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12 Day Expedition

6 Dec 2019 - 18 Dec 2019

฿82000

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12 day sea kayaking expedition

This is our longest expedition with 10 days of kayaking and 2 rest days in Koh Mak and Koh Kood.

During the expedition we cover in excess of 200km, travelling to the very south of the Marine National Park whilst circumnavigating the remote island of Koh Kood. This journey is for experienced kayakers only, as it involves many open water crossings and sometimes exciting sea conditions.

Our extended expedition takes in all the highlights of the 7 day tour as well as the lesser known areas of Koh Kood that offer a rare glimpse of local Thai life. Expect to become the centre of attention in the stunning fishing village of Ao Salat and earn your relaxing stay on the white sandy beaches of Ao Prao.

What’s Included

All meals on expedition are provided apart from breakfast, lunch and evening meal on the familiarisation day and food on any rest days. Clients are required to bring sufficient money to purchase their own meals on this day/s. Drinking water is supplied throughout the expedition, other drinks are at your cost. Accommodation is provided for the familiarisation day and the remaining expedition days. The night of the final day of the expedition (back on Koh Chang) is at your cost.  Accommodation is in twin share rooms (doubles for couples) only, if there are no twin rooms available, you will be placed in your own room (at S.E.A. cost).  If you require your own room throughout the expedition, there will be an additional cost.

Additional Costs

Food (rest days) and Travel Insurance (kayak specific).

View Itinerary

All Expeditions begin with a Familiarisation Day

Day 1

Bang Bao – Koh Klum – Koh Wai  (18 km)

From the beach we are afforded a panoramic view of the Islands that await us.  Once we have packed our kayaks and orientated ourselves we set out for the western tip of Koh Klum, an open water crossing of 7km.  Before you know it, the first of numerous Islands has been reached.  After a little rock hopping and exploration we arrive at our Lunch spot (packed)

Having eaten and had a swim we continue our journey to Koh Wai.  The crossing to Koh Wai is a 4km crossing and is done in only a short time.  On arriving on the West coast we turn left along the north coast. Our first destination on Koh Wai is the aptly named Paradise Beach which serves up the best coffee and fantastic snorkelling. 

From this point we contour around the South coast for 4km to our resort for the night, Koh Wai Beach Resort.  Facilities include Wifi, Hot showers, A/C and restaurant.

Day 2

Koh Wai – Koh Kra – Koh Rang Yai and Circumnavigation  (23 km)

Departing Koh Wai we look South West over the open sea towards Koh Rang.  Koh Rang Yai is a protected National Park island inhabited only by the Thai navy.  9Km of open sea lies ahead of us before we land at the idyllic Koh Kra.  It would be wrong not to stop and snorkel in the crystal clear waters of this stunning island. 

From Koh Kra, a short 2Km paddle gets us to the turquoise bay, where we will spend the night, in our spacious, well kept Military surplus tents. We camp just off the beaches edge, a wonderful contrast from all the other evenings accommodation, which provides a great outdoor experience.  Here we will have lunch (packed).  

After lunch we unload our kayaks, ready to kayak light.  We now have the opportunity (optional) to explore the island further.  Circumnavigating Koh Rang Yai is a delight, with interesting rock formations and wild flora, it is a sea kayaker’s heaven.  This final section of the days paddle adds 10 km on to the days total, but it’s worth every stroke. 

When we arrive back to camp, the tents will be up and ready to occupy and the coffee (real coffee) will be in the pot.  To facilitate a good nights sleep, S.E.A.Kayaking provide inflatable pillows and airbed.

Day 3

Koh Rang Yai – Koh Mak (12 km)

A morning of underwater exploration awaits us.  Just around the corner from our departure are two, first class snorkel spots.  A deep water entry allows us VIP access to the beautiful coral reefs and  huge shoals of fish.  After our exploration we re-enter our kayaks and head towards Koh Mak.  With a breathtaking northerly view of the islands visited so far and the ones still to come, this crossing is one to remember.   As we approach the west tip of Koh Mak, Lava Tubes and caves await.   One last push into Koh Mak’s southern bay brings us to our place of rest for the evening and day 4 (rest day).  

Once unpacked and showered we head for Lunch (restaurant) and additional information about the Island and its attractions.  We meet next for evening meal.  If you wish to use the kayaks during the afternoon and rest day that is not a problem (see booking conditions)

Our Resort provides a perfect location with stunning views, close access to the local cafes, restaurants and bars and great facilities.

Day 4 – Rest Day

Koh Mak is the most beautiful of all the islands(my opinion) and exploring it is very easy.  If you choose to get out and about you have various options for transport including Taxi, motorbike (moped), bicycle and of course on foot.

Day 5

Koh Mak – Ao Salat – Koh kood  (20 km)

Departing Koh Mak we head east towards the southernmost tip of Koh Mak, from here we set out to Koh Kood, the second largest island in the national park.  After a 7km open water paddle we finally reach our beach and lunch spot (packed).  On reaching Koh Kood the first thing that you notice is the clarity of the water and the sparseness of population, this is the theme for the next 4 days.  Kayaking to Koh Kood is magical.  Tourists go there by speed boat or other means, so to kayak there, according to the Thai community is “BA” (crazy). 

We continue our journey heading North around the top of the Island, then down the east coast to Ao Salat, which is home to a huge Golden Buddha, that looks over Ao Salat.  On arriving at Ao Salat , a stunning fishing village, with all the homes and businesses set out along the pier, you quickly become aware that the locals see very few tourists and never see sea kayaks, so we soon become the centre of attraction.  

Our accommodation Ao Salat View Resort, is situated at the far end of the pier, not on it, set in its own grounds with beautiful rooms and swimming pool.

Day 6

Ao Salat – Ao Prao  (28 km)

This is the longest day of the expedition, however it is easily managed as the wonderful variety of scenes that we encounter along the way and the numerous opportunities that we get to explore them, take our minds off the distance needed to be covered.  The east coast of Koh Kood is all, but for a few hardy souls, uninhabited.  For 25km we see nothing but lush jungle. Only in the far south of the Island in Ao Yai do we get to civilisation, lunch and a cold Coke await (restaurant).  On leaving Ao Yai, refreshed, we set out to round the southernmost point of Koh Kood.  On the way we pass a navy outpost – we assume they are there to watch out for illegal immigrants from Cambodia as Koh Kood is the nearest Thailand Island.

The final few kilometres are in the bay of Ao Prao, it is a pleasure to behold -Our resort, the Klong Hin Beach Resort, with a pure white sandy beach, which could grace any brochure and clear water.  It is an oasis. 

Day 7

Ao Prao – Ao Klong Chao = 12 km

A day of leisure,  relatively speaking.  We are presented with an opportunity to meander around the coastline soaking up all the vistas that are on show.  We make our way to our next two night’s accommodation (Day 8 is a rest day) via a series of stunning white sand beaches.  It is only right and proper that we set foot on the places, for several reasons, for a swim, to take a photo and the main reason because we have earned the right! 

Very quickly we have arrived at our resort, The S Beach Resort.  Not only is it a wonderful place to stay, it is also well located to make the most of your rest day. 

Once unpacked and showered we head for Lunch (restaurant) and additional information about the Island and its attractions.  We meet next for evening meal.  If you wish to use the kayaks during the afternoon and rest day that is not a problem (see booking conditions)

Day 8 – Rest Day

Same as Koh Mak, this is another wonderful place to explore and with various option with which to do that.

Day 9

Ao Klong Chao – Koh Mak  (26 km)

Having had all our aches and pains massaged out, we are fit and ready to go on yet another long day.  Today is about kayaking back to the point where we first started our journey around Koh Kood, so that we can say ‘we did it’.  The only way I can describe the remainder of our journey up the west coast, is that it is like travelling through a holiday brochure of, ‘The beaches of Thailand’.  You will be compelled to stop and take photos.  The kayak becomes purely a means of transport, enabling us to get to these magnificent places. 

Lunch (packed) is on one of these stunning beaches, lets choose on the day.

Having reached the starting/finish point, we break out west into the open water (7.5km) back to Koh Mak.  We arrive tired at our splendid accommodation of Plum Pla (subject to change), but soon perk up when we see our surroundings fo the night.

Day 10

Koh Mak – Koh Kham – Koh Bai Dang – Koh Ngam  (22 km)

Making our way around the Eastern point of Koh Mak, we continue to contour along the north coast, to our Lunch spot (packed). After lunch we set out on our 6km open water crossing to to Koh Bai Dang, where we will make and play our way up the West coast.  The final leg of our journey takes us to Koh Ngam and our stunning Island camp spot for the night.  The crossing from Koh Bai Dang to Koh Ngam is only 4.5km.  

The camp site on Koh Ngam is run by the Navy, the same as Koh Rang and as such our tents will be set up for us on arrival.  To facilitate a good nights sleep S.E.A. kayaking will provide inflatable pillows and mattress.  Evening meal and breakfast will be prepared by S.E.A.Kayaking staff.

There is an optional Hotel upgrade available at 3000THB per room.  The resort is situated just across the bay.

Day 11

Koh Ngam – Salak Phet – Bang Bao  (20 km)

Koh Ngam- Salak Phet- Bang Bao 20km 

Setting out north across the bay to Koh Chang, we then, keeping Koh Chang on our right contour our way to Salak Phet Bay via Koh Phrao Nol and Koh Phrao Nai, from the northern tip of Koh Phrao Nai we kayak into the mangrove river for a short excursion.  From here we then head for lunch in Salak Phet (restaurant).

After Lunch we kayak out of Salak phet bay and head due west along the south coast of Koh Chang, stopping at Wai Chaek Beach along the way, before coming into Bang Bao and our resort.

Day 12

Koh Chang West Coast = 14.5 km

The west coast of Koh Chang has some of the most breathtaking rock formations in the National Park. With 8 Km of inaccessible coastline ahead, our journey up the west coast offers us ample opportunity to express ourselves. Gliding between rocks, carving turns testing our skills against the waves, there are challenges for all abilities during this first section of the day. Playing in and with both the conditions and the environment we find ourselves in, is what kayaking is all about.

Alas the excitement ends as we make our way around, Bailan Bay headland, one last flurry of interest presents itself as there are several shallow caves that have extensive bat populations. Lunch on Lonely Beach, is our next port of call. The remaining 3km back to The Emerald Cove offers us a time to reflect on our journey and revel in our achievement.

Distances

Day 1 : 18 km
Day 2 : 23 km
Day 3 : 12 km
Day 5 : 20 km
Day 6 : 29 km
Day 7 : 12 km
Day 9 : 26 km
Day 10 : 22 km
Day 11 : 20 km
Day 12 : 14.5 km
Longest Crossing: 11 km

Details

Start:
6 Dec 2019
End:
18 Dec 2019
Cost:
฿82000
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