Phang Nga Bay

Famed for its sea mountains that rise out of the turquoise waters, Phang Nga Bay is certainly a highlight. This superb anchorage, which lies between the northeastern side of Phuket and Krabi Province, is home to some of the most spectacular cruising destinations found in Southeast Asia. Lying on the comfortable sundeck you can relax while admiring sights of dramatic beauty. The more adventurous travellers can take the ship’s tender out, or hop in one of the kayaks to explore secluded bays and hidden coves with white-sand-beaches, beyond which are caves and beautiful inland lakes.

Koh Phae
Koh Phae
Half day and sunset cruise
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Koh Yao Yai North
Koh Yao Yai North
Half day and sunset cruise
2
Koh Panak
Koh Panak
Half day cruise
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Koh Khao Phing
Khao Phing Kan - Koh Panyi
Day cruise
4
Koh Khlui - Koh Chong Lat
Koh Khlui - Koh Chong Lat
2 days / 1 night
5
Koh Roi
Koh Roi - Koh Kudu Yai
Day cruise
6
Koh Yao Noi East
Koh Yao Noi East
Day cruise
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Koh Phak Bia - Koh Hong Krabi
Koh Phak Bia - Koh Hong
2 days / 1 night
8
Railay - Koh Dam Khwan
Railay - Koh Dam Khwan
2 days / 1 night
9
Koh Phae
A tiny deserted island
Koh Phae

Phang Nga Bay is an unforgettable escape that you can enjoy from sunrise to sunset.

Located south of Ao Po, Koh Phae is a tiny rocky island that sits out on its own in the middle of the bay. Usually deserted, this is a lovely place to anchor at low tide, upon which a beautiful sand bar magically appears.

Koh Phae is the perfect romantic getaway. Here, after a swim, you can enjoy the sunset while sipping a passion fruit mojito, the favourite cocktail of our hostess, which she prepares with Chalong Bay, the famous rum of Phuket.

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Koh Yao Yai North
In the shade of the mangroves
Koh Yao Yai North

Koh Yao Yai, or "Big Long Island", is the largest island in the Koh Yao Archipelago, which includes Koh Yao Noi, or "Little Long Island", situated just to the north. The two islands are separated by a large natural channel which narrows at Laem Had, a curve of white sand, perhaps the most beautiful beach of Koh Yao Yai.

In the northern part of Koh Yao Yai, you will discover the preserved river nested in the shade of the mangroves, where you can hear the voices of nature while gazing upon the forest’s vibrant ecosystem.

Mangrove trees are the foundation of Phang Nga Bay’s unique biosphere. Few other plants can survive in the area, which means that mangroves provide most of the shelter and nutrition upon which other species can thrive. This results in one of the most striking systems in nature, one that can be enjoyed by anyone who loves the natural world.

Phang Nga bay is teeming with fish and other aquatic life, but there is also plenty of action above the water. Here, herons, egrets, and other species that feed on fish, can be found living among the mangroves.

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Koh Panak
Natural landscapes sprinkled with sea caves
Koh Panak

Koh Panak is located south of Koh Hong Phang Nga – not to be confused with the eponymous island near Krabi.

There are several inland marine areas around the island of Koh Panak, as well as many caves bejewelled with stalagmites and stalactites. Some caves can only be entered through narrow passages that must can be accessed by kayak at low tide, while others have very high entrances which must be climbed. The most famous of these are Khang Khao, Ice Cream and Gong Gang caves.

As in many other Andaman islands, a lot of monkeys live at Koh Panak.

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Koh Khao Phing Kan - Koh Panyi
James Bond Island
Koh Khao Phing Kan - Koh Panyi

Koh Khao Phing Kan and Koh Panyi are located in the northern part of the Ao Phang Nga Marine National Park.

Before 1974, it was a rarely visited indigenous area. However, Koh Khao Phing Kan was chosen as one of the locations for the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. After the movie’s release, the island quickly became a popular tourist destination.

About 40 metres from the shores of Khao Phing Kan lies a 20-metre tall islet called Ko Ta Pu. Since 1998, it is forbidden for tourist boats to approach Ko Ta Pu. This is to halt the erosion of the islet’s limestone and thus prevent the island’s possible collapse.

Koh Panyi is a fishing village that sits on stilts built by Indonesian fishermen. Three hundred and sixty families make up the village’s population, all of whom are descended from two seafaring families of Javanese Muslims. The village has a school and a mosque located on the adjacent island. Despite the recent rise in tourism, life in Koh Panyi is still primarily based around fishing, with tourists only visiting in significant numbers during the dry season.

Discovery of the island Excursions in dinghy or long tail boat
Koh Khlui - Koh Chong Lat
Large and scenic bays
Koh Khlui - Koh Chong Lat

Koh Khlui and Koh Chong Lat are located North East of Koh Yao Noi.

Koh Khlui channel is very sheltered, making it ideal for an overnight stop in either season. Large scenic bays can be found north and south, with shallow waters that can be easily reached with the ship’s tender.

The north is quiet, with beautiful views of Koh Chong Lat’s sheer cliffs to the west. To the east, on the mainland at Leam Sak village, there is an excellent seafood restaurant which can be accessed directly with the tender at high tide, or via a concrete jetty on the west side of the headland at the top of the mangrove creek.

Nautical charts 8° 16.651 N, 98° 37.823 E
Possible night mooring Kayak and paddleboard Swimming Sunset
Koh Roi - Koh Kudu Yai
Where you can feel like Robinson Crusoé
Koh Roi - Koh Kudu Yai

Koh Roi and Koh Kudu Yai are located North-east of Koh Yao Noi.

Koh Roi (Bat’s Valley) has two small sandy beaches where you can feel as though you are Robinson Crusoé. Hidden at its centre is a lagoon, where endemic vegetation flourishes, also housing, as its name implies, a large bat colony.

Indeed, bats are common in Phang Nga bay. Fruit bats, or "flying foxes", are the most important of those species. They feed on the fruit that grows in the area, and they also serve as pollinators for many of the trees. Were the bats ever to become endangered, these trees would quickly die out as they would fail to reproduce. Fortunately, the mangrove trees provide a safe environment for the bats to thrive.

Koh Kudu Yai lagoon is hidden from view by three limestone towers across its entrance. Its beach, which is only revealed at low tide, is accessible with the tender or by kayak.

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Koh Yao Noi
A place that deserves respect
Koh Yao Noi East

Koh Yao Noi, located halfway between Phuket and Krabi, is one of Thailand’s last untouched islands: a true paradise of spectacular beaches, rubber and coconut plantations, picturesque sunsets and amazing sea life. The inhabitants of Koh Yao Noi are acutely aware of the paradise they have, and they don’t want to lose it.

What makes Koh Yao Noi even better, above and beyond its more touristic neighbours, is the island’s genuine feel, it’s natural feel: the feeling that you’ve arrived at a place on earth that deserves your respect.

At the Northeast of Koh Yao Noi, before the Paradise Resort and Spa, there are a couple of quiet bays. Further south, perched on the headland, is the beautiful Six Senses hideaway. This is a great anchorage for lunch or a quiet overnight stop. You can eat ashore, at the resort restaurant, from which the view of Krabi Bay is mesmerising.

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Koh Phak Bia - Koh Hong Krabi
Among Krabi’s most stunning islands
Koh Phak Bia - Koh Hong Krabi

Koh Phak Bia is a charming small island located behind the larger Koh Hong. There, a sandbank bridges Koh Phak Bia to Koh Aleil, its twin island. The white sand beach is perfect to sunbathe on, and the clear water is ideal for swimming in.

Koh Hong, better known as Hong Island, is one of the paradises found off the coast of Krabi. The island, which is part of the Than Bok Khorani National Park, is uninhabited except for birds, white-faced gibbons and monitor lizards, all of which can be spotted along the white sand beach. The island has stunning twin bays on its east side, and two rockier beaches on its north shore. The rest of the island is comprised of high cliffs, surrounding a stunning lagoon that lies at its heart.

Koh Hong is a great anchorage for an overnight stop, where guests can enjoy the beaches and the lagoon in utter solitude.

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Railay Krabi - Koh Dam Khwan
The very picture of tropical paradise
Railay Krabi - Koh Dam Khwan

Railay Beach is, in fact, a small peninsula that is home to four beaches which are among Thailand’s most sought-after. Although it’s connected to the mainland, the spectacular Phra Nang Peninsular is effectively cut off from the rest of Krabi by limestone headlands and steep jungle valleys. In fact, it is only accessible by sea. Here you’ll find gorgeous white sand beaches, soaring limestone cliffs, spectacular viewpoints, caves and a colony of monkeys. Phra Nang is the very picture of a tropical paradise.

Phranang Beach is another perfect anchorage for an overnight stop. The 5-star luxury Rayavadee Resort, located in a spectacular coconut-grove, is the ideal place for those wishing to dine ashore. Here, The Krua Phranang and The Grotto provide wonderful dining experiences.

Koh Dam Khwan (better known as the Chicken Islands) is located south of Railay. Snorkelling is best on the north of this island. At low tide, the island and two neighbouring rocky islets are linked by the sandbar.

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Southeast Phuket

Southern Phuket is gifted with an astonishing number of islands that are dotted around its coasts. From tiny rocks to the inhabitable larger chunks of land emerging from Andaman Sea, islands – and above all, tropical islands – have always occupied a special place in our collective imagination. The sensation of freedom, of escaping from the crowd, and the exotic beauty they conjure, are just some of the reasons why these islands are so popular. The clear waters are ideal for snorkelling, as they are calm, balmy and bursting with brilliant marine life.

Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi
2 days / 1 night
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Koh Lanta Yai West
Koh Lanta Yai West
3 days / 2 nights
11
Koh Ngai
Koh Ngai
4 days / 3 nights
12
Koh Kradan
Koh Kradan
4 days / 3 nights
13
Koh Rok
Koh Rok
4 days / 3 nights
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Koh Haa
Koh Haa
3 days / 2 nights
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Koh Racha Noi
Koh Racha Yai - Racha Noi
3 days / 2 nights
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Koh Mai Thon
Koh Mai Thon
2 days / 1 night
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Koh Khai Nok
Koh Khai Nok - Khai Nai
Day cruise
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Koh Phi Phi Don - Koh Phi Phi Leh
The darlings of the Andaman Coast
Koh Phi Phi Don - Koh Phi Phi Leh

Koh Phi Phi is considered to be one of the most naturally beautiful islands in the world. In fact, there are six islands in Phi Phi, which lie 50 km southeast of Phuket and are part of Had Nopparat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park, home to an abundance of coral and other amazing marine life. There are also limestone mountains with cliffs, caves and long white sandy beaches.

Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh are the largest and most well-known islands in Koh Phi Phi. Their curvy, bleached beaches and stunning inland jungles make these islands the jewels of the Andaman Coast.

Some see Phi Phi Don as a little paradise where they can happily enjoy azure seas during the day and party on soft sand all night. In contrast, the smaller Koh Phi-Phi Leh is undeveloped and hotel-free; its coral reefs and crystal-clear waters are overseen by soaring, jagged cliffs. About half a mile south of Tonsai Beach, on the island’s western edge, is a small palm-fringed indentation with a white sand beach. The locals call it Monkey Bay. It is an ideal place to anchor for the night.

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Koh Lanta Yai
Unspoiled nature
Koh Lanta Yai

Koh Lanta consists of several islands, the two largest of which are Koh Lanta Noi (Small Lanta Island) and Koh Lanta Yai (Big Lanta Island). Mountains abound here, especially down south, while the islands’ lush jungles, clean sandy beaches, vibrant coral reefs and crystal-clear waters make for a relaxing retreat. The allure of Koh Lanta is its combination of friendly locals with the unspoiled beauty of the islands.

Hat Kan Tiang, which is one of the three southern-most beautiful beaches, is the perfect place between Krabi and Koh Ngai to anchor close inshore, opposite the Pimalai Resort and Spa.

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Koh Ngai
To enjoy the sunset
Koh Ngai

Koh Ngai (aka Koh Hai) is under the supervision of Mu Koh Lanta National Park and has plenty of beaches, big and small, from which you can enjoy gorgeous views of the tiny karst islands, as well as some equally well-known islands nearby, including Koh Libung, Koh Mook and Koh Lanta.

Koh Ngai has some stunning coral reefs along its coastline, making it perfect for snorkelling. On its east side, a white sandy beach stretches around two kilometres long. On the southernmost part of the island stands a large natural stone that bears a striking resemblance to a sculpture of Guan Yin (the Goddess of Mercy). Local people, especially fishermen, often pay their respects to her, praying for a safe voyage.

When taking a week-long cruise, Koh Yai is a great place to rest and enjoy the sunset before sailing further south.

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Koh Kradan
A perfect hideaway for a lazy day
Koh Kradan

Koh Kradan is one of the most beautiful small islands in the Marine National Park of Hat Chao Mai. It has stunning sandy beaches and is covered with coconut and rubber plantations. Koh Kradan Beach, on the east of the island, with its shallow-water coral and tropical fish, make it a popular site for snorkelling and swimming. You can see Koh Libong and Koh Mook from here. On the south side, there is an 800-metre-long beach known as Ao Niang. Up on the northern side of the island, you will find a smaller but equally beautiful sandy beach called Ao Pai.

When taking a week-long cruise, the island makes a perfect hideaway for a lazy day.

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Koh Rok Nok - Koh Rok Nai
A great place to go snorkelling
Koh Rok Nok - Koh Rok Nai

Koh Rok Nok and Koh Rok Nai are two islands ('Nok' means outside, 'Nai' means inside). They are located south of the famous islands of Koh Haa, offering splendid white sandy beaches and enticing coral reefs, containing myriad species of tropical fish, nudibranchs, eels, sea stars and many other exotic creatures; also, a specific type of giant clam is common to Koh Rok.

There is a natural viewpoint at the islands’ peak – some 150 meters high, from which you can enjoy a view that stretches for many miles across the Andaman Sea and into the mainland. On the north beach on Koh Rok Nok there is an animist temple, adorned with phallic wooden effigies that were created by local fishermen as symbols of good luck.

Koh Rok is known for its snorkelling, making it an ideal place to drop the anchor for the night when enjoying a week-long cruise.

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Koh Haa (Five Islands)
Crystal-clear shallow waters
Koh Haa

In Thai, Koh Haa means five islands, of which Koh Ha Yai is the largest. It has a small sandy beach and a shallow bay. Three of the islands in this group form a beautiful sheltered lagoon.

There are over 12 dive sites around Koh Haa, replete with pinnacles, drop-offs, walls, boulders and caverns. But even if you’re not diving, but instead snorkelling between the islands, the crystal-clear shallows provide views of a wealth of fascinating sea life; here you’ll find everything from hawksbill turtles and stingrays, to mantis shrimps, clownfish, moray eels and sea moths, as well as lots of gobies, with shrimps guarding their nests.

Koh Haa is another great spot to anchor for the night when taking a one week cruise.

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Koh Racha Yai - Koh Racha Noi
The twin islands
Koh Racha Yai - Koh Racha Noi

Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi are twin islands off the southeastern coast of Phuket. They have been an almost exclusive paradise for divers for years.

The shore of Koh Racha Yai is blessed with a white powdery beach. The water has a turquoise tint and is teeming with marine life. Climb up to the peak of the hill at its centre, and you’ll soak up panoramic views of the entire island. Ao Siam, Ao Tue and Khon Kae beaches are favourite diving spots, while beaches in the west promise picturesque sunsets.

Koh Racha Noi, located just 10 kilometres south of Racha Yai, is the result of coral reef build up, and here there are more rocks than beaches. In a small bay on the west there is a boat anchorage. The waters at Racha Noi are emerald green, and the fishing there is famous.

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Koh Mai Thon
A peaceful private island
Koh Mai Thon

Koh Mai Thon is a small, peaceful private island located southeast of Phuket. This island was gifted by the King to its current owner, who agrees to allow tourists to enter, but only in very limited numbers.

Koh Mai Thon is known for its unique corals, crystal-clear water and relaxing ambience. The island is ideal for diving, swimming and even fishing. This is also one of the favourite spots for dolphins.

Along the length of its east coast runs a beach of white sand, with coconut palms casting their shade alongside – truly a dream beach.

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Koh Khai Nok - Koh Khai Nai
Perfect for sunbathing and snorkelling
Koh Khai Nok - Koh Khai Nai

Koh Khai Nok and Koh Khai Nai are located on the southern part of Koh Yao Yai.

They are far from being deserted, but the white sand and crystal-clear waters make them perfect for sunbathing and snorkelling.

The most colourful tropical fish are to be found here, including clownfish, butterflyfish, angelfish, triggerfish and lionfish.

There are also a few restaurants, bars and small shops on the islands, and sunbeds are placed along the beaches for visitors.

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