to see & do sights & experiences
of interest in Phang-Nga town
Places of interest in Phang-Nga town
Phang-Nga town is the provincial capital; it is a quiet little town
with none of Phuket's hubbub but a great deal of its own charm.
or Elephant Mountain: This is Phang-Nga's landmark. From Phang-Nga Town
go towards Khok Kloy, passing the Provincial Hall, on your right you
will see Kao Chang, a large hill in the form of a kneeling elephant.
Phung Chang Cave
Behind the Provincial Hall, within the grounds of Wat Pra Paht Pra Jim
Temple, lies Phung Chang, or Elephant Belly Cave. Inside are stalagmites
and stglactites, and water that runs year round.
Reusi Sawan and Luk Seua Cave
are in Somdej Pra Sri Nakarin Park on Petch Kasem Rd. diagonally opposite
the Provincial Courthouse. You can walk from one cave through to the
other as they are connecting caves; Reusi Sawan (Ascetic's Heaven) is
the cave in front. Outside sits a figure of the monk Phra Reusi or the
hermit.. Inside are stalagmites and stalactites, and meandering streams
that trickle through the caves.
Kao Ngum Cavem
is across from the entrance to Phung Chang cave. Stalagmites and stalactites;
in one area are seashells in great number adhering to the mountain.
Sa Nang Manora Park
The waterfall and stream of Sa Nang Manora lie in Tambon Nop Pring,
outside of Phang-Nga Town. Follow the Phang-Nga Krabi road (Route 4)
about 3 kms. Turn right at the intersection next to the Electric Station.
The falls are 3 kms. down this road.
Ao Phang-Nga (Phang-Nga Bay) National Park
was declared a national park on April 29, 1981. It lies in the districts
of Phang-Nga Town and Takua Thung and the total area is 250,000 rai
(1 rai = 1,600 sq. meters). Most visitors are intent on viewing Phang-Nga
Bay's bizarre landscape, which includes more than 120 singularly strange
looking islands. There are many places where boats can be rented to
travel Phang-Nga Bay:
Dan Sullakakorn Pier (Customs Pier):
near Phang-Nga Bay Resort. Boats from small to large including ones
suitable for group tours can be rented.
Surakoon (or Ka Sohm) Pier :
lies in Takua Thung. Here you will find long-tail boats seating about
6 persons each.
The pier in the area of National
has long-tails holding up to eight persons each. It takes about three
hours to view Phang-Nga Bay. The best season is from December to April,
but because of the calm seas that prevail year round in this waveless
body of water, trips to Phang-Nga are an on-going activity. Many companies
in Phuket offer sight-seeing tours, and various modes of travel are
possible: from long-tail boats, to sea canoes, to Chinese junks. Virtually
all of them include lunch in the price of the tour. Check with your
travel agent for details. Those wishing to explore on their own can
charter a boat Check the rental fee listed on the signboard at the pier.
Places of interest within the
Ao Phang-Nga National Park include :
This small island has a picturesque village, which rests precariously
on small pilings and extends out across the water. It is inhabited chiefly
by Muslim fisher folk, whose unique culture has existed, cut off from
the mainland and most modern amenities, for more than a hundred years.
Souvenir shops and seafood restaurants cater to visitors.
The name means literally leaning mount. It is really a huge rock split
in two; the smaller half has slid down and the remaining one appears
now to be leaning. Though Kao Ping-gan is a very small island, Khao
Tapoo or James Bond Island, is in a little bay of Khao Ping-Gan where
visiting boats pull up. Tapoo means nail, and this shoreless rock projects
up from the sea as its name implies flat and wide at the top, and very
narrow at waterline. It is a striking sight. And the island became more
famous after the James Bond adventure, The Man with the Golden Gun,
was partly filmed here.
This cave in Takua Thung has beautiful stalagmites and stalactites.
The long tail boat can go through another side of the cave.
Hong means room, and entering this hollowed out island by boat is much
like floating through a giant reception hall with two doors.
A cave with stagmites and stalactites, where a small stepped waterfall
fo regular descent adds to the beauty, is the island's salient feature.
The islet of writings is what the name means. Indeed, there are ancient
depictions of animals and boats which the Fine Arts Dept. has dated
back no less than 3,000 years. Low on the mountain walls just above
the tideline of this shoreless island, they were presumably drawn by
voyagers long ago who took refuge there during storms. The island lies
on the way to Ko Panyee. Also of interest in Phang-Nga Bay National
Park are the mangrove forests and swamps, cut by twisting channels,
that line the mainland shores.
Places of interest in Kapong
a National Park in forested mountains. Lamroo Falls is of middle height
and has 5 levels. To get there: Take the fork from Route 4090 and pass
the Kapong District Office (the Amphoe) going toward Ban Lamroo about
9 kms. The falls are onward another 1 km.
Hin Lahd Waterfall
East of the District Office about 8 kms. The falls are formed by 3 streams:
the Bang Yai, Khao Mai Kaew, and the Malakor, that run together at the
falls. Rocks there are spread out like paving stones. Water is crystal
Kapong Hot Springs
lie 8 kms. distant from the Kapong District Office. The springs temperature
is 65 degreesc celcius, A regular pool has been formed of the mineral
water by damming up the streams.
Places of interest in Ko Yao
consists of two large islands, Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai, surrounded
by many smaller islands. The total area is 137.6 sq. kms. Largely unaffected
by booming developmet in nearby Phuket, Ko Yao retains its traditional
Muslim culture. There are a few bungalow operations providing basic
but very charming accommodations. Rental vehicles are not an option,
although sometimes you can strike a deal with people at the bungalow
to use their motorcycle.
Traveling to Ko Yao Yai is like
traveling back in time. On Ko Yao Yai there are many interesting beaches
is a bay with a white sandy beach. On the north is a rocky point from
which a very beautiful panorama can be seen. The shore is shaded by
a line of casuarina trees. :
Ao khlong Son
has a white sandy beach shaded by evergreens, with variously coloured
sea rocks and small boulders. In this bay you can swim, look at lovely
corals during low tide, or search for shellfish.
A beach with fine white sands and beautiful sea rocks. Good for swimming.
is a lovely beach. Swimming is good. On the north is a headland of steep
cliffs. Watch out for deep water. Travel to Ao larn is easier by boat
than over land.
Ao Hin Gong
The beach is shaded by a forest of Mai Kiem (Cotylelobium Lanceolatum),
which are long, straight trees. Rays and skates abound in the waters.
Not suitable for swimming.
Lo Pa Raed
is a beach with fine white sands shaded along its length by a coconut
plantation. A rocky cape is at the north end. Swimming is safe at Lo
Pa Raed anytime.
A beach of many coloured rocks; good swimming anytime. On Ko Yao Noi,
there are same picturesque beaches;
lies about 7 kms. from Ko Yao Noi's District Office (referred to as
the amphoe). It is a white sandy beach shaded by a line of trees where
swimming is safe. The islands in the distance off Krabi form a panorama
in the distance.
Hat Tha Khao
is approximately 5 kms. from Ko Yao Noi's District Office. Intricately
lined, colourful rocks both large and small are the attraction of this
beach. Just offshore is Ko Nok, a tiny island that can be conveniently
reached by foot at low tide. It is covered by very interesting wild
plants and orchids.
Travel to KoYao
Boat leave for Ko Yao from Phuket, Phang-Nga and Krabi, but leaving
from Phuket is the most convenient. Leave from Bang Rong Pier in Tambon
Pa Khlok on Phuket's northeast shore to go to Ko Yao Noi. Passenger
boats leave in the morning and charge 40 baht per person (one way).
Long-tail boats can be chartered for 600-1,200 baht each way. The trip
takes about 1 hour. Speed boats to Ko Yao Noi are 4,000-6,000 baht
For Ko Yao Yai, boat leaves from
Tien Sin Pier at 10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. It takes about 1 hour and
the fare is 50 baht per person (one way). .
Travel between Ko Yao Noi and
Ko Yao Yai is 20 baht. Boats leave from Ko Yao Noi's Manoh Pier and
take 15 minutes to cross the channel.
Places of interest in Khuraburi
Ko Similan National Park
A group of 9 small islands, 50 kms. off the west coast of Phang-nga
in the Andaman Sea. The National Park covers an area of 80,000 rai.
Skin Diving Magazine rated them among the ten loveliest places on Earth,
because of the great natural beauty found on the islands themselves
the extensive surrounding coral gardens beneath the waves. The islands
are undeveloped and unspoiled; numerous species of fish, crustaceans,
and other forms of sea-life abound; water clarity and diving are excellent.
Similan is corrupted from the Malay Sembilan and means nine. From north
to south in order the islands are : Ko Bon, Ko Ba Ngu, Ko Similan, Ko
Pahyoo, Ko Miang (two islands), Ko Pahyan, Ko Payahng and Ko Hu Yong.
Interesting sites include :
is also called Hua Kalok or Skull Island. Beneath the waters, a field
of grass and coral appears to be growing in a deep valley. Schools of
fish are everywhere.
is the largest island. It has a long curving bay, and beneath the waters
coral reefs remain pristine. The beach is composed of fine grain sand.
Diving to is strongly recommended. At the island's northern are bizarrely
shaped big boulders; one looks like a soldier's boot, the other is shaped
like a sailboat.
is actually two islands connected and forms the second largest land
mass in the group after Ko Similan. The National Park Office is here,
and there is a fine beach where visitors can stay.
Ko Hu Yong
has the Similans' longest white sandy beach. From November to February
sea turtles come up to lay eggs and their tracks may be seen in the
Travel to the Similans
is easy from either Phang-Nga or Phuket. Chartered boats leave from
Thap Lamu Pier in Thai Muang District of Phang-Nga and take about 3
hours to reach the islands. Here is also the office of National Park
located. Alternatively, trips to the Similans can be arranged in Phuket.
A boat trip from Patong Beach takes 3 hours by Seatran Travel Tel (076)219391-2,
213510. Divers can contact diving companies in Phuket for scuba diving
excursions. Boats usually leave from Patong Beach and Chalong Bay.
A typical dive trip lasts 4 nights and 3 days, and includes 10 dives.
Prices range from 9,000 to 25,000 baht, depending on the level of luxury,
and include food, and accommodations. The Similans are regarded as mainly
"deep water" diving.
For those wishing to stay on
the Similans :
Basic accommodations are available at the National Park Office on Ko
Miang and can be reserved at the Similan Islands National Park Office,
Moo 1, Tambon Lam Kaen, Thai Muang District, Phang-Nga. Tel. (076) 411913-4.
The best period to visit the Similans is from December through April,
March being the best month, when the winds are lowest and the water
of interest in Thai Muang
Thai Muang is a fair sized town and varying levels of accommodation
Khao Lamphi - Hat Thai Muang
was declared a national park on April 14, 1986 and covers a total area
of 45,000 rai. Thai Muang is a phrase indicating the end of the mining
district, and indeed this area was formerly, one of the great repositories
of tin in the world. Mining has ceased, and little trace remains to
the untrained eyes except in the name.
of interest within the National Park.
Nam Tok Lampi
is in Mu 6 of Tambon Thai Muang off Petch Kasem Rd. (Route 4) near km
32-33. Turn left at a gravel road junction and go about 1.5 kms. The
waterfall is medium sized and divided into three levels, each about
100 meters high. It flows year round.
Nam Tok Tone Prai
is a large waterfall with water flowing year round. At km. 28-29 of
Petch Kasem Rd. is a gravel side road. Turn left and go for 7 kms. Then
continue on foot for another kilometer. The hike to the falls is most
enjoyable during dry season.
Hat Thai Muang
is a spectacular stretch of sand, 13 kms. long with clear water and
an adjacent golf course, . At the Sukhabhiban Thai Muang , turn right
and about 1.5 kms on the asphalt road which leads to the beach. Follow
the beach road for another 5 kilometers to reach the National Park Office.The
beach is clean and swimming is excellent. From November to February,
sea turtles come to lay their eggs on the beach. As a result, local
inhabitants customarily go view the turtles on moonlit nights.
of interest in Takua Thung
is an old tin mining district with a history stretching back perhaps
a thousand years. In former times it was a landing point for visitors
from across the Indian Ocean, and the end of the line for travelers
coming across the Kra Peninsula.
From Route 4 take the road leading to Phuket, Route 402, till you reach
Pak Pra, the channel separating Phuket from Phang-nga. The beach on
the Phang-nga side is called Haht Tanoon. Turtles come yearly to lay
their eggs. Dangerous currents in the channel.
Nam Tok Raman
is 7 kms. down the same road as Wat Suwan Khuha. It is a medium sized
year round waterfall surrounded by tangled forest.
of interest in Takua Pa
Takua Pa Town
has a very long history based on tin mining, and was in former times
the most important town on the west coast of Thailand. Accommodations
of varying levels are available.
Hat Bang Sak
is in Tambon Bang Muang. The beach is a long strip of fine white sand
shaded by casuarina trees and there are accommodations available for
a stay. To get there,: take the Petch Kasem Road (Route 4) north toward
Takua Pa Town. At kilometre 76-77 a road leads down to the beach about
1 km. onward.
Khao Lak-Lamroo National Park
covers parts of Thai Muang, Kapong, Takua Pa, and Phang-nga Town (Muang
in Thai) districts, and lies about 33 kms. south of Takua Pa Town on
Route 4. The main attraction
is a mountain beside the sea with a shrine dedicated to the wizard of
the mountain. Khao Lak Beach is rocky. To get there, turn left (if you
are proceeding north from Phuket) at km. 56-57 of Route 4. You will
spot the temple just before entering Tai Meuang district.
Places of interest
in Thap Put
Tok Tao Thong
Lies in Tambon Bo Saen fo Thap Put, about 9 kms. from the District Office
in Thap Put Town. To get there use the same road that leads to Sa Nang
Manora Park, the Phang-nga Krabi Rd. (Route 4), but continue towards
Krabi until you reach Mu 3 of Tambon Bo Saen. You will find a general
road junction where you turn and proceed down the gravel road about