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EXPEDITION EXPRESS

EXPEDITION EXPRESS

I’m the only owner who goes on my own trips, so I hear it all the time on Hong By Starlight – “I should have booked an overnight trip, but I already paid for an expensive hotel room.”

We can’t take back the reservation, but we do offer a great trip that takes only one day from the hotel – the Expedition Express.  This budget overnighter combines Hong By Starlight with a night camping at our favorite Koh Penak beach, with a fast longtail boat trip around Phang Nga Bay on the second day.

Good friend and digital guru Saumil Bhukhanwala finally did an Expedition Express and took this spectacular sunrise shot from our favorite camping beach – complete with Crab Eating Macaques sharing the spectacular sunrise.  A California Honeymoon couple joined, and as usual everybody had a great time.

One of our favorite moments is stopping the Starlight boat off the camping beach at the Starlight trip’s end - with Hurricane lights sending out a light glow over the REI tents, a romantic Nature moment.  Guests and their gear are paddled to the beach in SOTARS while everyone on the escort boat is jealous with envy.

From here on, we use Ocean Kayaks.  I sometimes circumnavigate Koh Penak by moonlight, a three or four hour paddle for experts only.  When tides are right, guests can paddle to the Diamond Cave in 15-20 minutes.  Entering the firefly filled bioluminescent Hong after viewing the Diamond stalactite is a magnificent Eco moment – and you stay as long as tides allow. 

Then it’s back to the camping beach where beach fire embers romance you to sleep.

Sunrise is as spectacular as Samil’s panorama photo.  After brewed “Tung Café” and a hardy breakfast it’s off in a fast longtail to enjoy your one day circumnavigation of magical Phang Nga Bay.

With hardshell kayaks mounted on the roof “Bang Phu”, the Bay’s premier Fast Longtail boatman then takes you around the Bay.  Weaving between spectacular limestone mountains we stop at several majestic islands and points – often seeing only a few local fishermen, if anyone at all.

We drop the hardshell Sit-On-Tops from the roof of Bang Pu’s boat and paddle into some of Mother Earth’s most magical spots.  Depending upon the tides we may visit Talin in Krabi, an endless mangrove forest packed with wildlife – including a one kilometer limestone canyon.

Talin is just one of many magical sites in this Bay peppered with more limestone than your mind can digest in just two days.  We might stop at Talin’s floating restaurant for an authentic local lunch, or the restaurant at Koh Yao Noi, home too many of our guides.

We also offer a three Mini-Expedition, taking you into truly remote spots, and the seven to twelve day Andaman Sea Expeditions, visiting  places so remote most locals don’t even know.

If you are in Phuket, give up a night for the “Million Star Hotel”.  If you haven’t booked your hotel yet, save two nights for the three-day Mini-Expedition.
Hong by Starlight

Hong by Starlight
Lunch & Dinner : Round Trip Transfers

Enjoy an afternoon of sea cave exploring literally inside Phang Nga Bay’s marine geology, - including the caves and hidden lagoons John Gray found in 1989. Great nature and wildlife surrounds you...

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Day in The Islands

Day in The Islands
Phuket Private Charter Day Trip

We added this second day trip of self-paddle kayaking for satisfied caves/hongs customers who want more, and for claustrophobics.Throw some kayaks on the cabin and "pai teau"...

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Expedition-Express

Expedition-Express
Phang-Nga Bay : 2Days/1Night

A Week-End Getaway for regional adventurers, an overnight transfer to Krabi, or a night out of crazy Patong, the Expedition Express packs your brain with a minimum Twenty-Eight Hours of Top Quality...

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Mini-Expedition

Mini-Expedition
Phang-Nga Bay : 3Days/2Nights

Combine our Khao Sok Mini-Expedition with our famous Phang Nga Sea Kayaking Mini-Expedition for an excellent week of Thai mountain and sea adventure. Combine Khao Sok with our 7-Day...

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Khao Sok Ntional Park

Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok Ntional Park : 4Days/3Nights

Khao Sok is Thailand’s largest lake, artificially made by a hydro-electric dam. We depart from the dam by longtail boat and never see any trace of civilization until we return...

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South Thailand Adventure

South Thailand Adventure
Phang-Nga Bay - Tarutao : 7Days/6Nights

Spend 3 days exploring Phang Nga Bay, overnight near the Peninsula's summit at a waterfall/wildlife sanctuary with a mountain cave and jungle stream, then finish with 3 nights and days at Tarutao in the Far South...

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