Hong Island – A perfect day tour from Krabi
Hong Island, also known as Koh Hong, is located in the Krabi Province, 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 blog post you get useful information about a unique tour to Hong Island and we will show you why a daytrip to Koh Hong in Krabi is absolutely worthwhile.
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, Ao Nang 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 see 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
The best way you can get to Hong Island is by longtail boat or speedboat. If you are not staying in Phuket, we would definitely recommend the option with a private longtail boat. The best time to visit Hong Island is definitely the early morning, so make sure that the tour is starting around 7:00 am . Then you can escape the tourist crowds which are arriving from Phuket and Krabi / Ao Nang by speedboat. At that time of the day you have the beach in the morning almost to yourself.
If you want to go from Phuket to Hong Island you have to take the speedboat. The trip will take you the whole day and often includes a visit to the Phang Nga Bay.
Longtail boat trips to Hong Island are available from Krabi, Ao Nang, Railay and Klong Muang Beach. The price depends from where you would like to start (from about 2,000 baht for the private boat). Excursions can be either organized on site, or if you value good reviews you can book your favorite tour in advance online. Here are best tours to Koh Hong:
For the trip, you should plan half day trip and its also possible to combine with other islands, such as Lading Island and Pakbia Island (from about 2,500 baht for a private longtail boat).
Because the Hong Island are part of a National Park (Thanbok Kharanee NP) you have to pay a National Park fee of 400 Baht per person extra. So make sure you take enough money with you.
Hotels and Accommodations on Hong Island
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): 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 modern pool is a real eye-catcher.
- Krabilife Resort (Klong Muang): 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): Holiday Inn Krabi Resort Ao Nang Beach – This chic hotel is located directly on the white sandy beach of Ao Nang.
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