With limited time in Phuket, I was looking for a tour that highlighted the region's scenery. A visit to this national park did just that. I booked a full day tour with Luxury Vacation Phuket.
The highlights for me were: (1) Exploring sea caves at Hong Island via sea canoe. Don't worry, somebody else will do the paddling for you. Be prepared to get your shorts wet, and please remember to give the canoe guy a little tip. (2) Ko Tapu (Nail Island, or better known as James Bond Island) - Be prepared for a little hike around the island to see the sights.
Other stops that were just OK: (1) Ko Panyee - a Moslem village on stilts where we stopped for lunch. A whole town of about 1700 people living above water - you get to see a very different way of life. (2) Rang Yai Island - Hang out at the beach. There's a small bar and restaurant.
What I didn't like: (1) There were so many canoes it was literally gridlock at some of the twisty inlets on Hong Island. (2) James Bond Island is way too popular. You have to share the photo ops with the crowd. No big deal - Arm yourself with some patience and a sense of humor and just enjoy the sights.
The tour company did a competent job. They kept us fairly well on schedule. The speed boat was speedy (as promised). Lunch on Ko Panyee was included in the tour price. They kept us well supplied with cold drinks all day and served fresh fruit (also included in the tour price) on our way back to the marina. Tour price was about US $110, showed me some wonderful scenery and kept me entertained for a full day. I thought it was worth it.
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