Phang Nga
About Phang Nga

Phangnga is one of the southern provinces in Thailand with its geographic features of mountains and forests 788 km. from Bangkok.  Its landmark is Khao Chang which is the big mountain in a shape of crouching elephant – the symbol of Phangnga province.  Visitors can go exploring beautiful caves such as Ruesi Sawan cave and Luk Suea cave in Somdet Phra Sri Nakarin Park, Khao Chang road.  Inside the caves is very cool with clear beck and beautiful stalagmites and stalactites.  Pung Chang cave is also one of relaxing place with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites and all-year beck. 

Phangnga also owns beautiful islands, including the most famous one – Similan Islands.  The word ‘Similan’ derived from Malay language which means ‘nine’, so the islands’ name is the nine islands.  The attractive islands are waiting for travellers to experience their charm.  North Surin Island and South Surin Island are also famous for their beautiful bays.  The most well-known one is Aow Mae Yai which is the big bay with gentle sea.

You are also invited to participate the turtle release fair.  The 7-day event is annually held in March with its highlighted activity – releasing young turtle hatchlings. 

Rubber tree leaves artificial flowers are the famous products made by groups of farm women.  You can buy dried seafood and shrimp paste from local stores and markets around the city.

How to go

There are daily bus services from Bangkok to Phang Nga departing in the morning and evening. Traveling time is around 12 hours. For more information call the Southern Bus Terminal at tel. 0 2435 1199-200 or the Phang Nga Bus Terminal at tel: 0 7641 2300, 0 7641 2014 or visit www.transport.co.th

There is no direct train to Phang Nga. The State Railways of Thailand operates daily train services between Bangkok and Surat Thani. Visitors can get to Phang Nga by getting off at the Surat Thani Railway Station and then transferring to a bus for another two hours. For more information call Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Railway Station at tel. 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or visit www.railway.co.th

The nearest airport to Phan Nga is Phuket, which is serviced by numerous Thai and international carriers from destinations within Thailand and abroad. From Phuket, visitors can take a bus, rent a car, or take a taxi (around 1200 baht) to Phang Nga, around 90 kilometers away.

It is also possible to fly to Krabi, where it is then possible to rent a car or get mini-bus transportation to Phang Nga, an approximately 2 hour trip.


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