Ko Phra Thong offers some of the most diverse and unique terrain in all of Thailand. Treks and village visits can range from a simple walk down the beach to a half-day trek through rainforest. Knowledgeable guides will take you through mangrove forests, across sprawling savannah and across Ko Ra’s hilly rainforest to reach a secluded beach.
KOH RA RAINFOREST
The trip to Ko Ra, across the bay from Golden Buddha Beach Resort, involves a 60-minute long tail boat ride. Ko Ra’s hilly rainforest terrain is in stark contrast to Ko Phra Thong’s flat savannah. The trek starts by ascending up into Ko Ra’s permanent rainforest, then crosses the island in the shade of the rainforest canopy. Along the way your guide will point out the local wildlife including butterflies, frogs, spiders and a whole range of fascinating insects. The trek carries on to the other side of the forest and includes a stop over picnic at a secluded beach, where you can relax and cool off in the Andaman Sea.
The trek is suitable for people of all levels of fitness and can be taken at your pace. Walking boots are not required; however we recommend robust sandals, not flip-flops. Swimwear is also worth taking. Water is provided. This trip is usually conducted after breakfast, subject to tide times, and takes about four to five hours.
ROUND THE ISLAND BOAT TRIP
On this trip you will circumnavigate Ko Phra Thong in a long tail boat. Your guide will share fascinating information about the local mangroves and their importance to the local coral reef eco-systems. As we ride through the mangroves, keep an eye out for rare birds.
En route we stop at Tae Pah Yoi, a traditional fishing village which is home to the majority of our staff. We stop in the south of the island for a refreshing dip before heading back up the long pristine beach to Golden Buddha. Swimwear is therefore worth taking. A packed lunch and water are provided. The timing of the trip is subject to tide times but takes about five to six hours.
TRIP TO THE SAVANNAH
Ko Phra Thong’s savannah interior is a very interesting habitat – more reminiscent of Kenya than Thailand. For this trip we use the resort’s jeep. As we head south keep an eye out for deer, birds and carnivorous plants. This unusual landscape mesmerizes our visitors with its mix of white sand, water brooks, clutches of trees and the long grass every where, leading one to expect giraffes or elephants to spring into sight at every corner.
Southern Ko Phra Thong is home to the rural village of Thung Dap. There your guide will escort you to an orchid farm, where you can see a range of these beautiful delicate flowers being cultivated. Water is provided. This trip is usually conducted between breakfast and lunch to avoid the afternoon heat and takes about four hours.