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
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • 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: 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
  • 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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Jennilyn D

AMAZING tour. Great value for the price. We absolutely loved it! Kayaking was fantastic. John Gray was on our tour which was a bonus. Guides are great. Food is fantastic. Highly recommend!!

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Ban A

So much better than expected! I was recommended this tour by a friend and it was way better than they described! The staff were super sweet and very caring about your experience there and made sure you were enjoying every moment and not missing a single moment that could be memorable. When it was time for the kayaking portion, they pair you with a experienced team member that knows their way around quite well with a kayak. We personally felt very comfortable with our personal tour guide and everyone else seemed to be very comfortable with their guide as well. As they kayak you around they share history and facts about what your seeing/experiencing. The lunch and dinner were also very good, some dishes were even better than what we had on the mainland! The last portion of the tour was the bioluminescent and wow, you cannot forget something like that. It's not something you get a chance to experience everywhere and we were so grateful to have had that experience in Thailand. Another thing that I truly appreciated from this team was that they truthfully respected their home. They picked up trash they found floating around; didn't feed the wildlife; kept everything nice a clean not only for us as tourists but also for their families. I went on other tours that did NOT do this and it was such a shame.

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CHINTHA N

What a great experience this was! Wonderfully planned and co-ordinated from start to finish. We had John Gray himself throughout the tour on our ferry. Kayaking through caves to see Hongs, and seeing the Plankton light up and setting afloat the krathongs were absolute highlights. One of the best experiences of my life. Highly recommended!!

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Danila S

Everything was just amazing, I strongly recommend this trip.
The views are unbelievable, lagunas in the islands are fantastic both at daytime and at night.

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Lynne E

I said “Wow!” in wonderous amazement no less than 30 times. One of the best excursions we have ever had. My entire family of adults and teens found every detail to be fabulous. Do it!!

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