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Phang Nga is located on the Northern Andaman Coast in Thailand – Part 4

Phang Nga is located on the Northern Andaman Coast in Thailand.

Overview of Phang Nga

• This is both a coastal province and a town.
• It is also the provincial capital.
• Phang Nga is one of the southern provinces of Thailand.
• Phang Nga is a coastal province.
• It has scenic forests and islands.
• This province offers superb natural beauty.
• This is true for both onshore and underwater.

Attractions near the city are:
• The elephant mountain (temple)
• Sanong Manora waterfall
• Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park
• Namtok Lamru a 5-tiered waterfall
• Khao Lak (beaches)
• Ko Similan National Park
• Ko Surin National Park

Activities In Phang Nga

• Diving
• Snorkeling
• Jungle tours
• Elephant riding
• Rafting
• Temple tours
• Elephant cave trekking
• Rock climbing
• Community-based tourism

Community-based tourism
• Communities around Phang Pga Province open their villages to one day tours.
• They also provide overnight home stays.
• They offer a base price.
• They list everything that will be included in the tour.
• This is from batik painting to tin mining.

About Phuket

• Phuket Island has some decent dive sites and the largest diving center in Thailand.
• The reefs around the area are in a healthy condition with both solid and colourfully soft corals.
• There is also an abundance of marine life.
• Most of the dive locations are suitable for all abilities of divers.
• The most well-known dive site in the Phuket area is Racha Yai.
• It has sloping rocky reefs and its plentiful solid coral forests.
• There is also Ter Bay where there is an exciting wreck in the depths of 15–25 meters.
• Phuket is the limestone island of Koh Doc Mai which soars vertically from the seabed.
• It is home to a diversity of fish and offers the opportunity to view leopard sharks, moray eels, octopus and turtles.

Koh Phi Phi (Phi Phi Island)

• You might already have heard about Phi Phi Island – a tropical island between Krabi and Phuket, Thailand

Similan Islands

• Located in Pha-nga province, 50 km west of Khao Lak are the Similan Islands.
• It has Thailand’s most famous and one of the best diving sites in Asia.
• The Similans consist of 9 islands. They are:
– Ko Bon
– Ko Bayu
– Ko Similan
– Ko Payu
– Ko Miang
– Ko Payan
– Ko Payang
– Ko Huyong
• It is possible to see chevron barracuda, giant trevally, manta rays, leopard sharks and rainbow runners.
• Of all the islands, one of the most popular with divers is Ko Bon.
• This island has a sheer wall 35 meters deep which is followed by a stepped ridge descending to 45 meters.

Best time to visit / climate

• Thailand is largely tropical.
• It’s hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the 28-35°C range (82-95°F).
• From November to the end of February, it doesn’t rain much and temperatures are at their lowest.
• From March to June, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F).
• From July to October, although it only really gets underway in September, tropical monsoons hit most of the country.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get to Phang Nga?

1. Roads
• The main route that connects all districts in Phang-Nga is Highway No. 4.
• The main route that connects Phang-Nga to Surat Thani is Highway No. 401.
• The main route that connects Phang-Nga to Phuket Province is Highway No. 402.
• The main route that connects Muang to Kapong district is Highway No. 4090.

2. Rail systems
• There is no rail system in Phang-Nga Province.
• The nearest railway station is at Phunphin district, Surat Thani Province.

3. Bus
• There are both non air-conditioned and air-conditioned buses to Bangkok and other provinces.
• There are also non air-condition inter-provincial buses.

4. Songthaew
The public passenger pick-up vehicle is the most popular mode of public transportation.

5. By Plane
• There is no airport in Phang-Nga Province.
• The nearest airport is Phuket International Airport.

How to reach Phuket?

How to get there?

1. By plane
• Phuket International Airport is in the north of the island.
• It is Thailand’s second largest hub, second only to Bangkok.
• There are very frequent flights to/from Bangkok as well as direct flights to many other airports in the region.
• This includes Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and direct charters to Europe and Australia in the high season.

International flights
– Australia: V Australia, Air Asia via Kuala Lumpur; Jetstar (direct or via Singapore with sister airline Jetstar Asia) with flights from/to major cities in Australia.
– Germany: Air Berlin has non-stop flights to Munich.
– Hong Kong: Thai Airways , Dragonair and Air Asia have non-stop direct flights from Hong Kong to Phuket. Hong Kong can connect you to the rest of the world via Cathay Pacific or other major airlines.
– Indonesia: AirAsia flies from/to Jakarta and Denpasar Bali, and often this is the cheapest connection between Thailand and Java and more eastern parts of Indonesia (promotional fares are often $30-50 for a 3 hr flight). They had flights to Medan in Sumatra as well, but they have been discontinued due to low demand.
– Korea: Asiana Airlines and Korean Air non-stop services from Seoul with connections from Japan and North America.
– Malaysia: AirAsia flies to Kuala Lumpur (LCCT), FireFly flies to Penang, using small ATR-Turboprop aircraft, and Malaysia Airlines has flights from/to Kuala Lumpur. Qatar Airways also offer daily flights from Kuala Lumpur.
– Qatar: Qatar Airways operates direct daily flights from/to Doha, which connect in Kuala Lumpur.
– Singapore: SilkAir has 32 flights a week. Low cost alternatives are Thai AirAsia and Tiger Airways . In addition, Jetstar flies there too.
– Taipei, Taiwan: China Airlines, Non-stop direct flights from Taipei to Phuket. Taipei has easy connections to Japan, Korea, and the Americas.
Other low cost direct connections include India, Macau, Seoul, and Busan.

Charter flights
– There are some charter flights in high season from European and Asian countries such as Sweden, Taiwan, Japan, etc.
– The airlines charge a very cheap fare.

Domestic flights
– Several domestic airlines fly here, including Nok Air , Air Asia , Orient Thai . Tickets from Bangkok can cost around 1,300 baht one-way if booked well in advance, or around 2,000-2,500 baht (including taxes) if bought on the day or the flight.
– Thai Airways flies from Bangkoks Suvarnabhumi airport several times every day, as well as once daily from Chiang Mai.
– Bangkok Airways has a monopoly on direct flights between Phuket and U-Tapao (Pattaya / Sattahip)and Ko Samui. They also have 6 daily flights from Bangkok.
– Fares are usually the same as Thai Airways, but sometimes they have very inexpensive promotional fares as low as 1,390 baht incl. taxes when purchased on the airline’s website.
– Bangkok Airways flights are usually less crowded and the entire journey is more relaxed.
– You can use their lounges for free even as an economy-passenger.

2. By train
• There are no direct rail services to Phuket.
• But many trains leave from Bangkok’s central station going south all the way to Singapore.
• The most comfortable are the sleeper trains (~685 baht for a berth in a 2nd class A/C car.
• Travelers by train must get off at Phun Phin railway station near Surat Thani and continue for another 5 hours by regular bus to Phuket.
• Do not buy the bus ticket until you actually see the bus and can make sure it is not standing room only as it picks up passengers at the popular Ko Samui ferry.

3. By Bus
• Buses to mainland destinations including Bangkok, Chumphon, Hat Yai, Krabi, Phang Nga, Ranong, Satun,Sungai Kolok and Surat Thani use the BKS terminal off Thanon Phang Nga in Phuket Town.
• The most reliable buses from Bangkok are the public BKS buses from the Southern Bus Terminal to Phuket.
• The journey takes 13 hours and costs between 650-950 baht.
• There are also some private bus companies, Phuket Travel Tour, Phuket Central Tour and Phuket Travel Service.
• Khao San Road operations have a bad reputation for theft, often turn out to include a “surprise” transfer to a minibus at Surat Thani, and are best avoided.
• Richly Travel Center offers a bus leaving at 19:00 from near the HuaLampong Train Station inside Bangkok for 900 baht.
• The TAT next door offers the same for around 1,100 baht.
• From Phuket bus terminal to your final destination, you can take a motorcycle taxi, tuk-tuk, metre-taxi, or bus.
• A motorcycle taxi into Phuket Town will be about 10-20 baht; to most beaches 100-200 baht (negotiable).

4. By Car
• Phuket is directly connected to the mainland by the Thao Thepkasattri Bridge.
• From Bangkok, take Highway 4 through Nakhon Pathom, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, thence through Ranong Province’s Kra Buri and Kapoe districts, Phang Nga Province’s Takua Pa and Thai Muang districts and onto Phuket Island.
• The total distance is 862 km.
• Cars can be rented easily in Phuket.

5. By Boat
• Ferry services connect from Rassada Port in Phuket Town to Ko Phi Phi and on to Krabi on the mainland twice a day, taking 90 to 120 minutes and costing 350/650 baht one-way/return, for each leg.
• It’s usually a pleasant ride, but can be rather bumpy when it’s windy.
• Prices for speedboat charters to/from Phuket range from 3,000 baht to 60,000 baht+ depending on distance / size of boat.

Some Travel Books about Thailand

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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

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Blogs / Sites about Thailand – Phang Nga

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Images and photos of Thailand – Phang Nga

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