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.
All meals on expedition are provided apart from breakfast, lunch and evening meal on the familiarisation day. Clients are required to bring sufficient money to purchase their own meals on this day. Drinking water is supplied throughout the expedition. Accommodation is provided for the familiarisation day and the remaining expedition days up to and including the final night prior to arriving back on the final day of the expedition. Accommodation is mainly in double rooms, twin rooms are very hard to find on the islands.
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All Expeditions begin with a Familiarisation Day
This day is all about getting to know each other (expedition participants and your guide) and all the equipment we will be using. We meet in our office at The Emerald Cove, Klong Prao, at 12 noon. At this point we discuss the route and complete paperwork, such as medical/contact forms and answer any questions our customers have.
We go our separate ways for lunch and for you to check into your hotel for the night, which is a short distance away.
We meet up again at 3pm. This session is about getting out onto the water and introducing you to our safety procedures and the boats. We fit each person to a boat that is suitable to their height and weight and then get onto the water. We use this time on the water to assess customer ability and give input to improve forward paddling skills. After this session your boat will be fitted to you and ready to go in the morning.
The ‘Familiarisation Day’ is included within the identified dates for the expedition, and is held on the first day of every expedition before the main activity begins on the second day.
Bang Bao – Koh Klum – Koh Wai = 18 km
Bang Bao is a beach on the south coast of Koh Chang. It is the starting point for all of our multi-day expeditions. From the beach we are rewarded a panoramic view of the islands that await us. Once we have packed our kayaks and orientated ourselves we set out for Koh Klum, an open water crossing of 7km. This is a challenging start but none the less it is very achievable. Before you know it, the journey to first of the numerous islands has been achieved.
Having eaten and had a swim we continue our journey to Koh Wai. The crossing to Koh Wai is only 4km and is done in a short time. On arriving we bear left along the north coast, this stretch gives us much to enjoy – the aptly named ‘Paradise Beach’ with snorkelling, wonderful coffee and the beach isn’t bad either. Our next destination on Koh Wai is one of the best snorkelling spots in the whole park. From this point we have just 2km to our resort for the night, Koh Wai Beach Resort with hot water, AC, and Wi-Fi facilities. Khun Pan, the owner, is the host with most.
Koh Wai – Koh Kra – Koh Rang Yai and Circumnavigation = 23 km
As we peak our bows around the east tip of Koh Wai, a notorious looking island sits proud on the horizon. Koh Rang Yai is a protected National Park island inhabited only by the Thai navy. 12 Km of open sea lies before us and this section of the trip is where we are mostly likely to encounter exciting weather and sea state.
As we approach the collection of 8 islands covered in dense vivid jungle, you gain a scope of how wild our surrounding environment is; a playground of mass rock, deep water coral reefs and stunning views. Koh Kra serves as an idyllic island for lunch with a front row seat view of Koh Rang Yai’s east coast, allowing us to soak up the full scale of its beauty.
From Koh Kra, a short 2Km paddle gets us to the turquoise bay and provides the stunning view from our campsite for the next 10 hours. Spacious, well kept Military surplus tents await our arrival, set back just off the beaches edge. This is a contrast from all the other evening’s accommodation but provides a great outdoor experience with comfy roll mats and sleeping bags.
Once we have unloaded our overnight bags, we then have the option to explore the island further. Circumnavigating Koh Rang Yai is a delight, as with each sister island comes more interesting rock formations and wild flora, and the west coast of the island is a sea kayaker’s heaven. This final section of the day’s paddle adds 10 km to the total but it’s worth every stroke.
Koh Rang Yai – Koh Mak = 10 km
A morning of underwater exploration waits just around the corner from our departure off Koh Rang Yai, fuelled by breakfast pancakes on the beach. Two first class snorkel spots are sustained by Koh Yuak Nai and Nok, perching in the crystal clear water less than a 1 km off the coast. A deep water entry allows us VIP access to the lively coral reefs that inhabit a huge amount of fish. When we have all managed to re-enter our crafts, we begin the 8 Km open crossing to 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, we gain an insight as to what lies ahead; overwhelmingly sheer volcanic tubular rock shoots out of the water, creating cavernous openings and playful wave spot.
One last push into Koh Maks southern bay brings us to our place of rest for the evening and day 4. The Makathanee provides a perfect location with stunning views, close access to the local cafes, restaurants and bars, and great facilities aiding us to rejuvenate our energies ready for the second half of the trip.
Day 4 – Rest Day
Koh Mak – Ao Salat – Koh kood = 22 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. 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. Very few 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. 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 for the locals. Our accommodation is a beautiful home stay owned by a local government official.
The next 3 days are spent hugging the coast line and playing in the varied rock formations that are presented to us. Proper sea kayaking!!
Ao Salat – Ao Prao = 30 km
After a good night’s sleep we launch our boats, this is both a refreshing start and a source of entertainment to the local fisherman. 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 (and a cold Coke). On leaving Ao Yai, refreshed, we set out to round the southernmost point of Koh Chang Marine Park. 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 – with a pure white sandy beach and clear water, it is an oasis. Our resort is in the furthest western corner of the bay. On arriving it is worth the effort; based on the river it is a calm, tranquil and beautiful resort.
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, which is on the beach. Not only is it a wonderful place to stay, it is also well located to make the most of your rest day.
Day 8 – Rest Day
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 and it ceases to be the primary activity.
Having reached the starting/finish point, we break out west into the open water back to Koh Mak. On arrival we are back in familiar territory, the splendid accommodation of Little Moon Villas. A well deserved hot shower and perhaps a little Air Conditioning will rejuvenate us.
Koh Mak – Koh Kham – Koh Bai Dang – Koh Chan – Koh Maissi Yai – Koh Ngam = 23.5 km
Boasted as one of the best days offered on our longer expeditions, an island hopping adventure lies ahead with supreme opportunities to practice developed paddling skills along the way. As we creep around the west coast of Koh Mak taking advantage of every nook and cranny a natural playground presents itself, this environment is where our quality sea kayaks perform at their best. 6 Km from base, around the corner, nestled in the shallow lagoon off the north shore of Koh Mak, is the Island of Koh Kham, a pristine white sand island awaiting our landing.
After lunch and a swim we set out North, heading for the Island of Koh Bai Dang a 7Km open water crossing that presents the opportunity to ‘Name the Island’. It usually ends up a guessing game as once easily recognised Islands, are now transformed in light of our new positional perspective. From one paradise to another our day continues to provide interest and activity. From Koh Bai Dang to Koh Chan and then Koh Massi Yai we continue to have fun. Our final destination for the day is Koh Ngam. Entering the southern bay of Koh Ngam in the late afternoon light presents wonderful photographic opportunities.
Koh Ngam – Koh Lao Nai – Koh Chang = 16.5 km
With Koh Chang shadowing over us in its enormity, we begin with a short morning paddle 5km to a beautiful set of islands Koh Lao Nai, with possibilities to snorkel, explore or just lay back and enjoy the sun. After lunch we set off on a coastal adventure, by now everyone is kayaking on form and making the most of the scattered rocks creating lovely play areas. A total of 11km guides us along the south coast of Koh Chang where we can visit Secret Beach only accessible by boat. This evening is spent in the delightfully bustling fishing village Bang Bao (Bang Bao Paradise Home Stay) full of traditional Thai markets, a great place to gather souvenirs.
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.
Day 1 : 18 km
Day 2 : 23 km
Day 3 : 10 km
Day 5 : 22 km
Day 6 : 30 km
Day 7 : 12 km
Day 9 : 26 km
Day 10 : 23.5 km
Day 11 : 16.5 km
Day 12 : 14.5 km
Longest Crossing: 11 km