Kayaking - Phang Nga Bay
Southern Thailand is renowned for its world class water sports and the Andaman Sea around Phuket, Krabi and Phi Phi Island have long been a hot scuba diving spot. However, more modern types of watersports are becoming popular, including sea kayaking. Due to the rugged coastline of the area around Phang Nga Bay, which has formed dozens of sea level caves, a day trip kayaking is part water sport and part exploration.
The most popular kayaking location is Hong Island, which is situated inside the Phang Nga Bay National Park. The Hongs are the interior of the cave systems that have collapsed which can only be accessed by kayak or canoe when the tide is right. You can take a kayak right inside many of the caves that make up part of the shoreline of the island. Dozens of Hongs can be explored in the Phang Nga / Krabi areas with plenty of bird life, monkeys and fish to be seen.
Many of the kayaking tours available offer an overnight stay. Most usually the cave exploration will only form part of the day’s adventures. The extensive mangroves swamps usually make up another part of the trip, exploring the natural wildlife which abounds in this environment. In the evening, a beach BBQ is usually lit, and a Thai style supper served as the sun sets. As darkness falls the complete lack of artificial light out in the mangroves means that the night sky is clearly visible, bathing the visitor in moonlight.
This kind of kayaking trip may sound somewhat strenuous. However, the sea around Phang Nga Bay and Hong Island is usually quite calm and little effort is required to keep a kayak moving steadily through the water.
John Grays Hong By Starlight is most popular of all Hong tours in Phang Nga Bay. Experienced guides will accompany each boat through limestone caves and commentate on the way through. Overnight tours are available where you can enjoy the suset with some traditional Thai style seafood bbq.
The only potential health hazard is sunburn, so make sure you bring plenty of sun block along, as well as a shady hat.