Either but more options from Phuket - speedboat, slower big boat, sail boat. Phuket Sail Tours at http://www.phuketsailtours.com/ and Simba Sea Trips at http://www.simbaseatrips.com/main_english.htm are respected and consistently recommended operators from Phuket. You can also get to the pier just outside Phang Nga Towm by taxi and negotiate a private longtail boat tour with (preferably) a sea canoe trip into the Hongs and call in at Ko Panyee (floating Muslim village) from there. On the way back you could call in it at Wat Suwan Kuha or Monkey Temple on your way back - see pics at https:/…
Thank you for your advise. I have been told before to get a private boat. Have you any idea how much more expensive that would be? Im on a budget as travelling for 6 weeks.
LOL yes it is.
That is cheap, the links you sent are charging 3500 baht per person. How long ago was it you paid that?
Would you recommend the private charter?
That's the regular price for longtail boat trips from the pier but the price of getting there puts it up. The two I recommended are most expensive but they are safest and don't overcrowd the boats like other operators do. You will see plenty of cheaper prices being sold on the streets in tour shops and kiosks but you may end up with a boatload of package tourists, usually Russian, Chinese or S. Koreans. We stay in Khao Lak and go down to Phang Nga in our hire car so it is difficult to say what total cost would be including hiring a driver for the day to do both the Bay and the Temple. You can catch a bus from Phuket Town to Phang Nga Town which will be cheap but it will be about 2-3 hours each way and then you need to get down to the pier and back. Also if you don't get there by about 10 - 10.30 you will be met with the hordes of speed boats from Phuket and Krabi that come later.
You will probably get more answers on the Phuket and Krabi forums but most on Phuket will recommend the ones I did.
Thank you so much for replying, I think I will go with the links you suggested.
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