Day trip from Koh Samui to Koh Panang on Chantara Junk Boat

Chantara Junk Boat | Koh Samui Day Trip

Chantara Junk Boat Trip from Koh Samui to Koh Panang

View from Chantara Junk Boat

We managed to get in a few trips on the holiday and there’s two contenders for best trip.

One is the Elephants World because, well, Elephants! The other was the Chantara Junk Boat trip. The trip costs around £50 which is pricey for Thailand but absolutely worth every penny.

We were picked up from our hotel after breakfast and taken down to the Big Buddha Pier, where we met Marco, the trip leader. From there we boarded the boat with the other groups, totalling about 25 people, meaning the boat wasn’t overcrowded at any point. We were shown to a a sun area with cushions to lounge on and provided with towels and ice cold bottles of water.


Sails up and out into the blue ocean towards Koh Phangan

Day trip including snorkelling from Koh Samui to Koh Panang


Marco and his team on the Junk Boat kept us entertained, with Marco going through the safety stuff followed by the outline of the day with each group, in at least 5 different languages. Marco is mild mannered, full of mystery, funny and kind. His team kept the boat going smoothly and making sure we all had all the ice cold drinks we could need.

Halfway through the trip we stopped for lunch; cooked fresh on board. There was a mix of different options provided and lots of fresh fruit for pudding. From there we sailed for another half hour before getting the chance to stop and go snorkelling in the coral reef. Marco was very firm about us not touching the reef in any way so as not to damage it and buoyancy aids were available for those who needed them.

We then sailed the Junk Boat on to Koh Phangan where we stopped and had the chance to explore the beach for a couple of hours. There were the usual options of water sports and massages or, as we did, to follow Marco to the Flip Flop Pharmacy bar on the beach for a signature Chantara cocktail. I’m not sure what was in it but it was strong, cold and delicious! We explored the beach for a bit and found a really cute set of rockpools and a swing to play on!

From there we got back on the boat and started the journey back to Samui; this time we went round the other side of the island.


The scenery is absolutely stunning.

Day trip including drinks and snorkelling on Chantara Junk Boat from Koh Samui to Koh Panang
Under developed and natural; I kept saying it was like watching a nature documentary live.
We then stopped the Junk Boat close to Samui to watch the sunset. It was a clear evening and absolutely beautiful. I watched a pretty epic sunset in Ibiza but this topped that for sure.
We found this trip through TripAdvisor; there were so many 5* reviews that we booked months before we even arrived and I couldn’t be more glad that we did. Marco and his team deserve every compliment. If you’re ever in Koh Samui, I couldn’t recommend any more that you do this trip!


View of Koh Panang from Chantara Junk Boat
Sunset between Koh Pangang and Koh Samui
Cocktail at flip flop apothecary beach bar
Holly travels to Koh Samui to find paradise with her BFF

Akyra Hotel Koh Samui | 2016

Holly Travels to Koh Samui to find beautiful beaches, cheap food, cabaret and happiness!

Koh Samui is Paradise - Honestly Holly Travels

Honestly Holly Travels to Koh Samui where she finds paradise, starting right in the beautiful airport!

Holly travels to Koh Samui to find paradise with her BFF

In February, I took an amazing trip. My friend, Daniella, decided to do a 3 week organised back packing trip. I decided to join her at the end for us two to have 10 days together in the sunshine. Koh Samui – here I come!

As someone who’s terrified of flying, it was an insane decision to make, but one of the best decisions of my life!

Trying to decide where to stay and what to try and do seemed almost impossible. We ended up deciding to spend 6 nights on the island of Koh Samui, followed by 3 nights in Bangkok. I’m a bit of a princess so we stayed in lovely hotels, rather than backpacking hostels. I took a suitcase. I do not have time for a backpack.

After flying 7 hours to from Heathrow to Doha, a further 8 hours from Doha to Bangkok and another hour from Bangkok to Koh Samui, I landed in possibly the most beautiful airport in the world.

There I was to meet Daniella.

Samui Airport
Naturally, I was instantly overwhelmed with the heat and humidity so turned to the cafe for a lovely refreshing coconut water. Which cost about 50p. Already, I was impressed.

We stayed at the Akyra Chura Samui, in Chaweng.

It’s less of a hotel and more a collection of bungalows. I’d say there was only around 50 rooms so at no point did it feel overcrowded. Everything was clean, modern and well kept. We had breakfast included, which offered a great selection every morning, including lots of delicious fresh fruits. The staff were friendly and warm, the pool was cool and the beach was beautiful. It’s well connected to the main strip by a short walk down hill on the road or along the beach, wandering past all the other hotels and restaurants on the water’s edge.
Chaweng Beach


Night beach View
A few people had warned me that Samui was overly touristy but I didn’t find this to be the case. Yes, there are tourist shops and bars but there’s still a lot of natural, local things to do and see and taste. The scenery is mostly untouched and speaks for itself. It’s absolutely stunning and a far cry from my little corner of South West London, in every way!
Whilst we were in Samui, we did two day trips. The first was the Chantara Junk Boat day trip to Koh Panghan and the second was a Safari day trip, visiting several attractions the wonderful island has to offer. We also headed out to the Jungle Club for dinner which was amazing; I only wish we’d gone there during the day!
Jungle Club dinner


Jungle Club Cocktail


Jungle Club night view