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20 April 2010 :: 16:04:15 pm 18531

Affordable Luxury: Pattaya’s Exclusive Serenity Yacht Tour

Experience some of Thailand’s most beautiful islands amidst pristine maritime surroundings whilst relaxing in affordable luxury on the exclusive Serenity Yacht. Based out of Pattaya’s private Ocean Marina off Sukhumvit Road in Jomtien, Serenity Yacht tours operates public and private island tours like no other in the region.
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The Serenity is a 69ft luxury Catamaran which features an incredible 4 ensuite bedrooms, BBQ and refrigeration facilities, fresh water shower and attached dingy with outboard motor. Ample dining areas are provided under the cover of the boats top-deck whilst passengers can enjoy the sun and sea breeze out on the relaxation netting at the front of the vessel. The yacht has the ability to host up to 66 passengers and crew on both public and privately arranged tours around Pattaya bay and the surrounding islands.

Based out of Jomtien’s Ocean Marina, off the Sukhumvit Road, Serenity Yachting Company has an established track record, renowned for their premium service, attention to detail and first-class safety record. Although many tours and packages are available with competing companies, Serenity Yachting ensures that your trip will be one to remember whilst your every need is catered for on their luxury yacht. The magnificent design and uniqueness of the Serenity ensures that you are the focal point of attention as you are cruising the Pattaya bay amongst the throngs of overcrowded, run-down, single hulled boats.

Whilst on a tour with Serenity Yachting, a full-day, 8-hour cruise, you are catered with a full Thai buffet style lunch including various international and local cuisines. Snacks and beverages are provided throughout the trip with the exception of alcohol. Whilst frolicking in the pristine ocean surroundings of some the best islands on the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand, you are provided with snorkelling equipment to enjoy the vast natural coral reefs that exists around the islands.

The 8 hour full-day tour departs from ocean Marina at 9:30am for the uninhabited island of Koh Rin (Tongue Island), approximately 45 minutes due west of Jomtien Beach. The island of Koh Rin features an undisturbed natural beach with a variety of coral clusters and ocean habitats for the avid snorkelers, although you have to be wary of the vast amount of potentially dangerous sea urchins on the seabed. The Serenities motorised dingy is available to take passengers to-and-from the yacht whilst snorkelers are encouraged to launch off the vessel to avoid the lurking sea urchins. Following approximately 2 hours of unabated frolicking in the sea or relaxing on the boat and beach, an extravagant Thai style BBQ buffet is provided by the yachts helpful staff before the tour departs for the Island of Koh Khram.

Koh Khram (Aqua or Light Blue Island) is another uninhabited island, used by the Royal Thai Navy as a test and exercise grounds. The island encompasses some of Thailand’s most spectacular shallow coral reef formations, merely meters from the pristine white sandy beach. Once again, snorkelling enthusiasts are amply catered for, whilst fishing rods and bait are provided for the eager fisherman and woman with a variety of species available for strictly catch and release purposes. Certain times of the year the island of Koh Khram is restricted to the public as it is a natural breeding ground for the sea turtles that inhabit the deeper oceans of the Gulf of Thailand, the coral reefs off the coast of Koh Khram are a nationally protected maritime environment.

Next stop on the tour is the island of Koh Ped literally translated as Duck Island, although there is not a duck in sight there are monkeys abound. Koh Ped or perhaps more appropriate, Koh Ling (Ling meaning monkey) has a resident population of Thai Samae monkeys, but once again no human inhabitants. A ramshackle sun shelter and worn down mermaid statue adorn the coastline along with thousands of monkeys, who often swim out to the boats to receive food or scavenge what they can find. The dingy ferries passengers to the island, where an offering of fruit and vegetables are given to the monkeys, whilst tourists are free to pose for photographs and play with the lovable primates. Due to the monkeys over population of the island a natural, self sustaining food source is no longer present on Koh Ped; as such they are solely reliant on the tour boats as a source of food at present, whilst conservation strategies are being discussed.

Following the feeding of the monkeys on Koh Ped the Serenity begins its homeward bound journey to the Ocean Marina passing the scenic beaches of the Sattahip region and Bang Saray to conclude the fun filled day of island explorations.

The Full day exclusive tour departs the Ocean Marina at 9:30am returning by 4:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. The price for a day of luxury paradise island hopping is an extremely affordable Bt3,800 per person, children 3-12-years-old Bt1,600, infants under 3-years-old admitted free. All prices include meals, refreshments and equipment use. Private tours are available by booking for a minimum of 25 people. Prices start from Bt85,600 (25 people) for an 8hr charter, additional charges are required for between 26-60 people.

For more information on Serenity Yacht tours or private bookings contact;

Miss Manita Passapan (Marketing Manager)

Mobile: 085 440 93 89

Office: (+66)38 237 214

E-mail: charter@serenity71.com

Internet Address: www.serenityshipyard.com

Reporter: Seth Hanslow

Photographer: Waneeda

Category : Travel

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