Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Phang Nga travel guide

This medium-sized province is bordered by Phuket, Ranong, Surat Thani and Krabi provinces and also has coastline onto the Bay of Phuket and the Andaman Sea. Best known as being home to some of Thailand's most spectacular marine scenery, Phang Nga also has a number of other attractions well worth seeing.

Off its west coast lies the Surin and Similan Island groups, home to some of the last well preserved coral reefs in Thailand. Both of these groups can be visited from Phang Nga province.

In the Bay of Phuket lies the twin islands of Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai - these two islands are little visited, yet well worth the effort. Although part of Phang Nga province, they are best visited from either Phuket or Krabi provinces. The big attraction in the bay is the spectacular karst scenery that is found through out the north of the bay. Popularised in the west by a James Bond Film, the bay offers some stunning opportunities for boat trips and sea-canoeing tours.

Phang Nga is a wet province, and island you'll find numerous waterfalls, although lack of infrastructure will mean you'll need your own transport to get to some of them.

Often added as an after-thought by many travellers, there is actually loads to do in the province and its well worth spending at least a couple of days exploring some of its highlights.

The Andaman Sea coast of Phang Nga province was devastated by the Boxing Day Tsunami, with the Khao Lak area the worst hit in all of Thailand. We have closed that portion of the site until we revisit it in late 2005.

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