"When darkness had fallen on John Gray's SeaCanoe trip, we paddled through a tunnel and into one of the
Stars shone overhead in the circle of black night, fireflies flashed
in the Cliffside jungle and, most magical of all, the sea glowed
with phosphorescence. In silence, we threw on to the sea "Kratong"
that we had made - floating Buddhist prayers of orchids, lit with
candles and incense.
Let there be peace."
December 28, 2002
The Guardian (UK)
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Hong by Starlight
HONG BY STARLIGHT
Daily Departures - Programs change according to the tides.
Children under 5 - Free
Private Charter -
From 38,750 (1-4 guests)
Information about prices concerning groups consisting out of more than 4
people can be communicated on request.
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"A spiritual experience"
The Guardian (UK), Jan. 2003
"Making and then offering our own Kratong by kayak was totally spiritual.
After the candles went out, nobody said a word as we just relaxed and
floated into another Hong. The feeling was so special nobody wanted to
finish the trip.
" Jerry and Arlette Jones, Nov. 19, 2002
"I'm somewhere between Narita and Honolulu in the middle of the night. When
I try to sleep, all I can see is Hong by Starlight - the high point of my
lifetime of travels.
" Steve Rowe, July 2002
".it seemed we were paddling through a sea of fireflies, a truly magical and
out of this world experience. We linger, and wonder with awe."
The Nation, May 4, 2002
"It was a thrilling moment... I came to realize there is beauty all around
us and it unfolds itself at the right time. What we cannot see does not
necessarily mean it does not exist."
Bangkok Post, Horizons, May 2, 2002
". in the middle of the lagoon, far from humanity, time stops, your mind
clears; the experience verges on the mystical."
Benjarong: - May 2002
"Thank you very much for the most wonderful trip I've been on. I'm still on
your boat on the way back to Phuket while writing this. My wife and I are so
thrilled with the adventure, we plan on coming again with a group of
friends. Your team were friendly and delightful. The food was incredibly
delicious and fresh. And the main event itself, the sea cave and Hong
exploration is simply magnificent! Again, our thanks to you for this
experience. Hope to see you and your team next year."
The Malaysian couple,Ammar and Bibi
This Caveman creation finishes the movie others call the Sunset trip. Depart
your hotel at mid-day for a quiet afternoon of nature, sea cave/Hong
exploration and a superb Thai Seafood Sunset dinner. In the late afternoon,
you experience the tranquility of real Nature and enjoy the "Time Machine"
ambiance that made the hongs famous in the first place. The "Wonderful Time
of Day" accentuates the ambiance even more than our decade-old original day
Then after dark, things get mystical - beyond description and imagination.
Even before we started "Every Night Is Loi Kratong", the clippings say it
all - so does everybody who lives the feeling. Hong by Starlight is the
latest Don't Miss spiritual experience in a string of Caveman Creations
beginning on Moloka'i in 1983. This mind-bender is so off-the-Hong-Wall that
Caveman thinks it is better in Monsoon season. The darker the better the
bio-lumiscence, and lightening and thunder amplify the mysticism.
High Season clear nights include stars so bright they carpet the sky. That's
when we enjoy Loi Kratong, a Thai water festival celebration with floats
laden with flowers, candles and incense.
Motoring to the Bay takes about an hour. With trip briefing, Nature Game
instructions and light lunch we make the first cave before you know it. In
transit, we pass a couple of dozen day trip boats on their way back to
Phuket. The Bay is almost empty when you arrive at the sea caves.
Spend an uncrowded afternoon exploring several cave/hong systems. You learn
what made these unique sites, the wildlife within them, and the Eco-system
bringing it all together. In the late afternoon, you experience the
tranquility of real Nature, and enjoy the "Time Machine" ambiance that made
the hongs famous in the first place. We are slaves to the tides, but you
usually get at least four different caves and hongs, swimming time and a
free paddle before Sunset.
The Benjarong writer gave up dinner for more Hong time, so we now motor to
our special viewing spot for our famous Thai Seafood buffet dinner during a
spectacular Phang Nga Bay Sunset. After dinner, you make your own Kratong
with assistance from our all-Thai staff. Once daylight totally disappears,
we return to a Lost in Space
Hong you visited earlier in the afternoon to launch your Kratong.
No torches and no talking - three natural light sources and one special
feeling create a lifetime memorable moment. Everybody always wants to stay
For dessert, we retreat to the moon deck where you and your guide compare
Thai and Western constellations and their legends until you arrive at the
NATURE GAME - Caveman wrote and copyrighted "The
Nature Game" in 2000, turning your entire day into a fun
Unforgettable Honeymoon Moment game where you get much more from your day
than you ever expected. You get a full color Phang Nga nature guidebook for
the game. Get more value from your trip by asking non-stop questions of your
English-speaking guide. Along the way, we hope you learn a few things about
our Nature.and your role in the Movie of the Universe.
||Arrive Ao Po and board our modern twin-engine escort boat
Thai-style light lunch, trip and Nature Game briefing.
||Arrive first island and explore 1-2 caves and hongs
||Return to the escort boat and move to the second island
||Explore two more caves and hongs
||Self-paddle, swimming and make your own Kratong while waiting for the
Thai seafood buffet dinner during Phang Nga Bay Sunset.
||Return to a previously visited Hong after dark and launch your own Kratong
||Depart for Ao Po. Thai Seafood buffet dinner.
Play Star Games on the Starlight deck.
||Arrive Ao Po and transfer to your mini-van.
Drop off at your hotel. End of JGSC service.