Simba’s First New Tour In 3 Years!
We weren’t planning on creating a new tour (Phang Nga Bay & Phi Phi keeps us incredibly busy!) but increasingly we found that returning Simba customers were wanting something different.
Krabi and Ao Nang is located some 50km east of Phuket. Given this distance the time and fuel required to hit the key sites no tour other operator in Phuket provides this tour plan. Compounding these issues is the fact a proper Krabi tour covers 2 National Park zones; for budget / high passenger load boats such a tour is impossible given nearly 800 baht in park fees needs to be absorbed.
Passenger numbers are STRICTLY limited to 16 adults as per Simba’s disciplined operating principles.
Krabi Classics covers all the key sites….
- the beautiful rock formations at Koh Hong
- the vivid green waters of the nearby Hong Lagoon
- snorkeling @ Chicken Island
- the truly stunning Railay Beach and equally impressive Centara Resort (we are confident this is by far the highest quality lunch option of ANY tour in Phuket)
The Krabi Classics is suitable throughout the ‘High Season’ (November – May) and selected days during the low season due to the variable sea conditions.
Be warned… it is an early start! We aim to leave the marina at 6:30am and be back by 2:30 – 3:00pm. Regular Simba customers will know how much importance we place on avoiding the crowds and according the early start gives the best chance to miss the hoards of package tours that originate from Ao Nang in Krabi.
To give you the very best day we can our tour is very flexible. We juggle the tide, weather, customer ability and the crowds to give you the best day possible. This may mean the omission of some locations, but never at the expense of your enjoyment! Other companies may promise you the world, but we want to enjoy the places we visit.
Below is a sample itinerary and general overview of the places we visit on this trip destination.
Duration is 7/8 hours on the water (approximately)
Lunch - Centara Resort
Lunch at this beautiful and exclusive resort is one of the highlights of this tour. Simba customers are also able to use the pool before and after lunch (time and schedule permitting). A typical menu includes: - Spring Rolls - Fried chicken wrapped in Pandanus leaf - Fried chicked with cashew nuts & dried chilli - Sauteed seasonal vegetables - Green curry chicken & jungle peas - Fried fish with sweet chili sauce
Koh Hong is our first stop and is approximately 40 min by boat from our departure point at Royal Phuket Marina. This location provides an early swimming stop in the small bay and also provides stunning photo opportunities (the first of many).
Nearby Hong Lagoon is famous for its tranquil setting and illuminating blue / green water. We take the boat on a 10 - 15 min lap of the Lagoon.
Snorkeling at Chicken Island
Tide & sea conditions permitting we will pick a sight for snorkeling around the famous Chicken Island. It is usually quiet here even at 10am and we typically only have long tail boats for company. Whilst there is a lack of coral there is an abundance of tropical fish to keep things interesting.
This beach is one of the absolute highlights of the Krabi region. We will spend 20min to 30min at the main Railway Beach (west beach) for a stroll (or swim) and some magnificent photo opportunities.
To break up the journey back to Royal Phuket Marina we take a 40 minute stop at 'Coconut Cape' a customer favourite from the 'Phang Nga & Beyond' tour. Fruit and snacks served for an early afternoon tea.