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Phang Nga Bay is one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Thailand. Every day over a dozen canoeing tour companies and countless independent tour operators take tourists to a few well-known locations in Phang Nga Bay. The result is similar to road traffic in Bangkok. It's noisy, congested, and chaotic. The tourists see the famous "hongs", or inner island lagoons in some of the islands, and make the obligatory trip to see "James Bond Island". We avoid everywhere that others go.
Each of our trip leaders has paddled extensively in Phang Nga Bay since 1993. No one in southern Thailand has more paddling experience! All of our Thai tour guides are licensed through the Tourism Authority of Thailand..
Phang Nga Bay is a large, lovely area that seems different in every change in weather and light. There are many fine secluded islands that can be explored at our leisure in comfortable touring kayaks. In these areas, where only the occasional fisherman is seen, wildlife is plentiful.
Our guests, paddling at their own pace, quickly learn the difference between White-belly Sea Eagles and Brahminy Kites (another large raptor) by the wing configuration while in flight. Other frequent sightings include Pacific Reef Egrets, a wide variety of Kingfishers, Little Herons, Frigate Birds, and Blue Rock Thrushes. Sometimes we catch sight of Oriental Pied Hornbills or Southern Pied Hornbills perched in trees or in flight. Check out our Thailand birding site.
We frequently come upon monitor lizards sunning on rocks, and often see Crab-eating Macaques on the beach or moving in trees near the water. Sometimes we see Dusky langurs in trees high on a cliff face. Monkeys are common in the bay.
stay in bungalows
on an island with a wonderful view of
karst formations spread
out before us. We enjoy the laid back quality of island life.
There is the option of staying at the village Homestay Project. There is no extra charge for this option.
Here is a map of the bay.
climbing is available as well. Our specialty
is finding new climbing routes using traditional climbing techniques.
We do offer sport climbing and top-roping if that's what you prefer.
It is the quiet and solitude that we seek as individual paddlers. This is what we offer our guests.
For those who really want to not see anyone else in the bay or who wish to spend all of their time close to Mother Nature, we also offer kayaking and camping trips. We don't recommend camping during the summer months due to showers. If it rains, it's usually in the afternoon and/or evening. If you're in a bungalow, it's rather nice. If you're camping, it's not.
Our company longtail boat is large enough to carry our boats and gear. There is plenty of room under the roof to sit out of the sun between visits to islands.
We offer two-day, three-day, four-day and longer trips into the Bay, for two to eight people. Larger group bookings are available on request. Discounts apply for group and family bookings. If you're time is limited, we offer day trips in Phang Nga Bay on request. Longer trip in Phang Nga Bay are also available. There is certainly enough to see and do to warrant more time.
Small groups, proper touring kayaks, orientation to proper paddling technique and safety, islands off the beaten path - this is PaddleAsia.
If you want to read more about our Phang Nga trips, check out our previous trip reports:
Here's a story written by intern Kim Taylor about Koh Yao Noi.
is a story about our three-day
tour in Phang Nga Bay written by Finnish traveler
Ms. Satu Hyrkäs
No experience is needed for most of our trips. Phang Nga Bay and Khao Sok are our easiest trips. The majority of our guests have never paddled before. No problem, we'll teach you proper paddling technique.
Our trips are all-inclusive. These prices include: all transfers (airfare not included), all equipment, accommodations once on the trip, all meals, all snacks, coffee, tea, and insurance. Click here for a sample itinerary. Price is based on two persons per room. Single supplement is US$12 extra.
Not enough time for a multi-day trip? We offer a Phang Nga Bay Day Trip too.
East meets West in downtown Ko Yao Noi
photos compliments of Ms. Veronica Anderson, LA, California
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