Welcome to one of Phuket’s hidden gems, a set of islands about an hour and a half boat ride from Phuket and located between Phuket and Krabi in Phang Nga Bay. There are also daily tours from Krabi as well.
The islands are equally beautiful as the more famous Maya Bay and definitely worth a visit. This archipelago of picturesque islands are north of the Phi Phi islands, between the Koh Yao islands and the Krabi mainland. Welcome to the Hong Islands or, locally, Mu Koh Hong.
Mu Koh Hong, or the Hong Islands, are a group of limestone karst islands including Koh Lao or Koh Sa Ka, Koh Lao Riam, Koh Pakka, Koh Lao La Ding and Koh Hong, the largest island of the group.
There is very little to see here other than STUNNING natural beauty which many consider some of the most Instgrammable and picturesque locations in southern Thailand.
There are fine sandy (and often private) beaches, coral reefs, mysterious lagoons, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, canoeing and regular nature studies and walks around the 400 metre hiking trail.
There is also a new 360 degree viewpoint – an impressive metal stairway and platforms constructed in 2020. The views are breath-taking.
Pilae Beach is often nominated in many Top Ten lists as one of the best beaches in the world. You’ll see why when you get to visit the Koh Hong group of islands.
The beach is usually the first stop when visiting the group of islands. There is a pier at one end of the beach where Park Fees are collected and visiting boats moor. A short walk takes you to the beach, and a little further around there is a beautiful small perfectly formed Bay, protected by rocks that jut out into the sea creating a sheltered spot with perfect sand and and no waves – a perfect spot for snorkelling off the beach. There’s always plenty of fish to see and would be a great place to introduce youngsters to snorkelling too.
5 Star Marine can take you to the Hong Island group on a private tour. Read more HERE.