Koh Hong (Hong Island)





Koh Hong (Hong Island) is a small island in the Andaman sea in southern Thailand. The island is like a small version of some of the more well known islands like the Phi Phi Islands, especially Phi Phi Le. As on Koh Phi Phi Le you will also find no houses or people living on Koh Hong. Hong means room in Thai. The reason for the name can quickly be understood when you zoom in on the map of Koh Hong (see map). The island holds an enclosed area that during high tide can be entered by boat. You then can swim in an area surrounded by high limestone rocks.

The water is beautiful and probably not deeper than about 1 meter. On the other side of the island you find a beautiful white sand beach. From here you can use snorkling gear to see some beautiful tropical fish just a few meters into the sea. You can spend hours watching them.

Koh Hong
Koh Hong

It is very easy to reach Koh Hong. If you are staying in Krabi, Ao Nang or e.g. Railay Beach it should be easy to find day trips to this island. Often you can combine this into one trip along a few other islands as well. We were here in July 2015. We didn’t stay at any of the above areas but rather in the much nearer (to Koh Hong) Klong Muang Beach. From here we simply asked one of the tiny local tour ‘shops’ for advice. We got a long tail boat that took us in about 20 minutes to Koh Hong.

Departure for Koh Hong. The island in the background is Koh Hong.
Departure for Koh Hong. The nearest island in the background is Koh Hong.

For around THB 2,500 we had our private boat for the whole day. We originally considered visiting the Phi Phi Islands but since the weather was possibly going to be a bit unpredictable we opted for something more close. The thinking was that if we saw the weather changing we could quickly return to the main land. But we were lucky and the weather stayed beautiful all day. The boat ride to the island was very smooth. There were almost no waves.

Koh Hong floating pier
Koh Hong floating pier
Koh Hong
Koh Hong ranger station

When you arrive at the island you leave the boat at a floating pier. Here you first pay a small entrance fee as the island is part of a national park. Note that foreigners pay more than locals but it is still very much affordable. In our case the boat would just wait here at the pier until we had enough of the beach. From here on you enter a beach with perfect white sand and beautiful colored water. The trees along the beach provide some nice shade to protect you for a sunburn.

Koh Hong
Koh Hong
Koh Hong
Koh Hong

Right at the beach you can take a beautiful swim. It is good to have something on your feet to protect you from some of the rocks in the water. The sand on the beach is fine and soft. It can be hot but it is easy to walk on. In the water you have some rocks and stepping on them might be uncomfortable. They are not sharp so cutting your feet was not really an issue. When we booked the boat the owner also provided snorkling gear for the day. Make sure to bring some. Right up to the beach you will find beautiful fish. We spent hours just snorkling in the water watching the fish.

Koh Hong
Koh Hong

Once you have enough of the snorkling and the beach you can continue and explore a bit more of the island. You could take a kayak and explore some of the limestone rocks or go back to your long tail boat and go to the other side of the island to visit the area that gives the island its name, the Hong (room).

Koh Hong, entering the room
Koh Hong, entering the Hong (room)
Koh Hong - the boat is waiting while we enjoyed the water.
Koh Hong – the boat was waiting while we enjoyed the water.

Location

GPS: N8.0780, E98.6776

 

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