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John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating

John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating
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Tour snapshot
Cruise Phang Nga Bay’s caves and lagoons—with a guide to paddle your kayak
Duration:
10h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
45
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Discover the hidden “hong” lagoons and sea caves of Phang Nga Bay on an adventure that’s timed to beat the worst of the crowds. After lunch on the boat, your guide paddles you through Koh Panak Cave and the caves and lagoons around Hong Island. Eat dinner, then make your own “Krathong” offering and float it in Koh Panak Cave. Fireflies and luminescent plankton provide a natural light show.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Experience a spectacular natural light show: fireflies and glistening water
  • Learn about Thai culture as you make—and float—a flower offering
  • Comprehensive tour includes 2-way hotel transfers plus lunch and dinner
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Experience a spectacular natural light show: fireflies and glistening water
  • Learn about Thai culture as you make—and float—a flower offering
  • Comprehensive tour includes 2-way hotel transfers plus lunch and dinner
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 9574P125
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel round-trip transfer on the entire Phuket island including airport pick-up and drop-off service
  • Lunch, dinner, bottled water, herbal tea & seasonal fruits
  • Caveman's SOTAR sea kayaks
  • Kayak equipment including a dry bag
  • Basic accident insurance
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Professional and experienced English speaking guide
  • Life jacket
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup from remote locations in Phang Nga, or from private villas/rentals
Duration
10h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Get picked up from your hotel on the entire Phuket Island. If you are staying on the hill, you have to come to a nearby hotel. The exact pickup time will be confirmed by email after you have made the booking. Pick-up and drop-off service from/at Phuket Airport is also available. In this case let us know the flight number of arrival/departure flight.
  • Ao Por Pier, 3C6M+95Q Andaman Sea, Tambon Pa Klok, Thailand Meet at Ao Po Pier in the north-east of Phuket. The exact meeting time will be confirmed by email after you have made the booking.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • To be able to check-in at the pier with the Thailand Marine Department, Please send us a copy of the passport ID page for all travelers. We have to send this information to the Thai Marine Department before the trip starts. It will be handled strictly private and confidential. Without those documents you won't be able to join the trip.
  • The tour program is subject to change due to weather & sea conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travellers
Inclusions
  • Hotel round-trip transfer on the entire Phuket island including airport pick-up and drop-off service
  • Lunch, dinner, bottled water, herbal tea & seasonal fruits
  • Caveman's SOTAR sea kayaks
  • Kayak equipment including a dry bag
  • Basic accident insurance
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Professional and experienced English speaking guide
  • Life jacket
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup from remote locations in Phang Nga, or from private villas/rentals
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Get picked up from your hotel on the entire Phuket Island. If you are staying on the hill, you have to come to a nearby hotel. The exact pickup time will be confirmed by email after you have made the booking. Pick-up and drop-off service from/at Phuket Airport is also available. In this case let us know the flight number of arrival/departure flight.
  • Ao Por Pier, 3C6M+95Q Andaman Sea, Tambon Pa Klok, Thailand Meet at Ao Po Pier in the north-east of Phuket. The exact meeting time will be confirmed by email after you have made the booking.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
10h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • To be able to check-in at the pier with the Thailand Marine Department, Please send us a copy of the passport ID page for all travelers. We have to send this information to the Thai Marine Department before the trip starts. It will be handled strictly private and confidential. Without those documents you won't be able to join the trip.
  • The tour program is subject to change due to weather & sea conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Ao Por Pier
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    John Gray's Sea Canoe
    Stop: 10 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Ao Po Pier
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Phang Nga Bay.
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Hongs of Phang Nga
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
    Pass by
    John Grays Sea Canoe Co.,LTD.
  • You'll return to the starting point
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sasa k
Hong Kong, China27 contributions
The experience was exceptional! Every crew member cares about guests and they are all very professional with their equipment and routes. I feel so bad forgetting about our rower's name but he's the best guide ever! He explained how some weatherings were formed and introduced us the animals and plants we see along the trip. The food and drinks were good as well! We recommend getting some soft drinks/beer from the shop before departure if you want.
Written 20 June 2022
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Ropi-Ah S
Dear Sasa k Thanks for your nice words, especially if you mention our paddle guides who all do an amazing job in all weather and sea conditions. Please visit us again in the future.
Written 24 June 2022
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Claire W
Dubai, United Arab Emirates181 contributions
This trip was over an above anything I was expecting.
While the start location was not as expected, once we got on the boat and started on our voyage towards the Hongs everything came alive.
We were all assigned our own personal rower for the duration of the trip, and they are all so friendly and welcoming. It was great to get to know the staff on a personal level, their stories of how Covid has affected their livelihood in particular.
The journey to the first canoe spot took around 50 minutes, during which we were served snacks, water and ice tea or coffee.
As the tide changes daily to different timings the first couple of canoe spots weren’t as interesting as the tide was low so you couldn’t see much, though our rower offered up many interesting facts about the geology of the region.
Onto the next location we had more snacks and drinks, the caves in this location were much more interesting, with an amazing lagoon surrounded by exotic bird song and monkeys, it was like something out of Avatar.
Dinner was provided, a mixture of local curries and rice, I can’t eat spicy food an there were options I could eat too.
The absolute highlight of the trip was making the Loy Kraton and floating them in the cave after sunset.
We made the kraton with the help of our rower who told us about this history of the festival and the meaning of the kraton.
This was such a beautiful experience and one of our highlights of our trip to Thailand.
I would absolutely recommend this trip, I didn’t find any other company offering this same experience, and while we were there we only saw one other boat the whole time. A must do experience while in Phuket
Written 30 January 2022
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Wendy S
Norwich, UK374 contributions
John Gray’s Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong
My husband and I had the good fortune to experience the most amazing day spent with John Gray and his magnificent crew! What a day...
From the moment we were collected from our hotel in a private taxi, driven with care by Por, to our Port destination to the end of the day, the attention to detail was second to none.
All staff, whatever their role were friendly, courteous and went out of their way to make your experience with them unique. And so it was!
It took an hour to the first stop during which time we enjoyed a delicious lunch. We were then allocated our ‘Captain’, Olé, who then stayed with us throughout the day. There was one ‘Captain’ per canoe (two people + child if there was one in your group). Olé canoed us through the caves into the most beautiful lagoons and gave us all the detail and information about the islands and caves.
We then returned to the boat for coffee and 10-15 minutes later, in our canoes, we had arrived at the next cave and lagoon. This time we saw monkeys and other native wildlife. When we returned to the boat, we could either swim in the water or canoe independently around the boat. Attention to customer safety was paramount at all times.
Once we had returned on deck, we were guided by our Captain to make a flower offering with candles and incense (Loy Kratong for the annual November Festival but the crew do this daily for the purpose of the day tour). We would dedicate this later after dark on our final canoe ride.
Each Captain has their own design and these offerings look truly beautiful especially when gathered all together.
Once completed, we then had the most amazing buffet of Thai soup served to you by your Captain (a lovely touch) and then helped ourselves to a delicious dinner of rice, salad, seafood and more.
You are asked about any food or nut allergies or vegetarian preferences at the beginning of the day so the crew clearly cater for each and everyone’s needs and tastes.
No sooner than dinner was concluded, we were on our way back to the first island which took about 10 minutes and anchored up to watch the most exquisite sunset. A great photo opportunity.
Once the sun had gone down, we were back in the canoes with our flower offering and gathered together near the caves to light the candles and incense. All I can say is, what a beautiful and emotional experience this was. Absolutely unique.
There was no rush but shortly we returned to the boat for the hour journey back to Port and our same taxi driver, Por, was there to greet us.
Amazing staff and special mention to Olé who made it for us, the chefs who home cooked all the fresh food and which was delicious and the Captain navigating the boat and his perfect taste in music!
Summary:
Five stars all round. An exceptional and outstanding experience.
You will not be disappointed. Only if you miss this amazing opportunity to experience such a wonderful and memorable day!
Written 25 February 2020
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Amberrozon
6 contributions
Couples
Definitely book, you won’t be disappointed! A most enjoyable day. A note to those with claustrophobia- to get into some caves you need to lie down flat in the inflatable canoes, as some of the cave openings are quite small. The cave ceiling will be directly over your face for 30 seconds or so. Only one cave is very tight, and of course you don’t have to go, but do try! The entire time you have a guide that paddles and controls the boat. They know what they are doing, very friendly and a lot of fun! Once inside the caves you’ll get to marvel at beautiful serene lagoons and all the nature that lives within it. You might get to see monkeys, snakes and funny frog-fish creatures! The trip is well organized, food is delicious and making the offers is a lot of fun. Once it’s dark you get to go to the Bat Cave, yes it’s full of bats! So cool. You enter the lagoon, light your offering candles and float it in the water for a bit, it’s quite a beautiful experience. On your way back out through the dark cave, your guide will turn off his light and in the pitch dark, wave your hand around in the water to see all the bioluminescence. It’s just magical! Everyone works hard to ensure you have a wonderful time. I would highly recommend!
Written 11 January 2022
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ericalynnherpers
Plano, TX6 contributions
I would agree with other reviewers who say "if you can only go on one tour while in Phuket, make it this one". It truly was a one-of-a-kind, amazing experience we will never forget. Our personal guide on the kayaks was Oopsy, and he did a wonderful job pointing different things out to us (in his very good English). He even sung us a few songs along the way.

One of the highlights of our tour was when we encountered a large group of monkeys congregating on a small beach that we passed. There were many adorable babies in the group, and all of the monkeys were engaging in some hilarious antics. We were able to get quite close.

Overall, this tour was also not too tiring, even though it was long. We were not in the direct sun for much time at all, and I enjoyed the leisurely pace of everything, even though we were basically always engaged in one activity or another. I would highly recommend this tour if you are in Phuket.
Written 13 February 2020
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Samantha G
Doha, Qatar8 contributions
At first it looked like the tour was going to be busy but then we were informed two boats would be taking us - this meant plenty of space on board! The food was great and in abundance but it would have been nice if some soft drinks were included (even if only offered with dinner). The kayaking is spectacular, some guides know/talk more than others, and you do get a chance to go off on your own for a bit. It was a super day and the hosts make it very fun!!
Written 1 May 2022
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Ropi-Ah S
Dear Samantha Thanks for leaving us your feedback. John Gray Sea Canoe always adapts to the number of guests, so it will be never crowded on the boat(s). There are "only" Thai soft drinks included - the original Thai drinks like Roselle syrup which lets you cool down during hot weather (no Coke).
Written 2 May 2022
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Chad Garrett
South Africa16 contributions
This tour provides an unforgettable experience, and I highly recommend it to everyone visiting Phuket/Thailand.

Our captain Tom was an amazing guide while paddling, making sure we were either the first or last paddlers at the different stops, so we could experience the beautiful cliffs and hongs in all their beauty. Tom was extremely friendly, passionate about the environment, knowledgeable and has a great sense of humour. We really felt that he cared about us having a good time, and we appreciate all of his efforts.

The trip is worth every cent. There is plenty of amazing food, great staff and plenty of activities to partake in: swimming, free paddling, building a cultural krathong and lighting it in the cave at night, seeing the bioluminescent plankton, interacting with the crew and learning about Thailand.
Written 2 January 2020
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Melinda
London, UK27 contributions
We booked many daytrips for our 2 weeks honeymoon in Thailand. All trips had something special about them, but this one was the star, the special one.
After the transfer to the pier we started the journey with a boat. We'd been a group of 30 pax add or take a couple and we had started the tour with a vegetarian lunch (recommended considering the canoeing). After the lunch and an hour of cruising we have arrived to the first cave. We had been all allocated a personal guide who was paddling our canoe and showing us through the caves. Our guide was Cham and he was simply amazing. He always found a way to show us something unusual or to get the best position with the canoe for a great shot.
We were lucky enough to see monkeys in one of the lagoons and one actually jumped on our canoe and travelled a while with us.
We returned to the boat and had some fruits and banana muffins. After this we had some more canoeing and visited lagoons. For supper we had amazing thai food, which was delicious. The staff was attentive and they always had vegetarian and vegan food cooked.
With our guide we decorated the already prepared katong. After the sunset we entered the last cave and lighted the katong. When the candles burned out the cave turned dark. When moving the water with the paddle or your hand little lights/sparkles appeared, but it is not possible to catch it on camera.
We have then returned to the boat. From the roof of the boat, laying on our back we were able to enjoy the sky full of stars. We arrived back to the pier around 10pm.
Thank you for the amazing experience!
Written 18 March 2020
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Easytravelers_12
West Hartford, CT17 contributions
awesome program! This outfit has honed the program to perfection. Very professional and doing the afternoon makes all the difference if you want to have quiet meaningful moments in nature. The food and guides were first rate. They made the experience awesome. Top trip!!
Written 23 February 2022
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Benjamin G
16 contributions
Couples
My wife and I had a lovely time on the night tour. Our guide, Sun, was very friendly and informative. He took extra time with us on the canoe to show us the various lagoons and caves. Going through the caves can be a tight squeeze depending on the tide, but the guides are very skilled and patient. Going back at night and seeing the bioluminescent fish was a once in a lifetime experience. The islands are beautiful and the entire tour is designed very well. There is a big focus on eco tourism as well.
Written 30 December 2021
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