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

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Tambon Pa Klok, Thailand
John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating
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icon10 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

Travel from midday to midnight to the hidden wonders of Phang Nga Bay, including a kayaking tour of limestone sea caves and cliff-lined lagoons. Ride a powerboat to the emerald waters and keep an eye out for sea eagles, egrets and other wildlife while you paddle your kayak with an expert guide. After dark, float your own self-made flower ‘Krathong’ at a Loi Krathong festival, followed by a seafood buffet dinner. Lunch and round-trip transport from Phuket hotels or airport included.
  • Phang Nga Bay kayaking tour with Loi Krathong festival at night
  • Ride a twin-engine boat from Phuket
  • Kayak to emerald lagoons and through secret caves
  • See Panak Island and other limestone karsts
  • Sit down for a buffet lunch and seafood dinner with soft drinks
  • Set a ‘krathong’ flower garland afloat under starlight
  • Round-trip transport by luxury air-conditioned minivan provided

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour offers a rare opportunity to experience Phang Nga Bay during the day, at sunset, and by moonlight.
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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
Hotel pickup from remote locations in Phang Nga, or from private villas/rentals
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
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.

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12:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Trip Store Krabi
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating.
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What is the policy on sanitization during John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating.
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What is the social distancing policy during John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by John Gray's Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayaking and Loy Krathong Floating.

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  • "Bring lots of extra clothes and wear water shoes because there are tons of sharp rocks." See review
  • "Pay the extra cost, as the other excursions to islands like Phi Phi are very touristic and are jam packed." See review
  • "This is a don’t miss excursion that is worth every penny!" See review

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star-5
Night time at sea - incredible!
Sharna_H
, Jul 2022
Our guide Charlie was a legend! He knew all the secrets to make our experience super special. The location was incredibly beautiful and the night experience was the absolute highlight. They were very accommodating to our vegan diet also! Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Sharna_H Thanks for your review. Our guides including Charlie always give their best so you have an unforgettable experience with John Gray Sea Canoe. Of course you can opt in for vegan or any other dietaries.
star-5
Great experience all around.
Patrick_O
, Jul 2022
Even though it was raining heavily here whole day the teipwas really amazing. Rain coats were offered so to not get as soaked. Guides are great and you feel very safe the whole time. We had a guy named Term and he was really awesome. Really funny, very kind and was interacting a lot with us. All in all awesome tour. The food was also really tasty!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Patrick_O Thanks for your review, and even with rain this trip is a must. Our guides will make sure you will have the best time in your life in Phang Nga Bay.
star-5
A must do experience while in Phuket.
Kandi_B
, Jul 2022
The whole experience was truly memorable. Words or photos cannot even begin to describe how special this was. The sea caves, the boat, the staff, the food, everything was Absolutely amazing.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Kandi_B Thanks for your honest words, and it is indeed impossible to describe the tour with just words - you have to experience it.
star-5
Do not hesitate to book!
Jessica_M
, Jul 2022
Absolutely fantastic experience- Cannot recommend it enough. The whole team were amazing and so fun to have as tour guides. Do-ne was our canoe guide and he was amazing. Food was great and the trip was well organised.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Jessica_M Thanks for your great review, especially your comments about the tour guides makes us proud and happy.
star-5
Unique tour with close experience with nature
anuj_a
, Jul 2022
Limestone caves, flower making and seeing flourescent plankton were the highlight of this tour. Chef was awesome in providing us good option for vegan food. Also our canoe guide was very good in providing information about various places we visited and clicking awesome photos
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear anuj_a Thanks for your review. We offer many kind of dietary food options for lunch and for the dinner when cruising back to the port.
star-5
Amazing experience
Neil_C
, Jun 2022
Fantastic trip . Great food . Great host Sonny and a fantastic kayak paddler Nick . He was knowledgable and made us feel very safe . A credit to you
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Neil_C Thanks for your message, our guides always give their best so you have a great day out at sea.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Unforgettable adventure
Robert_T
, Jun 2022
Too many fabulous parts to this trip to narrow it down to one. The caves (our paddler, Ritt was fantastic) we’re amazing. All employees and meals were great!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Robert_T Thanks for your review, I will forward your message to our crew.
star-5
Must-see, gorgeous tour!
Rhiannon_N
, Jun 2022
Absolutely incredible experience!! The day started with a punctual pick up, then we arrived at the pier. We were able to purchase waterproof phone cases and drinks which was very convenient. Then we took off on the boat which was very spacious and comfortable. The food was super delicious and very high quality. We went to two incredibly beautiful spots to kayak and in the second spot we were able to swim. Dry bags were given for free. We were then taught how to make a personalised flower lantern to use after sunset. Dinner was also delicious. The flower lantern experience was really special and we were even able to see and play with the bioluminescent plankton in the water. Overall, staff were extremely professional, friendly and helpful. This was an absolutely gorgeous experience and we couldn’t recommend enough. The only thing I would encourage people to consider is that the kayaks come in pairs so groups of odd members will have one person without a partner. However this does not really matter because staff make a good effort to keep group kayaks in close proximity so it’s not a big deal.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Rhiannon_N Thank you for taking time to write us a review. The trip reflects our core values of eating healthy and taking care our mother nature with a low impact tour by kayak to the sea caves in Phang Nga Bay.
star-5
A Must Do Tour
Grace_K
, May 2022
This trip was well organized, relaxing, and fun. The caves are really beautiful. Sonny was a very experienced, fantastic guide.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Grace_K Thanks for your review. The John Gray team is happy that you had a great experience. We hope to see you back soon.
star-5
If you can only do one trip...
Rachael_D
, May 2022
Highlight of our trip. Honestly never seen such beautiful sights. Choose this instead of the mass tourist boat experiences.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Rachael_D Thanks for your kind words. This tour was originally created to avoid the crowds, it is an alternative for the ones who are looking for a pure nature adventure.
star-5
An awesome experience <3
Sushritha_U
, May 2022
This trip was SOOO awesome, easily one of the best things I did in Thailand. My parents (aged 60+) accompanied me on this trip and they had a blast! The guides were so nice and addressed my parents as "Mama" and "Papa" (so cute, haha!) throughout the trip. They made sure my parents felt fully safe and had fun! If you're having second thoughts about it, DON'T. This is worth every penny spent! I could keep talking about how wonderful it all was, but it's best experienced. Go ahead and book this trip, you will not regret it. :)
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Sushritha_U We are happy to hear that you received the real and authentic Thai hospitality which makes this trip so special. We hope you and your parents have a great time in Phuket and welcome you bakc in the future to explore more hongs and lagoons.
star-5
Wonderful
Jackson_L
, May 2022
One of the highlights of our trip in Phuket. Met some amazing people onboard and our guide Karee was amazing.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Jackson_L Thanks for your feedback, we are happy to hear that this trip was your highlight. We will forward your review to the team.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great day!
Raelene_M
, Apr 2022
Dorn was our guide and he was great. I was so nervous going through the cave but he was patient with me and made me feel very comfortable and safe. Such a great experience for us.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Raelene The John Gray Sea Canoe team want to say thank you for your review and we are happy that you have overcome your fears. Our guides do their best to guide you through the caves and narrow passages so you will safely arrive at the inner lagoons.
star-5
A mystical experience....
Karin_K
, Apr 2022
A mystical experience. John Gray has written the blueprint on how sustainable tourism should be done. Best organized day trip on holiday in my life.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Karin Thanks for the kind words, John Gray stands for an real sustainable experience. We hope that you spread the words and recommend Hong by Starlight.
star-5
Amazing! Group tour made to feel personal!
Rob_S
, Mar 2022
Amazing tour from start to finish. Our guide, Baw, made the group tour feel like a personal one. Every one involved in the tour was fantastic.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Rob We are super happy that you did not feel like on a group tour, then that is exactly the experience we want to share with our 2 guests 1 paddle guide rule.
star-5
Amazing experience
Samari
, Mar 2022
We were lucky to have perfect weather and tides for this trip. The big boat trip to pang nga was comfortable and enjoyable. We received a thorough safety briefing and met our own personal guide for the kayak. Kayaking through the caves were fun, and when the occasional tight squeeze presented itself, the crew handled it like the experts they are. Lunch, snacks and dinner were all wonderful. There was more than enough food for everyone to dish multiple times and they did a lot of effort to consider all the special dietary requirements on-board. Our guide, Ong, was friendly, enthusiastic and answered all our questions. He did a lot of extra effort. He got out of the kayak into the water a few times to take pictures of us, he strategically took us to specific spots first so we could see with no other kayaks there and he went right to the back darkest corner of the cave so be could properly experience the bioilluminescent plankton. Ong made our experience all the more enjoyable and we are very thankful for him. The plankton in the cave was an absolute highlight. I would recommend this trip to anyone. It's a once in a lifetime experience.
star-5
Superbbbn
Sophie_W
, Mar 2022
Service - the whole team on the boat (huge team because 1 driver per 2 guests) was very service oriented, made sure the boat stayed clean the whole time, each and everyone helped out with setting up the buffet etc. > really well organized. Guides - the guides were in a good mood and entertained the people in a good way. They played with the kids and during the Kajak tours they have interesting informations. Experience - the Kajak tours through the caves and around the islands were amazing! Also the preparing of the little flower boats and letting them go in the water was a beautiful ceremony which we will remember forever. Food - wow!!! Never ever have we thought to get such amazing quality food on a boat trip! Lunch was lite and veggie but sooo good and dinner was even better. Thanks to the two chefs downstairs. Organization - everything from Start to end was very well organized. Not a single moment I had the feeling something went not as planned. Very well done! I can only recommend this beautiful experience !
star-5
Incredible experience. One to not miss.
Katherine_B
, Mar 2022
Our tour guide Term was fantastic. Became our little photographer and guide for the day. Although caves can be quite the squeeze and very dark, we felt safe and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Food was delicious with plenty to go round. Saw some incredible views with the bioluminescent plankton at the end of the tour a great finish.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Katherine To make it short, you and all the other guests are our fuel to run this trip day by day with the goal to bring you close to mother nature. Thanks. Kind regards, Aree
star-5
Amazing experience - a...
Emma_M
, Mar 2022
Amazing experience - a must do here and the bioluminescence is a wonderful experience 😍 The food was also amazing and caves magnificent!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Emma Thanks for your review and hope to see you back to more memorable experiences with us. Kind regards, Stef
star-5
A unique experience that you must try
Julie
, Feb 2022
We were so happy and grateful that we picked this unique tour. It is different from the common tourist experience. They were very well organised and you are paired with your personal canoe guide/ rower. We were lucky to get a guide (Charlie) who could speak good English, funny and has lots of experience as he grew up in area. He also assisted to support the other canoes which has guide who was unable to speak much English. We were happy with that as it enabled us to enjoy the experience with the other guests. The food provided were great especially dinner which was a feast. Overall, it was a great tour by a fantastic team of staff.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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