|Phangnga is located some 788 kilometres from Bangkok. It covers
an area of 4,170 square kilometres.Phangnga
is a province with two characters – land and sea – and packed with
national parks that guard magnificent scenery with immensely
different attractions. Most famous is Ao Phang-nga National Park, a
geological wonder filled with islets, sunken caverns and startling
rock formations rising sheer out of the sea. The bay is extremely
sheltered ideal for expeditions of sea canoes to explore the many
fascinating caverns with their own eco-systems.
Phangnga andaman coast offers parks of a different kind. The
island groups of Surin and Similan are renowned for their beautiful
unspoilt beaches and spectacular underwater scenery, attracting
divers from around the world. Khao Lak is a coastal park full of
birds, mammals and scenic waterfalls, with a number of hotel
developments after Tsunami disaster in December 2004.
Getting to Phangnga are easy as
1) First route: From Bangkok, take Highway No. 4, passing the
provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, and Ranong, then drive
straight to Phang-nga town. It is 788 kilometres from Bangkok. The
trip takes around 12 hours.
2) Second route: From Bangkok, take Highway No.4 to Chumphon, from
there, take Higway No. 41 to Amphoe
Tha Chang, then go straight to an intersection where a right turn
is made to Highway No. 401, keep driving to Amphoe Ban Ta Khun for
about 50 kilometres, and then take Highway No. 415 for 30
kilometres, take a right turn
to Phang-nga town. Visitors travelling from Phuket should use
Highway No. 402, passing Sarasin Bridge to Ban Khok Kloi, take a
right turn to Amphoe Takua Thung. It is 87 kilometres from Phuket.
The journey takes around 1 hour
and 30 minutes.
Mu Ko Similan National Park
Similan is a Yawi or Malay word, which means nine or a group of
nine islands. This is located in Tambon Ko Phra Thong, Amphoe Khura
Buri, occupying an area of 32,000 acres. It was declared a national
park on 1st September 1982. Similan is a small group of islands
comprising nine islands stretching from north to south,
Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Koh Miang (two adjoining
islands), Ko Payan, Ko Payang, and Ko Huyong.
The National Parks office is located on Koh Miang. Similan is
highly praised for its beautiful scenery, both onshore and
underwater. It is situated 70 kilometres from Phang-nga town. Best
time to visit is between November and April.
Mu Ko Surin National Park
Situated in Tambon Ko Phra Thong and covering an area of 84,375
rais (33,750 acres), Mu Ko Surin is an archipelago of 5 islands: Ko
Surin Nuea, Ko Surin Tai, Ko Ri, Ko Khai, and Ko Klang. It was
declared a national park on July 9, 1981. The archipelago is
located in the Andaman Sea, near the Thai-Burmese sea border, to
the west coast of Thailand. There are beautiful and unspoilt coral
reefs; the area is suitable for snorkelling.
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