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A Family Holiday with Pink Dolphins

One of few places left to observe Thailand’s famed pink dolphins is in the sparkling clear waters off the luxurious five-star InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort. 

In spite of efforts to improve their numbers, there are only 150 pink dolphins left in the wild making one of the few professionally organized tours available in Koh Samui – The Pink Dolphin Discovery Tour – a truly memorable family experience and a highlight of a visit to the Resort.

An exclusive half or full-day speed boat tour to see the pink dolphins is available to InterContinental Samui Resort guests. The tours are typically free from crowds and feature experienced boat staff. Only 25 mins by speed boat from the resort to the Khanon area. The dolphins are wonderful acrobats and guests can witness their ‘performance’ first hand.

On the return journey the boat stops by at Koh Tan for guests to enjoy some snorkelling, swim among a myriad of exotic tropical reef fish, fan corals and glide over enormous giant clams. Guests may even catch a glimpse of a blue-spotted stingray. A trip to experience these amazing mammals starts from AUD$210 (USD$150) per person.

Exclusive nightly rates at the resort start from:

  • Club Ocean View Room from *AUD $440 (USD 315) per night
  • Club Beachfront Pool Villa from *AUD $530 (USD 378) per night
  • Club Two Bedroom Residence Villa from *AUD $592 (USD 424) per night

The InterContinental Resort is one of Thailand’s most popular island getaways – recognised recently at the World Travel Awards Asia’s Leading Beach Resort – spanning nine hectares (22 acres) on the peaceful and unspoilt west coast of Koh Samui, a one-hour flight from Bangkok and a 45-minute drive from the airport.  The Resort is surrounded by more than 50 islands providing a memorable holiday for families, couples and honeymooners as well as an unforgettable setting for weddings – recognised at the World Luxury Hotel Awards winning Luxury Wedding Destination: Continent Asia – and corporate guests.

The 79 luxury rooms and villas of the InterContinental Resort boast views across the Gulf of Thailand and Ang Thong Marine National Park. At its highest point the popular Air Bar commands extraordinary 180-degree sunset and sea views and, according to the New York Times, is one of the thousand attractions you should explore in a lifetime.

Two restaurants, Amber and Flames, serve Thai, Asian and modern European cuisine.  The open-air cocktail lounge, Air Bar and Serene, lobby bar and café provide warm meeting venues.  The award-winning Baan Thai Spa by HARNN offers an exclusive range of HARNN body and beauty treatments. The resort’s own kids’ club, Planet Trekkers, has activities and entertainment for children aged from 4 – 12.

*Subject to govt charges with costs of Pink Dolphin Tours in addition.

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