Phang Nga Bay is a beautiful bay and popular tourist spot located in Phuket, Thailand. A large section of the bay is protected as Ao Phang Nga National Park. This marine national park covers an area of approximately 25,000 acres. In 2002, Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park was added to the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. This national park has dozens of islands, limestone cliffs, and caves. It is one of the best places to enjoy magnificent landscape, hidden caves, lagoons, and water sports. Sea-canoeing is a popular activity in Phang Nga Bay, and many tourist agencies offer sea-canoeing tours. Below are some of the recommended places to visit in Phang Nga Bay:
- Koh Tapu (Nail Island)
This island is one of the most famous sites in Phang Nga Bay. The James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun, was filmed here, causing it to become known as James Bond Island. A limestone rock around 20 meters tall stands out in the middle of the bay.
- Koh Panyi (Panji Island)
This is a fishing village about 20 minutes by long-tail boat from Surakul pier in Phang Nga province. It is also known as Floating Muslim Village; it has its own school, soccer field, and mosque. Since Koh Panyee is a fishing village, the biggest attraction is the fishing industry. Koh Panyee is a lunch stop for many of the tours in Phang Nga Bay. There are many seafood restaurants, as well as various stalls that sell souvenirs.
There are various ways to get to Phang Nga by yourself, including renting a car or a boat. If you choose to drive yourself, drive north over the Sarasin Bridge, off Phuket into neighboring Phang Nga province. There are a road signs along the way, so just follow them. You will also pass Phang Nga town, a small village lined by the high cliffs and covered with dense vegetation. If you choose to use a boat, you can check on boat prices at the Ao Phang Nga National Park visitor centre. There are many long tail boats and drivers waiting for business at the four jetties.
If you don’t want to drive yourself, there are many tour agents different tours that you can choose based on your needs and wants. Most of the tours follow the standard route around the bay by passing limestone cliffs, hidden lakes, beaches, and caves.
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