While on Koh Lanta, we wanted to get out and see some of the surrounding islands that we had heard so much about. Since Jason was going diving in a different spot, we thought we’d both go out on a trip the day before. The one we chose was a kayak/snorkel package to four of the popular islands south of Koh Lanta. We left from the pier on a big old boat full of predominantly English-speaking people and a crew that spoke very limited English. The boat trip itself was pretty nice, with great views, coffee/tea and a good Thai lunch (but nothing vegetarian!).
When we arrived at the stops the trip went downhill. Nobody said what the plan was or how long we had in the water and didn’t even do a head count as people left the boat. We decided to kayak first, but didn’t want to lose sight of the boat because this seemed like one of those companies that you hear about leaving people behind in the middle of the ocean.
As you entered the water at each stop you had to navigate around other boats in the area. This consisted of longtail boats with their motors running and spinning props just feet from our boat. Then there was the crew member from our boat using a hand line and treble hook to catch fish next to the ladder that everyone used to get on and off of the boat. All a little nerve-racking!
The name of the company NOT to go with is The Four Islands. Perhaps a different company would be better, but they all go to the same spots. We chose this one since we were able to kayak, but left feeling like we really shouldn’t have paid any extra money to do the little that we did. As for the snorkeling, the visibility was not as good as we expected but it was a good chance for Simone to get in the water and snorkel, which she has recently started to get more comfortable with. All in all a nice day out in the waters of Thailand.