#WeekenderWhere: Why Ko Hong Is The New Ko Phi Phi

How to enjoy the beauty of Phuket without the noisy tourist crowds

Photos: Pamela Chow, shot on Casio Exilim FR100 and Zr3600

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We drifted idly in the calm blue waters, watching curious fish flit around us, a dramatic backdrop of karsts rising from the sea. The beach behind us was quiet. The shore before us was serene. There were no crowds in the water; only fish and corals.

"People who come to Phuket always want to go to Phi Phi Island," said one of our guides as he leaned lazily against the current. "But we want to show you that there are so many other beautiful places in the Andaman Sea."

Indeed, few other islands can compete with the one famously featured in a James Bond movie. But Ko Hong will change your mind. Here are five ways it changed mine.

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2. Different shores with different scenery

While Ko Phi Phi is known for its triangular cove, Ko Hong is a singular stretch of beach that passes in front of a cliff face and leads into a little cove of its own. Because of this layout, the entire stretch offers varying views of the open ocean and karst formations.

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The small cove is reserved for swimming and snorkelling only, and all boats have to berth at the pier outside of the cove. Thanks to this, you’ll get uninterrupted views of the karsts in the cove.

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