Phang Nga is a town (and the capital) of the southern province of the same name located approximately 800 kilometers from Bangkok. The town has a population of about 9600 people and covers an area of about 6.75km². Most people come to Phang Nga for one reason which is to explore the bay.
Phang Nga Bay was declared a national park on April 29, 1981. It is a geological wonder filled with eye pleasing sites such as beautiful islets, limestone karsts, sunken caverns and other rock formations all rising out of the emerald sea. You may have heard of James Bond and the numerous films about the spy agent. Did you know there is an island in the bay called James Bond Island? Koh Ping-Gan (its original name) got its memorable nick name because it is one of the settings in the James Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun”. Another popular destination is Koh Panyee, otherwise known as Sea Gypsy Island. The village in the island is built with stilts over the water with a giant rock formation guarding its rear. Most people go there for lunch and handicrafts shopping after visiting James Bond Island. After all the tourists leave, the village magically transforms into a sleepy community of fishermen.
While you are there, you can also visit other beautiful islands in the vicinity. These are some of the less visited spots in the area, but are still equally gorgeous and impressive. One of these islands is Koh Hong. The islet and the surrounding area are home to beautiful caves that are only reachable by kayak. Take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch (since there will be no restaurant or eateries in the area) before continuing on your kayaking adventure to Koh Panak, where you will set up camp and admire the area under the starlit night.
The bay is one of the most beautiful spots in Thailand and EXO Travel has a three night Camping & Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay tour for a fulfilling excursion into the area. Kayaking, picnic lunches, and beautiful limestone caves await you on this trip. If you do not have much time in Phang Nga but would still like to experience the bay, then why not take our one day Phang Nga Bay Adventure – Phuket tour? Cruise on the emerald waters and see the beautiful rock formations from your speedboat. Who knows, you may even see a monitor lizard paddling the Andaman Sea, a monkey feeding on a shellfish or a sea hawk swooping down into the water for its catch. You can also see our suggested Thailand tours page for other tour options into this beautiful and varied country.
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