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John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating

Highlights
  • Phang Nga Bay kayaking tour with Loi Krathong festival at night
  • Ride a twin-engine boat from Phuket
  • Kayak to emerald lagoons and through secret caves
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John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating
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John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating
From USD 130.41
Overview
Travel from midday to midnight to the hidden wonders of Phang Nga Bay, including a kayaking tour of limestone sea caves and cliff-lined lagoons. Ride a power boat to the emerald waters and keep an eye out for sea eagles, egrets and other wildlife while you paddle your kayak with an expert guide. After dark, float your own self-made flower ‘krathong’ at a Loi Krathong festival, followed by a seafood buffet dinner. Lunch and round-trip transport from Phuket hotels or airport included.
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Itinerary
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Stop At: John Gray's Sea Canoe

This full-day kayak trip from Phuket starts at midday to avoid the crowds, with a convenient pickup service by luxury air-conditioned minivan from the entire Phuket Island. Don’t eat lunch, as you will be served a healthy and nutritious meal onboard the comfortable and modern twin-engine escort boat after leaving from Ao Po Pier. During the boat ride you will watch a raptor show and get a detailed briefing about the nature and geological site of Phang Nga Bay. Learn the basic do’s and don’ts of how to securely enter the caves and hongs.
Start the first kayaking session with your well-educated and experienced guide through limestone caves and lagoons in the dramatic setting at Panak Island. The hand-made kayaks are specially designed for your trip, and you can feel absolutely safe because there was never a capsize, a puncture or any accident. Your professional guide paddles you and your partner through 'Tidal Nape' sea caves inside Phang Nga Bay’s marine limestone karstic islands into 'hongs' (Thai for room). The hidden cliff-lined lagoons are populated with macaques, water monitors, kingfishers, mud-skippers, egrets, sea eagles and brahminy kites. Return to the escort boat and move on to the second island with two more caves and hongs to explore.
You will finish after dark by floating your own self-made flower “Krathong” in a spiritual and spectacular natural light show. Guests say that the evening Loi Kratong ceremony complete with fireflies and dinoflagellates (bio-luminescent plankton) is a 'spiritual experience'.
Eat a delicious seafood/vegan buffet on the trip back, you return to the pier two hours after sunset. Only the highest-quality ingredients are used to prepare the lunch and dinner, fresh from the local market. Seafood is net caught and chickens are free range. Brown, red, and black rice is served with homemade Massaman curry.
Itinerary:
• 10:30 - 12:00: Hotel pickup service in Phuket
• 12:00 - 13:00: Meet the crew at Ao Po Pier & get instructions
• 13:00 - 13:10: Departure by escort boat to Phang Nga Bay
• 13:10 - 14:10: Enjoy lunch on board the tour boat
• 14:15 - 16:15: Kayak into the cave at Koh Phanak
• 16:15 - 16:30: Continue to Hong Island
• 16:30 - 17:30: Sightseeing & kayaking at Koh Hong
• 17:30 - 18:15: Free time for relaxing at the beach or kayaking
• 18:15 - 18:45: Make your own Krathong & have dinner on the boat
• 18:45 - 19:15: Float the self-made Krathong in the cave of Phanak Island
• 19:15 - 19:30: See phosphorescent plankton
• 19:30 - 20:30: Head back to Phuket
• 20:30 - 21:00: Transfer to your hotel

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Phang Nga Bay, Ao Phang Nga National Park, Phang Nga Province

Cruise by escort boat to Phang Nga Bay.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Trip Store Krabi

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Stop At: Ao Po Pier, Pa Khlok, Thalang District, Phuket

Meet the crew at Ao Po Pier in the north-east of Phuket and get instructions.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ko Pa Nak, Ao Phang Nga National Park, Phang Nga Province

Start the first kayaking session with your well-educated and experienced guide through limestone caves and lagoons in the dramatic setting at Panak Island.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ice Cream Cave, Ao Phang Nga National Park, Phang Nga Province

Sightseeing and kayaking at Ice Cream Cave.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hongs of Phang Nga, Ao Phang Nga National Park, Phang Nga Province

Sightseeing and kayaking at Koh Hong.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Koh Panak Cave, Ao Phang Nga National Park, Phang Nga Province

You will finish after dark by floating your own self-made flower “Krathong” in a spiritual and spectacular natural light show. Guests say that the evening Loi Kratong ceremony complete with fireflies and dinoflagellates (bio-luminescent plankton) is a 'spiritual experience'.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Ao Po Pier, Pa Khlok, Thalang District, Phuket

Head back to Ao Po Pier in the north-east of Phuket.

Duration: 1 hour
Reviews (190)
1 - 5 of 114 reviews
Reviewed yesterday
Amazing experience

This was totally amazing and I highly recommend it! We were so lucky to have John Gray on our boat. Guides are knowledgeable and very fun!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Barbara D
Reviewed 5 days ago
Incredible tour, good food and great guide

Wow, what an adventure - they picked us up at our hotel in Phuket and then we drove about an hour to the boat dock. Boarded the boat - there were about 30 tourists on board and probably 20 crew - big enough boat for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RNA1958
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
John Grays Hong by Starlight

I travel quite a bit, and I must say this was the best tour/excursion I have ever been on. The day was amazing with many many tell and pictures to share for years to come! We got to meet John Gray on this tour on...More

1  Thank samrutster
Reviewed 1 week ago
Unforgetable Unique Experience

This tour was like no other I've been on. Our tour guide Chang who paddled our boat was so detailed about the history and science behind the cave. The food was great. The pictures taken were amazing. My husband and I said we would come...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JayMish3314
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great Experience

The trip was very well organized, transfer worked well although our hotel was quite far away from the pier. As former reviews have stated, the food is very tasty and plentiful. The majestic hongs are a must-see in my opinion and the whole atmosphere at...More

Thank travelhazey
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Andrea G
22 February 2019|
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Response from tonprince | Property representative |
Good morning, thank you for your message. We offer pickup service from your hotel 'Splash Beach Resort' and other hotels on the entire Phuket Island. The exact pick-up time will be confirmed by email after you have made the... More
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Maxxfactor
20 February 2019|
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Response from tonprince | Property representative |
Sawasdee Ka, thank you for your message. This tour is operated all year round. Please let us know your email address and we will send you an invoice payment link for some discount. Best regards, Rinda
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Cuc P
16 February 2019|
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Response from tonprince | Property representative |
Hi, thank you for your message and interest in our service. This tour is operated from Phuket only, not from Krabi. If you are staying in Krabi, we recommend to do our alternative tours to Sea Cave Kayaking Adventure at Bor... More
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