Phang Nga Information
Phang-nga Bay or Ao Phang-nga National Park was declared a national park in1981. It has scenic views because of a mass of limestone formations scattered around in the sea near the shore. Also, as a result of natural changes; caves and rock formations have been formed. The park is also fertile with mangroves. There are a a multitude of beautiful islands in the vicinity.
Mu Ko Similan National Park was declared a national park in1982. Similan is a small group of islands comprising nine islands stretching from north to south and is highly praised for its beautiful scenery, both onshore and underwater.
Mu Ko Surin National Park is an archipelago of 5 islands: Ko Surin Nuea, Ko Surin Tai, Ko Ri, Ko Khai, and Ko Klang. It was declared a national park on July 9, 1981. The archipelago is located in the Andaman Sea, near the Thai-Burmese sea border, to the west coast of Thailand. There are coral reefs and the area is suitable for snorkelling.
Ko Phra Thong, located in Tambon Phra Thong. It is a large island northwest of Phang-nga. The island has many beaches. There is a large fresh water reservoir on the island.
Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park was declared a national park in August 1991. The park occupies a vast area of 150 square kilometers and covers Amphoe Thai Mueang, Amphoe Kapong, Amphoe Takua Pa, and Amphoe Mueang.
The interesting attractions are: Khao Lak, which has the Chao Pho Khao Lak Shrine, Laem Pakarang which has groves of pine, making it good for camping and relaxation and Namtok Ton Chong Fa or Ton Chong Fa Waterfall.
Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Mueang National Park The park occupies an area of 45,000 rais (18,000 acres). It was declared a national park on April 14, 1988. Interesting attractions in the park include:
Namtok Lampi is a 6-tiered waterfall that runs all year round, Namtok Ton Phrai is a huge waterfall that runs all year round and Hat Thai Mueang being a long beach where “Sea Turtle Festival” is held annually.
Wat Suwannakhuha, located in Tambon Krasom, is the most interesting temple in Phang-nga since it is of historical and archaeological importance. Within the boundary of the temple is a mountain with numerous caves out of which one is also used as a temple and houses various manners of Buddha images. There are also Royal Monograms inscriptions on the walls of the cave.
Ko Yao covers an area of 137 square kilometres. The majority of the population are Muslim. The island is made up of 2 large islands: Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai.
Hat Khao Lak, 32 kilometres from Takua Pa, it has an advantage of a scenic, long beach of Andaman Sea and the green mountain of Khao Lak-Lamru National Park parallel to the coast. The accommodation of Takua Pa along Khao Lak and Bang Sak Beach is built in the original southern architecture style.
Wat Rat Uppatham or Wat Bang Riang, located in Tambon Bang Riang, the temple, situated on Khao Lan hill, contains several structures including an elaborate bell-shaped pagoda called Chedi Phutthathambanlue. The hilltop pagoda overlooks surrounding undulating mountains and hills as well as a huge Buddha image and a Guan-yin Chinese Goddess statue.
Elephant cave tours are usually made to Tham Phung Chang which is a cave with numerous stalactites and stalagmites.
Rafting is considered to be an eco-tourism trip in the Ton Pariwat Wildlife Conservation Area.
This is a popular activity which passes through the routes including high quality limestone, steep, pocketed walls, overhangs and hanging stalactites.
Phang-ngas coastline which composes of mangroves, limestone, small coves, caves and islands, and an interior with rivers lined with fascinating cave systems, has transformed the area into a haven for tourists wanting to try out kayaking. The most popular place of all is Khao Lak.
Many rare birds are to be seen in Phang-nga such as: Gurneys, Finfoots, Bigwinged Brown Kingfishers, Egrets, and Herons.
Sailing & Cruising
Phang-nga has plenty of anchorages in Phan-nga for sailing and cruising.
Fishers catch the likes of marlin, sailfish barracuda and tuna.
Phang-nga’s forests and flora and fauna are good for trekking. Elephant riding is also popular.
Sea canoeing: Inflatable canoes squeeze into and under island.
Bamboo Rafting: This is a popular activity at Along Lamroo Canal at Khao Lak National Park
Over the past decade or so, the popularity of golf in Thailand has escalated; played both by local Thais and visiting foreign tourists and expatriates. There are two 18-hole golf courses in Phang-nga. There are two major golf courses in Khao Lak, which includes Tablamu Navy Golf Course and Thai Muang Beach Golf & Marina.
Proper world-class spa services in Phang-Nga are located in hotels and resorts. Since a lot of these spas are accredited by the Thai Spa Operators Association, then the therapists have been properly trained.
The Similan Islands have one of Thailand’s most famous diving sites which lay claim to having one of the best diving sites in Asia. The Similans consist of 9 islands (Similan means 9 in Malay language) Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Miang (two adjoining islands), Ko Payan, Ko Payang, and Ko Huyong. The islands are famed for their reefs, coral and variety of marine life. Tourists like to spot chevron barracuda, giant trevally, manta rays, leopard sharks and rainbow runners.
Surin Islands The Surin Islands are virtually untouched with reefs that slope to the seabed. The islands are situated 80km west off Ranong province along the west cost of Thailand.Located near the Surin islands is the horseshoe shaped Richelieu Rock which is considered by hoards of divers to be the best dive site in the whole of Thailand.
Khao Lak Khao Lak Marine National Park a palm fringed coastline with newly discovered reefs. The area is home to a plentitude of marine life and even a couple of wrecks.