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Review of Hong Islands

Ranked #9 of 71 things to do in Krabi Town
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

The landscape is quite something in this island, and there is a secluded area that forms a lake, great for swiming (ir you're not afraid of deep water). The lake shore has very warm water, and as you reach the lake center it gets colder. You can see smal fishes and sea life if you use a snorkel - usually the tour agency provides a snorkel and lifeguard vest.

Thank Julia Z
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Took a private long tail boat from Ao Nang beach to Hong Island during mid-April from the LongTail Boat Service Club. Set price is 2,500 Baht total for up to five people and you get 8 hours, departing from 0800 and returning for 1600. You can pay a little more (2,800 Baht) to visit a few more of the smaller islands in the group too, otherwise you’ll be limited to just this one with your ticket. We simply turned up at 0800 on the dot, bought our ticket and we were on our way within a few minutes. Journey took 40 minutes, quite a long time to endure the noise of a long tail engine. Sea was pretty smooth when we travelled but can imagine it can be an uncomfortable journey when the sea is choppier.

This beautiful, pristine island has two main points of interest – the lagoon and beach. We went straight to the lagoon on reaching the island. We were the only boat there on arriving around 0840 and had the lagoon to ourselves for a good while. It was tranquil, surrounded by mangroves with eagles circling high above. Apart from the buzzing insect noise, the only noises were echoes off the imposing cliffs encircling the lagoon. You can’t get the larger boats in at low tide when the water is particularly shallow. Had a swim here, but water is only waist deep. A few fish about and spotted a jelly in the mangroves but not worth snorkelling.

On disembarking at the floating jetty on the main beach, you’ll need to pay the national park fee – 300 Baht per person. Boat arrivals and swimming areas are well partitioned, and the stunning bay which appears in many of the pictures is given over entirely to swimming – in terms of size it’s not on the scale of Maya Bay but just as beautiful. Lush, tropical vegetation offers plenty of shade. Snorkelling a little disappointing as water slightly silty – I think this is just a feature of the islands in Phang-Nga Bay into which a number of rivers discharge. You’ll still see some fish around the rocks, but there wasn’t any coral to speak of. Beach became predictably busy as the morning wore on, but not as bad as Maya Bay gets – in fact, by 230pm, as all the tour boats left, the beach really emptied out. So, if on a private charter, it’s worth hanging about till mid-afternoon if you want more of the beach to yourself.

There’s a tsunami evacuation route / nature trail at the back of the beach, with information boards on wildlife you might spot.

Free toilets on the island and a café to purchase food and drinks (we brought our own). Shady benches to eat at behind the beach too.

Definitely add this one to your itinerary, especially if not heading over to Phi Phi. Even our long boat driver was filming and taking pictures.

5  Thank coladaboys
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

We did the Hong islands trip, visiting other surrounding islands and it was great! Lovely beaches, a lot of fish to see and a great natural park. We also saw a big water monitor walking along the path in the forest. We recommend to just go to the main beach for a whole day, it is better than Hong island + surroundings.

Thank Ronaldinho E
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

We knew what we were getting in to when we decided to do the tour to Hong, La-ding and Pakbia islands. However, we had no idea that the crowds would be so enormous. What a beautifiul trip this must have been before being discovered. We took a speedboat and that was fine. The scenery was very pretty and it was fairly comfortable. Our guide spoke good English and was very humorous. We had time to walk around or swim at the first two and smaller islands. They were pretty but you could barely see the sand. At Hong Island, we motored into the lagoon which was really beautiful and well worth it. There were a few boats making the circle – not too crowded. On Hong Isand itself, it appeared that each tour group had a designated spot for their buffet lunch. Our food was really bad. There is an easy nature trail that leads to the spot where many injured were cared for after the devastating tsunami in 2004. We also saw a water monitor sunning itself on the side of the trail. Back at the beach – which has fine white sand and is long but narrow – it was hard to find a place in which to lay our beach mat down. Fortunately, there were few people swimming so we had the water pretty much to ourselves. This is a very pretty spot as the water is aquamarine in color, calm, warm, and there are views of many limestone formations further out in the sea. If you plan on snorkeling, please be aware that there really isn't anything to see. On another note, the bathrooms are not clean but considering there are only four stalls for this many people, it is to be expected.

1  Thank mwcw
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Reviewed 24 April 2018

Hired a longtail from Ao Nang . The lagoon is lovely , only about a metre deep with soft sand although we were warned about the risk of sea shells cutting your feet we always wore beach shoes so no worries . We say some bats roosting in the Mangroves . We then went around to the main landing area which yes is busy but you can find space and after about 3 the crowds disappeared . Great snorkelling here . Loved it

Thank bald130
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