Finding tranquility in Cathedral-like Hong 

The shallow lagoon outside the hong

The Hong at Koh Hong can only be entered by dinghy or small motor boat from the shallow lagoon outside at high to middle tide. Fortunately for us, the day we entered it the tide was up early in the morning before any of the tourist boats arrived. 

Tourist boats full of people who want to Kayak in the Hong
We explored this peaceful, cathedral-like Hong with Rita and Dave from Beach House who were anchored near us in the picturesque anchorage between Koh Hong and Koh Nae Khae. 

Rita and Dave from Beach House
Is that the entrance?

The towering cliffs of Koh Hong in the anchorage provided not only wonderful protection from the wind but also a stunning backdrop for us to feast our eyes on. 

The towering cliffs in our anchorage
The ancient cliffs are intriguingly striated with intense orange, ochre and bronze stripes. If you painted a picture of them as they really are people would criticise it for being overdone and exaggerated.

Photos cannot do justice to the colours of the cliffs

 It is impossible to catch it in a photograph but the intensity and vibrancy of the colours against the misty green of the water below and the stronger green of the trees above will always be locked in my memory. 

Bali Hai at anchor, Koh Hong

As we entered the Hong that early morning in June we were struck by the tranquillity of this beautiful enclosed pool. 

In the dinghy on our way to the hong
Rita and Dave find the entrance to the hong
In they go

Huge cliffs loomed high all around us with only a small cave entrance at one end and another slightly larger gap in the other. 

Entering the hong in our dinghy
Looking up towards the far-off sky

As we craned our necks up the large chimney of sheer sided cliffs the pale blue sky seemed a lifetime away. 

The sky is a long, long way up!

It felt awe inspiring to be in this magnificent structure created by nature over thousands of years. 

Looking back at the entrance to the hong
This should give an idea of the suze of the hong

We exited the Hong via the small open water entrance and motored slowly round the island poking into the entrances to caves and marvelling at the rugged beauty of this imposing place. 

The open water entrance (and our exit) of the hong
Such a beautiful view
Some of these islands next!

Later that day we decided to visit the Rangers’ station on Koh Yai as we had heard that there was a hiking trail behind it. 

The Rangers were very welcoming and were very happy for us to wander behind the station. Sadly there was no trail that we could find – just a rather muddy area surrounded by steep rocky hills. 

The Rangers’ dog
Beach House heading South

Rita and Dave left the following day to travel South as they were meeting some friends visiting from Australia.

Got to jump off the boat at least once a day

We left travelling North to explore a little more of Phang Nga Bay for the last few days of our daughter’s visit. 

Exploring caves

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

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