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

Duration: 10 hours
Destination: Thailand, Chang Wat Phuket, Phuket
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  • 10 hours
  • Phuket
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  • Cancellable

Overview

Enjoy an afternoon of sea cave exploring in Phang Nga Bay, including the limestone caves and hidden cliff-lined lagoons discovered by John Gray in 1989. Expect a great nature and wildlife adventure with an experienced guide and enjoy the best Thai seafood buffet during your holiday aboard the convenient escort boat. Finish your trip after dark by floating your own self-made flower “Kratong” in a spiritual and spectacular natural light show.

Highlights

  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Buffet dinner included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • See the underwater world without getting wet

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: John Gray's Sea Canoe, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000 Thailand

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: 10 hours

Stop At: Ao Po Pier, Pak Kret 4007 Pa Klok Rural Road, Pa Khlok, Phuket Thailand

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Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Phang Nga Bay., Ao Phang Nga National Park Thailand

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Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ko Pa Nak, Ao Phang Nga National Park 82160 Thailand

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Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ice Cream Cave, Ao Phang Nga National Park 82160 Thailand

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Duration: 1 hour

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

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Duration: 2 hours

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

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Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Trip Store Krabi, 37, 88 เหมทานนท์, Paknam, Muang, Krabi 81000, Thailand

This tour is provided by Trip Store Krabi.

Pass By: John Grays Sea Canoe Co.,LTD., Ratsada, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand

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Inclusions
  • Hotel round-trip transfer on the entire Phuket island including airport pick-up and drop-off service
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Bottled water, herbal tea
  • Seasonal fruits
  • Twin-engine escort boat
  • Caveman's SOTAR sea kayaks
  • Kayak equipment including a dry bag
  • Basic accident insurance
  • Professional and experienced English and Chinese speaking guide
  • National Park entrance fee

Exclusions
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Departure Point

Ao Po Pier, ทางหลวงชนบท ภก.4007 Tambon Pa Klok, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110, Thailand

Traveler pickup is offered
Get picked up from your hotel on the entire Phuket Island. The exact pick-up time will be confirmed by email after you have made the booking.

Pick-up and drop-off service from/at Phuket Airport is also available. In this case let us know the flight number of arrival/departure flight.


Departure Time

12:00 PM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

10 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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Allyssa Marie M

For my mother's birthday, I booked us on a tour with John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating. The company excelled with its customer service by making it super convenient by picking us up from the airport and safely storing our luggage. They picked us up from the airport at 1130. It was a comfortable 30 minute ride to the port in a big modern van. We boarded the catamaran at about 1230 and started the welcome and safety program at about 1300. It was reassuring that the staff discussed safety and allowed us to use life jackets as needed. A scrumptious lunch consisting of seafood, chicken, rice and and other diseases enriched with spices (not spicy/hot) was served to us at around 1300. We even had the honor of meeting John Gray - the man who pioneered the official exploration of the caves in the 1970s...his work helped to open up the caves to the public. Now it is our responsibility to respect and preserve it. We had our first stop near one of the islands at around 1330. We were given an some time to swim in the warm pure water (never saw such clarity) and enjoy the environment before we were introduced to our personal tour guide who helped with our kayaking portion of the tour. The kayaks were American made and sturdy. Our tour guide as a very strong female who also allowed us to paddle if we wanted. It was the most ethereal experience to paddle beneath the magical rocks and caves that were carved by the omnipotent forces of the ocean water and time...into the peaceful untouched lagoons in the center of these islands. Close to sunset we finished our family activity of making Loy Krathongs, a peace offering composed of floral arrangements (our guides assisted us) tat we made and lit up with candles...then floated inside the caves. It was a truly magical experience. The staff were so friendly and exuded an attitude of being family oriented. We were driven to our hotel and I dreamt of the experience for nights.

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Scott P

A fantastic experience from start to finish. well organised mini bus pick ups to pier transports to the boat. Great sites in the kayaks and some of the best food we consumed on the entire trip.

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RisingSunset777 .

We enjoyed this tour a lot! Our kayak paddler New was so friendly and fit! The food was great and the creative side of the tour added to the special symbolic meaning of our wish! We even met John Gray and he was so friendly and told us jokes! Thanks for a beautiful memory!

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Laura P

My family was on the fence about booking this excursion - it seemed kind of expensive and we weren't sure what to expect, but we could not be happier about our experience on John Gray's Hong by Starlight tour! From the moment we stepped onto the boat, our guides and the staff were friendly, helpful, and attentive. They fed us amazing food, took us out on kayaks 3 times, explained the things we were seeing, helped us craft our Loy Krathongs, and were overall just fantastic. Our guides, Noi and Boy, were extremely professional, caring, and great guides. It rained for some of our tour, but it did not negatively affect our experience. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in a day full of fun and adventure!

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Ruth H

This was a wonderful day. The staff were fantastic and our paddler and guide Aew (?) was friendly, knowledgeable and spoke very good English. We went into several large caves and then were cleverly paddled into hidden lagoons, seeing Macaques, birds and some fish. Going into the lagoons was a real highlight of the trip ( many other companies don't do this) We had sometime to swim or paddle on our own and then made a flower offerings, which, when dark we lit and let float in the cave. We were also able to see the phosphorescent plankton. The food was excellent and we were lucky enough to see John Gray himself out paddling, He has done a great job setting up these tours and providing employment for a significant number of Thai people. Highly recommended!

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With our guide before the water ceremony

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