Laem Prathap
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TeroLohja
Lohja, Finland442 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
You can get a fishing longtail boat from the peer to take you to see pink dolphins with 1000 baht for the whole boat. We came by scooters from Khanom - very quiet road in good shape, so was a nice drive. Some 200m from the peer there is also a tiny lone beach which is really idyllic and perfect for a short stay. Nothing else to do here, only if you want to see the dolphins.
Written March 2, 2020
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hana c
Liberec, Czech Republic4 contributions
Feb 2015 • Family
Starting point for pink dolphins tour, price 1.000 BHT per boat (without travel agency). There is also great German restaurant with perfect home made bread and very tasty German food.
Written February 28, 2015
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MamaSanChiangMai
ChiangMai283 contributions
Apr 2022
Absolutely wonderful early morning boat tour to see the pink dophins. Respectful and reverent. Great scenery, great price, awesome experience!
Written April 15, 2022
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Martin B
Melton, Australia464 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Very easy to get a boat to tour around the islands and look for the famed pink dolphins. Interesting rock formations and a stop at temple island was included. Managed to see the dolphins quite close too!
Written May 27, 2018
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SalsaB
Bay Area, CA245 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
This is the pier from which one goes to see the Pink Dolphins. Going on tours is against my religion, so I try to sin as little as possible. I wasn’t crazy about being on a boatful of people with a jam-packed day (waterfall, cave, dolphin tour). Khanom in March is hotter than hellfire, so instead, I drove myself to the pier, and arrived about 7:20a, when it was still manageable. (The tours would have picked me up around 8a, which means we probably wouldn’t have gotten on the boat until 9a. I was driving back to my hotel by 9:30a).

The price of the boats is 1000 baht (US$32) per boat. That’s 1000 baht for one person - and I was entirely prepared to pay it, as I was by myself - or 1000 baht for six. The cost is not per passenger; it is per boat. There are larger boats for more people (10-12+); I imagine those boats cost more. I don’t know; I didn’t ask. Fortunately for me, I met a lovely trio of Thai beauties who allowed me to join them and split the cost. For 250 baht (US$8), absolutely do it. For 1000 baht, I’m not so sure I’d feel as enthusiastic. (The tours were 1200 baht, but as I said above, they are padded with other sites about which I have little interest, and include a stop at a restaurant for lunch - same owner of the tour and the restaurant - but lunch is not included in the price. Fret not, if the tour is from Khanom Tours, the restaurant is Khun Lee, and it’s quite good, with an excellent understanding of the nuances and idiosyncrasies of Western vegetarian/vegan/pescatarian preferences).

There is much excitement about the Dolphins, as there should be. Perhaps I let my imagination get the better of me. I had visions of being surrounded by dozens of dolphins in a dolphin paradise, and this clearly wasn’t so . . . at least not on the day I went. What’s more, the cove where the dolphins hang is the same cove where Donsak Pier from where ferries to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan arrive and depart. With so much traffic (I saw six criss-cross ferries as we approached), I can’t imagine dolphin congress in this area en mass. Except for one dolphin who once came close to our boat and splashed us playfully, the general view was dolphin fins in the distance. My Thai companions videoed the entire experience so that they would not miss anything, but the sightings were so unpredictable that I would rather enjoy the moment rather than witness the wonder through a lens. The one good opportunity was when the dolphin came close, but as Murphy would have explained, my iPhone didn’t want to recognize my fingerprint in that moment, and messing around with the numerical code meant losing out on appreciating the only truly valuable moment during the outing. So I have no photos of the dolphins, and I’m okay with that.

I wouldn’t be angry had I paid for an entire boat for myself. Knowing what I know now, however, unless I would have been extremely lucky and caught the dolphins on an exceptionally playful day (which, to me, would have been worth the 1000 baht several times over), I cannot claim this is a must-see. If one is here and wants to give it a try, I wouldn’t discourage it. I do, however, temper expectations. I read somewhere that there are only a small number of Pink Dolphins in the world. I cannot remember if there are 200, 2000, or 6000. Whatever it is, it is not much, and I’m not sure whether the entire population resides in the Gulf of Thailand or where else in Thailand or elsewhere they might be. For what it’s worth, I got the sense that my experience was fairly typical. The Thai women with whom I shared the boat were happy. Truly, seeing and experiencing the dolphins was all I cared about. I’ve seen several caves in Thailand; I’ve been to several waterfalls. The tour would have been miserable in every way, and it would have taken place during the heat of the day.

For those readers who may be solo travelers like myself, if one arrives early - between 7-8a - I sense there is a good chance that one can find people with whom to share the boat. It’s typically Thai people who go early, as the tourists typically go on tours. Our boat operator did have some comments, but he spoke no English, and my Thai compatriots had little interest in trying to explain to me any of his commentary. I didn’t care. Others may, and if that’s important, perhaps a tour is a better option.

Love the dolphins. Return on investment for time is not high. If one likes taking a boat ride, it could be fun anyway, and the dolphin sightings would be gravy.

Written March 18, 2018
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Léon N
Chiang Mai, Thailand21 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
Laem prathap is just a kind of pier where the boats are leaving to bring tourists see the pink dolphins. Nothing more to do here except taking a boat and see the majestic dolphins swimming and jumping !
Written July 6, 2016
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Carlos K
Khanom, Thailand212 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
What a experience to see the pink dolphins sitting on a long tail boat so close a unforgettable experience.
Written July 1, 2016
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buksida
Bang Saphan, Thailand239 contributions
Jan 2016 • Family
The highlight of our Khanom trip was a little boat journey we took from Laem Prathap. The boat was 1,000 baht to charter and we spent a couple of hours going around the coast looking for wild dolphins. We finally spotted a few, including a rare pink one, they were not fed or coerced in anyway, so it was a great experience to see these creatures in the wild.
Written January 20, 2016
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SMethong
Bangkok, Thailand10 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
I drove to Laem Prathap to get on the boat which is operated by ชมรมท่องเที่ยวเชิงอนุรักษ์บ้านแหลมประทับ (Baan Laem Prathap conservation group) it's 1000 THB per boat with local guides

It's not a busy place and operated by the locals or fishermen.
Written March 26, 2015
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Reya
Bangkok, Thailand293 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
Lovely trip to see Pink Dolphins in the sea. It was so natural that you can see the dolphins swim in the sea. Very cheap trip by boat from here just 1000 per boat (7-8 people). Must visit.
Written April 23, 2019
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