Hong Island: A Perfect Day Tour from Krabi!

Koh Hong, or Hong Island, is located in the province of Krabi, in the south of Thailand. This little jewel, whose name means “room island”, enchants visitors with its breathtaking natural beauty and its fairy-like charm. Hong Island is best known for its incredibly impressive limestone formations and is certainly one of the most beautiful islands in all of Thailand. But not only the limestone cliffs are stunning, also the bay with the fine white powdered sugar beach of Hong Island is truly breathtakingly beautiful. Another highlight on the island is the Hong Lagoon, which is only accessible by boat through a narrow 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.

Good to know!

A trip to Hong Island is a real highlight. Besides the breathtaking scenery, you will also find one of the most beautiful beaches in Krabi on the island.

A good waterproof backpack is the perfect companion for boat and snorkeling trips because it protects your cell phone, camera or other valuables optimally from moisture.

The nearest resorts, close to Koh Hong Island, are the quiet beautiful Klong Muang Beach, the vibrant Ao Nang Beach and the famous peninsula Railay Beach. But there are also excursions from Phuket and Khao Lak possible.

There are no accommodation facilities on Hong Island. If you don’t know where to find recommended accommodation in Krabi, take a look at our complete guide about “Where to stay in Krabi“.

 

Hong Island (Koh Hong)

Located in Thanbok Kharanee National Park, the small island of Koh Hong is a popular destination for tours from Krabi and Phuket. This small paradise delights with its breathtaking scenery, turquoise sea colors and velvety dream beach. A mighty rock divides the beach into 2 sections. One side is the landing stage for the longtail and speed boats, and the national park entrance fee of 400 baht is also paid here. Just opposite in the bay is then the soft white sandy beach, here it can be super nice to swim and enjoy the unique natural scenery.

Tip: On Hong Island there is a great viewpoint. To get there, you have to climb 420 steps, but at the top you will be rewarded with a fabulous view over the magical island world.

Hong Island is a paradise for nature lovers. The waters around the island are rich in marine life, including colorful coral reefs and a variety of fish species. If you like snorkeling, this is the place to be, as a variety of colorful fish cavort in the turquoise sea. The water is crystal clear and perfect for swimming and bathing. The whole scenery is perfect and for those of you who like to take pictures, this is definitely the place to take some of your best pictures of Thailand.

Tip: The best time to visit Hong Island is during the dry season from November to April when the weather is sunny and the sea is calm.

Hong Lagoon

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. As soon as you enter the lagoon, it feels as if you are immersed in another world. The water is calm and crystal clear, and the surrounding rocks are a breathtaking sight. If you like, you can also snorkel and swim well here. A trip by kayak is also an unforgettable experience.

How to get to Hong Island

Getting to Hong Island is mostly arranged by the typical longtail boat from Krabi mainland or by speed 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 certainly 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…it’s worth a look!

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Brown Hotel (Krabi Town): The Brown Hotel is one of the best hotels in Krabi Town. This 3-star accommodation inspires with chic furnishings and lots of flair!

Conclusion: Koh Hong is one of the most beautiful islands of Krabi. If you are in this region, then you should definitely take a trip to this dream island!


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