|A day-trip to Hong Islands|
We did stay 4 nights / 5 days at Tub Kaek beach and we made a half-day boat trip to the Hong Islands. This are limestone islands in the Andaman sea. We took a wooden long-tail boat straight from the beach in front of our hotel and we were provided with a picknick box and towels of the hotel. It takes a 30min boat-ride to the first island ... Hong Island or actually Koh Lao Bi Le. The name of the island (Hong) means room, because at the back-side of the island is a lagoon that is like a room almost closed of from the sea. The island group consists of about 10 islands, some of the islands have beaches. Be aware that this islands are part of a National Park so non-Thai have the privilege to pay 5 times as much as any Thai. For Thai it is 60 Thai baht entrance fee (yes also for the Thai guy driving a BMW) and for non-Thai it is 300 Thai baht. Some tours include this at the tour price.
So our tour started at Hong Island where is a small bay where you can swimming in crystal clear water and see many fish swimming around you. From there we went to the lagoon on the other side. The boat goes thru the small opening between the high limestone mountains and and moors somewhere in the lagoon so you can dive straight from the boat into the water. Be careful it is not deep! After that the boat took us via a 20min boat ride between many small island to another island with a small beach. At one side there is again a bay with crystal clear water and many coloured fish. At low tide there is a small sandbar to an small island in front of the beach. Here we had a nice lunch on a old tree under the mangrove trees at the beach. And before you know it is time to go back to the mainland and back to your hotel. I would recommend the go as early as possible ... we left at 7:30 and because of that we were at the islands just before more people came. One of the tour companies doing day-trips on the sea is Ao Nang Orchid Speedboat.
|Warning signs at Hong Island|
|Caves with bird-nests|