Laem Prathap

Laem Prathap, Khanom: Address, Laem Prathap Reviews: 4.5/5

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TeroLohja
Lohja, Finland431 contributions
Pink dolphins
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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Reya
Bangkok, Thailand269 contributions
Wonderful experience with Dolphins
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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cammy_ng
Penang Island, Malaysia24 contributions
Boat ride and dolphins
Mar 2019 • Couples
Our aim of the boat ride was to go for a prayer in one of the small island. But we were delighted to have the chance to see a school of dolphins with the pink ones. The boat ride was not bumpy at all.
Written March 28, 2019
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Martin B
Melton, Australia464 contributions
Set off point for Pink Dolphins
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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procol
Thailand2,193 contributions
At the end of the road
Apr 2018 • Friends
there is a really neat little beach at the end of the road, well worth a visit if you are a beach person, lots of shells and pebbles
do go to the german resto, nearby, Zum Grunen Baum, great vista and super food [closed may and june ]
Written May 7, 2018
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SalsaB
Bay Area, CA245 contributions
Pink Dolphins
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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Joerg F
Berlin, Germany57 contributions
Cute remote village
Mar 2017 • Couples
Nice views, remote but very nice fisherman village, has also a cute little german restaurant, a beach and some shops.
Written March 14, 2017
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Noi C
Henderson, NV627 contributions
Great Experience Boat Trip
Aug 2016 • Family
It was great family experience boat trip but the cost of the boat is unstable.. the price is up every times when we visited there.
If you are lucky you will see the pink dolphins swimming closed to your boat if you buy small fished from the dock to feed them.
I understand that it's fisherman and family incomes but everything seems to be experience with small town like that.
The dock to get the boat is very far away from town and there is not signal..no sign to inform all tourists.. it's very easy to get lost.
Written December 11, 2016
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Gary0303
Chengdu, China165 contributions
Pink dolphins, you have to see them!
Oct 2016 • Family
We were so happy to see many dolphins there, among them only two were completely pink. The rest were gray and changing into pink on the back. It is amazing to see them so close! We also saw the pancake rock!
Written October 7, 2016
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Léon N
Chiang Mai, Thailand21 contributions
Jetty to pink dolphins
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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