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The province of Phang-nga is located some 788 kilometres from Bangkok. It covers an area of 4,170 square kilometres.
Phang-ngais a province with two characters - land and sea - and packed withnational parks that guard magnificent scenery with immensely differentattractions.
Most famous is Ao Phang-nga National Park, ageological wonder filled with islets, sunken caverns and startling rockformations rising sheer out of the sea.� The bay is extremely shelteredideal for expeditions of sea canoes to explore the many fascinatingcaverns with their own eco-systems.
Phang-nga's andaman coastoffers parks of a different kind.� The island groups of Surin andSimilan are renowned for their beautiful unspoilt beaches andspectacular underwater scenery, attracting divers from around theworld.� Khao Lak is a coastal park full of birds, mammals and scenicwaterfalls, with a number of hotel developments after Tsunami disasterin December 2004.
1) First route: From Bangkok, take Highway No.4,passing the provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, andRanong,then drive straight to Phang-nga town. It is 788 kilometresfromBangkok. The trip takes around 12 hours.
2) Second route:FromBangkok, take Highway No.4 to Chumphon, from there, take Higway No.41to Amphoe Tha Chang, then go straight to an intersection where arightturn is made to Highway No. 401, keep driving to Amphoe Ban TaKhun forabout 50 kilometres, and then take Highway No. 415 for 30kilometres,take a right turn to Phang-nga town. Visitors travellingfrom Phuketshould use Highway No. 402, passing Sarasin Bridge to BanKhok Kloi,take a right turn to Amphoe Takua Thung. It is 87 kilometresfromPhuket. The journey takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Therearedaily bus services from Bangkok to Phang-nga. Travelling time is12hours. For more information call the Southern Bus Terminal at tel.02435 1199-200 or the Phang-nga Bus Terminal at tel: 0 7641 2300, 076412014 or visit www.transport.co.th.
Thereis nodirect train to Phang-nga. The State Railways of Thailandoperatesdaily train services between Bangkok and Surat Thani. A triptoPhang-nga can be made by getting off at the Surat Thani RailwayStationand then ride a bus for another two hours. For more informationcallBangkoks Hualamphong Railway Station at tel. 1690, 0 2223 7010, 022237020 or visit www.railway.co.th.
ThaiAirwaysInternational operates Bangkok-Phuket flights daily. FromPhuket, takea bus or rent a car to Phang-nga for about 58 kilometres.For moreinformation, call Thai Airways at tel: 1566 or 0 2280 0060, 02628 2000or visit www.thaiairways.com.
Khaolak Bay Front Resort
Khao Lak beach
Start: 1,200 THB .
Khao Lak Resort
Khao Lak beach
Start: 2,600 THB .
Mukdara Beach Resort
Bang Niang Beach
Start: 2,100 THB .
Khao Lak Merlin Resort
Khuk Khak Beach
Start: 1,650 THB .
La Flora Resort
Khuk Khak Beach
Start: 4,200 THB .
Best Western Palm Galleria Resort
Start: 1,500 THB .
Start: 1,200 THB .
Amandara Island Resort
Koh Kho Khao
Start: 1,050 THB .
Khao Lak-Lamru National Park, featuringhills,beaches, estuaries and mangroves, is an ideal place for trekking.Itallows visitors to explore waterfalls in their wonderful settingandview wild birds and animals. Si Phang-nga National Park, withvirginforests, is another nice location for trekking and also forhiking andcamping. Travel agencies in Phuket and Phang-nga can helptouristsconduct a pleasant trekking tour.
TheNo.1site for canoeing of the province is Phang-nga Bay. Withitsextraordinary seascape of limestone outcrops separated from oneanotherand cliffs rising sheer from the sea, the bay is a must forvisitors togo sightseeing by long-tail boat, motor boat or canoe. Thesmall sizeof a canoe enables tourists to enter inner chambers of thecave systemson sea with a beautiful world inside. The activity can bealsoconducted at Khao Lak National Park to enjoy the scenic viewsofverdant forests. Ton Patiwat Wildlife Sanctuary, only 15 km.fromPhang-nga town, is a luxuriant forest with a waterfall and stream.Hereis also a nice place for a tour by canoe.
Diving & Snorkeling
Ifyoulove diving, the world-renowned Similan Islands never disappointtheirvisitors. The beaches are attractive and the coral reefsremainpristine. They offer the comfortable depths ranging from 2 to30metres. Consisting of nine islands, the group showcasesawe-inspiringunderwater scenes with seamounts, rock reefs anddive-throughs. ScubaDiving is the most favourite activity there.
TheSurin Islands,encompassing five islands, are another perfectdestination forsnorkelling. Dive tours are organized by tour agentsboth in Phang-ngaand Phuket. The best period for diving is fromDecember to May.
Thewaters around theSimilan and the Surin Islands also offer a goodopportunity forgamefishing. For more details, visitors are advised tocontact theirtravel agent or charter companies in Phang-nga or Phuket.