Our day trip to Koh Hong Island was one of our favorite experiences during our time in Thailand. We stayed in the Ao Nang area for a few days. We chose to stay at a guesthouse called Krabilife Resort, which was a bit outside of Krabi. The guesthouse was located 5 min from the Klong Muang Beach. This area is not touristy at all, but it has a few restaurants and a supermarket there, so it was okay for us.
It took us about 45 min with the scooter to Krabi town and 20 min to Ao Nang beach. From Ao Nang beach, we visited the famous Railay beach by boat taxi. The taxi costs 200 TB for a return ticket per person (ca. 7$). We checked for the prices for Island hopping from Ao Nang beach and realized that especially private tours are quite expensive in this area. We mostly choose private tours because it gives us the freedom to decide where we want to go and how long we want to stay on the islands.
We decided that we will choose quality over quantity and visit only one Island instead of hopping around all the Islands with a tour. We decided to visit Hong Island.
We booked our private boat to Hong Island at the Klong Muang Beach instead of Ao Nang beach because it was closer and cheaper to start from there.
How to get to Koh Hong Island
If you would like to visit Koh Hong Island or another Island with a private tour, you can book it at the famous Ao Nang beach. But we recommend you to book your tour at another beach where the prices are lower because it’s less touristy.
We just went down to the beach in Klong Muang and asked at the one single place with a sign for boat tours. We ended up paying around 60$ for one day and booked our private tour for the next day.
We recommend you to start your tour early in the morning because it will be worth it to be on the Island before everyone else. We started at 6.30 am. It took us about 45 min to get to Koh Hong Island.
Benefits of choosing only one island
When we arrived at Koh Hong Island, we were utterly alone. It was such an incredible feeling having such a paradisiac island with white sand beach and the most transparent turquoise water entirely for us. We spent more than one hour without any other people around, and we enjoyed this time so much.
After 9 am, it started to get busy. At 10 am, it was completely crowded. But soon we realized that the boat tours have their schedules, and it happened a few times that day that at some point, everyone left and the beach was empty again.
We were thrilled that we chose quality over quantity and spent our whole day on Koh Hong Island. We did snorkeling in the beautiful water and drank some coconuts at the beach. We brought a picnic for lunch with some fruits and nuts to save some money. But there is a restaurant on the island too if you prefer that.
Before we returned to Krabi, we aksed our boat driver to take us to the Koh Hong Lagoon on the other side of the island. We urge you to go there too, as the color of the turquoise water there is impressive. Please note that you can only swim there from the boat because there is no beach to stop.