Ao Phang Nga National Park (Phang Nga Bay National Park) is known for its limestone rock formations. It has more than 40 islands with beautiful cliffs, caves and the largest remaining mangrove forests in Thailand.
Phang Nga Bay is one of the most beautiful bays of Thailand. It is famous for its gravity-defying limestone formations. Most travellers visit Ko Khao Phing Kan, that since 1974, when it was featured in the James Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun“, has been popularly called James Bond Island. In front of it is Ko Tapu, probably the most characteristic islet of the bay and often seen on tourist brochures.
Ao Phang Nga National Park is in the province of Phang Nga, between the provinces Phuket and Krabi. It is north of the Ko Yao islands.
To get there, get on one of the songthaews from the centre of Phang Nga to Tha Dan. If you have your own transport, drive south along highway 4, and after about 5 km, turn left onto the road to Tha Dan. There you will find the park headquarters. You can hire a boat at the park office for a three-hour tour of the park (1500 baht and a maximum of four passengers).
If you’re coming from Phang Nga, you can make a tour with Phanga Nga Explorer Tours. If you arrive at the bus station there is the usual harassment. But take your time and don’t believe everything the people tell you there because they want to force or lure you to their tour operator or hotel. So do not immediately buy a ticket when you get off the bus. Talk with the different tour operators and see what’s the best for you. Usually there are a couple of different trips available every day. Half day tours, full day tours, and tours with a night in Ko Panyi. There are also sea canoeing trips. The sea canoe tours allow you to see things you can’t see from the big tour boats, such as the mangrove forests (above) and the many caves hollowed out in the islands. The center of many islands have collapsed, leaving small lakes open to the sky and fantastic formations of rock. These are usually only reachable through small caves opening into the sea.
Phang Nga Bay is really a “must see” sight.
There are very few places in the world with a landscape like Ao Phang Nga National Park (Phang Nga Bay National Park).