Khao Lak Mangrove Explorers

Exclusive Self-Paddle Kayaking Tour
A large atlas moth in the mangroves
The start of a kaykaking tour in Khao Lak
Mangrove tour kayaking
Monkey in the Mangroves

Example Itinerary

• Pick up from your hotel with our local style taxi and head to our pier in a small local fishing village a short drive south of the Khao Lak hotels.

• Leave on our comfortable long-tail boat and cruise through the beautiful mangrove scenery.

• Arrive at our floating base camp begin the kayaking tour deep into the natural mangrove maze. Often when kayaking we come across animals such as monkeys, snakes, kingfishers and even otters in the trees.

• Rest and relax back at our floating base camp with some light refreshments.

• Swim and cool off in the beautiful hidden lagoon before heading back to the pier where the taxi will be waiting to transport you back to your hotel in Khao Lak

Tour Price

Adult: 2,500 

Child: This trip is not recommended for young children

Tour Details

Pick Up Time: 07:30-10:00 (Depending on the tides)

Tour Duration: Average 4-6 hours

Group Size: 2-6 people (larger groups on request)


Tour Includes

• Round-Trip Transfers
• Refreshments
• Drinks
• Kayaking Guide
• Insurance

Things to Bring

• Sunblock
• Sun Hats & Sunglasses
• Towels
• Mosquito Spray
• Beach-wear or light weight, quick dry clothes

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  • Exclusive Tour, Only Available Here!
  • Un-rushed Guided Kayaking Tour
  • Natural Wildlife Safari

Unknown to many, Khao Lak is home to a beautiful and almost undiscovered mangrove eco-system with rivers, jungles and forests. Khao Lak’s mangroves cover an area of over 70 square kilometres, and for the first time it is now possible to experience this breath taking and peaceful environment. In these totally natural surrounding you will find only tranquillity and nature at it’s best.

Discovery Travel is the first and only company to operate regular kayaking tours in the Khao Lak mangroves. Our eco-friendly kayaking tours are the first and only trips of their kind here in Khao Lak.

Join us as we take you with our long-tail boat to visit secluded location in the mangroves to kayak deep into the trees and experience this amazing eco-system close up. We offer you the chance to come explore and experience with us this stunning environment in locations never seen before by tourists.

Kayaking in the mangroves
Mangrove Kayaking Tour Khao Lak

Amazing Mangrove Kayaking Tour

Leaving on our long-tail boat from a small fishing village, we take you on a cruise through previously unvisited and unseen mangrove rivers. After some exploration and photographic opportunities, we will arrive at our floating base camp hidden deep inside the mangroves.

Here we switch the long-tail boat for kayaks and head deeper still into the mangroves. Our guide will lead the way as we kayak further and further into the small streams and rivers that twist and turn through the mangrove trees.

After some time kayaking through the trees, we head back to the floating base camp for some light refreshments. Once we have our energy back our captain will take us for another scenic boat ride to a beautiful hidden lagoon where we can swim and cool off before heading back to the pier.

Mangroves in Thailand

There are 74 different species of mangrove in Thailand. Mangrove forests are an important eco-system providing food and shelter to many. Many species of mangrove tree have a tangled mass of roots that lift the main trunk out of the water. This tangle of roots is the perfect place for fish to come in to breed and for smaller fish to take shelter. Many of the fish that breed in the mangroves are very important to Thailand’s fishing industry. Many of the local people living in the fishing villages close to Khao Lak depend on the mangroves for both food and income.

Many other animals also rely on the mangroves for food and shelter. Monkeys, birds, otters, snakes and monitor lizards are often seen hiding in the Khao Lak mangroves. Mangroves also help to filter the sediment out of the water that is washed down by the inland rivers, therefore cleaning the water and allowing the light to penetrate down, which is vital for healthy coral reefs.

The mangrove forests also play a massive role in protecting the coastline of Khao Lak from erosion. Mangrove trees can dissipate up to about 70% of the sea’s energy. When the tsunami hit Khao Lak in 2004 many of the small villages were protected by the mangrove forests and therefore sustained less damage than the Khao Lak beach areas such as Nang Thong Beach and Bang Niang Beach.

In recent years there has been an increase in mangrove tours and kayaking tours available in Thailand. One of the most common areas for mangrove kayaking tours is in Phang Nga Bay. Phang Nga Bay has one of the biggest native mangrove forests in Thailand. Although Khao Lak has a much smaller mangrove forest, the mangroves in Khao Lak are un-touched by tourists and very healthy. A kayak tour is the perfect way to experience the mangroves of Thailand as there is no engine noise to scare away the wildlife.

Here at Discovery Travel we are very proud of our mangrove kayaking tours. In Khao Lak we are the first and only company to operate kayaking tours regularly and safely into the mangroves in this area. This is an area where expert local knowledge is key so safe tour operations.

Check out the Global Mangrove Alliance to find out more about the importance of the mangrove ecosystems

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