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Khao Lak: Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island by Longtail Boat

1. Khao Lak: Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island by Longtail Boat

Explore some of Thailand's most iconic and stunning islands on a longtail boat cruise from Khao Lak. Cruise over turquoise waters, past lush mangroves, and see the famous James Bond Island up close. Feel the salty breeze in your hair and relax under the warm tropical sun en route. After a pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak, board a traditional longtail boat and experience the mangrove forests and karst formations from a different perspective. Get up close to the limestone rocks on a short canoe trip before heading to Khao Phing Kan. Marvel at rock formations such as Tapu Island and James Bond Island, used as a film location in the movie "The Man With the Golden Gun." Continue to the floating Muslim village of Koh Panyi, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Next, go to Suwan Khuha Cave Temple to see the statue of the reclining Golden Buddha. Get some time to feed the resident monkeys before the return trip to Khao Lak.

From Phuket Or Khao Lak: Phi Phi Islands Early Bird Tour

2. From Phuket Or Khao Lak: Phi Phi Islands Early Bird Tour

Embark on a Phi Phi Islands speedboat tour and leave the crowds behind. Visit the most famous spots of the beautiful Phi Phi islands, its pristine beaches, and landscapes, and jump into the clear waters for a swim and a snorkel. Start your tour very early in order to arrive at the islands before the regular tours. Stop at the island Phi Phi Leh, with its beautiful Maya Bay, which was made famous by the Hollywood movie The Beach, and the Phi Phi Leh Lagoon. Take time for a refreshing swimming break in the lagoon. After, continue to Phi Phi Don to climb up to the striking viewpoint. Enjoy the amazing views from the top of the island and get a glimpse of the town. Tuck into a delicious light breakfast followed by lunch later in the day and enjoy drinks aboard the speedboat. Have the opportunity to sightsee around the island to see the Viking Cave and visit the monkey beach. Make the most of two long snorkeling stops, and as a final stop head to Bamboo Island for a picnic lunch and extensive beach and swimming time. 

Khao Lak: Elephant Safari with Lunch

3. Khao Lak: Elephant Safari with Lunch

Discover Khao Lak Safari on a full-day trip that starts with a pickup from your hotel in Phuket. Visit a waterfall, temple, turtle conservation center, and Tsunami Memorial Police Boat 813. Ride on a traditional raft and see a variety of protected animal species. Jump onboard a traditional bamboo raft passing by single jungle huts, ancient trees, and other exotic plants. Be attentive to your paddler, who will show you wild animals that sleep along the tree branches above you such as snakes, monkeys, spiders, and monitor lizards. Learn about the Queen Turtle conservation center project, located in a military area, where the turtles are protected and taken care of before being released into the wild. Relax close to a refreshing waterfall and have a delicious Thai lunch to replenish your energy. After lunch, you'll visit a traditional temple for a small introduction to Buddhism. Finally, head to the elephant camp to bathe, feed, and bond with an elephant.

Full-Day Temple Tour Including Dragon Cave from Khao Lak

4. Full-Day Temple Tour Including Dragon Cave from Khao Lak

Phang Nga Province is home to 3 of Thailand’s most amazing temples. The first stop on this 9-hour tour will be the Dragon Cave Temple at the site of stunning stalagmite and stalactite caves that you can explore. Continue on to the Bang Rieng Temple, situated high up on a mountain and offering breathtaking views. It features the largest pagoda in Phang Nga, and houses a Buddha relic. Enjoy an authentic Thai lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Suwan Khuha Temple, or Wat Suwan Khuha, one of the most historic of Phang Nga’s temples. It is located in a giant cave and houses a 15-meter-long reclining Buddha statue.

From Phuket/Khaolak: Similan Islands Early Bird Day Trip

5. From Phuket/Khaolak: Similan Islands Early Bird Day Trip

Enjoy a speedboat tour to snorkel through crystal-clear waters in Donald Duck, Honeymoon, and Princess Bay. Stop for a delicious picnic lunch by the sea at Honeymoon bay. Choose from tour options with convenient pickup and drop-off points in Phuket or Nam Kem Pier in Khaolak. The early bird tour to Similan Islands will leave directly from the Yacht Haven in Phuket or Nam Kem Pier in Khaolak. An early departure ensures you get there early enough to enjoy Donald Duck Bay, hike up the short trail to the Sail Rock, and take those amazing pictures from the viewpoint. The tour includes two long snorkeling breaks to explore the beautiful underwater world and a chance to see a sea turtle. The next stop will be Island no 4, where you can enjoy a picnic lunch near the beach at Honeymoon Bay. Take a small walk through a nature trail to the stunning beach at Princess Bay where you have time to relax and swim in the crystal clear waters. After, there will be one more snorkeling stop either at the famous Koh Bon or Similan Island depending on the weather conditions.

Khao Lak: Off-Road Jungle Full-Day Jeep Tour with Lunch

6. Khao Lak: Off-Road Jungle Full-Day Jeep Tour with Lunch

Experience the stunning landscape of Khao Lak on an off-road jungle Jeep tour. Make your way through lush greenery to discover hidden jungle treasures. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Start your day with a canoe trip through beautiful mangrove forests and observe wildlife. Then head to a large lake for a traditional Thai lunch. After you have had your fill, the adventure begins as you explore Khao Lak National Park in your off-road Jeep vehicle. Explore the jungle on an off-road experience. Drive up to 600 meters above sea level. Take a short walk to a spectacular waterfall where you can jump in and cool off. To end the tour, visit a Buddhist temple to learn about Thai culture and how important the temple is to the locals.

'Little Amazon' and Waterfalls

7. 'Little Amazon' and Waterfalls

You'll be picked up from your hotel in Khao Lak at 7:45 AM before heading north. Enjoy some sightseeing along the way. At 8:30 AM, you'll arrive at Takuapa Morning Market and get a chance to see local life and try some Thai delicacies. Set off in a canoe rowed by the local partner's crew in the Little Amazon at 9:20 AM. Enjoy sightseeing in the swamp forest, surrounded by hundred-year-old banyan trees and mangrove forest. Reptiles and various kind of birds can be seen on the canoe trip also, so keep your eyes peeled.  At 11:30 AM, visit the Sai Rung Waterfall and freshen up with a swim before heading back to Khao Lak, returning to your hotel around midday.

Phuket: White Water Rafting and Waterfall Trek

8. Phuket: White Water Rafting and Waterfall Trek

Start the day with an air-conditioned transfer from your hotel to the white water rafting location. You will receive a short safety briefing and training instruction, before starting on your adventure along the Song Phraek river. After this thrilling experience, take a 30-minute ATV ride to enjoy the nature of Phang Nga Province at your own pace. Once you have finished your outdoor adventures, enjoy a lunch of traditional Thai food accompanied by fresh fruit and tea and coffee. After relaxing, take the opportunity to go for mini jungle walk to Ton Pariwat Waterfall. Enjoy your time at the waterfall, swimming and relaxing in the beautiful surroundings. To top off your day, you will learn how to make khanom khrok, a Thai pancake made from coconut milk and rice flour. Enjoy your dessert with coffee and tea. Finally, relax and enjoy the transfer service back to your hotel in Phuket where your tour will end.

Khao Lak: Sri Phang Nga Canoe and Tam Nang Waterfall Tour

9. Khao Lak: Sri Phang Nga Canoe and Tam Nang Waterfall Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel in Khao Lak, explore the Sang-Nea River by canoe and discover why it is known as the "Little Amazon." Get the chance to spot wildlife including snakes, monkeys and birds. Browse the local market of Takuapa before heading to Kuraburi. Trek the serene rainforest of Sri Phang Nga National Park and hike to the Tam Nang Waterfall to swim in the cooling pools. Snack on seasonal fresh fruits and other refreshments. Next, enjoy a delicious set menu lunch at a cozy restaurant. Return to Khao Lak, and stop at a unique coffee shop for an aromatic drink and to experience the local herbs at the hot springs along the way.

Khao Lak: Elephant Bathing and Feeding Tour with Waterfall

10. Khao Lak: Elephant Bathing and Feeding Tour with Waterfall

Get up close and personal with Thailand's national animal on this tour: The elephant. Learn about elephants from expert mahouts — elephant keepers — while you bathe, scrub, feed, and play with the gentle pachyderms in a clean shallow stream. Marvel at the elephants' delicate ability to use their long and strong trunks to grab a small banana directly from your hand. Enjoy their playfulness as they toss water onto themselves, and you, as they cool off in the water. After your elephant visit, stop at the cascading Sai Rung Waterfall in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation and crystal-clear waters. Then, sit back and relax as you're dropped back off at your hotel. Best of all, choose to join the morning or the afternoon tour, depending on your preferences.

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What people are saying about Khao Lak

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,968 reviews

Nothing was really missing. Lunch was great and there were more than enough soft drinks and snacks on board. The guides Martin and Jaja were totally cool and really made the tour unforgettable. Everything was well planned and everything worked out on time! A highlight of my Thailand trip.

Picked up on time. Everything done according to the program without stress. Even seen several baby sharks while diving and on the beach. Breakfast and lunch was fine.

A perfect day. The trip and getting up early were worth it. We almost had the bay to ourselves. Swimming on Bamboo Island was also nice. We enjoyed the day.

Great tour everything was excellent from start to finish. All in one a complete tour that takes you to every place on the phi phi islands.

Lovely trip toured by Ran. Very chilled out day. Kids loved the canoes. Great day and highly recommend.