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Sailing from Koh Samui to Ko Pha-Ngan Island – with Travel Tips

Thailand has left me good memories about everything. This time I will be showing you my sailing trip to one of the islands after Koh Samui, Ko Pha-Ngan Island. Before starting the journey, I think you should catch up with my first trip in Koh Samui.

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Or maybe you have come from that article? Congratulations you made it then! Thanks for sticking with my story.


Apparently the duration between the hotel I am staying to the pier is pretty far thus we took shuttle to go there since it takes an hour to arrive.

The reasons why we decided to go sailing because we wanted to go for snorkeling, swimming, and to also widen our horizon in Koh Samui since it had been days for us to stay in the resort. I went sailing with the colleagues of my sister.

The boat that we rented was Red Baron. Red Baron is moored at Petchetra Pier in Bangrak, Koh Samui. According to their website, the boat is a brand new traditional Sailing Junk Yacht which has been built by the famous Ship Yard Pernor in Suratthani and made from Takien Tong, a very hard and strong wood. Red Baron is the biggest Sailing Yacht around Samui and the gulf.

You can find a lot of great spots in the boat and these are the spot I found,

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taken at the very top of the boat, beware your balance

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Titanic spot for any poses, I did dab instead

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Showing off the big red sail as savoring the breeze embracing every strands of the hair

In the middle of the sailing, we stopped in Amphoe Koh Pha-ngan to swim around and do the snorkeling. I did not jump out of the boat since I never intended to dive.

You either can use the pool stairs or bravely jump from the top of the boat.

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You could swim reaching to the cave like in the picture above for around 200-300 meters from the boat. Since my camera was unfortunately not able to take the pictures below the water, a friend told me that the view below was not as mesmerizing as expected. Truthfully as we were about to reach the Koh Pha-ngan island, the sanitation of the sea was medium.

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As we reached the island, the Red Baron precisely did not stop exactly in the coastal area or we could not go back to Samui. We had to use a small boat which could fit 8 – 10 people.

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I did not take so many pictures in Ko Pha-ngan, I am sorry! There were so many sharps corals and gravels all around the coast until my friend’s foot got cut. There were also small fishes and snake fishes around the coast, it was precisely prohibited for us to step on them. It took so many struggles to walk starting from the small boat to the island. The weather felt much hotter than Samui, especially the sinking sands (not exactly quicksands) all over the coast made me feel pretty stressful. In Ko Pha-ngan island, you can also find resorts which could make you feel much closer to nature, look very suitable for Yoga and meditation I suppose. If you check maps, you could also find a waterfall nearby called Paradise Waterfall. I did not go there since this whole trip was quite draining my energy that quick.

Tips for Sailing:
1. Bring Sunblock SPF 28++, beach hat, personal snorkeling goods.
2. Wear strong and steady rubber shoes, not flipflop. 
3. Do not wear any watch or tight bracelets if you don't wanna leave a mark.

My first trip sailing to Ko Pha-ngan took around 4 hours sailing including departure and arrival. Nevertheless, this trip was utterly full of bliss and it all depends on how you perceive it. As you arrived back to the pier, you would be presented with unexpected souvenirs. You will find your face in at least one of the plates they are selling as souvenirs. They actually took some candid shots while we were on the boat and none of us even did realize about it. It costs ฿200 for each plate.

I hope this trip helps you as additional perspective before you go sailing around Koh Samui. Thanks for reading and have a great vacation!


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Staying in Belmond Napasai Resort – with Travel Tips

Koh Samui, a peaceful island made for a short getaway or perhaps a forever getaway. Moreover, staying in Belmond Napasai would make your getaway to be full of serenity with everything it offers inside the resort. I spent 5 days 4 nights in Belmond Napasai and I utterly savored every single second it gave to me.

That is simply how I define this island. Koh Samui has left me a lot of good memories to remember. Perhaps I will tell you the things I experienced starting from my transfer to Suvarnabhumi in Bangkok which probably will be your itinerary to go to Koh Samui!

Thursday, April 20th

I departed from Soekarno Hatta to Suvarnabhumi. There was no direct flight to Koh Samui from Indonesia thus I had to be transferred from Suvarnabhumi to Samui which only took around an hour flight. If you take Bangkok Airways, there is always flight to Samui every one hour thus you do not have to be worried if you need to have a sudden flight.

As I arrived in Suvarnabhumi, I was precisely presented with Thai alphabets that I certainly do not understand. I only know few basic words verbally which I think might be helpful for you to know,

  • Sawadika (for ladies) / Sawadikap (for guys) — Hello
  • Khob Khun Kah (for ladies) / Khob Khun Krab (for guys) — Thank you

Thai people are unfortunately not really fluent in English thus you simply need to speak with easy words or you will get lost.

Tips for Communication:
1. Download Google Translate App.
2. Let the app speaks for you in Thai to communicate with the locals.

As I was about to land, I was presented with the beauty of the blue sea and beautiful spots where you can see that every single spot in Koh Samui is very worth for a picture. Long story short, I was staying in Belmond Napasai with complexion where my sister somehow lost her luggage. The officer said it was left in Savarnabhumi but fortunately it came back with grace at night as we had taken care of the complaint earlier in Samui Airport.

Tips for Lost Luggage:
1. Directly go to the Luggage Service in the airport / ask the officer nearby.
2. Make sure to know all the details within the luggage for complaint form.
3. Ask for contact and when it will be received in the hotel (24 hrs max).
4. Ask hotel receptionist you are staying in to encounter the rest.
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Studio / Villa in Belmond Napasai

Here is the view of the studio. As far as I am concerned, there are two types of villa that you can stay in Belmond Napasai, Studio and Bedroom. The difference is the bedroom has living room yet studio does not have one.

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Certainly they have aesthetic bathroom view which every room’s direction always faces the beach.

Instagram Highlights:
Koh Samui Trip

What I love the most from Belmond Napasai is their kind service with genuine initiatives. My favorite staffs in there are U and Pim from Lai Thai Restaurant, they are very funny and humble. One dessert that I love from this restaurant is their Mango Sticky Rice.

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Mango Sticky Rice *by request

My first half day in Belmond Napasai was really captivating. Regarding the lost luggage, my sister’s luggage was luckily found and directly sent to the hotel at 11 PM with the help of the hotel receptionists. They were very interactive and had high initiative to keep my sister being updated with the progress.

Friday, April 21st

My first breakfast started in Lai Thai Restaurant as the venue for breakfast. For the breakfast dishes, perhaps I do not need to elaborate more since they were all unexplainably tasty. Apparently they did not have rich options for the breakfast but they certainly had high quality in the dishes they presented.

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After breakfast, I headed to the spot where every visitor would definitely come over. The summer breeze and the hot sunlight utterly made me feel really peaceful.

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Beach, Belmond Napasai

The weather was incredibly hot, you would be relentlessly sweating and get tanned. It is very suitable for those who want to get tanned in a short amount of time because it only takes 2 days for me to get tanned, or perhaps my skin was just pretty sensitive with heat. Besides that, the sands all over the coastal area in Belmond Napasai were really steady thus you could walk straight and still.

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Anne – Malaysia

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Nisa – Indonesia

After a couple of hours, I headed to the pool near the Lai Thai Restaurant accompanying my sister since I was not really into swimming thus I took some pictures of her and her friend instead. I made a collection of the photoshoots I did with these ladies on my Instagram Highlight. Hopefully these spots may inspire you for photoshoots reference in Belmond Napasai.

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Beach Restaurant @ Belmond Napasai

After feeling weary with swimming, we went to another restaurant of Belmond Napasai called Beach RestaurantThe view and the foods they offered were very satisfying. It is highly suggested for you to have a visit on your own experience. I ordered for Ravioli with Basil, the taste was great but in my opinion, as I kept munching and swallowing the dish, the taste got boring somehow. Nevertheless, I would recommend you to order the Club Sandwhich for an amazing American taste in Thailand.

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Free bike rent around Koh Samui

Saturday, April 22nd

I went for a bike this morning. The resort provided bikes that anyone could use anywhere anytime for free, I did not have to fill a registration form and simply had to pull the bike out of the garage near Napasai Spa. Life seems so good when everything is free, don’t you think?

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Body & Mind Massage in Napasai Spa | US$100

Feeling exhausted with the exercise, I went to Napasai Spa for Body & Mind massage. The massage went on for an hour only but the service was utterly satisfying.

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Fruit punch in a pineapple fruit

Feeling refreshed already, I accompanied the cocktail party with the colleagues of my sister. I got a fruit punch with a pineapple fruit as glass. Certainly unique and very Hawaiian! All foods and beverages that Belmond Napasai could offer has always been designed as fine as it could be. While savoring the sweet taste of the drink, here we were presented again with the beauty of the sunset in Koh Samui.

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Sunset view from Beach Restaurant

Sunset in Koh Samui always looked very stunning because the sky always looked clear with the stars twinkling all over the skies every night. Moreover, the moon in Koh Samui did also look very bright as well. Such a good place to heal the headaches, eh?

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Bangrak Pier

Sunday, April 23rd

I did not do much today but decided to sail around Koh Samui islands, specifically to Ko Pha-ngan.

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Monday, April 24th

All packed and extended the trip to Bangkok.

Best Facilities in Belmond Napasai:
1. Strong WiFi connection in every single spot around the resort.
2. Kind, friendly, and full of initiatives service.

My experience in Belmond Napasai, Koh Samui was very mesmerizing and has left me incredible memories. As my sister and I left the hotel, we went for breakfast at Lai Thai Restaurant and bid goodbye to U and Pim by sharing some warm hugs for the last time. From this experience, I hope I can have a visit again in the next opportunity. Hopefully my travel tips are helpful for your consideration to either stay in Belmond Napasai or have a trip in Koh Samui. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for reading!


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