Organised by John Gray, the original sea cave explorer and well-known conservationist, this is a magical experience not to be missed by nature lovers. The Hongs by Starlight tour starts in the early afternoon with a delicious lunch on board the boat while it makes it way from Ao Por Pier heading north towards Koh Panak and Koh Hong in Phang Nga Bay. The exact destination will depend on the tide as certain sea caves are only accessible by expert paddle guides when the tide is just right.
These sea caves were formed by the dissolution of the limestone rocks which formed cavities that became the caves you can visit today. The sensation of gently floating through these dark caves lit by the head torches worn by the paddle guides with stalagmites dangling from above is both otherworldly and exciting. On the other side you emerge into a “hong”, a hidden lagoon surrounded on all sides by sheer stone walls topped with lush jungle.
After visiting a number of hongs you return to the boat to enjoy a tasty seafood dinner while taking in the lovely colours of the sunset sky. Then after dark the most magical part of the tour begins.
• John Gray's Sea Canoe, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000 Thailand
• I Asia Thailand, 319 Phayathai Road, Pathumwan 24th Floor c/o Spaces, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
• Phang Nga Bay., Ao Phang Nga National Park Thailand
• Khao Yai National Park, Pak Phli Thailand