Often cited amongst the world’s finest beach destinations, Phuket is a paradise of fine white sand, nodding palm trees and lively towns but its proximity to a wealth of stunning destinations is what makes it the perfect starting point for any Andaman adventure.
From the famous Phang Nga Bay to Koh Tapu, and Krabi to the Racha Islands, the region is characterized by vertical limestone karsts, majestic rock formations, mangroves, small desert islands and coral reefs. The list is endless, and we know them all!
Before we get started, let us remind you that all AGY cruises are characterised by the utmost in service and we pride ourselves on our greatest asset, our people, always on hand to deliver an experience like no other. From knowing when and where to visit at the perfect time to the finest cuisine, rest assured that every day will be a pleasure born out of years of understanding and knowledge of the region and our guests.
So, without further ado, sit back and let you mind wander as we describe a journey made just for you.
Departing from Phuket, with the wind in our hair, we make our way through stunning waters to our first destination of Koo Haa, five lovely limestone islands located on the west of Koh Lanta. Koh Haa Yai is the largest of the five, a tropical paradise in which to relax and enjoy a day of snorkelling, scuba-diving or simply taking in the scenery.
For a truly breath-taking experience, we visit the underwater caves the islands are famous for, where you will be mesmerised as the natural light shines down, illuminating the translucent beauty below.
As you relax on deck with a cool glass of rose, you can only dream of how life can be any better, before drifting into your most relaxed sleep in a long time.
As you awake on your first full day to witness sunrise while stretching away that built up stress of the last few months, breakfast is served on deck, in your new stunning surrounds. As you relax and find your sea-legs, we make way for the tiny paradise of Koh Rok, 30km south of Koh Lanta. Take in the majesty of the region before arriving for a sumptuous lunch, to energise you for the afternoon ahead.
Small, rugged and mostly unspoilt, Koh Rok is home to an impressive coral reef system, where you may encounter sea turtles, moray eels and black-tip reef sharks. On land, the beauty is equally abundant with Koh Rok Waterfall being a must visit.
By now you have really unwound and it’s time to succumb to the wonders of cruise life. Rest easy tonight as adventure and discovery awaits in the morning.
The next few days take us cruising in and around one of the most stunning regions the world has to offer, with culture, diving, white sand beaches and stunning views all located either in or on the verge of the Tarutao National Marine Park. Depending on tides and times our experienced crew will navigate you through this special place.
On the outskirts of the National Marine Park, slightly off the beaten track and a wonder to behold, you will find an L-shape island, named Koh Lipe, a haven for snorkelling and diving, with its coral reefs easily accessible from the four main beaches. With a colorful history and gorgeous white beaches, the island was originally only inhabited by Sea Gypsies, the Chao Ley, who named it Koh Lipe.
The location of the Tarutao National Park Ranger Station 5, Koh Adang is notable for its high mountains of dense forest, contrasting with a beautiful fine, sandy beach. A fantastic hiking destination, Koh Adang features an incredible viewpoint, historically used by pirates to spot commercial ships, ripe for plunder. On the way up, be sure to pass by the Chon Salad waterfall, a perfect stop on the 40-minute hike to the peak, where you overlook pine trees and the sandy cape.
Just 1km away is the serene island of Koh Rawi, home to Ranger Station 6, and a diving paradise with crystal-clear water. Not far away is yet another small island in the Satun Sea, well worth a visit. Koh Palai features beautiful bays with abundant coral reefs where clownfish, anemones and many other large groups of species can be witnesses in their tropical splendour.
The final highlight of this extraordinary group of islands is an enchanting tropical oasis, small enough to cross is matter of minutes. Step into the shallow water of Koh Khai and be surrounded by colourful exotic fish in moments. Swimming and snorkelling the spectacular, shallow reef are the order of the day or you may simply admire the views with a glass of something cold in hand.
After an incredible few days, it’s time get your head down as we sail through the night to Koh Kradan.
Claimed by many to feature the most beautiful beaches in Thailand, Koh Kradan is home to emerald, crystal-clear water, stunning scenery and privacy and with four beaches, all equal in majesty, you are spoilt for choice.
Koh Kradan Beach is on the east of the island and with its shallow-water coral and tropical fish make it a popular site for snorkelling. Ao Niang sits on the south and the northern side of the island hides a smaller but very beautiful sandy beach called Ao Pai. Ao Chong Lom Beach on the west coast is a must visit and more than worth the walk up the hill for the sunset views of Koh Rok.
Not far away is a slightly larger island, compared to its neighbours, Koh Muk, home to Tham Morakot, a dazzling sea cave. To access the cave, one must swim through a small entrance hole for 80m. With light from the outside, emerald water can be seen inside the cave and truly must be seen to be believed.
After a cavernous afternoon you’ll likely be ravenous, and rest assured the team will be ready with another delicious dinner on board your floating home.
It’s the penultimate day, where has the time gone? That’s what they say when you’re having fun, but fear not, we’re not quite done, and we’ve saved some of the best until last.
Before we arrive at the Raileh Peninsular let’s take a moment to visit the picture-perfect circular island that is Koh Poda. Less than a km in diameter, covered in palm trees, surrounded by soft white sand and a coral reef just 20m offshore this is truly a desert island dream, where memories will surely be made.
Railay Beach, despite the name, is in fact a small peninsula with four beaches. Now more popular than before, Railay remains one of Thailand’s most sought-after beach areas, but our team know the best times to beat the crowd. Just south of Ao Nang Beach, around a rocky headland and accessible only by boat, Railay presents a tranquil and extraordinary world. In just one small peninsula you’ll find gorgeous white sand beaches, soaring limestone cliffs, viewpoints, caves and a lagoon hidden inside the cliffs, shaped and fed by the changing tides. All within walking distance and a perfect end to a perfect week.
As we prepare for the journey back to Phuket it’s time to reflect on an experience of a lifetime and memories that will last even longer.
There is nothing better in life than time on the water with people that matter, and our goal is to make that statement true for you.
So, if you feel like savouring sunshine in style while taking in the breath-taking scenery of the Andaman Sea get in touch and we can prepare an experience for you.
Koh Haa Yai is the largest one. It has a small, sandy beach and a shallow bay. Koh Haa is a great place for snorkeling or to kayak between the islands. Koh Ha is a great spot to drop anchor for the night and also a beautiful spot for scuba diving, featuring lots of large fish, small marine life and a variety of crabs and octopus.
Koh Rok is tiny paradises 30 km south of Koh Lanta. Small, rugged and mostly unspoilt, they're home to an impressive coral reef system, where divers and snorkelers can encounter sea turtles, moray eels and black-tip reef sharks. On land, on Rok Nai, the beautiful Koh Rok Waterfall is well worth seeing.
Koh Lipe is small L-shaped island, in the South Thailand’s Satun Province is situated on the outskirts of the Tarutao National Marine Park. Originally only inhabited by Sea Gypsies, the Chao Ley, who named the island Koh Lipe, the island and its surroundings are a haven for snorkeling and diving. Its coral reefs are easily accessible from the islands four main beaches. With a colorful history and gorgeous white beaches, Koh Lipe is slightly off the beaten track and a wonder to behold.
Koh Adang is the location of the Tarutao National Park Ranger Station 5 (Laem Son-Ko Adang). The island has an area of around 30 sq km, with a beautiful beach of fine sand. It is surrounded by small islands, such as Koh Lipe, Koh Dong, Koh Hin Ngam and Koh Yang, and is an ideal place for skin-diving. Geographically, it features high mountains covered with dense green forests. There is a waterfall called “Namtok Chon Salat” which has water flowing all year round. On the island, there is also a viewpoint called “Pha Chado” which was an observatory point for pirates in the past to attack commercial ships. Nowadays, it is a beautiful viewpoint which requires a 40-minute walk to reach the top. An open ground on Pha Chado or the Chado cliff overlooks lines of pine trees and the white sandy cape of Koh Adang and Koh Lipe. The viewpoint is also best for a sunrise for an overnight stay on Koh Adang.
Koh Rawi is located just one kilometre from Ko Adang. This island has an area of about 29 sq km, with a beautiful beach, crystal clear sea, and serenity. It is the location of the Tarutao National Park Ranger Station 6 (Hat Sai Khao). There is no accommodation on the island. Visitors usually come here to enjoy swimming and diving on the coral reef.
Koh Palai is another island that is a tourist attraction at the Satun Sea. This island is a small island. There are beautiful bays for diving. All coral reefs are abundant. where clownfish and anemones live in large groups including a variety of coral fish species.
Koh Khai is an island located between Koh Adang and Koh Rawi in Satun province. It is not only the way to these 2 islands, but also an outstanding island with a human-size rock archway which you can go through it. This rock archway has become the emblem of Satun province. Koh Khai is famous for its white sandy beach with an egg-like color and crystal clear water. This island is the house for the numerous fish and so unspoiled that sea turtles lay eggs here every year.
Koh Kradan has its fair share of rocky and sandy beaches. Its four main beaches are equally attractive: Koh Kradan Beach, on the east of the island and its shallow water coral and tropical fish make it a popular site for snorkeling along the two-km long beach. You can see Koh Libong and Koh Mook from here too. On the south side, there is an 800-metre-long beach known as Ao Niang. Up on the northern side of the island, you will find a smaller but also very beautiful sandy beach called Ao Pai.
Koh Muk, A large island comparing with nearby islands but little smaller than Koh Libong. It is well known as the owner of Morakot Cave. Koh Muk is virtually more interesting for its beautiful beaches of fertile natural surroundings.
Koh Poda is a small limestone island 25 minutes by boat from the beaches of the Raileh peninsular (which can be seen on the horizon in the photograph). The circular island is no more than a kilometre in diameter, covered in palm trees and almost entirely encircled by a soft white sand beach. A coral reef lies 20 metres offshore, and the combination of scenery, beach and excellent snorkelling.
Railay Beach is, in fact, a small peninsula which counts four beaches. Now on every savvy traveller’s list, Railay is nevertheless one of Thailand’s most sought-after beach areas. Just south of Ao Nang Beach, around a rocky headland and accessible only by boat, Railay presents a tranquil and extraordinary world. In just one small peninsula you’ll find gorgeous white sand beaches, soaring limestone cliffs, viewpoints, caves and a lagoon hidden inside the cliffs, shaped and fed by the changing tides. All within walking distance!
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