly clean and the tents on the beach are normal dome tents, but pitched too close together for my liking, and there were more people there than I had expected, but we were really only conscious of them at mealtimes because every time we went off to see something we were on our own with our boatman and snorkelling/village guide. The food at the camp was excellent. We also went to the Moken village, and it was interesting, and I do appreciate that tourism brings a lot of money to these villages, and gifts (one man arrived while we were there with a large parcel of medical supplies as a gift for them) but Im not crazy about walking through villages like this and asking people if you can take their photo etc. I feel a bit uncomfortable, as if the village people are curiosities. However, the Moken men are employed to take people out to the snorkelling and diving spots in their traditional longboats, which is good, and they are very good diving and snorkelling guides, and quite a few of the women are employed by the Parks Board to work in the camp, which is also good. I really enjoyed going in the different longboats and rowing boats and the one with the sail made of palm leaves and was sorry that we didnt have a bit more wind to have a good sail!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Altogether it was a wonderful mini-holiday and I would love to go somewhere else to have snorkelling as good as that.

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