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Furama Xclusive

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Furama Xclusive

We chose this site due to a recommendation on this forum about nice corals (snorkeling) near Koh Chang Noi.

We are going to be there in two weeks time - does this snorkeling justify staying so up north? Especially since there are swamps there and a higher risk with musquitos (Malaria, Dinghi)?

We also want to go snorkeling near Koh Ngam. Is it truly that good? Is it practical and worth it to take a taxi ride all the way to the south and then a tail boat? is it possible to find a tail boat from the beach on the south to go to Koh Ngam?

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1. Re: Furama Xclusive

Furama Xclusive is now back to it's old name of Aiyapura.

There are some mangroves about 1Km from Aiyapura but you arent going to catch Malaria or Dengue fever there. Not many people would stay there if there was a good chance of that happening.

There are no long tail boats for rent on Koh Chang. But you might find people to take you on a boat for a private snorkelling trip. Figure on 6,000 Baht a day for a small speedboat.

I wouldnt go to Koh Ngam specially for the snorkelling. it's a nice island but not the best place. Also a long way to go to get there. If you want to get there cheaply, hire a scooter, go to the end of the road in the far southeast of Koh Chang, hire a kayak from the small restaurant there and paddle 400 metres across to Koh Ngam.

Better off just taking a regular snorkelling trip to the islands around Koh Rang. Or if you want to avoid people, pay for a private boat and see Koh laoya, Koh ngam, Koh Bai Daeng and a couple of other less visited islands.

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2. Re: Furama Xclusive

Thank you Ian for the quick and elaborated answer!

How about the area between Koh Chang Noi and Leam Noi - is it good for Snorkeling?

Is it technically possible to get there from Aiyapura?

Also, do you know what would be the price for hiring a taxi ride for the whole day around the island? Can you recommend someone specifically?

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3. Re: Furama Xclusive

You can easily kayak to Koh Chang Noi from Aiyapura, only takes 20 minutes. On the way are a couple of small hidden beaches in the mouth of the bay. And there is snorkelling off the south west coast of the island. Can get a kayak out of the water there. Very nice beach on the opposite side - with a sign from the Thai Navy saying dont go on the island. ( Ignore that, unlikely they will shoot you.)

There's also an island called Koh Mapring, closer to Aiyapura, and you can snorkel off the south-east shore of the island. No beach on this small island but you can get a kayak out of the water onto rocks & small patch off sand on the south-east shore.

One of the white pick up truck taxis will charge around 3,000 - 3,500 Baht for a full day tour. Alternatively rent a small car or pick up truck for around 1000 - 1200 Baht a day and drive yourself.

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4. Re: Furama Xclusive

Thank you so much - you are very generous!

We would like to bring you something small when we arrive as a token of appreciation - where can we meet you on the island?

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