It’s our last full day in Thailand! This turned out to be my favorite day, and we were planning to spend it on the water.
Are We There Yet?
I found a tour that would take us on a traditional Thai yacht to Ang Thong Marine Park. It would be a full day trip that would include snorkelng, kayaking, a Thai lunch, and a hike up to the Emerald Lagoon that was made popular by Leonard DiCaprio’s movie, The Beach.
A shuttle picked us up from the hotel, which was really nice, because we were finding that taxis in Koh Samui were way more expensive than taxis in Bangkok. Granted we had been spoiled and taxis were so freaking cheap in the city. Anyway, we basically drove around the entire island to where the dock. The actual dock looked more like a river inlet with a few ships that had run aground, which definitely made me a little nervous but I found that to be a theme in Thailand, really nice things juxtaposed with areas that I wouldn’t consider to be nice.
Before we knew it, we were off! There were so many incredible views that after awhile I just stopped taking pictures.
Our first stop was to go kayaking. The guide took us under these islands and through the marine park. I wish we hadn’t been needing to kayak because I just wanted to float and take in the views.
Next, we sailed a few to one of the other islands and went snorkeling. This was my first time snorkeling and I was so struck by this underwater world that existed.
A 150 Steps
And lastly, we went to the Emerald Lagoon which is a hidden lagoon that you have to climb over 150 steps to get to. I will say that “steps” is a little misleading, it was more like climbing up a rock face on a very steep ladder. We did it though and the view at the top was well worth it.
By now everyone on the boat was pretty exhausted. We all relaxed and enjoyed the ride back to Koh Samui. We were treated to an amazing sunset on the way back. Sitting on the bow of the ship watching the sunset I was struck by the incredible beauty of the place, and was so grateful to God that He’d brought me to that place to enjoy that moment.
UP NEXT: A few hours at the market before the 30 hour journey home.