This trip is exactly as the title suggests. It incorporates many of the best features of the world-renowned Phang Nga Bay. Cave exploring at Koh Phanak, canoeing at Koh Hong, James Bond Island and swimming at Treasure Island, all nestled within a bay, famed for its ‘Krast’ limestone islands. The scenery truly takes your breath away.
Where this trip earns its ‘Beyond’ title is our deviation to Koh Yao Noi & Krabi. Koh Yao Noi is a stunning hidden gem and is frequently described as “Phuket – 30 years ago!” It still harbours an ancient, agrarian lifestyle, with rice paddy fields, coconut and rubber tree plantations, Long Tail boat building and even the odd buffalo! We offer a brief land trip by Songtail across the southern tip of the island on our way to a picturesque restaurant, with panoramic views of the Krabi archipelago beyond. No crowds, no rush.
If you were looking to experience Thailand as it was, as it still is in many parts, Phang Nga and Beyond is your trip. It exudes genuine charm and will leave you with a lasting impression of the true Thailand. In the afternoon we move west, find the best location possible and try our hand at snorkelling and swimming among the tropical fish. The snorkelling isn’t as spectacular as Phi Phi but is great for those who want an introduction to the magical underwater world!
Much like our Phang Nga trip, large sea swells are less of an issue compared to Phi Phi. It is truly a trip for young and old alike, with activities to keep you entertained all day. Simba really does restricts the number of guests per trip (with a maximum of 16 adults) for a far more personal day out. We are the only known operator in Phuket to do this, 20+ to us is too many.
As always, within the cost is everything you’ll need for a fun day out on the water. ‘Dry’ bags for those expensive cameras and personal items, life jackets, snorkel masks, fins, floating aids, torches & hard-hats for cave exploring, Thai paddle guide per canoe and land transport through Koh Yao Noi.
We like to keep you well fed! Light breakfast including Simba’s famous banana cake, snacks, lunch at Koh Yao Noi (sample menu here) and light afternoon tea of fresh fruit, chocolate and biscuits are all included.
To give you the very best day we can, our tour is very flexible. Factors such as the tide, avoiding the tourist swarm and giving you a day to remember, will all affect the order in which the program operates.
Below is a sample itinerary and general overview of the places we visit on this trip.
Duration 7/8 hours on the water (approximately).
Like all of our trips, ‘the early bird catches the worm’… and most importantly avoids the crowds! We aim to leave the Royal Phuket Marina by 7am – 7:15am.
Koh Phanak is often our first stop for some intriguing cave exploration. Like Swiss cheese, Phanak is full of hidden caves, lagoons and hongs. We aim to select the very best location depending on the tide and weather on your day. So fire up your torches and step into a prehistoric world!
Koh Hong is a stunning location for a scenic canoe trip. They are simply the best way to see these geological wonders up close and personal. Let the Thai guide take you into hongs and caves only accessible by canoe.
Koh Phing Kan and Koh Tapu (James Bond Island)
Arguably the most famous spot in the bay, it's been a Mecca for Thai and Western tourist for 4 decades. You’ve come all this way and as Simba generally arrives well before the masses we make a quick stop to see what all the fuss is about.
Treasure Island/Secret Hong Swimming
Just a few minutes from James Bond lays a fantastic hidden cave, only accessible by swimming through a narrow passage. Jump off the front of the boat, swim to the beach and cool off before we move across the bay.
Koh Yao Noi
As described, a truly unique location, still holding fast to a traditional existence in the face of it’s bustling brother, Phuket. Our tour takes a decidedly ‘terra firma’ turn, as we take a short trip across the south of the island to a stunning local Thai restaurant for lunch.
The afternoon will take us to any number of beautiful beaches depending on tide and weather conditions. This is a chance to swim, snorkel if conditions allow, relax, enjoy a light afternoon tea and sample the scenery before heading home. As previously stated, the snorkelling is very much 'introductory' but still great fun for young and old alike.