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11 Jul
2018

Why such a large variation in price for boat tours??

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This is one of the most common questions we are asked! ...not a question that we encountered 2 years ago but in an increasingly competitive market place there have been an increasingly number of tours marketed as a ‘Sunrise Tour’ at different price points and understandable this can cause confusion amongst holiday makers. Here we try give you an unbiased view of the tour boat market in Phuket, and explain what to look out for in helping you make up your mind which company is right for you. Of course we understand Simba’s pricing won’t be suitable for every budget but we do think it is important to shed a little light on what drives the cost of providing a tour and in turn how these factors can and will impact upon the price of a tour. Think of the following as a bit of a checklist to help guide your choice and please remember that the old adage ‘you get what you paid for’ has no more suitable application that the Phuket Speedboat Tour market! Broadly speaking there are 3 quality tiers in Phuket Budget (under 2,000 baht per adult): 40 – 45 passengers per boat; limited program; very…

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27 Aug
2018

Simba’s new fun, relaxed, private sunset cruise.

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    Allow us to introduce our latest private charter offering....  A fun, relaxed, late afternoon, fishing and sunset cocktail cruise. This is a great value private charter, that departs our marina at 3:00 pm and returns around sunset at 6:30 pm.  Priced at 19,500 Thai Baht for up to 6 people, this is a great way to get out on the water for a relaxing afternoon cruise. You choose the format of your day out, with several different activities to choose from such as snorkelling at Koh Nok, swimming at a secret sandbar beach, or  try your luck at some relaxed fishing for up to 2 or 3 fisherman. Take in some of the classic limestone Karst scenery that Phang Nga bay is famous for without all the expense of travelling all the way to the Phi Phi islands, or James Bond island.  The route of this sunset cruise stays closer to the Royal Phuket Marina to allow more time for fun activities and relaxing on our luxurious day boat, Simba 4. Light snacks, fruit platters and an assortment of beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic are included. Transport to and from your hotel on Phuket island is also complimentary, and…

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11 Jul
2018

Monsoon Season

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So, we find ourselves in the monsoon season once again. Our familiar friend that brings life giving rain, yet larger sea-swells, cloudy skies yet cheap hotel beds! At Simba, this annual event can be the hardest to explain, especially predicting trips to distant islands. With this in mind, the following is a brief introduction to the monsoon more generally, and then how this affects us. What is the Monsoon? The word monsoon literally means ‘season’ in Arabic. Traders travelling the waters off the Arabian and Indian coast noted for centuries that dry, cool, northeast winds blew for 6 months and then suddenly changed to warm, moist air from the southeast. So in a nutshell, the monsoon weather is a change in the type and direction of winds (and therefore swell) that brings moist air. When and how does it work? Between April to September, the wind blows from the southeast as the land mass of India, the Himalayas and beyond heats up relative to the ocean. This causes moist warm air from the Indian ocean to rush into the gap as the warmer air rises. This is the moist ‘maritime’ air that brings the monsoonal rains. Between October and March, this phenomenon is reversed, as the…

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28 Aug
2018

Which speedboat tour for me?

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It’s the old age debate. You’ve come to Phuket and decided to do a speed boat tour. Which one to do? Phi Phi Island or Phang Nga Bay? Well if you ask us we’d say both, but let us give you the difference between the two so that you  can make a decision. In our opinion Phang Nga Bay and Phi Phi Island are both very different experiences so it depends on what sort of an experience you are after.   Phi Phi Island  is best know for it’s starring role in the film The Beach. Tourists have been flocking to Maya Bay every since the movie put it on the map.  Phi Phi is made up of 6 islands but commonly people only know of Phi Phi Lay and Phi Phi Don. It is surrounded by stunning waters and blessed with white sandy beaches. If your idea of a good day out is snorkelling and swimming in these clear blue waters followed by soaking up some rays on a beautiful beach, then a Phi Phi tour may just be the one for you. At Simba we offer several opportunities for snorkelling and also hanging out on the beach.  …

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19 Sep
2018

Five Things to do in Phuket when it Rains

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Five Things to do in Phuket when it Rains If you happen to be in Phuket when it’s rainy season then you’ll definitely need to check out this list for some alternative things to do when it’s raining. Here’s some of our favourite things to do. 1 – Simba Sea Trips’ Jungle Tour This land based tour is definitely THE tour to do when it’s raining. The rain just adds to the mood and the clouds make it look like you are entering the Jurassic era when on the lake. There is a fair bit of time spent in the comfortable van enjoying the scenery. We stop at a few temples along the way and check out some monkeys too before arriving at the lake.   2 – Simba Sea Trips’ Phang Nga Bay Tour Phang Nga Bay is a pretty special area as it is very protected and quite often has different weather patterns to that of Phuket and Phi Phi. More often then not, it can be raining in Phuket and dry in Phang Nga Bay. Even if it does rain it’s rarely a problem and a good part of this tour is spent exploring caves and canoeing…

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19 Sep
2018

Best Island Restaurants

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    If you’re lucky enough to be chartering one of our private charter boats then you may want to consider visiting some of these fabulous restaurants that you can only reach by boat if you are staying on Phuket Here’s our favourite selection on Kho Yao Noi La Sala Restaurant – This hidden gem dishes up some amazing, authentic Thai food. It is located with Pavilion Resort so if you are staying there it will be easy to find. Our favourite dish was the Pomelo Salad. It was full of juicy prawns and tangy pomelo. Chaba Café and Gallery – If you’re looking for something on the healthier side then this is the place for you. The café serves up not only nutritious but delicious food too. They have plenty of options for the vegan traveller. Our top picks were the Buddha bowl and the coconut ice-cream, yum!   Our top picks for Koh Yao Yai Baan Rim Nam Restaurant – Perched on stilts over the water, this unassuming little restaurant could be easily missed. It doesn’t look like much but boy does it deliver! Amazing bbq seafood is what is on the menu here. Note, they don’t serve…

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