Private Cruise in Phang Nga Bay

A Perfect Weekend in Phang Nga.

Phang Nga Bay is one of the most beautiful National Parks in the south of Thailand, located between Phuket, Phang Nga, and Krabi. We have seen Phang Nga Bay so many times on postcards and TV and never had a chance to really experience it ourselves. But, wait! It was like we won the lotto when our boss invited us to join his Private Cruise Tour around Phang Nga Bay. Then the fun began!!!

If you still can’t imagine where it is, think about the famous James Bond Island: it’s part of Phang Nga Bay!

We arrived at the Royal Phuket Marina around 6.40 am. The guy from Simba Sea Trips took us to the office and explained details about the trip. There were 6 stops on our itinerary. The duration of this trip was 7 hours and started from 7 am till 2 pm.

The boat was our first impression. It was large, comfortable and could fit up to 16 people. Our group only had 4 people onboard, so there was plenty of space. There was even a clean toilet on the boat, so we didn’t have to worry about it at all. We also received excellent service from the captain named Harry and the crew.

Koh Panak

Koh Panak was our first stop. As we arrived early in the morning, there were just a few people. We jumped off the boat right in front of a cave where our captain, Harry, gave us yellow helmets with headlights on them. It was the first cave walking for some of us. We followed Harry walking through the cave as he explained about each type of rocks we found along the way. At the end of the tunnel, we reached a lagoon full of mangrove trees and rocks with various shapes. It was amazing. We spent around 30 mins exploring inside the cave before returning to the boat.

Kayaking at Hong Island

We reached Hong Island as our second stop. The canoes and safety equipment were ready for us when we arrived, and all we needed was our cameras. The kayak was perfectly designed for two persons plus a local guide and felt quite safe. We explored around Hong Island where we found stunning natural rock formations, limestone peaks and enjoyed the beautiful reflections in the water.

James Bond Island

Our next stop was James Bond Island, one of the most popular tourist destination in southern Thailand which was featured in the famous 1974 movie “The man with the golden gun”. We spent some time on the island, went to the viewpoint and enjoyed taking photos. As it was still early, it wasn’t too crowded.

Kudu Island

We arrived at Kudu Island around 10.40 am. It was a lovely hidden lagoon with white sand beach and clear water, surrounded by giant limestone karst. It was stunning when sunlight was shining behind those rocks. We had great fun taking photos of this beautiful landscape. While we were there, there were just a few visitors enjoying swimming and sunbathing over the small beach.

Lunch at Koh Yao Noi

It took less than 10 minutes from Kudu Island to Koh Yao Noi, where we had lunch. There was a small restaurant over the beach, and a table had been already set up when we arrived. The view was great, food and service were excellent, and the staff was particularly friendly. We had green curry, stir-fried vegetable, garlic prawn and sweet and sour chicken.

Koh Nok

We stopped at Koh Nok, where we took a short break after lunch. We had some fruits and snack while we were relaxing in the shade. We stayed a little longer here, enjoyed the beautiful beach. We found baby water monitor lizard. The size was around 1 meter long, and tourists were so excited as they had never seen one before. We called it “baby” because we used to see bigger ones, which can be longer than 2 meters.

Beach Peninsula at Koh Yao Yai

It was our last stop before the end of this trip. The beach here was a narrow strip with beautiful white sand that allowed us to walk quite far in the sea as it was shallow. We had so much fun taking photos before we ended the trip, and back to Royal Phuket Marina pier, where we started in the morning.

It was the most perfect holiday trip that we ever had. We have to say Thank you to our boss again “You gave us a wonderful experience!”. Now, we had got a real experience of Phang Nga Bay on a luxury cruise!!

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