#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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5. Be truly at one with nature

With the utter lack of other people, you can truly feel at one and at peace here, whether you’re kayaking out in the open ocean right next to sheer cliffs, or lounging on the beach far away from your worries.

Should you still visit Koh Phi Phi? Definitely. But if you have the time, take a gander at Koh Hong too. You may fall even deeper in love with the beauty of Phuket.

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