Attractions in Phangnga Province,
Si Phang-Nga National Park
Si Phang-nga National Park is one of attractive National Park in south of Thailand. Si
Phang-nga National Park covers a total area of 153,800 rai and the park shares
boundaries with Khao Sok National Park to the east and Klong Naka wildlife Sanctuary to
the north. It features intact moist evergreen forests. Major flora include Yang –
Dipterocarpus alatus, Takhian Thong – Hopea odorata, various species of palms, Kapho Nu
–Licuala triphylla, staghorn fern, orchids like lady’s slippers and Ueang Ngoen Luang –
Dendrobium formosum. It also serves as a natural habitat for different species of fauna
and birds such as Malayan tapir, Sumatran serow, banteng, barking deer, tiger, hornbill,
Asian fairy-bluebird, helmeted hornbill, soro brook carp, Blyth’s giant frog, etc. It has a
longer rainy season than summer, with rainfalls almost all year round during May and
December. It was declared a national park on 16 April, 1988, and established as a park in
honour of His Majesty the King on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty’s Fifth Cycle
Travel to the Si Phang-Nga
located 4.5 kilometres from the National Parks office, and another walk of 500 metres will take you to the 60 metres-high waterfall.
The surrounding area is full of lush vegetation and big shady trees making it nice and cool.
Tam Nang Waterfall (Nam Tok Tam Nang)
is about 4.5 kms from the National Park Office down a road, then on foot another 500 meters.
Ton Sai Waterfall (Nam Tok Ton Sai)
Before you reach the check point into the Park, you will come upon a small path on your right and a 15-minute walk down
this path will lead you to a lovely waterfall. The 20 metre-high falls is in a dense grove of banyan tree and is worth a visit.
Ton Toei Waterfall (Nam Tok Ton Toei)
is a 45 metre-high waterfall. A journey on foot, and back, that begins from the National Park takes about 3
hours. On the way, there is a small 10 metre-high waterfall, Namtok
Noi, to be seen. The path passes through groves of big dense
evergreen trees and vine forests.
Koh Phra Thong
Koh Phra Thong or Phra Thong Island is located in Mu Ko Ra and Ko Phra Thong national
park. Ko Phra Thong is perfect for tourist who love a tranquil retreat. Not only is the
natural beauty so spectacular, but under the water is also well worth a look. A gorgeous
beach, crystal clear sea water and a coral reef awaits your visit. Additionally, there are
ferryboats to Ko Ra in the northern part of the island.
Ko Phra Thong is given the name ‘Safari in the midst of the Andaman’ because the main
geographical feature on the island is a vast plain. In addition to this, there is a beach
stretching along the west coast, and mangrove swamps on the northern and eastern part
of the island. It comprises grassland, a melaleuca forest and a peat swamp forest that is
home to a large variety of animals. Such an atmosphere reminds tourists of an African
safari, the habitat of various animals, and this makes the island incomparably fascinating.
The broad area of Ko Phra Thong is a plain without any hills. The eastern side is an
adjoining area of mangrove swamps; whilst the plain in the west is mainly occupied by a
secondary forest of melaleuca trees alternating with spacious fields like an African
savannah. Apart from this, there are several kinds of exotic plants, and more importantly,
it is the habitat of various mammals, such as sixty wild deer, boar, dusky langur, macaque
monkeys, palm civet, otter, armadillo, pallas squirrel, grey-bellied squirrel, flying fox, flying
lemur and island mouse. One of Thailand’s endangered bird species, and dugongs, a very
rare mammal in Thai territorial waters are frequently reported to be seen by the locals of
Ko Phra Thong and Ko Ra.
This area is suitable for camping as well. Campers find it an ideal place to pitch their tents
and spend the night observing various nocturnal lives of animals, mainly deer and boars.
After enjoying nature and spectacular wildlife trekking, for those who like seaside or water
activities, the beach, which lies, from the north to the south of the island is recommended.
When the tide of the sparkling blue sea goes out it reveals a white, long and sandy
beachfront for various seaside activities. In the area where the beach is close to mangrove
swamps, ecological diversity is a compensation for the unclear water.
How to get there :
Take state highway number 4 from Bangkok to Kura Buri district, and then catch a
motorbike or a minibus to Kura Buri pier, the main port that takes you to the Surin islands.
By the tourist information centre on the Surin islands sits Nang Yon pier. It provides ferries
from the Surin islands to Ko Phra Thong which takes only 30 minutes.
Takua Thung District
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.
Hat Tha Nun
From Highway No. 4, proceed towards Phuket using the Highway No. 402. Before you reach Phuket island, you will arrive at the Pak Phra straits,
on both sides, you will see the beach. Every year, sea turtles would come to lay their eggs at this beach.
Raman Waterfall (Nam Tok Raman)
This waterfall is located near Wat Suwannakhuha,
take a right turn at Kilometre 31 marker
and keep going for another 7 kilometres.
The medium size cascade is set amidst a grove of big trees
and the falls run all year round.
Rat Oupatam Temple (Wat Bang Riang)
Surrounded by thickly forested hills, this temple is noted for its cool, shady environment. Inside the temple are various important
Buddhist artifacts including the Phra Mahathat Chedi Buddha Dhram Banleu on the Mountain's peak. This is shaped like a bell turned
upwards with a base all around. Located in Tambon Bang Riang off Petch Kasem Rd., on the stretch between Tapput and Panom, 11 km.
from the Tapput District office.
Takua Pa District
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
Situated in Tambon Bang Muang on Phetkasem Road, on the Thai Mueang - Takua Pa section,
between Km.76-77 and going down a side road for another hundred metres.
The beach of Bang Sak has clean white sand and stretches along a grove of shady pines.
Accommodation and restaurant are available on the beach.
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.
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. Hotels in Phang Nga area
Khao Lak Beach
Khao Lak Beach is very beautiful beach for nature lovers and
tourists seeking a peaceful, quiet resort area. The beach is
located 32 kilometres from Amphoe Takua Pa and offers another
popular seaside attraction. There is a wide sandy beach with rocks
of different sizes. The atmosphere is relaxing and suitable for
swimming. It is a nice place to admire the setting sun. It is also
a location of many hotels and resorts with designs of accommodation
and landscapes that blend harmoniously with the seaside ambience:
serene and shady with pine trees and coconut groves on the beach.
Its intact nature is gaining popularity among Thai as well as
foreign visitors. Opposite the entrance to the Park is situated
Chaopho Khao Lak Shrine, which is much revered by villagers.
How to get there : located in Tambon Bang Muang on Phetkasem Road, on the Thai
Mueang - Takua Pa section, between Km.76-77 and going down a
side road for another hundred metres.
Laem Pakarang is an amazing testimony to the power of Nature which it was once an
idyllic seascape, teeming with life and welcoming to human swimmers ... then came the
tsunami on Boxing Day 2004 and everything changed.
Huge rocks (right) were dredged up by the power of the waves and left on the foreshore.
The natural wonder of a raised sandbank has been used for restaurants. They were
washed away and today you can walk out, at low tide, to see where they once offered
their culinary delights in an unforgettable setting (below).
When you have marvelled at Nature, walk round the shoreline to Ao Thong and the
beaches, eateries and welcome shade from the palm trees.
How to get there : Drive north from Khao Lak and Bang Niang
for about 15 minutes; look for the 7/Eleven and turn left follow the signs to Laem Pakarang
Ton Chong Fah Waterfall
Ton Chong Fah Waterfall is Bang Nian canal and becomes a medium waterfall including 5
large levels which be classified as the beautiful waterfall. As a result they can be visited all
year round. A quiet, leafy and out of the way destination, this is an excellent place to visit
if you have the time to invest.
Thap Put District
Tao Thong Waterfall (Nam Tok Tao Thong)
Situated in Tambon Bo Sen, 19 kilometres from Phang-nga town or 8 kilometres before Thap
Put district, this shady waterfall originates from a stream flowing from a dark cave.
Thai Mueang District
Thai Mueang Beach
Thai Mueang beach is a fantastic place to spend the day for swimming and sunbathing in
seclusion. Thai Mueang beach features a white sandy beach running parallel to the
highway for a distance of more than 13 kilometres and crystal clear sea suitable for
swimming. During November – February, sea turtles will come to lay their eggs on the
beach. As such, there is an activity to watch spawning sea turtles on the nights of the
waxing moon. During March every year when the eggs are hatched, the baby sea turtles
will be released into the sea in a tradition called the “Sea Turtle Releasing Festival”.
How to get there : Thai Mueang beach is in the Thai Mueag Sanitary District, with a right
turn for 1.5 kilometres and another 5 kilometres along the beach to the location of the
The Chulabhorn Underwater Park Conservation Centre
The Chulabhorn Underwater Park Conservation Centre This centre is near Thap Lamu pier,
provides knowledge on undersea natural resources to visitors and the public. The Centre is
housed in a 2-story building and exhibits the value and importance of undersea natural
resources and environment, the new aspects of marine eco-tourism, and the wonders of
the undersea world.
How to get there : Chulabhorn Marine Park Conservatory Centre is situated inside the
Third Fleet of the Royal Thai Fleet, Ban Thap Lamu, Tambon Lam
Kaen. It was established by the Phang-nga Naval Base
Opening Hours : 08.30 am. – 03.00 pm.
Admission : Free
Contact : Tel. 0 7659 5170, 0 7659 5090
Wat Bang Riang
Wat Bang Riang located on Khao Lan hill in Tambon Bang Riang, far from the Thap Put
District office on Phetkasem Road around 11 kilometres, this temple contains several
structures including an elaborate bell-shaped pagoda called Chedi Phutthathambanlue.
The hilltop pagoda overlooks surrounding undulating mountains and hills as well as a huge
Buddha image and a Guan-yin Chinese Goddess statue.
How to get there :
11 kilometres from the Thap Put District office on Phetkasem Road.
Opening Hours 08.00 am.- 05.00 pm.