Itinerary: For those who are relatively fit, this program offers a great combination of both inland and island scenery, explored at a slow pace by kayak. It’s also good if you have limited time and can’t do the separate programs covering these sites. The trip is operated by the area’s original kayaking company – a family operation based in Thalane village – so the guides usually offer excellent insight into the local environment and culture.
Transfer from your hotel by a/c minivan to Thalane Pier (30 mins journey) where you will receive a safety briefing and try-out of the kayaking (if required). Then you’ll board the boat to head out to Koh Hong, which lies quite close to this part of the coast, by way of some incredible shifting seascapes. Once here you will transfer to your kayaks for some guided paddling around the island and into the lagoon, which you can explore with your guides. Total paddle time is around 1 hour. There’ll be time for some snorkeling, then lunch will be served picnic style, on a beach of the guide’s choosing (there are several, so they will try to find the least crowded – it can get very busy here during high season).
After lunch, you will head back to the mainland at Ao Thalane for some more kayaking through remarkable coastal canyons at the end of a stretch of protected mangrove forest. As well as majestic scenery, many species of monkey and birds live in this area, which boasts secluded coves and caves. Total paddle time is around 1.5 hours, including breaks, with the day ending around 4pm.
Note that it is possible the itinerary order may be swapped (Thalane first and Hong second) if the tides are more favourable to do it this way.
NOTE: National Park entry fees are included in your ticket price. The operator collects these in advance and the guide will pay on your behalf on the day to save time.
Expected group size: 4 – 12 pax, depending on the day and time of year.
Important: Kayaks are available as 2 or 3 seaters.