Phang Nga Info
Phang Nga Province information
Phang Nga (Thai: พังงา) is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand, on the shore to the Andaman Sea. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Ranong, Surat Thani and Krabi. To the south is the Phuket province, but without land boundary to Phang Nga.
The province is located on the west side of the Malay Peninsula, and includes many islands of the Phang Nga Bay. The most famous one is the so-called James Bond Island, a needle formed limestone rock in the sea, which featured in the 1974 movie The Man with the Golden Gun. The Ao Phang-Nga (Phang-Nga Bay) National Park was established in 1981 to protect the many fascinating islands. The Similan Islands, one of Thailand’s main diving destinations, are also part of Phang Nga province. It is located 788 kilometres (490 mi) from Bangkok and covers an area of 4,170 square kilometres (1,610 sq mi).
During the reign of King Rama II, nearby areas (including Thalang, now known as Phuket) were occupied by the Burmese and so many people fled to Kraphu-nga. In 1824, Siamese troops defeated the Burmese and the invaders were expelled. King Rama III renamed the area Phang-nga and in 1933 the town was expanded to be a province.
On the fateful morning of December 26, 2004 Phang-nga Bay was devastated by a Tsunami disaster and thousands of people lost their lives.
Highway No. 4 is the main route that connects all districts in Phang-Nga (except Kapong and Koh Yao).
Highway No. 401 connects Phang-Nga to Surat Thani.
Highway No. 402 connects Phang-Nga to Phuket Province.
Highway No. 4090 connects Muang to Kapong district.
Rail systems There is no rail system in Phang-Nga Province. The nearest railway station is at Phunphin district, Surat Thani Province.
Bus There are both non air-conditioned and air-conditioned buses to Bangkok and other provinces. There are also non air-condition inter-provincial buses.
Songthaew (public passenger pick-up vehicle) The public passenger pick-up vehicle is the most popular mode of public transportation in Phang-nga.
Motorbike-taxi These are found mainly in the town areas and are used mainly for very short distances. The charges differ according to the distance travelled through the Motorbike-taxi.
Airport There is no airport in Phang-Nga Province because many high mountains around the town. The nearest airport is Phuket International Airport.
Situated on the Andaman Sea, Phang-nga province is famed for the natural beauty of its water, beaches, islands, mountains and forests.
Elephant cave trekking to Tham Phung Chang which is a cave with numerous stalactites and stalagmites.
Rafting in Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary north of Phang Nga town.
Rock climbing is a popular activity which passes through the routes including high quality limestone, steep, pocketed walls, overhangs and hanging stalactites.
Kayaking – Phang Nga’s coastline, which consists 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.
Bird watching – Many rare birds can be seen in Phang Nga, which include: Gurneys, Finfoots, Bigwinged Brown Kingfishers, egrets, and herons.
Sailing and cruising in Ao Phang Nga National Park
Fishing – marlin, sailfish barracuda and tuna can be found.
Jungle trekking – There are rich flora and fauna in Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park and Sri Phang Nga National Park.
Bamboo Rafting is a popular activity along Lamroo Canal at Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park.
Golf – There are two 18-hole golf courses near Khao Lak: Tablamu Navy Golf Course and Thai Muang Beach Golf & Marina.
Spa – Many hotels and resorts offer world-class spa services. Many of these spas are accredited by the Thai Spa Association, with properly trained therapists.
Cultural exchange and Homestay – Visit a local village to see how people try to maintain their traditional way of live through community-based tourism.
Similan Islands are one of Thailand’s most famous diving sites. 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 are virtually untouched with reefs that slope to the seabed. The islands are situated 80 km (50 mi) west off Ranong Province along the west coast 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 Lam Ru National Park has a palm-fringed coastline with newly discovered reefs. The area is home to a plenitude of marine life and even a couple of wrecks.
(information source: Wikipedia)