Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Ao Phang Nga National Park Kayaking Tour

Ao Phang Nga Bay National Park is a world class sea kayaking destination.  However, that means that it's popularity can cause crowds.  Luckily, there are plenty of secluded tropical islands where no one else goes.  Koh Chong Lat in the far northern part of Ao Phang Nga Bay is one such place.

This island features stunning limestone cliffs, loads of small secluded beaches, verdant jungle, and a good variety of wildlife.  Crab-eating Macaque sights are common as are several kingfisher species including the gorgeous Brown-winged Kingfisher (which is mostly bright orange), the Common Kingfisher, the brilliant blue Collared Kingfisher, and the Black-capped Kingfisher.

Additionally, there are a few sea caves that you can poke around in with your sea kayak.  There is one massive shallow cave that you can paddle into to gaze at the many unique stalactites.

If you're interested in sea kayaking in Ao Phang Nga Bay National Park and you don't want to see other visitors, go with Paddle Asia.  Besides having the only fleet of proper sit-inside kayaks, the only guides who are trained to international safety standards, Paddle Asia specializes in getting away from everyone else.  For more information, see http://www.paddleasia.com/destinations/phang_nga.htm 

Sea kayaking in Ao Phang Nga Bay

A variety of delicious Thai food is served during the adventure

Sea kayaking in Ao Phang Nga Bay

Sea kayaking in Ao Phang Nga Bay

Chong Lat Sea kayaking in Ao Phang Nga Bay

Sea cave kayaking Ao Phang Nga Bay

Sea kayaking in Ao Phang Nga Bay

Sea kayaking in Ao Phang Nga Bay

Ao Phang Nga Bay secluded beach on Koh Chong Lat island
One of the many, many secluded beaches on Koh Chong Lat in Ao Phang Nga Bay.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Krabi sea cave kayaking in mangrove forest

Sometimes we'll explore the Thalane area of Krabi Province.  We do this with repeat guests who have seen the other areas we offer already and sometimes we visit Krabi on longer trips.  The Thalane area is full of mangrove channels to explore, there is one hong to visit, and there is the famous 'canyon' as well.

Krabi kayaking is not something that we regularly offer as the area is prone to have big big mass tourism day trip groups.

Sea canoeing trip in Krabi canyon
The famous Krabi Canyon kayaking trip.

Hidden hong in Thalane Krabi
The hong in Thalane in Krabi

Kayaking in Krabi mangrove forest
Mangrove channel sea kayaking in Thalane, Krabi

Sea cave and hong in Krabi
This is the cave leading out of the hong in Thalane, Krabi

Sea kayaking in Krabi mangrove forests
There are endless mangrove channels in the Krabi mangrove

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Phang Nga Bay family holiday package

Paddle Asia offers the ultimate family holiday package. You can experience the bay without seeing other visitors. Activities include kayaking, visiting secluded beaches to swim and snorkel, jumping off of the longtail boat, and enjoying all of the wonderful things that Koh Yao Noi has to offer.  

Koh Yao Noi is one of the most culturally intact islands in Thailand.  Besides the very relaxing bungalows, there are wonderful dining opportunities, shopping opportunities, and sight-seeing around this gorgeous island.

For more information, visit http://www.paddleasia.com/destinations/phang_nga.htm

Phang Nga Bay family holiday package
Jump off of our private longtail while being surrounded by world class scenery

Phang Nga Bay family holiday package
We have very comfortable two-person kayaks for parent and child

Phang Nga Bay family holiday package
Relax in crystal clear warm water

Phang Nga Bay family holidays
You can have secluded beaches and coves all to yourself.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Thailand jungle survival TV show

Here's a nice video from the BBC with my buddy Henry Golding.  I did this last year.http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01tx3tz

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Koh Yao Noi cooking class in Phang Nga Bay

You can participate in a cooking class on our Phang Nga Bay kayaking tour on Koh Yao Noi. Thai food is of course world renown for it uniqueness. You will learn how to make some of the famous dishes as well as some lesser-known dishes. http://www.paddleasia.com/destinations/phang_nga.htm

Koh Yao Noi cooking class
Learn how to make a variety of Thai dishes
Koh Yao Noi cooking class
Scraping coconut

Koh Yao Noi cooking class
Cooking class on Koh Yao Noi

Phang Nga Bay cooking class
Making Thai food is actually fairly easy.

Phang Nga Bay cooking class
Your cooking teachers are masters at making Thai food.  They are also very good at explaining how to do it.

Khao Sok National Park tour waterfalls

We found this lovely waterfall in a remote part of Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park. As with most places where we go in the park, there was no one else around. 

Pics by our good friend/guest Valts Vilnitis from Latvia.

Khao Sok waterfalls
Khao Sok lake secret waterfall

Khao Sok National Park waterfall
This is a waterfall from a trek that is near the viewpoint hike.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Thailand jungle trekking tours to Khao Sok National Park

Arguably the best place to go trekking in Thailand is Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand. There are quite a few trails in the national park, but our favorite excursions involve hiking up creeks.

Creeks allow access deep into the tropical jungle.  Even when the water is a bit high, this is easy going.  Once deep in the jungle, you can do little side trails to explore.

Paddle Asia has been going to Khao Sok since the early '90s.  We love exploring off the beaten path destinations and Khao Sok is ideal for this. The park is huge.  There are dozens upon dozens of creeks to explore, mountains to climb, and even though there aren't really a lot of well-marked trails, we're experts at making out way off-trail.  That is what sets us apart. Navigating through the thick, verdant tropical jungle without getting lost is our forte.  In addition to seeing old-growth jungle on these hikes, you'll be treated to learning about wild edible plants.  It's a 'full package' experience hiking in the jungle with our guides.

For more information on our Thailand jungle trekking tours in Khao Sok National Park, see http://paddleasia.com/destinations/khao_sok.htm

Thailand jungle trekking
Thailand jungle trekking tours in Khao Sok National Park