Mu Koh Hong
Mu Koh Hong consists of a group of limestone islands including Koh
Lao or Koh Sa Ka, Koh Lao Riam, Koh Pakka, Koh Lao La Ding and Koh
Hong or Koh Lao Li Pe which is the biggest island to the south.
The attractions on these islands include fine beaches, shallow and
deep-water coral reefs and various kinds of fish while popular activities
include snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, sea-canoeing and nature
studies on the 400-meter hiking trail around Koh Hong. Mu Koh Hong
is located at the edge of the Than Bok Khorani National Park, and
is accessible by a 1-hour boat trip from Ao Nang. The park entrance
fee is 200 baht per person with an additional fee of 20 baht per
person for camping on the island.
Tham Chao Le
A beautiful cave adorned with stalactites and stalagmites
as well as prehistoric cave paintings depicting people, animals
and various geometrical shapes. These paintings are assumed to have
been painted after those of Tham Phi Hua To.
The cave is located to the west of Laem Sak in a bay surrounded
by mountains and picturesque islands. The cave can be reached by
taking a 10 to 15-minute boat trip from Laem Sak.
Lot Nuea and Tham Lot Tai
To visit these two caves take the Ao Luk-Laem Sak route for approximately
two kilometers and then take a right turn to the Bo Tho Pier. From
the pier, hire a rental boat and travel along the Tha Prang Canal
for approximately 15 minutes. After passing a mangrove swamp, you
will see Tham Lot Tai a cave beneath a limestone hill with a stream
flowing through narrow passages. The main attractions are beautiful
stalactites and stalagmites. Tham Lot Nuea is a large cavern with
meandering passages longer than those of the Tham Lot Tai, which
are navigable only during low tide.
Bok Khorani National Park
The National Park covers an area of 37.5 rai of land in Tambon Ao
Leuk Tai. Its headquarters is located just one kilometer from Tambon
Ao Leuk Neua Market intersection on the Ao Luk Sak road. The Park
is covered by a canopy of diverse species of trees such as wild
gardenia, asoka, and Apocynaceae that are scattered around Sa Bok
Khorani, an attractive emerald pond after which the park is named
where visitors can swim.
At the north end of Sa Bohk Korani, which flows through a winding
passage in the mountain, is a wood carving of a footprint of the
Lord Buddha and a shrine of Chao Pho To Yuan - To Chong. Other attractions
in the park include several limestone mountain caves, verdant mangrove
forests and beautiful islands which can be reached only by boat
Admission fee is 200 baht per person. The Park does not provide
accommodations, but camping in the park is allowed although tourists
have to bring their own tents.
Phet (Diamond Cave)
The name of this cave "Phet", which means diamonds,
is derived from the sparkling stone inside the cave that produces
beautiful reflections on the cave wall just like glittering diamonds.
Another attraction is a Buddha image is enshrined in front of the
cave. This cave is 3 kilometers from the Ao Luk Nua market intersection,
however, the best way to get there is to contact the National Park
Office at Than Bok Khorani and ask for a local guide.
Phi Hua To
Located just 500 meters from Tham Lot, the cave can only be visited
by boat from Bo Tho Pier. The cave is in Phi Hua To Mountain which
is surrounded by mangrove swamps. There are 2 different paths inside
the cave. On the left lies the shortcut to the back of the cave
where the sunlight can shine through, and on the right is a path
to a natural hall believed to have been a shelter for prehistoric
people. Prehistoric paintings of men, animals, human organs and
numerous seashells can be seen in the cave. The discovery of big
human skulls in the cave, resulted in the caves present name.