- We joined this tour after completing 10 days of Old Siam and the River Kwai (OS tour). Overall a well paced and varied tour with very contrasting places to stay giving a good overview of the West Coast Islands.
The 2 overnight trains were an experience and easy to manage. Local ferries were a revelation, from the busy larger passenger ships to the smaller longtails.
The accomodation was good, apart from The Emerald Bungalows at Nopparet Beach which were completely unfit for purpose and should not be a part of this tour (Explore are investigating), a real shame as the extensive beach here is beautiful, unspoilt and virtually deserted.
There were some issues with timings and hanging around, and the guide was not aware of local facilities at times, not giving us enough information to manage/ plan ahead where there were no shops or cashpoint etc (also being addressed by Explore).
However we loved seeing the communities, paddy fields and rubber plantations on Koh Yah Noi, contrasting with the more touristy but laid back Koh Lanta. Koh Hai was a little taste of paradise, and the snorkelling trips we took were stunning. A complete contrast and different feel to the north of Thailand, but an excellent way to see both sides.
Published on: 23 December 2016