Marvel at the abundant wildlife of the mangrove forests from our modern, luxurious speedboat on the way to Koh Prathong. Enjoy unspoilt nature and witness the cultural richness of local life as you journey through scrub forest, traditional fishermen villages and the turtle nursery.
Whilst on Koh Prathong you will enjoy an exciting ride on a Tak Tak Car through seldom seen scenic vistas of Thailand, the ‘Thailand’ Savannah and Melaleuca forests.
Koh Prathong’s golden beaches, clear turquoise waters, and unique ecology have been one of Khao Lak’s best kept secrets. It’s easy to see why the remote island in the Andaman Sea north of Khao Lak was made a national park in 2001.
Exploring the island reveals an exotic and unique ecosystem rich in wildlife including several rare species of flora and fauna only found on this particualr island.
Donning a mask and snorkel or scuba diving gear will reveal young coral reefs rich with dozens of fish species, lobsters, delicate sea fans and other colourful life forms.
Paradise for Nature Lovers
The island is home to over 100 species of birds, including the extremely rare and prehistoric-looking Lesser Adjutant Stork.
Other animals on Koh Prathong include the Sambar Deer, Red Muntjak, Wild Boar, Sunda Pangolin, Leopard Cat and the endangered, nocturnal Fishing Cat.
An exotic array of ecological zones and life in such a small area makes Koh Prathong a “biodiversity hotspot.”
The few humans to be seen on Koh Prathong are centered at Ta Pae Yoi, a small settlement of Thais and Moken who live in traditional wooden homes on stilts over the water. This community fosters a local turtle nursery for threatened sea turtles and lives on here as they have for centuries as fishermen and boat-builders.
There are a few sleepy bungalow operations on the North-West coast, most of whom are orientated toward sustainable tourism and build with local, renewable materials.
Nestled between Koh Kho Khao to the south and the lush Koh Rah to the north, Koh Prathong is normally accessed by an 1.5 hour longtail boat ride from Khuraburi, which is 1.5 hours north of Khao Lak.
Now, Unseen Koh Prathong’s amazing day tour of the island starts at the pier in Ban Nam Khem just 20 minutes from Khao Lak.
Koh Prathong Tour from Khao Lak
The tour begins aboard sleek, modern speedboat, which smoothly carries you north in channels through the mangrove forest. Heading north, you pass only a few tiny fishing settlements while the lush, jungle-clad mountains of the mainland seem to rise steeply up from the mangroves on your right-hand side.
To the west, remote east side of Koh Koh Khao rounds to a channel to the open ocean westward. Then Koh Prathong’s wild, remote eastern mangroves and innumerable inlets begin to slide along your left hand side.
You start to get that nostalgic feeling of a time and place few people get to experience.
After cruising up the eastern side of Koh Prathong, you finally reach the sleepy fishing village of Ta Pae Yoi. On the pier, you get to see the turtles in the nursery up close and personal.
Explore the timeless fishing village and notice how some buildings are still constructed with bamboo, local wood, and tree bark.
From town, you board the only form of transport, the noisy but surprisingly smooth Tak Tak.
The Tak Tak Car
This locally fabricated vehicle tales you on an incredible safari inland through four unique geographical zones: mangrove, marine jungle, savannah, and finally the coastal zone.
Your guide makes sure you get to see the unique flora and fauna in each zone including wild cashews and other fruits, Maleleuca (paper bark trees), rare orchids, and diverse animal and bird life.
By noon, the Tak Tak has brought you through the savannah zone into the western coastal forests and the beach. There are a few small bungalows here and you have a satisfying lunch at Prathong Place situated on a beautiful palm-fringed bay.
Enjoy the Quiet Tropical Beaches of Prathong
After lunch is the time to relax, explore the beaches, swim and go snorkeling. Just off shore there are two uninhabited islands. These and the surrounding bays offer sandy beaches and coral reefs teeming with sea life. It’s a great way to experience Andaman marine life without having to go all the way out to the Similans.
After enjoying the warm, clear Andaman Sea for a few hours, the speedboat will be ready to take you on a relaxing cruise back down the coasts of Koh Prathong and Koh Kho Khao to the pier at Nam Khem.
If you choose, you may arrange to stay longer on the island…Unseen Koh Prathong will arrange overnight or longer stays right at Prathong Place as well as return transport.
Unseen Koh Prathong Tour Itinerary
- 07:30: Pick up from hotel in Khao Lak
- 09:00: Tour registration and a short introduction to the day’s activities with tea or coffee and biscuits
- 09:30: Depart from Ban Nam Kem Pier with the speedboat. Enjoy sightseeing and the beautiful mangrove forests on the way to Koh Prathong
- 10.20: Arrive at the fishing village and explore the cultural aspects of those living by the Andaman Sea and scrub forest on the exciting Tak Tak car
- 11.00: Enjoy the panoramic views of Thailand’s unseen savannah from this unique form of local transport
- 12.30: Traditional Thai buffet lunch with fresh fruits
- 13.30: Leisure time; sun bathing, snorkeling or swimming
- 15.30: Departure from Koh Prathong to Ban Nam Kem Pier
- 16.30: Transfer back to your Khao Lak hotel
Unseen Koh Prathong Prices
Adults – 3,200 THB (3,500 THB from Phuket)
Children 1,700 THB (2,000 THB from Phuket)
Unseen Koh Prathong Tour Information
Land transfers, lunch, soft drinks, coffee and tea, fruit, experienced English and German speaking, guide, snorkelling gear, life jacket and insurance.
What to bring
Swimwear, shorts, light T-shirt, beach towel, sun block, camera and sunglasses.
For your safety, the program is subject to change without prior notice according to the weather and sea conditions.
You can contact the operators of this tour directly from Khao Lak Wired using the contact form below.
Environmentally Friendly Fuel
The speedboat used on this tour runs on ethanol 85 fuel, with new modern engines that reduce pollution and do not leave fuel traces on the surface of the water.
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