province of Phang-nga is located some 788 kilometres from Bangkok.
It covers an area of 4,170 square kilometres.
Phang-nga is a province with two characters - land and sea - and
packed with national parks that guard magnificent scenery with
immensely different attractions.
Most famous is Ao Phang-nga National Park, a geological wonder
filled with islets, sunken caverns and startling rock formations
rising sheer out of the sea. The bay is extremely sheltered ideal
for expeditions of sea canoes to explore the many fascinating
caverns with their own eco-systems.
andaman coast offers parks of a different kind. The island groups
of Surin and Similan are renowned for their beautiful unspoilt
beaches and spectacular underwater scenery, attracting divers from
around the world. Khao Lak is a coastal park full of birds, mammals
and scenic waterfalls, with a number of hotel developments after
Tsunami disaster in December 2004.
Khao Lak Beach
Hat Khao Lak, 32 kilometres from Takua Pa, is now an interesting
destination for domestic and overseas tourists. It has an advantage
of beautiful, long beach of Andaman Sea and green mountain of Khao
Lak-Lamru National Park parallel to the coast. The accommodation of
Takua Pa along Khao Lak and Bang Sak Beach are built in the original
southern architecture style. With the combination of the
hospitality of local people who love in nature and environment,
seaside town of Khao Lak –Takuapa has its unique and charms of
attracting tourists to the area.
Phang-nga Bay or Ao Phang-nga
Phang-nga National Park covers a vast area both onshore and offshore of about
250,000 rais (100,000 acres), covering the areas of Amphoe Muang, Amphoe Takua
Thung, and Amphoe Ko Yao. It was declared a national park on 29th April B.E.
2524 (1981). Ao Phang-nga National Park is the second seacoast national park
after Tarutao National Park. It has striking 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. Best time to visit is between December and
April. The most popular way to visit is a boat ride to various islands, which
Ko Panyi is a small island made from
limestone hills and plains. This is an interesting Muslim community. There are
about 200 households of fishermen. On the island, there are many restaurants and
Ko Phanak is a beautiful island with
caves that house stalactite and stalagmite formations as well as small cascade,
which flows onto several tiers.
Khao Phing Kan Named so because of its
nature of being split into two halves. The smaller rock slid down, with its
foundation stuck under the ground and the upper parts still leaning against each
other. Behind the mountain is a superb scenery. Looking into the sea one finds
Khao Tapu, a nail-shaped island, a solitary pillar in the sea. It is the most
remarkable attraction of Ao Phang-nga National Park.
Khao Machu, a striking appearance rock
formation is located on the way to Ko Panyi. It resembles a dog; its head, body,
with a bushy tail.
Khao Khian, is on the way to Panyi
Island. On the cliff which stands above the sea, there are pre-historic
paintings featuring various kinds of animals. A study by the Department of Fine
Arts has indicated that these paintings are over 3,000 years old. They are
assumed to have been painted by seamen who use this place to escape from the
Tham Lot is a lofty limestone cave with
a giant hollow whereby boats can pass through. In a hollow, there are numerous
stalactite formations on its ceiling, beyond the hollow is a beautiful sight of
the mangrove forest.
Ko Hong, with big and small mountains. Sailing to this island
gives you a feeling of being surrounded in a large hall with two doors. It will
give you an immense feeling of the power of nature's creation.
How to Get There
Ao Phang-nga National Park is situated 12 kilometres from
Phang-nga town. Travel 8 kilometres from the town via Highway No. 4, then turn
left into Highway No. 4114 and continue for 4 kilometres to the Ao Phang-nga
National Parks headquarters where visitors can obtain tourist information. The
trip can also be made by riding a local bus from Phang-nga town. Several tour
operators in Phang-nga and Phuket organise a day trip to Phang-nga Bay.
Chartered boats around Phang-nga Bay are
available at the following piers:
- Customs Pier or Tha Dan, located at nearby Phang-nga
Bay Resort. There are various sizes of chartered boats. Prices range from
600-3,500 baht per boat.
- Ao Phang-nga National Parks pier, speedboats and long-tail boats available.
- Surakun or Kasom Pier, located in Amphoe Takua Thung.
A trip to Ao Phang-nga National Park takes around three
hours, with a half-day tour arrangeable. The Phang-nga Bay Resort near the Tha
Dan pier offers comfortable accommodation. There are bungalows and tents
available at the National Park. For more information contact Ao Phang-nga
National Park at 80 Mu 1, Tambon Ko Panyi, Amphoe Mueang, Phang-nga 82000 or
tel. 0 7641 1136, 0 7641 2188.
How to get there
There are many ways to
reach Phang-nga as follows:
1) First route: From Bangkok, take Highway No. 4, passing the
provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, and Ranong, then drive straight to
Phang-nga town. It is 788 kilometres from Bangkok. The trip takes around 12
2) Second route: From Bangkok, take Highway No.4 to Chumphon, from there, take
Higway No. 41 to Amphoe Tha Chang, then go straight to an intersection where a
right turn is made to Highway No. 401, keep driving to Amphoe Ban Ta Khun for
about 50 kilometres, and then take Highway No. 415 for 30 kilometres, take a
right turn to Phang-nga town. Visitors travelling from Phuket should use Highway
No. 402, passing Sarasin Bridge to Ban Khok Kloi, take a right turn to Amphoe
Takua Thung. It is 87 kilometres from Phuket. The journey takes around 1 hour
and 30 minutes.
There are daily bus services from Bangkok to Phang-nga. Travelling time is 12
hours. For more information call the Southern Bus Terminal at tel. 0 2435
1199-200 or the Phang-nga Bus Terminal at tel: 0 7641 2300, 0 7641 2014 or visit
There is no direct train to Phang-nga. The State Railways of Thailand operates
daily train services between Bangkok and Surat Thani. A trip to Phang-nga can be
made by getting off at the Surat Thani Railway Station and then ride a bus for
another two hours. For more information call Bangkoks Hualamphong Railway
Station at tel. 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or visit
Thai Airways International operates Bangkok-Phuket flights
daily. From Phuket, take a bus or rent a car to Phang-nga for about 58
kilometres. For more information, call Thai Airways at tel: 1566 or 0 2280 0060,
0 2628 2000 or visit
Distances from Amphoe Mueang to Other Districts