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Pattaya to Ko Phai 'Bamboo Island'

"Boat Trip from Pattaya to Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Sites"

Pattaya Mu Koh Phai Bamboo Island is the largest of a tiny cluster of uninhabited white sand pinnacles situated 13 nautical miles (23km) west of Chonburi Province in the Bay of Bangkok (Gulf of Siam).

Most boat trips take a little over one hour to reach the remote and idyllic far island coral archipelago from Thailand's Eastern Seaboard.

The Royal Thai Navy supervises the rocky islet as a natural protected area along with the adjacent islands of Koh Manwichai and Ko Klung Badan, so none have any permanent fixtures or facilities.

Holidaymakers and organised excursions heading from Pattaya to Ko Phai Island are restricted, and especially when the Thai military use these distant islands for their training exercises. The islands are not always open to tourists and staying overnight or camping on the beach may not be a good idea and illegal in some circumstances resulting in a fine from the marine police.

Bamboo Island Thailand

Ko Phai means Bamboo Island in Thailand - according to most tourist guides. The green hilly mountain is a wooded bamboo island with craggy cliffs stretching 4 kilometers from north to south. Its widest point is 1.5 km and the summit peaks around 150 meters where there is a lighthouse.

There are no resort hotels, beach bungalows, or restaurant facilities on Pattaya Koh Phai Island. In fact, there is no obvious sign of permanent construction or accommodation at all. Apart from a few rotting sun decks on the beaches there is no evidence of mass tourism whatsoever at the remote and palm-fringed tropical Bamboo Island Thailand.

Pattaya to Ko Phai Thailand Snorkeling

Pattaya Ko Phai Island ThailandKoh Phai Island snorkeling tours, organized scuba diving activities, and private boat charters head out to the sun-drenched, palm-fringed, idyllic archipelago almost every day.

Despite their remoteness, these islands are a favorite daily destination offering superb weather conditions tranquil shallow bays for a variety of water sport activities enjoyed by sea lovers and island hoppers.

Private fares run mostly from Laem Bali Hai Pier near the south end of Walking Street or directly from speed boat operators on the beach.

Pleasure boats typically carry 20 - 50 passengers and you should expect to pay up to 5,000 THB for a public excursion tour to the far islands. If you travel independently it is worth noting that not all speed boats carry food, water, and safety equipment on board.

Best Snorkeling at Ko Phai Thailand

Not far from Pattaya, and in a westerly direction from the main beach attractions, you can discover the Mu Ko Phai Thailand archipelago. It may not rank too highly compared to Thailand's best snorkel spots, but this destination offers you the ideal opportunity to try snorkeling or scuba diving at what is probably the best island in Pattaya.

The faraway peace and tranquility of the island chain near Ko Phai attracts beach sunbathers, scuba divers, and snorkelers on a daily basis. You will struggle to find better natural underwater corals and preserved marine life anywhere else in Pattaya.

Despite being one of the Pattaya Far Islands, Koh Phai remains reachable for Jet Ski enthusiasts. Therefore, please use extra caution and vigilance around all speed boats and jet skis if you choose to dive or snorkel. Always follow local safety rules with regard to using surface marker buoys and dive flags.

The south of this small archipelago of pinnacles offers some great snorkeling sites that are ideal for weak swimmers and novice snorkelers. There is a small sheltered bay which regularly offers ideal conditions for shallow-water swimmers and snorkelling first timers.

You can escape the crowds in Pattaya or Bangkok and enjoy a relaxing and affordable day out at sea for less than $45 having fun snorkel swimming around the fringing coral reefs by signing up for a Pattaya Snorkeling Tour today.

Koh Phai Island Scuba Diving

The most famous underwater attraction near Koh Phai Island Thailand is the World War II Royal Thai Navy vintage shipwreck which was sunk in January 2003. The HTMS Khram (ex USS LSM-469) was intentionally laid to rest in 30 meters of water around 0.3 kilometers to the east of Ko Phai Island. A submerged artificial reef was created to the delight of local PADI Scuba Divers and wreck diving fanatics.

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