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Southern Thailand and Andaman Coast Canoe & kayak tours

Our most recommended Southern Thailand and Andaman Coast Canoe & kayak tours

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: James Bond Island & Canoe Tour by Longtail Boat

2. From Phuket: James Bond Island & Canoe Tour by Longtail Boat

Paddle a canoe and ride a longtail boat on this multi-stop adventure tour from Phuket with private and shared options. Taste local food, swim at Talu Cave, and visit James Bond Island to see the majestic limestone karsts made famous by the 1974 James Bond movie, “The Man with the Golden Gun.” After pickup from your hotel in Phuket, head straight to the first stop of the day, Wat Suwan Khuha, also known as the Monkey Cave, because of the cheeky primates living in the temple complex. Descend into the cave temple and look at the statues and carvings before making your way to the pier. Next, board a longtail boat and sail to the second stop, Panyee Island, also known as the Floating Village. Built on stilts by the local fishermen, the island has been inhabited since the 18th century. Explore the village, taking in local life, before having lunch at a restaurant in the village. After stuffing your belly with delicious local fare, board the boat again to make your way to Talu Cave. Enjoy some free time to canoe and swim in the beautiful blue water. Explore the cave area, where you will find incredible stalactites and stalagmites and unusually shaped rock formations. Then, continue to the day’s main attraction, James Bond Island. Stop at the perfect viewpoint to see the breathtaking 20-meter rock formation, a solitary cliff surrounded by turquoise waters and cliffs. Admire the unforgettable picturesque scenery before starting the journey back to Phuket.

Phuket: James Bond Island Luxury Sunset Cruise

3. Phuket: James Bond Island Luxury Sunset Cruise

Take in the highlights of Phang Nga Bay on this action-packed full-day cruise from Phuket, with hotel transfers included. Paddle around Hong islands on a kayak, marvel at the natural wonders of James Bond Island, take a swim at Yai Island, and tuck into a delicious lunch onboard. After a hotel pickup, set off for the pier at Ao Por Pier. Begin your Phang Nga Bay luxury cruise in style and comfort with a buffet lunch served on board. Admire the spectacular limestone scenery along the coast as you savor a wide array of international cuisine ranging from sushi to local dishes. Next, explore the sea caves by kayaking to Hong Island, where you can discover many lost worlds inside the caves. Admire the limestone walls covered in greenery and the open-sky cavern ceilings. After kayaking, spend some time relaxing, swimming, or lounging on a water hammock at Yai Island.  Then, arrive at Phing Kan Island, the centerpiece of Phang Nga National Park, to admire its amazing leaning vertical rocks. This island is also known as James Bond Island - and you may recognize it from the movie, 'The Man with the Golden Gun'.  Cruise back towards the marina as you enjoy a buffet dinner during a stunning panoramic sunset. Get amazing views of the evening sun setting over the water from the cruise ship - a truly unmissable experience. Arrive back a the Yacht Haven Marina and be transferred back to your hotel.

Phuket: Phi Phi Islands Day-Trip by Speed Catamaran

4. Phuket: Phi Phi Islands Day-Trip by Speed Catamaran

Start your experience with hotel pickup and head to Chalong Pier to board the catamaran. Relax and admire the beautiful ocean landscape as you enjoy snacks and drinks on board. Arrive at Phi Phi Le and cruise along the towering karst rock coastline. Hop aboard a longtail boat and cruise into Pileh Lagoon, where stunning emerald waters are encircled by limestone cliffs. Visit the iconic Viking Cave and enjoy a snorkeling session to discover the underwater landscape of colorful corals. At Phi Phi Don, enjoy some lunch and time to explore. Then head to Maya Bay and relax at one of the locations in the film 'The Beach'. On the way to Phuket pier, stop by Maiton Island and enjoy some BBQ chicken on board as you admire the sunset. If you're lucky, you might see some dolphins too.

Khao Sok National Park: Overnight Treehouse Trip with Meals

5. Khao Sok National Park: Overnight Treehouse Trip with Meals

This all-inclusive overnight stay takes you one step closer to the jungle. Sleep in a stylish treehouse and gain insights into the diverse nature of Khao Sok National Park, one of the oldest national parks worldwide. Your tour includes meals and round-trip transportation from Khao Lak. Pack your bags and prepare for a jam-packed multi-day trip that includes canoeing and elephant bathing (no riding) in the valley of the rainforest as well as taking a longtail boat ride on the Cheow Lan Lake, visiting a cave, and jungle trekking. You’ll have the chance to get to know Khao Sok from different sides to experience its diversity to the fullest. Being at the right time at the right place, you might see blooming orchids or even the biggest flower in the world. With a bit of luck, you might see gibbon monkeys crossing your path. On your first day, explore the riverside of Khao Sok by canoe and meet some gentle elephants to play and have a bath with them. Have lunch and dinner at the Rock and Treehouse Resort and later have enough time to explore its surroundings. After an unforgettable night in one of the unique bungalows in the middle of nature, wake up for a fresh breakfast before beginning the second day, which will be spent at the barrier lake. Sightseeing by longtail boat, get the chance to easily enjoy the unique landscape. Later, join a 1-hour jungle trek with a local ranger. He’ll take you deep inside the jungle to explore untouched nature. A cave visit will also be part of the trip and, after having an authentic Thai lunch at the bamboo raft houses, you’ll have some more time to swim and relax. In the afternoon, head back to your hotel, riding again through the lush landscape of Khao Sok.

Ang Thong Marine Park: Full-Day Kayaking & Snorkeling Tour

6. Ang Thong Marine Park: Full-Day Kayaking & Snorkeling Tour

Discover the picture-perfect scenery to the northwest of Koh Samui. Embark on a guided boat trip to Ang Thong Marine Park and explore dozens of deserted beaches, bizarre rock formations, and calm blue waters. Kayak and snorkel your way through beautiful islands and islets. Be collected from your hotel and transferred to the Nathon pier. Meet your guide and the team, who will welcome you onboard the boat. Enjoy a light breakfast as your guide gives a briefing on the day’s activities while familiarizing you with the boat’s features. Visit Koh Tai Plao, the best location for kayaking, with amazing rock overhangs, tunnels, small caves, and a hidden lagoon to explore. Hop onto your kayak and grab a dry bag so you can take your camera with you. Take a dip in the inviting calm waters. Snorkel, swim, or jump from the boat. Enjoy a great lunch on board as you cruise through the park, heading to the second stop at Koh Mae Ko. Admire the island with a relatively short but quite steep climb to a viewing platform, where you’ll witness the breathtaking sight of the Emerald Lake. Finally, stop at the main island of Koh Wua Talap. Explore this area by kayak and circumnavigate the small adjacent island then return and relax on the beach. Alternatively, make the climb to the viewpoint where you will be rewarded with an amazing vista of the entire park. If you wish to, you can trek to the stunning Bua Bok Cave instead, and take in its monumental stalagmites and stalactites. For those who prefer to simply relax, the pristine beach here is a great spot to get some sun or find shade under one of the many palm trees. Head back to Koh Samui, while feasting on fresh fruit and a snack while you relax on the journey home.

Phuket: James Bond Island By Private Long Tail With Canoeing

7. Phuket: James Bond Island By Private Long Tail With Canoeing

After pickup from your hotel, drive to Boonchu pier. You'll then head to Phang-nga by longtail boat. First stop is Kradong Cave, where you can walk to the top to admire the views over the surrounding scenery. Next, journey to Khao Phing Kan and Khao Tapoo, also known as “James Bond Island”. This is a famous movie location, where “The Man with the Golden Gun” was filmed. You'll have free time here to explore and take pictures.  Hop into a sea canoe to explore Lod Cove, a large limestone cave. You'll then visit Koh Pan-Yee, a famous floating fishermen's village, before enjoying an included lunch. After lunch, explore the beautiful Khai Island of Phang Nga Bay, which is perfect for swimming and sunbathing. After plenty of time here, you'll head back to Boonchu pier and then be dropped back at your hotel.

Khao Sok Jungle Hike and Canoe Tour

8. Khao Sok Jungle Hike and Canoe Tour

Get back to nature at Khao Sok National Park with this combo activity. After getting picked up from your hotel in Khao Lak, make your way to the park. Stop along the way at the Khao Sok Viewpoint to admire panoramic views of the morning mist over the rainforest. Upon arrival at the park, set off on your hike through the jungle. Follow an easy 3-kilometer trail and get acquainted with the native flora and fauna along the way from your guide. Stop at a freshwater stream to freshen up and cool down before beginning the return journey (3 kilometers). Later, sit down to a delicious traditional Thai lunch then board a canoe rowed by a professional paddler for a tour along the Sok River. Admire the breathtaking scenery along the river and stop at a riverbank for a cup of tea or coffee served in a bamboo cup that you can take home as a souvenir. Finally, visit Khao Sok View Point to capture a panoramic view of the rainforest before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

9. From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

First, you will get picked up from your hotel. Start this full-day tour visiting the famous Monkey Cave of Wat Suwan Kuha. Discover the many interconnected caves in the mountain and admire the gold reclining Buddha image at the temple. Explore the magical mangrove forest of Ao Phang Nga National Park by long-tail boat. Stop at a fishing village on Pan Yee Island to enjoy a tasty lunch before seeing James Bond Island, where the blockbuster movie, The Man with the Golden Gun, was filmed. Continue to Khao Phing Kan to see the stunning limestone karst formations. Experience the area’s beauty by sea canoe, paddling around Talu Island before returning to the pier. Your expert guide will paddle the canoe for you, as the waters in this area can be difficult for paddling. 

Sea Kayaking in Ao Thalane & Optional Full-Day Hong Island

10. Sea Kayaking in Ao Thalane & Optional Full-Day Hong Island

About half way along the coast between Than Bok Khorani and Krabi town is a bay of mangroves that is one of the most beautiful in Thailand. Arrive at the private pier and depart to the mangrove forest area. Here, bays and canyons are like passageways. This recently discovered area is a superb setting for having an encounter with an ecosystem unlike others. This bay is known for its rich fauna. Certainly a highlight of this setting is the narrow channels which are passable during all but extremely low tide periods. Several species of Kingfishers, Little Herons and Crab-Eating Macaques are almost guaranteed sightings in the remains of a jewel of a destination, undeveloped and without being horrendously crowed. Option with Hong Island Visit: Hong Island stands out as the most beautiful island of the Andaman cost. As you approach from the sea, the towering limestone formation & crystal clear water inspires images of the deserted. In the middle of this beautiful island there lies a hidden lagoon spot for local fisherman and also one place where bird nests are collected. The coral reefs here are amazing and siphons can also be found. Option with Sunset and BBQ Dinner: Your final destination on the tour will be Laem Jamoog Kway. Here you can shower off the salt water in the natural spring waters cascading down from the cliff. Take a short climb to witness the best sunset in Thailand. Relax and enjoy the sunset while you wait for your BBQ being prepared at the beach. After finishing your BBQ dinner, you may continue to relax as a Longtail Boat takes you back to the Sea Kayak Pier under a blanket.

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4.5 / 5

based on 710 reviews

I picked this tour because it offered the Hong Island optional add-on. We enjoyed kayaking in the morning, and the relaxed pace of Hong Island. I was initially concerned it would be 8 hours or Kayaking, which fortunately wasn’t the case. I think the tour description can provide more details, and the tour company didn’t really respond to my questions either. I would recommend this tour, but next time I will probably pay a little extra to make it a private tour since some time was wasted in the morning to pick up (and wait for other guests who were late).

Very, very cool trip, the crew around the travel companion Alex were all very professional and helpful. The day before I had another tour to the phiphiislands because it was always crowded with tourists. That was not the case with the trip and last but not least we were on an island with a beach where there were only 3 boats. There I had a quad ride with a guide, among other things, to a lonely beach. The tour was definitely worth the money.

Nice trip from the pick-up time to each end. Good food, good transportation, everything organized to each last detail.

Very good tour, there were 3 of us and the island was not overly crowded. Super organized

Kim was amazing, I hope to see her again on my next visit to Phuket