Hong Island: A perfect day tour from Krabi
Hong Island, also known as Koh Hong, is located in the province Krabi, in South of Thailand. The island is known for its impressive limestone formations and for that, it‘s certainly one of the most beautiful places in Thailand. But not only the limestone cliffs are impressive, also the fine white powdered sand beach of Hong Island is really awesome. Another highlight on the island is the Hong Lagoon, which can only be reached by boat entering a narrow rock-opening.
In this travel guide we have summarized the most important information about a visit to Koh Hong in Krabi. In addition, we show you why a trip there is absolutely worth it.
Hong Island (Koh Hong)
Located in Thanbok Kharanee National Park, the small island of Koh Hong is a popular destination for daytrips and tours from Krabi and Phuket. This little paradise has a breath-taking scenery, turquoise sea colours and an ultra-soft sandy beach. A mighty rock divides the beach into 2 sections. One side is the jetty of longtail-boats and speedboats. Also, the National Park entrance fee of 400 Baht can be paid here. Just opposite you will find the soft white sandy beach, here it is super nice to swim and perfect for enjoying the unique natural scenery.
If you love snorkelling, this place is just right for you. Because of the crystal clear water you will explore a wide range of colourful fish! The whole scenery is just perfect and for those who like to take pictures it’s the place to be in Thailand.
The Hong Lagoon is another attraction of the Hong Island Tour and so it’s always a part of every excursion. With the longtail boat or speedboat you drive through a narrow rock opening and inside the lagoon the visitors get surprised with a unique landscape of turquoise water and mighty limestone cliffs. If you like you can do some snorkelling and swimming here too.
How to get to Hong Island
Getting to Hong Island is mostly arranged by the typical longtail boat from Krabi mainland or by speet boat from Phuket and Khao Lak. The closest resorts are Klong Muang Beach, Ao Nang Beach, Tonsai Beach and Railay Beach. Trips to the island are offered at almost every hotel, local travel agency or even on the beach.
The cost varies depending on the provider, location and season, so it is definitely worth comparing prices.
From Krabi mainland to Koh Hong is about 6 kilometers. The trip by boat takes about 20 minutes and is scenically a real highlight.
Excursions to Hong Island
Probably the most popular way to explore Koh Hong in Krabi is on a guided boat tour to other dream islands, such as the Pak Bia Islands and Lading Island. Boat trips are generally offered on site and online.
Many book the boat tour to Koh Hong online on GetyourGuide. The advantage is that most excursions can be canceled free of charge up to 24 hours before, you can compare reviews and often pickup from the hotel and a meal are included.
Where to stay in Krabi
Koh Hong is definitely a place for beaching and staying longer, but the island is part of a national park and therefore uninhabited. There are no hotels or bungalows on this island and so you can only experience this paradise on a day trip. Under the following links you will find accommodations, which are really well suited as a starting point for a tour to Koh Hong.
- Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa (Railay Beach): The Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa is a very recommendable hotel. It is located very romantic right on the sea from Railay Beach and the pool is a real eye-catcher.
- Krabilife Resort (Klong Muang Beach): The Krabilife Resort is a small family run hotel with only a few rooms. Very lovely accommodation with moderate room rates.
- Holiday Inn (Ao Nang Beach): The Holiday Inn Krabi Resort Ao Nang Beach is a chic hotel, located directly on the white sandy beach of Ao Nang.
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