Phuket Tourism News, Movies in Phuket, Phuket Traffic and Leatherback Turtles

Phuket Tourism News | Episode 5 | February 19

Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay Leshark will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News that is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.

Patong motorbike racing

Last week a large group of French motorbike racers in Patong were arrested and charged with various traffic offenses.



Phuket, Patong police received a number of complaints that a group of tourists was racing motorbikes in Patong. Footage of the racers also went viral on local social media platforms, causing outrage among many Patong residents.

Patong locals complained that the racers were disturbing them when they were trying to relax, and posing a threat to the safety of the people. Most of the riders were not wearing the required protective motorcycle helmets as per Thai law.

Patong Police have also taken action against the motorbike rental operators who allowed foreign tourists to rent vehicles without a valid driving license. These operators were fined 1,000 baht each for their actions.

Hollywood movies here in Phuket

5-Star-Marine-Hollywood movies here in PhuketPhuket and its surrounding areas have been the backdrop for plenty of movies, and as a whole Thailand has always been eager to attract Hollywood and the international cinema industry as a way to promote tourism in the country.


Some of the films shot in Phuket:

Shot in 2000 and directed by Danny Boyle, The Beach is based on the eponymous Alex Garland novel. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, this movie made a small cove on the western side of Koh Phi Phi Leh world-famous: Maya Bay.

Shot in 1974, The Man with the Golden Gun was the 9th James Bond movie. Featuring Roger Moore as the iconic British spy and Christopher Lee as the villain, Francisco Scaramanga.

Shot in 2004 and directed by Beeban Kidron, this sequel to the successful Bridget Jones’s Diary reunites the same cast members: Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones, Colin Firth as Mark Darcy, and Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver.

Shot in 1993, Heaven & Earth is a superb film by Oliver Stone about the Vietnam War and its consequences. Based on a true story written by Le Ly Hayslip.

Shot in 1995, Cutthroat Island is a romantic/comedy/action/pirate movie starring Geena Davis. The film was a big flop, credited for ending the production of any pirate-themed Hollywood movies until the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

Shot in 1997 and directed by Roger Spottiswoode, Tomorrow Never Dies was the 18th James Bond movie of the series, and the second using Thai locations to represent other Asian countries

Shot in 2005 and directed by George Lucas, the 3rd episode of the world-famous Star Wars movies saga has a few scenes filmed in southern Thailand. The tall limestone cliffs and lush vegetation of Krabi Province were used to represent Kaashyyk, the home planet of the Wookiees.

Shot in 2012 and directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, The Impossible is based on the true story of a British family that was staying in a Khao Lak beachfront resort for Christmas 2004, when the tsunami occurred.

Leatherback turtles have been seen in Phuket

5-Star-Marine-Leatherback turtles have been seen in PhuketThe leatherback sea turtle is the largest turtle in the world. They are the only species of sea turtle that lack scales and a hard shell. They are named for their tough rubbery skin and have existed in their current form since the age of the dinosaurs.


No marine life encounter is guaranteed but the chance of snorkeling with sea turtles whilst in Thailand is pretty high. Turtles can be seen almost anywhere, the most common places are the Similan Islands (mooring rocks, island number 9), the Surin Islands and the Phi Phi Islands.

Where is the best place for Thai Food

5-Star-Marine-Where is the best place for Thai FoodThai food emphasizes on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge. It’s all about the juggling of elements to create a harmonious finish.



Traditional Thai cuisine loosely falls into four categories: tom (boiled dishes), yam (spicy salads), tam (pounded foods), and kaeng (curries). Deep-frying, stir-frying, and steaming are methods introduced from Chinese cuisine.

Back in 2017, seven Thai dishes appeared on a list of the “World’s 50 Best Foods”, an online poll of 35,000 people worldwide by CNN Travel. Thailand had more dishes on the list than any other country: tom yam kung (4th), pad thai (5th), som tam (6th), massaman curry (10th), green curry (19th), Thai fried rice (24th) and nam tok mu (36th).

There are so many amazing Thai restaurants to choose from, and our top tip is to head into Phuket Town and go on a food tour so you can really experience the amazing Thai food.

A Chefs tour offers amazing Food tours

Upcoming Events in Phuket

Phuket Tourism News – Coral Reef restoration, Patong Tunnel, Phuket Expat life

Phuket Tourism News | Episode 4 | February 12

Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay Leshark will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News that is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.

Plane stuck on Phuket Airport runway

Phuket International Airport is the second busiest airport in Thailand. Millions of passengers each year visit Phuket to enjoy a wide range of tourist services, natural beauty of the world-famous Phuket beaches and fascinating tourist attractions. Last week there was a minor incident with a Russian plane that was spotted by the air traffic control staff that smoke was coming from the right side (Starboard) engine of the Boeing 767-300ER.

The Azur Airplane was meant to be heading to Moscow, and it was about to take off when the Phuket Airport staff saw the smoke. The plane blocked the taxiway for other flights from landing and taking off. It took a few hours to remove the plane and after that flight services returned to normal.

The incident affected nearly 50 flights, with some having to circle over Phuket and others being diverted to Krabi, Samui, and Bangkok.

Phuket Coral Reef restoration

5-Star-Marine-Phuket Coral Reef restorationTwo chapters of the Rotary Club in Phuket have come together to help restore the coral reef at Maiton island, about 10 km south of Phuket. They will supply 39 3D-printed concrete frames and will drop them around the island. An MOU has been signed and the Rotary club will supply the frames to the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (PPAO). The project is being funded through the “Save Underwater World” project with funds raised by the Rotary Clubs and SCG. The frames will help corals grow naturally and also provide a habitat for a variety if marine animals.

Patong Tunnel Project

5-Star-Marine-Patong Tunnel ProjectIf you have lived in Phuket over the past 20 years you would have heard about the New Patong Tunnel coming soon, every year. But, it seems that 2023 is different and that the tunnel is finally happening. The famous Patong hill that every tourist and local has to go over to get to Patong beach will finally get a tunnel. Discussion on the tunnel has been going on for over 20 years, and it has been a stop, start the project. But after all the delays and meetings, Thailand’s cabinet has now approved the 14.7 billion bath budget to construct the expressway connecting Kathu and Patong. The project should be starting in mid-2023 and should finish by July 2027.

Where is the best place for a romantic dinner in Phuket

There are many awesome restaurants and resorts where you could spend a romantic dinner this Valentine’s but one location that we think is perfect is the stunning Baan Rim Pa Restaurant.

Baan Rim Pa Restaurant

The name Baan Rim Pa is well known not only in Thailand but around the world. This multi-award-winning restaurant has proven to be a favorite to international travelers, ex-pats and locals. Baan Rim Pa boasts an incredible cliff-side location directly over the Andaman Sea. Every table has a magnificent panoramic view of the blue waters across to the beach at Patong.

How did 5 Star Marine Phuket Start

The Story of 5 Star Marine Phuket

I arrived in Thailand about fifteen years ago for a holiday. I was in a transitional phase of my life looking for a bit of a change, so it was either going to be at the Gold Coast or somewhere else in Australia. But when I got here to Phuket, I fell in love with Layan beach.

After I decided to stay here in Phuket, I started to go on some private boat tours, and I discovered that they weren’t what I was expecting. They were following the same route, as all the group tours I went on, and the only difference was that it was a boat with just us on it. So, I thought there was a gap in the market.

There were expensive yachts or group tours. So, I wanted to create something that was in the middle, something that wasn’t a group, something that wasn’t a yacht, but we provide yacht-like service, and that’s when we created 5 Star Marine.

Through this entire process, I managed to get married to a Thai lady, named Lisa, and she taught me so much about the tourism business in fact, her family’s been in tourism for three generations. Then we were lucky enough to have our son Lucus. Everyone tells you that when you have a child, your whole world changes, and those of us who have never had children before, don’t believe it, they say ‘No, nothing’s going to change, everything’s the same as normal’, but the very first time that I ever met Lucus my whole world changed, everything that I had planned for in my life immediately was ripped up, thrown away.  From that day forward, I decided I wanted to create a legacy for my son, something that as he grew older, he could have the choice of what he wanted to do with it, he could keep it, he could sell it, he could manage it, he could operate it, he could be somebody who owned it. And that’s why we put a huge investment behind 5 Star Marine, in both time energy, and money. And this has been the driving force for me at 5 Star Marine, I wanted to create something for my family, and I wanted to create an experience here in Phuket, that was all about the customer.

When I went on private tours before, the captains were always worried about fuel, they’re always worried about what time the boat needed to come back, they always worried about what time they need to be there for lunch. I wanted to break out of these concepts and say the only thing we ever worry about is the customer, is the customer happy? are they having an experience that they can remember? and they’re going to come back? and are they going to go home and tell everyone about this amazing 5 Star Marine experience that they had? That’s exactly what I’ve been focusing on, we threw out the concept of how much fuel to use with we threw out the concept of following a plan and we said to turn up to the pier our guide will take you exactly where you want to go and recommend some places that you’ve never heard of before, and that’s exactly what the 5 Star Marine experiences are.

5 Star Marine is a family business

We have built 5 Star Marine as a family business, I don’t know how many staff we are now, almost a hundred staff, but we have managed to keep that family feel because we wanted to invest, invest in what is the most important part of a team which is “The Team”. That’s the most important part of our company, and so we invest in them, we spend time with them, and we train them, but we do more than that, we care for them, they are our family. We have family dinners, we have staff parties, we have training events and everything that’s going on in our staff lives we want to know about, so we can help them to go on to the next level.

My goal in this business is not for me to be the leader, I want to build leaders in my business, Thai leaders, male leaders, and female leaders and I want them to step up and I want them to show them that there’s a new way that you can run a business in Thailand, that is customer centric focused, that is all about the experience. Our tagline is “Experiences the 5 Star Marine difference” and the reason is that 5 Star Marine is all about the experience.

Our team takes care of you all the time, they will be in the water with you pointing out the different coral, pointing out the fish, serving you fresh fruit, whatever you want, whatever you need, we have requests from honeymoons to proposals, to 50th wedding anniversaries, to 40th birthdays, we have post-wedding parties, you name it we have done it. We want you to go back with an experience that you’re never going to forget, that’s what to me is the goal of 5 Star Marine.

Why is it called 5 Star Marine?

When we were building 5 Star Marine, we were thinking about what should we call this entity, this company, and this experience. And everyone asked me, is there a big story behind it? It just naturally seemed that we wanted to make this big brand promise, we wanted to say to you when you come with this company, everything we do is about servicing you and making this the best experience. And the only way to do that was to make this big brand promise, which is 5 Star Marine. I say to my staff every day they wake up, today you wake up as 5 Star Marine, that means everything that you do today from the moment you wake up until the moment you go back to bed needs to be reflective of the name, we can’t be late ten minutes, we can’t forget to put something on the boat, we can’t skip a stop, we can’t miss lunch, this is what 5 Star Marine is, everything has to be at that level. In hindsight, it was the worst decision I made in my life because it puts pressure on us every day to wake up and act in this way, but with that said the great thing is that customers are constantly feeding back to us that this is the perfect name for our company in fact some people are saying we should change it to six or seven Star Marine, which is an amazing idea, but from my end, I would prefer to change it to 4 Star Marine because then I think someday I could wake up a little a bit later or sleep in or miss an appointment, but you know that’s not what we are.

There is this concept in Thailand that service is not as good as it should be, there is the expression that we are on “Island Time”, our business is all designed to not ever be on Island Time. If your schedule is to be picked up at 8:30, the driver has to be there 8:15. Even this morning, I was texting customers that their drivers were there and customers texted me back “You’re forty-five minutes early”, and I’m like, I would rather be early than be late, and that’s exactly what five-star service is all about, that’s what 5 Star Marine is, we want to be waiting for you, not you waiting for us, we want to be doing everything we can to make your experience exactly as you planned.

Why are all the boats called Lucus?

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When Lucus was born, it was the first night that we were in hospital, the nurse came to us and said to me we’d like to move Lucus from the room back down to where the new babies stay, and I looked at her in shock, it’s like I can’t imagine a day of my life without this boy. And so, I said no, I’ll take care of Lucus, and the Thai nurse seemed shocked, she’s like oh, but your wife has had a baby, are you sure she can do it? I understand that my wife has been through a very big experience and she’s recovering, but I can do this, I can take care of him, I’ve never done it before, but I felt this overwhelming sense of love for him. And for me, that’s when the whole world reset, it was all about how I build something that is for him and it made so much sense to me that I’m building this company for him. As he gets older, whether he keeps it, he sells it, or manages it, who knows! I don’t have any set expectations and I’ve said the same thing to him, you don’t have to follow me, but what I wanted to do was to create the opportunity for him to have a choice in his life, which was if he chose to come and work at 5 Star Marine, then he can do it, if he chose to sell 5 Star Marine, then he could do it, he can chose to sell 5 Star Marine and use the money to go and do something else in his life, he could do it.

And so, it made sense that I centered this whole concept every single day around these thoughts, and what better way to remind myself why I’m doing what I’m doing every day than to have the entire fleet named after him? Where’s Lucus one today? where’s Lucus five today? whereas Lucus eleven today?, what’s Lucus six doing? and it creates these conversations at home as well where I’m talking to Lucus and I’m so, how’s your day, he was like oh I just want to know dad, where was the Lucus one captain today? What did the Lucus five boat boy do today? Where did Lucus eleven go? And he comes down to the pier and he has a sense of pride in that. This is his and he knows it, when the boat goes to water, the first customer on the boat is him, today he’s out on a boat fishing, he knows that this is something that is his, he is only ten I’m sure he doesn’t understand what that means right now, but I can imagine in ten years’ time that he’s going to have a sense of pride. So, naming the boats reminds me on a daily basis why I am doing what I am doing, and what is the end goal.

I listen to a lot of business mentoring podcasts and they say once you connect your passion and your purpose toward your financial goal, that everything becomes easy I think the same thing when I have to get up at four o’clock in the morning and check a message or an email or prepare a boat or reply or whatever it is I need to do, I don’t feel sad about it, because I’m like well I’m waking up and I’m preparing that customer to go onto Lucus six and I’m like that’s a reminder, an everyday reminder of why I’m building this company.

The 5 Star Marine Experience

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For us as a company, one of the cool things that we liked to think about is how we build this sense of team and a sense of pride and a sense of responsibility within our team. From our guides to our captains to our engineers to our mechanics to our admin team, all of them, realize that this company is different. It sounds weird and arrogant by saying are we better? I’m not saying we’re better, I’m saying that we’re different and we’re different in the essence of when you come here, you’ll see our team they’ll be talking and playing and having fun and if Lucus’s on the pier they’re kicking the football with him, they’re fishing with him, I say to Lucus when he’s having his birthdays, who do you want to invite your birthday party? and his answer always is the crew, I want them to come. So, every year, we do this big birthday party at the pier with food and toys and fun and whatever Lucus wants it to be, and we’ve never forgotten that even though our business has gone from 1 boat to now 15 boats we are still a family business, and this is centered around the concept of really caring for our staff, really caring for our customers, really caring for the experience that you have on board with us.

I built this entire company, with my wife Lisa selling the tours, and I would go on the boat and I would operate them, and not only that, if the boat broke down, I would fix it, fuel it, and I made fuel lines, I painted boats, I’ve done everything from the ground up. And you know, it’s like what Lucus’s path can be.

I said to him, at fifteen he can go and throw an anchor, at eighteen he can learn to fix an engine, at twenty-one he can drive a boat, that’s the path for him. I have this old-school mentality of, you have to work up the ladder and it’s the same way we get a new captain who wants to work with us tomorrow. That doesn’t mean tomorrow they can drive a boat, they have to start at the back again, they have to start throwing the anchor, working the engineering job, after the engineering job, then they can become a captain because we want them to learn that we to do things differently. When a guide comes here, the very first thing that I ever say to them is, welcome to 5 Star Marine, forget everything that you’ve ever been taught, and we’re going to start again because what they’re taught at other companies, are you go step A, step B, step C, step D and you do it at this time, this time, this time and this time and we’ll see you back at the pier at four o’clock. For us, we’re going to break that all apart and say you can go wherever you like, whatever you love about this backyard that is yours; that is your country, you know it better than anybody, take people and see and show them what you want to show them, not what the brochure says. And that’s the key, it’s like when you travel to a new country, you shouldn’t travel with this preconceived idea of what you want to do and what you want to see. Try some local Phuket curries rather than having a Pad Thai, and experience the culture of the location that you’re going to that’s the same when you come to a boat tour, don’t come to the boat with the idea of I want to go here, here, and here, come to the boat and say to the guides, what are the best places to go in your experience, you’ve lived here your whole entire life, take me to the places that you love.

Where to eat in Phi Phi

So, you want to know where is the best place to eat in Phi Phi when you go on your 5 Star Marine Phuket tour to Phi Phi? Shaun, Andy and Jay head down to Phi Phi to check out some brand-new Phi Phi restaurants to see which ones you can choose when you head out on a 5 Star Marine Phuket private boat tour.

The Phi Phi islands are an archipelago of 6 islands, with the 2 main islands being Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh.

Phi Phi offers some of the most beautiful pristine beaches, stunning rock formations, and clear turquoise waters teeming with colourful sea life. The larger and inhabited Phi Phi Don attracts many travelers to its stunning shores, while the smaller uninhabited Phi Phi Leh has beautiful bays and beaches, including the iconic and one of the most beautiful beaches in the Thailand, if not the world Maya Bay.

When you come on a 5 Star Marine Phuket tour to Phi Phi, our team can take you to all the amazing places, such as Maya Bay, Camel Rock, Pileh Lagoon, Viking Cave, Monkey beach, and even snorkeling with clown fish and Blacktip Reef Sharks, but after that we know you will be hungry so where is there to eat.

Where to eat in Ko Phi Phi

When it comes to dining in Phi Phi, seafood is the island’s star attraction, with many restaurants displaying the day’s catch. You can also find plenty of Thai and Western options. There are many choices from beach front local restaurants, or international resort restaurants, and if you wanted you could also have a picnic on the beach. At 5 Star Marine Phuket we make sure we check every option for you.

Yes, I know that sounds like a tough job, going on a boat to Phi Phi and eating at lots of different Phi Phi restaurants, but we do it for you. Ok it is a fun day out too. Who wouldn’t want to head out to Phi Phi for the day.

Some of the new restaurant options we are looking at for our 5 Star Marne Private boat tours to Phi Phi:

Hippies Bar and Restaurant

5-Star-Marine-Hippies Bar and RestaurantHippies Bar and Restaurant is located on the beach and opposite the world-famous Maya Bay. It is one of the most popular bars on Phi Phi Don. With a unique atmosphere and good food, this place offers a unique setting and at night it has lots of entertainment and nightly fire dancing shows.


Nice Beach Hotel Hip

5-Star-Marine-Phi Phi Nice Beach HotelNice Beach hotel is a small boutique hotel located outside the busier areas. Having food at at Phi Phi Nice Beach Hotel Hip in Ko Phi Phi, you’ll be on the beach, steps from Ton Sai Beach and Ton Sai Bay.



Holiday Inn Phi Phi

5-Star-Marine-Phi Phi Holiday InnLocated on a heavenly beachfront of powdery soft white sand that gently merges with the Andaman Sea the hideaway resort is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Dining is a unique and pleasurable experience at the restaurants. The resort offers thee bars and three restaurants serving delicious seafood, Thai and international cuisine.


Malee Seafood

Malee Seafood is a simple beach restaurant, but the food is incredible. Everything is home made and fresh. The meals are delicious with numerous currys and lots of Thai sweets to try.

Phi Phi Natural Resort

Phi Phi Natural Resort rests on the stunning headland of Laemthong Beach surround by native flora and fruit trees. The spacious restaurant with a lovely sea views has an assorted choice of delicious Thai food dishes served in buffet style for lunch.




Zeovola a sustainable luxury resort with an air of rustic romance, located on the tranquil white sand Laem Tong Beach. If you are looking for something a bit more upmarket then Zeavola is a good choice. Zeovola will take you on a culinary journey with fresh delicious Thai cuisine and specialty dishes from around the world.

When you book a 5 Star Marine Phuket Private Boat Tout to Phi Phi the choice is yours if you want to enjoy a luxury resort lunch, or simple seafood BBQ on the beach or order a picnic and relax on the white beaches of a tropical island.

Book a Phi Phi private boat tour here.

Phuket Tourism News – Phuket Festival, Whale Sharks And Bangla Road

Phuket Tourism News | Episode 3 | February 5

Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News that is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.

Whale Shark Seen in Koh Ha and Koh Rok

Did you know? Whale shark mouths can contain over 300 rows of tiny teeth and 20 filter pads which it uses to filter feed. Well now you do.

Last week there was a sighting of a Whale Shark in Phuket, well we say in Phuket, it was sighted down in Koh Ha and Koh Rok which is technically Krabi.

Koh Ha and Koh Rok are both stunning, and the turquoise blue waters of Koh Rok and Koh Ha make this area one of the best snorkeling sites in all of Southern Thailand. Even if you are not lucky enough to see a Whale shark, you will be able to marvel at colorful marine life like puffer fish, anemones, sea turtles, coral, angelfish, and more.

You here many reports of Whale Sharks in the Similan Islands and so to have one seen at Koh Ha and Koh Rok is great news for those that don’t want to travel to far to see these awesome creatures. However, please do understand that we cannot guarantee that you will see a Whale Shark if you do go down to Koh Ha and Koh Rok, BUT we can guarantee that you will have an truly 5 Star Experience.

If you are interested in a tour to Koh Ha and Koh Rok you can check it out here

What’s happening in Phuket? – Phuket Events

This week we are looking at some of the shows that you are able to go to while in Phuket. From Las Vegas style shows, to Thai cultural shows, there is a show for everyone here in Phuket

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Junkyard Theatre

The Junkyard Theatre is a creative entertainment show featuring unique mad hat performances inspired by the Asian / Expat experience.



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Simon Cabaret

The Unique & popular Simon Cabaret Show offers an evening of glamorous entertainment unlike any other. The show is one of Phuket’s most popular events and from the moment you enter the stylish and luxurious venue, you realize that this is going to be a very different and special night.

5-Star-Marine-Carnival MagicCarnival Magic

Carnival Magic is the crowning jewel in nighttime entertainment on Phuket. Spanning over 40 acres and awash with dazzling colors and sparkling imagery, Carnival Magic comes to light as the very first Thai Cultural Carnival Park, celebrating the vibrancy and rich cultural heritage found in the many traditional festivals, carnivals and market fairs that abound throughout the Kingdom.

Siam Niramit

“Siam” Is the former name of The Thai Kingdom from 100 years ago.

“Niramit” Means “Created by Magic”

Siam Niramit first opened in Bangkok in 2005 and was regarded as the must-see show of Thailand, portraying Thailand’s arts, culture and history.

Best Places to stay with Families

Where is the best place to stay in Phuket with families? That’s a tough question as everyone is looking for something different in their Phuket holiday and families come in all shapes and sizes and ages.

Whether it be just chilling out and relaxing on a sunbed and soaking up the tropical sun with young children in a kid’s club, or more of an action-packed day of jet skiing, parasailing, and stand-up paddle boarding with the older children.

There are locations in Phuket that have what you want, from the lively Kata and Karon, to the family friendly laguna resorts there is a location on Phuket for all families, no matter what you are looking for.

Phuket Weather

Stay up to date with the daily weather by checking out our brand-new Phuket weather LIVE Cam here

Ultimate Day Tour Guide to Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island

Welcome to Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is a magnificent bay located in southern Thailand. It is fames for its striking limestone cliffs and unique rock formations. The bay is home to several small islands, including the famous James Bond Island. Exploring this intriguing area is best done via a private speedboat tour, where you will get the opportunity to visit the islands and see various caves and lagoons found within them at your own pace.

The bay is also home to several sea gypsy villages, where you can take the opportunity to learn about the local culture and way of life. Kayaking is an increasingly popular activity in the area, as are caving and swimming; more about these activities later on in this guide.

The scenery around Phang Nga Bay is truly impressive, and is a must-see destination for anyone who is visiting or living in Phuket. The area is also known for its wildlife and marine life, including monkeys, macaques and rare species of birds.

Overall, Phang Nga Bay is a unique and a one-of-a-kind day trip destination that offers visitors the chance to explore stunning natural landscapes, learn about the local culture, and participate in a range of outdoor activities.

Top Instagram Spots

Phang Nga Bay is a popular spot for Instagramable shots; some of the top places to get snap happy at include:

  1. James Bond Island: This iconic small island with a unique limestone tower is one of the most photographed spots in Phang Nga Bay. Find out why later on in this guide.
  2. Koh Panyee: This island is home to a Muslim fishing village and is built on stilts, offering a unique and picturesque setting for photos.
  3. Hong Island: This area is very well known for its beautiful lagoons and turquoise waters, making it a popular photo hotspot, with no filter needed.
  4. Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay: This is a great way of exploring the bay and its islands, offering numerous opportunities to take in the natural beauty of the area and capture unique photos.
  5. The Caves: The bay is home to many caves and lagoons that can only be accessed by boat or sea canoe. These unique limestone formations offer a great backdrop for your Instagram pictures, and we talk more about a number of them later on in this guide.
  6. Mangrove Forests: The bay’s mangrove forests offer a different type of scenery, with twisted roots and dense foliage providing an interesting contrast to the limestone cliffs and islands.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat. . .

Sea canoeing is a fascinating way to explore the Phang Nga Bay area and they provide a popular option to explore the bay’s limestone cliffs, caves, and lagoons. Be guided or take yourself through small tunnels and into caverns and lagoons that larger boats cannot reach, finding hidden gems and plenty of fantastic photo opportunities.

Phang Nga Bay’s landscape is regarded as among the most beautiful in Thailand, with towering limestone cliffs providing a stunning experience as you glide in the water past these renowned formations.

Crew onboard your 5 Star Marine private speedboat are able to organize this experience for you, and will also be on hand to brief you on the seascape and how to enter tunnels and caves at certain times. Note that access is dictated by tides and water levels at certain areas.

Ultimate Caving Spots

We can carve out a bespoke itinerary with you to ensure you get the best out of your day to the Phang Nga Bay area. This means we can beat the crowds and come up with a flexible day plan to suit you, so if you wish to explore caves, you have come to the right place! You have the opportunity to discover secret caves and lagoons, and immerse yourself in the natural and hidden beauty of this area.

Canoe through turquoise waters, into secret tunnels and intriguing lagoons that lead up to spectacular caverns. Phang Nga Bay has various caves that are popular for exploration. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tham Lod Cave is a big limestone cave with a tight entrance that leads to a wide chamber filled with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. It’s also home to a colony of bats.
  • Koh Panak Cave is located on Koh Panak Island, this cave has numerous big chambers with remarkable rock formations and clear pools of water.
  • Panak Island Caves also include Oyster Cave, Diamond Cave, and Mangrove Cave which may all be explored at different times.
  • Hong Cave can be found on Hong Island. This cave is famous for its magnificent rock formations and crystal-clear water. It also serves as a haven for a significant number of bats.
  • Tham Phra Nang Nai is located on the island of Koh Tapu and is a cave with a vast chamber with a beautiful rock formation that resembles a reclining Buddha.
  • Tham Khao Mao Khao can be found on the island of Khao Phing Kan. This cave has a big chamber with spectacular formations and a small lake.

Please keep in mind that these caves are not always accessible due to changes in tide and weather, and access to some of them is limited for certain periods. Our knowledgeable staff can help you pick the best sites to get your caving fix.

The Famous Island

Located in Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island is an exciting area to explore. This limestone island is part of the Ao Phang Nga National Park and was featured in the film “The Man with the Golden Gun” in 1974; starring Christopher Lee and Roger Moore, where the island was the hideout location for Scaramanga.

The James Bond Island Tour that 5 Star Marine provides remains a highly enjoyed trip as a result of the popularity of the film. During this private tour, the experienced crew will take you out to the famous Koh Tapu (James Bond Island) so that you can take in the sights of Phang Nga Bay’s most iconic location.

This is actually a marine protected area, therefore boats cannot go too close. However, nearby Koh Ping Ghan is an island with a huge leaning rock and several caves to explore, and serves as a great vantage point for taking pictures of the renowned site. As a result of the film, this attraction has helped to support the surrounding inhabitants, stalls and restaurants.

Bioluminescence: A Natural Wonder

The capacity of some creatures to emit light is known as bioluminescence, and it may be found in numerous forms in the Phang Nga Bay area. One of the most noteworthy instances is the bioluminescent plankton present in the bay’s waters. These tiny organisms emit a bright blue-green light when disturbed, producing a captivating appearance in the water. The phenomenon is caused by chemical reactions within the plankton, which produce light as a by-product.

Bioluminescent plankton can be found in the Phang Nga Bay area all year round, but the very best time to see them is during the rainy season, which runs from around May to November. This time of year produces conditions which are favorable for their growth. The best time to see the bioluminescence is at night, when the water is calm, and the light from the plankton is more visible. If you want to experience these natural phenomena, you may opt for a multi-day tour with 5 Star Marine to the area with a bespoke itinerary to include this.

It’s important to note that bioluminescence is a fragile ecosystem, and human activities can impact the population of these organisms, therefore visitors are encouraged to be mindful of their impact and to follow responsible tourism guidelines to help ensure the preservation of the bioluminescence in the bay.

Floating Island Football

Koh Panyee is a small island located in Phang Nga Bay which is best known for its floating Muslim fishing village. Built on stilts directly over the water, this fascinating village is home to those who primarily make their living through fishing.

This floating island may only be reached by boat, and makes for a unique stop during your day out in Phang Nga Bay. Once on Koh Panyee, you can explore the village which features traditional wooden houses, a school, a stilt-mounted mosque, several modest souvenir stores and a few restaurants with views of the Andaman Sea.

A highlight of this small island is their floating football field, which is located in the middle of the village and is built on a raft made of bamboo. The field sits directly on the water and it is used by local children to play football as well as other sports. This provides a great place to take photos and understand the community’s passion for sport and their resourcefulness.

Island Foodies

There are a few restaurants on Koh Panyee Island where you can try local seafood and other traditional Thai dishes. Some restaurants on the Island include:

  • Koh Panyee Village Restaurant: This restaurant is located on the north tip of the village and offers a wide range of traditional Thai dishes with a good seafood selection. Although the Thai food is quite reasonable, expect to pay a little more for your seafood choices here.
  • New Fern Restaurant: There is a walking exit into the floating village from this restaurant, so you can explore easily after your lunch. They serve the usual fare, sometimes with a buffet option, plus you can find vegetarian options here too.
  • Andaman Seafood: Serving fresh seafood with pleasant service, this is a popular lunch spot. Prices area a little higher here, as is the case with most tourist frequented restaurants.

Panyee Muteara restaurant: This restaurant has a nice atmosphere and helpful service. Food reviews can be mixed, but mostly guests enjoy the traditional food and the scenic location with ocean views.

Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island Highlights

Although no two itineraries are the same, we like to give you an idea and some inspiration for what your special day out on the water might look like. We work with you to come up with the perfect itinerary that works for you and your guests, plus avoids the masses; but just to give you an idea of possible places to visit during your day out in Phang Nga Bay, here is a sample day guide:

  1. Stop by Panak Island to float along gently inside one of the hidden caves surrounded by mangroves, before enjoying the peaceful golden bay all to yourselves.
  2. Move onto Ko Kudu Yai to take in the exquisite beauty of the clear turquoise water in this stunning lagoon.
  3. At lunchtime why not make your way to the small island community of Koh Panyee; where huts, houses, and restaurants are built on stilts over the water? Here you can enjoy some traditional food as well as helping to support the local community.
  4. Then get your Bond Instagram pose ready as you make your way to James Bond Island, which is viewed from Koh Ping Ghan.
  5. Continue on your private tour around Phang Nga Bay with some sea canoeing or cave exploring before making your way back to base.
  6. Alternatively, make a final sunset stop at Koh Pear, a small strip of an island which looks and feels like you are walking on water – the perfect end to your memorable day.

To book, or find out any further information on discovering Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island or any of our other island destinations, please contact us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you:

Bookings and Enquiries:
Shaun Stenning
+66 (0) 93720 6221
[email protected]

Phuket Tourism News – Turtles, Elephants, Best Beaches and Phuket Events

Phuket Tourism News | Episode 2 | January 29

Welcome to the Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.

Turtles in Similan Islands

5-Star-Marine-Turtles In SimilanThe Similan Islands are a paradise waiting to be discovered. They are one of the best-known island groups in the Andaman Sea, largely because of the wonders that await beneath the clear-blue waters. The Similan Islands are around 84 km northwest of Phuket and this little archipelago is one of the most interesting diving areas in the world, as well as a favorite destination for yachties and boat tours.

You can find different species of Turtles on the Similan islands and the Andaman coast and although no marine life encounter is guaranteed but the chance of snorkeling with sea turtles whilst in the Similan Islands is pretty high.

There have been five different species of turtles have been seen at the Similan Islands, although the Loggerhead turtle has not been seen in the last 15 years. Green Turtles, Leatherback Turtles, The Hawksbill Turtle, and the Olive Ridley Turtle are all visitors to the Similan Islands.

There is also a turtle sanctuary on Similan Island One run by the Royal Thai Navy ensures a healthy population of turtles in the Similan Islands. If you are interested in a trip to the Similan Islands then check out the 5 Star Marine Phuket tour here

Elephant Camps in Phuket

5-Star-Marine ElephantElephants have been part of Thai culture and society for hundreds of years. The Thailand elephant has played a large role in manual labor, war, royal iconography, and the tourism industry.

Since the logging industry became illegal in Thailand, many elephants and their handlers, called Mahouts, had to find other ways to earn a living and feed their elephants, and this lead most of them to turn to the entertainment and tourism industry.
There are a large number of different elephant camps in Phuket and while you should defiantly see these stunning creatures up close, we strongly recommend that you do your research before you head to the closes elephant camp and choose one that is ethical. Look for camps that have rescued older elephants and DO NOT ride elephants or even take mud baths. There are some great elephant sanctuaries in Phuket where you can experience these giants in a safe and ethical way.

Again, PLEASE DO NOT ride elephants.

Living Waters

Living Waters PhuketLiving Waters Phuket Foundation, was established in late 2021 to help charities, foundations, and government organizations. Living Waters Phuket Foundation is dedicated to building brighter futures for disadvantaged communities across Thailand. Living Waters Phuket help by awarding financial grants which assist in funding essential relief projects (including sustainable food security, education requirements, renewable energy, and environmental issues) in Phuket, Koh Samui, and across Thailand. For more information on Living Waters Phuket click Here

What’s happening in Phuket? – Phuket Events

Kolour Phuket 2023 – 4th February at Café Del Mar Phuket

Phuket-Tourism-News Kolour Phuket 2023Kolour is taking up a month-long residency at Café del Mar Phuket across the weekends of February the 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th. The lineup of home-grown artists and 12 international headliners is set to make this season one for the books.

Each weekend begins with you warming up your dancing shoes Friday night at the Pre-Party, then they keep the rhythm going after the main event at our dedicated After Party each Saturday.

Legalize Reggae Fest – Saturday 11th February from 5 pm

Phuket Tourism News Legalize Reggae FestLegalize Reggae Fest is the first major music festival dedicated to all genres of bass music and marijuana legalization in Thailand. The island will be splashed with a wave of creative musical vibe and an atmosphere of love, empathy, and freedom of human rights.

The music program for 1 day. (5 pm – 2 am)
Dub FX
Soom T
Steppa Style
Masia One
Job 2 Do
Julia Marks
DJ Sick Selector
Big Roba Soundsystem

The Bay Regatta – 22nd – 26th February 2023

5-Star-Marine-Phuket Tourism News The Bay RegattaCelebrating its 26th year, The Bay Regatta sails from the Island of Phuket, through the islands of Phang Nga Bay to Krabi, with nightly stop-over parties. Finishing with a 30-mile sprint back to Phuket for a final prize giving in Ao Chalong.


Best Beaches in Phuket

Where is the best beach in Phuket? That’s a tough question as everyone is looking for something different in their beach experience. Whether it be just chilling out and relaxing on a sunbed and soaking up the tropical sun, or more of an action-packed day of jet skiing, parasailing, and stand-up paddle boarding. There are Phuket beaches that have what you want, from the lively Patong Beach to the very relaxed and chilled-out Nai Yang Beach set in one of Phuket’s National Parks.

One top tip from us is to try the lesser-known beaches, such as Leam Singh beach which you can only get to by Thai Long Tail boat from Surin Beach, or try a beach on the East coast of Phuket. Bottom line there is a beach in Phuket for you.

Phuket Tourism News – Maya Bay, Turtles And More.

Phuket Tourism News | Episode 1 | January 22, 2023

Welcome to the first episode of our brand-new Phuket Tourism News. Each week Shaun and Jay will bring you weekly Phuket Tourism News. Phuket News that is for you, Phuket News for those coming to Phuket, and Phuket Tourism News is what you need to make sure you have an amazing time when you come on holiday to Phuket.

Maya Bay Closed for 2 days

Maya Bay in Phi Phi, was closed for 2 days, 15th and 16th of January as the Thailand National Parks fixed a few issues with the back entrance to the Bay. Maya Bay is arguably one of the best beaches in the World and with that, it does bring some problems. The major issue is the number of people that want to set foot on the white sand of Maya Bay, which was made famous by the 2000 film “The Beach” staring Leonardo DiCaprio. The Thailand National Parks over the past 2 years started to manage Maya Bay much better with restricting the number of people that visit the bay and managing the bay, with stopping boats enter from the front and not allowing people to swim in the bay which all has some major positive effects, such as Black Tip Reef Sharks coming back to the bay after years of not being there.

We do think that the bay will be shut again in August and or September and once we get official word from the Thailand National Parks then we will let you know.

Changes to the payment of National Park fees

As reported by Shaun and Jay a week ago the way National Park Fees are to be paid has changed. Before when you book a Boat Tour with 5 Star Marine Phuket, we would inform you to bring cash (Thai Baht) with you so that you can pay the entrance fees to the National Parks when you arrive at the park. This could be when you visit Maya Bay in Phi Phi, or James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay. Most Thailand National Park entrance fees are pretty standard, from around 200 THB to 500 THB per adult, and then generally 50% discount for kids and free for infants. As of the 17th of January 2023, ALL Thailand National Park fees will need to be paid online and you will be issued with a digital ticket.

No More Covid Restrictions for arrivals to Thailand

With the Chinese New Year coming, and Chinese now allowed to travel after years of lockdowns many countries had put in restrictions for travelers from China and Thailand had followed suit, however it had not just made these restrictions for travelers from China, but for travelers from every country. This was a few days of crazy back-and-forth information from the Thailand Government, and local Thai Authorities. But after 3 days of not really knowing what would happen it was announced that all restrictions would be dropped straight away.  Great news for the people coming to Thailand and for the Thailand Travel industry. So as of writing, there are NO COVID restrictions for people coming to Thailand.

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in China, and it all starts on January 22nd. Thailand is expecting over 1.8 million tourists to come into the Kingdom during the Chinese New Year. The year of the Rabbit is a symbolic one, as for the past 2 years due to COVID 19 most Chinese New Year celebrations have been very muted. Phuket has a rich Chinese history and Chinese New Year is celebrated across the whole island. One of the best places to go to celebrate this Chinese New Year is in Phuket Old Town where you will find a host of events and happenings as well as traditional lion dances and celebrations at the many Chinese temples located within Phuket Town. Oh, and get ready to eat, as there are hundreds of Chinese street foods and classic traditional Chinese foods to sample.

129 Leatherback turtle eggs found in Phang Nga

The leatherback sea turtle is the largest turtle in the world and they are the only species of sea turtle that lack scales and a hard shell. Last week 129 leatherback sea turtle eggs were discovered in Phang Nga Bay. Growing up to seven feet long and exceeding 2,000 pounds it will be exciting to see what happens over the next few months and we will keep you updated on any hatching news.

Where is the best place to watch a Phuket Sunset?

Phuket has many stunning beaches and viewpoints that all claim to say that they are the best place to watch a Phuket Sunset. As the sun sets on the West Coast you can watch as the sun slowly drops below the horizon, from any of the West Coast beaches, such as Patong beach, Kata beach, Karon beach, Surin beach, Bang Tao beach, and Layan beach. Or if you’re lucky enough to be staying on any of the hillsides at any of these beaches you will also get a stunning Sunset. However, you can also head over to the East Side of the island as the sunsets on this side are as beautiful. Ok, you don’t get the big ball of flame dropping below the horizon, BUT what you do get is the stunning skies changing to a fiery orange, and you could also be having a local Thai BBQ and a cheeky cocktail on Rang Yai Island, at one of the 5 Star Marine’s Sunset BBQ tours.

Watch the full video here:

For more details on this tour click here.

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town

What are the best areas to stay in Phuket?

How about the Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town.

Nestled in the heart of Phuket’s vibrant old town, Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town provides the perfect place to stay and soak up the rich cultural heritage of Southern Thailand. A wealth of shopping, dining and entertainment venues are within easy reach and Phuket’s beautiful beaches are easily accessible.

The hotel’s design reflects traditional Thai arts and crafts, cleverly contrasting with the contemporary style for which Courtyard is so popular around the world. Guests can stay in stylish and spacious rooms and suites, practice their Thai boxing skills in the fitness center or cool off in the outdoor pool with panoramic views of Phuket, while children will be entertained at the kids’ club.

Diners can savor Southern Thai cuisine and international dishes at Krua Talad Yai, or enjoy light refreshments at Kolae pool bar and Talung Lounge. For event planners, several well-equipped function spaces and a grand ballroom are ideal for every occasion, from important business meetings to talk-of-the-town weddings and parties.

Phuket Town
Phuket is a well-known island paradise, famous for its stunning beaches, lush hills, temples, and fun nightlife. But one of its best-kept secrets remains the vibrant neighborhood of Phuket Old Town, AKA Phuket Town or Phuket City. Phuket City, on Phuket, is the capital of Thailand’s Phuket Province. In the Phuket Old Town, the famous Thalang Road is lined with colorful 19th-century shophouses and Sino-Portuguese buildings and during the weekend it hosts one of the biggest walking markets in the whole of Phuket.

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town
With 248 rooms, Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town is an idea place to stay for those wishing to have a central location in Phuket, business travelers, and those looking to be in the middle of the stunning Phuket Town.

The rooms all have:

  • Complimentary high-speed

wireless internet

  • 55-inch wall-mounted LCD TV
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Working desk
  • Telephone
  • Electronic in-room safe
  • Coffee & tea making facilities
  • Minibar
  • Daily complimentary drinking water
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Universal electronic socket

Feeling hungry?

Savor authentic Southern Thai cuisine and popular international dishes at our all-day dining restaurant, which showcases a vibrant culinary marketplace concept with open kitchens and a choice of indoor and outdoor seating.

Connect with your friends, family or colleagues at Talung Lounge, which transforms from a stylish grab & go café by day to a chic bar after dark. Our traditional Thai afternoon tea is served daily – perfect for sharing with a loved one.

Cool down and swim up to our inviting pool bar, which serves refreshing beverages including handcrafted cocktails and local craft beers throughout the day, along with a casual lunch menu and majestic views of Phuket Town.

Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town Facilities

Fitness Center
The Fitness Center is fully equipped for an invigorating workout. From free weights and cardio machines to a Thai boxing area, you’ll find everything you need to stay in shape.

Swimming pool
Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor sparkling swimming pool, an inviting open-air space featuring comfortable sun beds, alfresco dining and panoramic views of Phuket.

Kids Club
Keep your little ones happy at the Kids’ Club, with a full range of entertaining and educational activities, including fun games, arts and crafts.

Events and Happenings
One of the key unique selling points for the Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town is that it features nine function spaces with more than 900 square meters of floorspace, including a 600-guest capacity ballroom – ideal for every type of event, from intimate business meetings to grand social gatherings, including one-of-a-kind weddings.

So, there you are. An awesome hotel in the heart of Phuket Town, and only 15 minutes away from our 5 Star marine pier at Boat Lagoon Marina. If you are interested in booking here are the contact details:

Phone: +66 (0) 76 643 555
Email: [email protected]

National Park Fees Changing

Thailand National Park Fees changing

As of the 17th of January, the way Thailand National Park entrance fees are being paid is changing. How will this affect you and your tours with 5 Star Marine into Phi Phi, Phang Nga Bay, Similan Islands, and all the other Thailand National Parks?

There are more than 140 national parks in Thailand, all offering an authentic menu of adventures so that you can experience the landscapes, wildlife, and nature of Thailand in all its glory, depending on which one you are visiting. The Thailand National Parks cover almost 20% of the Kingdom’s territory, from the north and its mountains to the south and the marine parks, Thailand is a diverse nation.

So, what are the changes?

In the past when you book a Boat Tour with 5 Star Marine Phuket, we would inform you to bring cash (Thai Baht) with you so that you can pay the entrance fees to the National Parks when you arrive at the park. This could be when you visit Maya Bay in Phi Phi, or James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay. (There are others, see below)

Most Thailand National Park entrance fees are pretty standard, from around 200 THB to 500 THB per adult, and then generally 50% discount for kids and free for infants.

As of the 17th of January 2023, ALL Thailand National Park fees will need to be paid online and you will be issued with a digital ticket.

So how does this work? Well simple!

When you arrive at the 5 Star Marine pier at Boat lagoon Marina you will be met by your guide who will help you plan your tour. Once you know where you are going, and more to the point, which National Parks you will be going into, the guide will work out the fees, and all you do is pay our office team cash. They will then arrange the online payment to the National Parks Authority of Thailand and hey presto, you get a digital ticket.

So, I guess you are asking why don’t you just pay it yourself online. Well sadly you need to have a correct tour license and number, to get an online National Park account, as well as a host of other paperwork, and trust me, the Thailand authorities love paper work.

Bottom line is that nothing has really changed, apart from you paying your National Park fees at the office, rather than when you arrive at the National Park.

Check out the video as everything is explained in more detail there.

Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga National Parks

The private boat tours that we offer here at 5 Star Marine Phuket visit some of the most beautiful islands in the world and many of these are within Thailand’s National Parks. Phuket National Parks, include:

Phang Nga National Park

One of the most popular and most photographed islands in Phuket has to be the iconic James Bond Island, it is located in Ao Phang Nga National Park. But, James Bond Island is just one of forty-two karst islands within this marine park. The islands are home to some awesome cliffs, stunning beaches, romantic lagoons, and epic caves, making it a real treat for visitors.

Phi Phi National Park or its real name: Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, Phi Phi Islands National Park

Phi Phi National Park is a world-famous marine park located in Krabi Province south Thailand and covers an area of about 388 km². Phi Phi National Park is known for its beautiful white-sandy beaches, coral reefs, crystal clear waters, and limestone karsts, popular among divers and snorkelers. It is also home to one of the world’s best beaches Maya Bay. That’s right Maya Bay, where the 2000 movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Similan National Park

Similan National Park is a fantastic destination for travelers looking to explore underneath the sea. Found off the west coast of southern Thailand, the Similan National Park is a top location for diving and snorkeling, thanks to its crystal-clear waters, thriving sea life, and vibrant reef.

Than Bok Khorani National Park

The landscape of Than Bok Khorani National Park is dominated by a series of limestone mountains, evergreen forests, mangrove forests, and numerous islands. The main flora is evergreen forest, peat swamp forest, strand forest, and mangrove forest, as well as, various types of marine flora. The awesome Ko Hong or Hong Island is located at the edge of the Than Bok Khorani National Park. Ko Hong is an islet with a secluded, lake-like lagoon, steep limestone formations & white sand beaches.

For more details on any of our destinations click here

Bookings and Enquiries:
Shaun Stenning
+66 (0) 93720 6221
[email protected]