Phang Nga and Khaolak Attractions - Top things to see
Ao Phang-Nga (Phang-Nga Bay) National Park
was declared a national park on April 29, 1981. It lies in the districts
of Phang-Nga Town and Takua Thung and the total area is 250,000 rai (1
rai = 1,600 sq. meters). Most visitors are intent on viewing Phang-Nga
Bay's bizarre landscape, which includes more than 120 singularly strange
looking islands. Therer are many places where boats can be rented to travel
Tha Dan Sullakakorn Pier (Customs Pier) :
near Phang-Nga Bay Resort. Boats from small to large including ones suitable
for group tours can be rented.
Surakoon (or Ka Sohm) Pier : lies in Takua Thung. Here you will
find long-tail boats seating about 6 persons each.
The pier in the area of National Park :
has long-tails holding up to eight persons each. It takes about three
hours to view Phang-Nga Bay. The best season is from December to April,
but because of the calm seas that prevail year round in this waveless
body of water, trips to Phang-Nga are an on-going activity. Many companies
in Phuket offer sight-seeing tours, and various modes of travel are possible:
from long-tail boats, to sea canoes, to Chinese junks. Virtually all of
them include lunch in the price of the tour. Check with your travel agent
for details. Those wishing to explore on their own can charter a boat
Check the rental fee listed on the signboard at the pier.
This small island has a picturesque village, which rests precariously
on small pilings and extends out across the water. It is inhabited chiefly
by Muslim fisher folk, whose unique culture has existed, cut off from
the mainland and most modern amenities, for more than a hundred years.
Souvenir shops and seafood restaurants cater to visitors.
The name means literally leaning mount. It is really a huge rock split
in two; the smaller half has slid down and the remaining one appears now
to be leaning. Though Kao Ping-gan is a very small island, Khao Tapoo
or James Bond Island, is in a little bay of Khao Ping-Gan where visiting
boats pull up. Tapoo means nail, and this shoreless rock projects up from
the sea as its name implies flat and wide at the top, and very narrow
at waterline. It is a striking sight. And the island became more famous
after the James Bond adventure, The Man with the Golden Gun, was partly
Tham Lod Grotto
This cave in Takua thung has beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. The
long tail boat can go through another side of the cave.
Hong means room, and entering this hollowed out island by boat is much
like floating through a giant reception hall with two doors.
A cave with stagmites and stalactites, where a small stepped waterfall
fo regular descent adds to the beauty, is the island's salient feature.
The islet of writings is what the name means. Indeed, there are ancient
depictions of animals and boats which the Fine Arts Dept. has dated back
no less than 3,000 years. Low on the mountain walls just above the tideline
of this shoreless island, they were presumably drawn by voyagers long
ago who took refuge there during storms. The island lies on the way to
Ko Panyee. Also of interest in Phang-Nga Bay National Park are the mangrove
forests and swamps, cut by twisting channels, that line the mainland shores.