If you are staying anywhere on the mainland of Krabi Province e.g. Aonang, Railay, Klong Muang or Tub Kaek and want to have a unique experience, try the sunset cruise on an old teak Junk. Only 1,800 baht, the cruise starts at 2pm and ends at 7pm. Guests get to snorkel, cliff jump, eat a Thai buffet on the deck at sunset and also swim in the beautiful bio-luminescence after dark.
This beautiful wooden boat called ‘Pla Luang’ which translates as ‘Noble Fish’ can hold up to 30 people but usually caters to 10-20 guests on a regular day. This Siamese Junk was originally a trade vessel over 100 years ago and has been beautifully restored. The boat transported goods all over South East Asia and while this is not a luxury cruise as such, it offers more comfort than either a long tail boat or speed boat and also allows you to imagine how Thailand, or Siam as it was called would have felt in the 19th and early 20th Century.
The atmosphere is fun with good music on board but is also child friendly. The snorkelling is also excellent. There is a western style bathroom on board and cocktails, beer and spirits can be bought from the deck bar. There is also free water, soft drinks and complimentary fruits. The teak deck is perfect for relaxing and taking in the ocean views and there is plenty of space to sit on the cushioned seats or cushions on the deck floor. You can lay back, relax, and after sunset, chill out under the stars. The Krabi sunset cruise takes in all the sights around the beautiful islands, but avoids anchoring in the busy tourist spots.
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