There are the local tourist stars, then there’s the hidden gems that are equally beautiful and worth a visit when you visit Phuket or Krabi. This archipelago of picturesque islands are north of the Phi Phi islands, but also in Phang Nga Bay, between the Koh Yao islands and 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 Ko Lao or Ko Sa Ka, Ko Lao Riam, Ko Pakka, Ko Lao La Ding and Ko Hong, the largest island of the group.
There is very little to see here other than STUNNING natural beauty which many consider more photo-worthy than even the more popular, and nearby, Maya Bay and the Phi Phi Islands.
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 soon. It comprises a white, fine sandy beach that is bounded by huge limestone cliffs enclosing crystal clear turquoise waters, perfect for swimming. If you are looking for a perfect beach to relax or for beginner snorkelling, this is a great place to start. You’ll see hundreds of colourful fish. What you won’t find is any accommodations.
5 Star Marine can take you to the Hong Island Group on a private tour. Read more HERE.