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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
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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.
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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: 10 hours

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

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Duration: 1 hour

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

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Duration: 1 hour

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

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Duration: 2 hours

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

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Duration: 1 hour

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

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Duration: 2 hours

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

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Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Trip Store Krabi

This tour is provided by Trip Store Krabi.
Reviews (200)
1 - 5 of 124 reviews
Reviewed yesterday
Absolutely marvellous tour!

Trip plan, staff preparation and food was truly awesome. Staff was very helpful, with good attitude towards customers and really good English speaking. Tour plan was set up to avoid tourists masses and experience untouched nature of the islands. Food and drinks were served 3...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Hanna S
Reviewed 2 days ago
Highlight of time in Phuket

Everything was great! Pickup at hotel by van was on time. When we got to location we checked in and had time to change into our suits and pickup any last minute items. We were clearly divided into boat 1 or 2 and set off....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Laura123tourist
Reviewed 6 days ago
Great Tour!

My experience on the John Gray's tour was amazing. John Gray himself attends the tour, super friendly and educational. The crew and guides were great. Food was very good. You will have a full day of fun. Pang was my tour guide, he did a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank I4117XHmikeb
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
John Gray's day trip

Totally recommend John Gray's twilight tour,the staff were friendly,caves and scenery spectacular,food was spot on,altogether a great day out. John Gray was also on our trip and had a good chat with me and my wife,he has a great knowledge and passion of these beautiful...More

Thank John L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Amazing experience

I can only echo what all of the other great reviews have said: the scenery, kayaking, caves were spectacular. The guides were all well-informed and friendly. Great customer service! And on top of all this, the food was amazing. I loved both the lunch and...More

Thank Kristen_503
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Greta V
21 March 2019|
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Response from tonprince | Property representative |
Hi, thank you for the message. We can provide a vegan food for you on this tour. Please let us know by adding a special requirement when you made a reservation. Best regards, Rinda
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Jessica z
20 March 2019|
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Response from tonprince | Property representative |
Hi, thank you for the message. You can come to meet with the staff at Ao Po Pier in the north-east of Phuket, but we highly recommend to get pickup service from your hotel which more convenient. The exact pick-up time will... More
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16 March 2019|
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Response from tonprince | Property representative |
Hi, thank you for your message. We offer pickup service from your hotel in Patong and it takes time approx. 1 hour from Patong to Ao Po Pier in the north-east of Phuket. The exact pick-up time will be confirmed by email... More
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