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Phang Nga is located on the Northern Andaman Coast in Thailand – Part 8




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.

Cultural Activities in Phang Nga

4. Manora or Nora
• This is an art form.
• It is native to southern Thailand.
• The performance has graceful and beautiful dance postures.
• The singer will sing the lyrics.
• Accompanying musical instruments include:
– Drums
– Cymbals
– Gongs
– Java pipes
– Castanets

5. Shadow Play
• This is a popular art of southern Thailand.
• Dried animal hide is carved into drama figures. They are like:
– a hermit
– a lord
– a lead actor
– a lead actress
– a giant
– a clown
• The figures are held up behind a lighted screen.
• This creates its shadows on it.
• Nai Nang or the puppeteer will sing verses.
• They narrate the performance.
• He must have exceptional reflexes.
• Musical instruments used are the same as for Nora.

6. Li-ke Pa
• This is also called Li-ke Bok or Li-ke Rammana.
• This type of performance is different.
• The performers wear other kinds of costumes.
• Li-ke Pa is popular among Thai Muslims.
• Only three performers play in a single set.
• The set will have a location name change.
• Musical instruments used include:
– 2-3 tambourines
– Cymbals
– Gongs
– pipes

Festivals / Events of Phang Nga

1. Water Melon Day
• It is organized every year.
• There is plenty of watermelon to offer.
• A food and beauty contest is also held.

2. Free the Turtles Fair
• This is held annually at Thai Muang Beach.
• The celebration takes place for 7 days.
• During the festival baby turtles raised by the Fisheries Department are released into the sea.
• They are released at Thai Mueang Beach.

3. The Ma Jor Poh Statue Procession
• It’s an annual ceremony.
• The statue of Ma Jor Poh is carried on an ancient Chinese carriage.
• This is taken around the town.
• It is taken along with the weapons of various sacred spirits from the Chinese temple.
• There is traditional music played on Chinese musical instruments.

4. The Chao Ley (sea gypsy) Boat Floating Festival
• It’s a ceremony that is held to celebrate the ancestor’s spirits.
• All kinds of Morgan sea gypsies join in this ceremony. The ceremony includes:
– spirit dwelling
– ancestor worshipping
– fortune telling
– music performances
– dances
– “Kabang” floating

5. Vegetarian Festival
• The Phang-Nga Vegetarian Festival resembles the well-known Vegetarian Festival in Phuket and Trang.
• This festival is held from the first through the ninth nights of the ninth Chinese lunar month.

6. Amazing Phang-Nga Festival: High Season Opening in Phang Nga
• There is an opening and special events ceremony Khao Lak Center.
• The ceremony features:
– Entertainment
– Cultural shows
– An exhibition of tourist attractions
– Water sports
– Local sport competitions
– Local products shops
– Vast variety of sea food

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

Lonely Planet Discover Thailand Thailand PhotoMazing Thailand

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

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at agoda.com
Hotels at tripadvisor.com

Blogs / Sites about Thailand – Phang Nga

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at lonelyplanet.com
Blogs at travbuddy.com
Blogs and reviews at travelblog.org

Images and photos of Thailand – Phang Nga

Images at google.com
Images at placesonline.com
Images at impressive.net
Images at tripadvisor.com

Videos of Thailand – Phang Nga






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