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Phang Nga Bay Tour

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Phang Nga Bay Tour

Hello everybody,

My husband and I are visiting Khaloak (staying in Sensimar) from 19th to 25th of February and we would love to visit Phang Nga Bay but we are not sure which tour company to book the trips with.

We would like to visit James Bond Island, Koh Panyi floating village, the cave temple and Koh Hong but most of the agencies we have looked at don't offer all of these in a trip.

We would appreciate anyone's help with this. We don't mind paying extra for a private tour.

Thank you very much.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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1. Re: Phang Nga Bay Tour

There is a good tour shop on your left where the dual carriageway starts when you walk from the Sensimar into Bang La On just past the Baan Khao Lak Resort. For a more personalised tour contact Green Andaman Travel at http://www.greenandamantravel.com/ or Boss of Cheaper than Hotel Taxis at cheaper_khaolak@ymail.com or for a personal guided tour Lora of Dior Travel via diorkhaolak@yahoo.co.th

However, I don't think you will get Koh Hong included as it best accessed from Ao Nang in Krabi much further south in the Bay. Longtail tours from the pier outside Phang Nga City usually include an optional side trip on sea canoes into the Hongs and mangroves, Koh Panyi and turn around at Koh Tapu (or Nail Island or more famously known as James Bond Island) where you can get off the boat at the neighbouring larger island, pay the National Park fee and join the hordes of other tourists at the rather tacky souvenir shops there. It may be more famous but is one of the least attractive of the many features in this awesome Bay.

See pics of our last trip there at https:/… The temple at the end with the huge reclining Buddha and loads of monkeys is Wat Suwan Kuha or, not surprisingly, Monkey Temple. It is just down the highway from the pier and can be included in a day tour of the Bay by any of the independent operators/guides.

Leeds, United...
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2. Re: Phang Nga Bay Tour

Thank you very much for your prompt and informative answer!! We have immediately sent an email to Lora from Dior Khaolak . During our search we have also come across Khao lak Vista Tour here on Trip Advisor which offer a trip to Khao Sok we would like do to and the Phang Nga Bay is also on their offer. We were wondering if you know this tour company and if yes, whether you would recommend that to us. Another company, aside of Green Andaman, we were looking at was Khao Lak Discovery. Is that a reputable company?

Thank you very much for your answer!!

Poulton Le Fylde...
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3. Re: Phang Nga Bay Tour

Don't know Khao Lak Vista but Khao Lak Land Discovery is the biggest and longest established local based operator. Eco Khao Lak is also an established operator. Green Andaman specialise in Khao Sok and Cheow Lan Lake tours and if you fancy something completely different offer their own Koh Ra Beach Camp - see kohrabeachcamp.com/koh-ra-beach-camp/…

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4. Re: Phang Nga Bay Tour

I was in Khao Lak in December and used Phuket Sail Tours for my trips to Phang Nga and Phi Phi Island. We was picked up by private taxi from our hotel (The Bhandari) at around 6:00 for both trips and taken to the marina in Phuket which is where we departed from. Tour guides for both trips were brilliant and we also had Captain Mark aboard who is a real character and a great laugh. The main thing that I noticed from using PST was that both our tours had appox. 15 people on our speed boat whereas other speed boats we see were packed to the rafters and looked very uncomfortable. Although PST are a little bit more expensive, they a definitely worth it!

Poulton Le Fylde...
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5. Re: Phang Nga Bay Tour

Good to know that PST now organise transfers from and to Khao Lak. Previously you had to make your own way to the pier.

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6. Re: Phang Nga Bay Tour

I think they use a local cab firm near their office. We had the same driver for both our trips with PST and he was good as gold.

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7. Re: Phang Nga Bay Tour

Hi all. There are two Kho Hongs (Room Islands). One in Krabi province on the east side of the bay. It has a big hong (hidden lagoon) and nice beaches, not bad for snorkeling. Can be crowded.

The other Kho Hong is further north west, in Phang Nga province. This island has a smaller hong, but is a great canoeing spot at the right tide. No good for snorkeling, the water is too milky. Crowded at odd times, but not all day.

There are 1 or perhaps 2 companies that go to both of these islands in a speed boat day tour, plus a trip to Panyi Island (village on stilts, note, NOT a sea gypsy village). And there is more to do besides.

James Bond Island is worth a look as you go by, but in my opinion is far too crowded with shops, hawkers, speed boats and tourists trying to escape to warrant spending time ashore there.

Can't help with the Monkey temple, but wild monkeys are often seen on Kho Phanak, which is usually included in a boat trip around Phang Nga bay.

I hope this helps,

Mark.

Phuket Sail Tours.

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