One of the best things to do in Ao Nang is to hop on a longtail boat and spend the day exploring Hong Island as a tour. You’ll be checking out some of the best beaches Thailand has to offer as well as hidden lagoons and of course plenty of swimming in crystal clear waters. There are plenty of different packages and prices to choose from, so we’ve broken everything down to make it easier for you when deciding what Hong island tour package to go for. Here’s everything you need to know!
How to book a Hong Island Tour from Ao Nang
Most people will be booking their Hong island tour from Krabi, Ao Nang. All throughout Ao Nang you’ll see plenty of tour desks on the street offering different tours and packages. We found that the most reliable and cheapest place to book was at the Ao Nang Longtail Boat Service Club. They have two offices at both ends of Ao Nang beach and they have plenty of boats available.
Additionally, you can book tours online through Klook for easy convenience. Klook also have plenty of options to choose from for really great prices.
Book your tour: Hong Island Day tour from Krabi
Hong Island Tour Prices
Prices vary depending on what package you choose and how many people you decide to go with. Below are the prices for a Hong Island tour which includes Hong Island Beach, Hong Lagoon, Pakbia Island and Lading Island. All prices below do not include the national park fee which you’ll also have to pay once you arrive to the island. The national park fee is 300 Baht ($15 AUD) for adults.
Private longtail boat: 3000 Baht ($150 AUD). You can take up to 5 people with you on the private longtail boat. This is the best option if you’re traveling with friends and you can split the cost. You can also arrange with your driver to leave earlier so that you can beat the crowds. Even though it was just us two, we ended up paying the extra for a private longtail boat tour. The extra money was so worth it as we were able to enjoy Hong Island without the tourists.
Group longtail boat tour: 600 Baht ($30 AUD) per person. Depending on the boat, there will be around 6-10 other people joining you on the tour. Hotel pick up and drop off is included as well as lunch and snorkelling gear. Longtail boats are much slower than speed boats and are better for people that want to enjoy cruising along the open water in a traditional Thai style.
Group speedboat tour: 800-1000 Baht ($40-$50 AUD) per person. The group will have a minimum of 10 people and can end up packing on quite a few people depending on how busy it is. Hotel pick up and drop off is included as well as lunch and snorkelling gear.
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What to expect
We got our private longtail boat tour to leave at 7:30 AM so that we could beat the crowds. Most group tours won’t start leaving until after 8:30AM. It takes around 50 minutes to get to Hong Island by longtail. The first stop of the day is at Hong Island Beach. As you arrive to Hong Island, you’ll pull up on the floating wharf where you’ll have to pay the national park entrance fee.
Hong Island Beach
The beach at Hong Island is incredibly beautiful with its powdery white sand and clear blue waters. It’s definitely one of the most pristine islands in the area. You’ll also be surrounded by towering limestone formations which truly makes it feel like you’re in paradise. The beach is protected in a little bay so the waves are calm and perfect for snorkelling. There’s not a whole lot of reef in the area but you might be lucky and spot some fish. Take plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beautiful beach as this is one of the best stops of the day. There is also a small shack selling refreshments and fresh coconuts if you’re after some snacks.
Next stop is Hong Lagoon which is just around the corner. The entrance into Hong Lagoon is one of the coolest so be sure to have your camera ready. There is a small opening in the limestone cliffs which is only large enough for one boat to squeeze through. As you make your way through, it opens up to a massive hidden lagoon where you can stop and admire the incredible scenery. You’ll also be able to hop off the boat and go for a little dip. We decided to get the drone up to check it out from above and the views were spectacular.
Pak Bia Island
Pakbia Island is the third stop of the day and is where you’ll be having lunch if it’s included in your package. It’s a very small island with a cool little sand strip. The sand isn’t as white and powdery as Hong Island, but it’s still a great place to swim. You may also find a few cheeky monkeys around so don’t leave behind your belongings. A few local stalls sell fresh drinks and snacks if you need.
Lastly, you’ll be heading to Lading Island. The island is also quite small but still a beautiful little gem. There are two small bays on the island with some picturesque tropical views. The beaches are very small but you’ll find plenty of shade to rest under, away from the hot sun.
Where to stay in Krabi
Centara Grand Beach Resort – Luxury: This beautiful resort is located on its own beach with beachfront dining options and even 2 outdoors swimming pools. The rooms have their own private balconies with either ocean or garden views and have a modern Thai style decor. Centara Grand Beach Resort is the ultimate luxury holiday getaway to unwind and enjoy the beach.
Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort – Midrange: Avani Cliff Krabi Resort is a stunning place to stay set amongst a lush tropical backdrop. The best feature of the resort is the infinity pool that looks out over the beautiful Krabi landscape. The rooms are also large, modern and are kept very clean. The rooms also come with an outdoor bathtub for you to relax and enjoy an incredible sunset. This place is great value for money and we definitely recommend checking it out!
The Moon Night Ao Nang Hotel – Budget: The Moon Night Ao Nang Hotel is located a little further back from the main strip but it’s great value for money. The rooms are super clean and modern with TV’s, good air-con as well as a large bathroom with hot water. There are cheap restaurants close by and it’s also walking distance from the Muslim Street night market which sells delicious food and drinks. It’ll take you roughly 20 minutes to walk down to Ao Nang Beach.
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