The emerald waters of Ao Phang-Nga National Marine Park surround hundreds of small islands and limestone karsts topped with lush forest. Your guide shows you some of their highlights on a day out from Phuket that begins with early morning pickup from your hotel.
It takes approximately 40 minutes travel in a climate-controlled minivan to reach the pier on Phang Nga Bay. Hop aboard your motorboat and drink in the scenery as your captain takes you to Koh Panak and nearby Koh Hong. As you cross the water, hear a safety briefing and informative commentary about the region. The crew serves up hot coffee, tea and light snacks.
Your captain anchors the boat at your first stop. Transfer to a canoe and follow your guide into a hidden lagoon in the middle of a crescent-shaped island, admiring the fringing coral reefs in the waters below.
Next, enjoy about 30 minutes on the beach at James Bond Island (Khao Phing Kan) the island made famous in the movie The Man with the Golden Gun. You'll also paddle a canoe to check out stalactites and stalagmites nearby, before transferring to a traditional Thai longtail boat to visit the fishing village of Koh Panyi.
Established in the late 1700s by Malay fishermen, Koh Panyi is a small Muslim village known for its over-the-water houses built on stilts, including a mosque, school and floating sports field. After snapping photos of the picturesque village, return to your motorboat for a Thai-style lunch. Then enjoy a couple of hours at your leisure on Naka Island to swim, canoe or kick back on the white-sand beach.
In the mid-afternoon, return to your motorboat for the journey back to Phuket, where your day trip ends with hotel drop-off.