Phangnga Travel Guide

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Attractions in Phangnga Province, Thailand
Phang-Nga town
Phang-Nga town is the provincial capital; it is a quiet little town with none of Phuket its hubbub but a great deal of its own charm. Accommodation is available. Phung Chang Cave
Khao Chang or Elephant Mountain
Khao Chang is a huge mountain resembling a crouched elephant which Khao Chang is a symbol of Phang-nga. Inside the mountain, there is a dark and long cave called Tham Phung Chang which is full of stalactites and stalagmites. Exploring through the dark cave have to be done both on foot and by boat since some parts of the cave are always flooded.
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 stalactites, 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. Inside are stalagmites and stalactites, and meandering streams that trickle through the caves.
Kao Ngum Cave
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
Sa Nang Manora Forest Park covering a total area of 180 rai and has a topography of limestone mountains lying in the Northeast – South direction covered with an evergreen or rain forest. The Park is very shady with large trees and a stream flowing by from the headwater forest on the mountain ridge down the valley to the plains. The different altitudes of the landscape result in many small waterfalls. Many economic plants are grown here; such as, Malacca teak, ironwood, and Champa Pa – Magnolia elegans. Its fauna include Sumatran serow, monkey, langur, bear, tiger fish, soro brook carp, and softshelled turtle. The name of the forest park, ‘Sa Nang Manora’, is based on a folk tale that 7 Kinnari sisters flew from Kailasa Mount to swim in the pond here and the youngest sister, Manora, was caught by the loop of Hunter Bun who took her to offer to Prince Suthon.

How to get there : from Phang-nga, take Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Road) via Tambon Nop Pring. The Park is approximately 4 kilometres from the provincial town. Turn right for another 4 kilometres at the direction sign.

Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park
is opposite the former city hall. This is a beautiful public park surround by limestone mountains. There are two adjoining caves called Tham Ruesi Sawan and Tham Luk Suea , in which a stream and formations of stalactites and stalagmites are found.
Ton Pariwat Wildlife Conservation Area
is situated in Tambon Song Phraek, on a route between Phang-nga town and Kapong district. To get there, visitors travel 5 kilometres from Phang-nga town along Highway No.4, then take a right turn at Ban Song Phraek for 10 kilometres. There, one finds shady plants, streams and a waterfall.
Ao Phang-Nga (Phang-Nga Bay) National Park
Ao Phang-Nga National Park Ao Phang Nga National Park is located at the Andaman sea shore of Thailand. The natural beauty is most easily seen by a boat tour of the entire bay. Ao Phang Nga National Park covers area approximate 250,000 rai in Amphoe Mueang Phang Nga, Amphoe Takua Thung, and Amphoe Ko Yao. It is Thailand’s second marine national park where most of the area is sea water and islands of limestone mountains of different shapes and beauty. It is also the home of mangrove forest and a breeding area of marine animals. It was declared a national park on 29 April, 1981. December to April is the most appropriate period to visit the Park whereas May to October is the period of heavy rainfalls and strong waves.

Besides Ao Phang Nga National Park will have a lot of famous islands then it still have some lovely caves such as Lod Cave, Pauta Khun Thong Cave, Kaeo Cave Talu Nok Island, Talu Nai Island, Phanak Island, Khai Island. If you'would like a destination for a nice picnic lunch with a little snorkeling ; rent a boat to Lawa Yai Island. In two hours you will reach this very small island with a white sandy beach where you can relax to your picnic lunch after some sun and fun.

Travel: Take Route 4 from Phang-nga Town towards Koke Kloy and go about 8 kms. Turn left on Route 4144. The National Park Offices are about 4 kms. further on. There are many places where boats can be rented to travel Phang-Nga Bay:
Tha 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 Pier (Ka Sohm Pier):
Lies in Takua Thung. Here you will find long-tail boats seating about 6 persons each. Surakoon Pier
The Pier in the area of National Park :
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 wave less 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 National Park include:
Koh Panyee
Koh Panyee or Punyi island is the island of the flag and located in Phang Nga Bay. Which is a fascinating fishing village and surrounded by huge limestone cliffs. The villagers are the descendants, directly or indirectly, of Toh Baboo and his family and friends from Indonesia who were the first people to settle on Koh Panyee some 200 years ago. Most of the people here are Muslim. The mosque is considered as the center of the village. Punyi Island also has its own football team called Punyi FC. Visitors would not believe that a small island like this could have a football field of their own. However, from the unity of all the villagers they have fulfilled the dreams of the children. Visitors can try grilled squid and many other seafood dishes that can be found all over the island.

Nearby attractions
Pang-nga is a small province with a very serene atmosphere so most of the visitors who come here are looking forward to visiting the beautiful sea. However, if visitors travel in the city, they will find a different kind of atmosphere. There are many restaurants and buildings in the Sino-Portugese style.

After visiting Pang-nga, visitors can also stop at Poong Chang Cave, Phuket, the unseen cave in the shape of an elephant with many beautiful stalagmites. There is also Khao Lumpee National Park at Tambol Toong Mapraw, Amphur Tai Muang where many ferns can be seen.

How to get there: Koh Panyee is about 20 minutes by long-tail boat from Surakul pier in Phang Nga province.
Koh Panak
Khao Ping-Gan Koh Panak has wonderful scenery from many caves and inner sea areas around the island. Some caves can be reached by kayaking while some have very high entrance that tourists need to climb up. The inner sea will be seen from the cave entrance. The favourite attractions are Khang Khao Cave, Ice Cream Cave and Gong Gang Cave.
Khao Tapu and Khao Phing Kan
Khao Tapu and Khao Phing Kan is a pair of islands located in Phang Nga Bay. Khao Tapu and Khao Phing Kan is the main tourist attraction which all tourist boat must stop for visiting and take a photograp . The front side of Tapu Island is very well-known by foreigners because it's one scene of the "James Bond " movie.
Lod Cave
Tham Lod is a large sea level cave and length about 50 metres, lies in Takua Thung District. The cave has evolved by being eroded by the sea over millions of years. There are beautiful stalactites and stalagmites inside the grotto. During way, you can see a perfect mangrove forest in Thailand.

How to get there : You can buy tour package from Phang Nga province. You can also hire long trail boat for sighseeing around Ao Phang-nga National Park for 6 – 8 people.

Tapan Cave Monastery
Tapan Cave Monastery Inside is a bridge called the Dragon Bridge that Spans Hell. At one end of the bridge is a cave, inside of which the attractions include a waterfall, a stream, the Diamond Dharma Meditation Area, and icicle like deposits of calcium carbonate stalactites and stalagmites shaped by nature to resemble a castle, a three - peaked chedi, a thousand year old stone turtle, etc. The monastery is located in Muang District of Phang-nga. If traveling from Phuket, go about 600 meters past the Provincial Hall in Phang-nga Town, turn left and go on another 400 meters to the monastery.
Koh Hong
Koh Hong is a limestone island, enriched by and undisturbed nature. Koh Hong completely surrounded by cliff walls then you will felt like stay on a huge hall with one entrance and open to the sky. Wild orchids and mangrove forests are assets of Koh Hong. In low tides, you can kayak under the cliffs trough two caves to enjoy the emerald sea both inside and out side the island. Strolling along the beach and swimming through Anemone-fish are activities of choices.

How to get there : Access to these islands is only by a narrow cave channel. Due to the low cave roof, only kayaks can get through at the suitable water level.

Tone Patiwat Wildlife Sanctuary
Shady, forested, featuring many different tree species, with waterfall and stream, this area can be visited on elephant back or toured by canoe a wonderful experience. Contact one of the eco-tour companies for information. To get there : take the road from Phang-nga Town about 5 kilometers toward Kapong District, turn right at Ban Song Praek and travel on another 10 kilometers. Tone Patiwat Wildlife Sanctuary
Khao Khien
Khao Khian or Rock Paintings is on the way to Ko Panyi and houses rock paintings on the cliff of various animals believed to have been painted by sailors who moored their ships here to take shelter from the monsoon. According to the Fine Arts Department, the paintings are at least 3,000 years old.
Phang-nga Wildlife Breeding Center
Many nearly extinct breeds are found, most notably birds, including mynahs, parrots, hawks, peacocks and pheasants. Among other animals found are mountain goats, gibbons, monkeys, langurs (long-tailed monkeys), bears, and ducks. The Breeding Farm is located on Petch Kasem Rd. in Tambon Tahk Daed the road to Phang-nga Bay from Phuket. Open daily, 08:00 - 06:00 p.m. Tel: (076) 413261.
Kapong District
Lamroo Waterfall (Nam Tok Lamroo)
Lamroo Waterfall is 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 Lad Waterfall (Nam Tok Hin Lad)
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 clear.
Kapong Hot Springs
Kapong hot spring is otherwise known locally as Plai Phu, located 8 km from the Kapong district office. The temperature is 65 degrees celsius, and a regular pool has been formed for the envigorating mineral water by damming up the streams.

How to get there : The hot springs are just 8 km out of town. Once past the district offices heading north one needs to take the first right towards Nai Le village. The good roads continues for roughly 4 km, when this time a well signposted turn heads to another right and up the valley the road continues onward until a sudden halt as one drives into a teak forest. The unpaved track continues for another 500m and one has arrived at Kapong hot spring.

Sang Tong Waterfall (Nam Tok Sang Tong)
Namtok Saeng Thong On the opposite side of Kapong Hospital, is the access road to the waterfall, 6 kilometres further on. It is a medium-sized waterfall, having 11 levels altogether. The falls run all year round.
Khura Buri District
Koh Similan
Koh Similan or Koh Paet has a distinctive horseshoe-shaped bay and average depth of the water is 60 feet. Underwater is full of rock formations and coral reefs in several shapes and forms such as deer, leaf, brain, and mushroom. The latter one is the most unspoiled coral found in the country. Its soft sandy beach is very beautiful and diving around here will let you see a lot of fishes and coral. To the north, lies a striking large rock formation with astonishing shapes such as boot and Donald Ducks head. The upper part of the beach is an ideal lookout point with a rock of a sailing boat shape.

How to get there : Thap Lamu Pier, located 70 kilometres north of Phang-nga at Amphoe Thai Mueang, is the nearest point to Similan. A boat trip takes around 2 hours. There is no regular boat service for travellers to the island. Boats leaving from Thap Lamu are suitable for group tours and the boat rentals range from 30,000-40,000 baht, depending on various factors.
Admission : Adults 400 Baht, Child 200 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 7642 1365, 0 7659 5045, 0 2562 0760