Shades of Gray

HK Magazine - - TRAVEL -

John Gray’s Sea Ca­noe tours should be on ev­ery Phuket trav­eler’s bucket list.

The “Hong by Starlight” day trip takes you to Phang Nga Bay via dou­ble decker boat. Switch­ing to a kayak pad­dled by a per­sonal guide, you’ll ex­plore the la­goons, sea caves and donut-shaped is­lands, known as hongs, dot­ted along the coast.

Pad­dling out into pris­tine sunny bays, views ri­val the famed James Bond Is­land near Koh Phi Phi—just with­out the crowds. You’ll see man­grove-lined basins full of crus­taceans and mud­skip­pers, and pitch-black caves in­hab­ited by bats (and thick with the stench of guano). One cave leads to a fur­ther ver­dant clear­ing where long-tailed macaques watch cu­ri­ously from the branches above.

As the sun sets, you’ll learn to make a tra­di­tional Thai krathong flower of­fer­ing to present to the sea as a ges­ture of thanks, fol­low­ing a de­li­cious din­ner cooked fresh on board. A sweep of the wa­ter in the night-dark la­goon ac­ti­vates sparkling bi­o­lu­mi­nes­cent plank­ton like tiny un­der­wa­ter fire­works, a magical end­ing to the day.

Hong By Starlight Day Trip group tours THB3,950 ($880) per per­son from johngray-sea­ca­

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