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Phang Nga Bay

Islands of Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Belonging to the southern province of Phang Nga situated along the Andaman Sea, Phang Nga Bay is the region's most searched for attraction and it's not just because of its tranquil qualities.

Famous for its mystical misty mornings and its magical night skies, it's simple things like these that make Phang Nga Bay so extraordinary. This natural escape is jam-packed with things to see and do from dusk till dawn and will be one of the most breath-taking experiences of your life. Guaranteed!

Things to see and do

Distinct for its old dramatic limestone formations sprouting from its emerald-coloured waters, Phang Nga Bay is an absolute scenic wonder. Made up of a total of 42 islands and islets, there is so much to explore in this shallow world of cliffs, cave systems, mangroves, wetlands, hidden lakes, secluded beaches, lagoons, unspoiled flora and fauna and archaeological sites.

It's most famous island is Khao Phing Kan also tagged as "James Bond Island", a tourist magnet after appearing in the 1974 Bond movie, The Man With the Golden Gun. Tours or excursion companies will always take you to this island including another interesting location known as Koh Panyee otherwise known as the "Floating Village" which is precariously built on stilts keeping the community high and dry above the shallow waters below.

Phang Nga Bay is a true haven for water lovers as most activities in the area involve various water sports. In fact the only way to reach the most striking and exquisite parts of this unique destination is by canoe, kayak or raft. Sailing and cruising are also popular choices allowing you to drop anchor in the middle of the Andaman Sea and take in the view of the Phang Nga shore and outstanding vertical cliffs in your line of vision left, right and centre. Diving and snorkelling in Phang Nga bay's coral reef is also an exquisite experience which will get you in closer contact with the area's rich marine life.

Where to Stay?

Should you wish to stay overnight on one of Phang Nga Bay's islands, you should know that only a handful of islands provide lodgings or small resorts for this purpose. These include Ko Bon, Ko Hae; Ko Lon; Ko Mai Thon; Ko Maphrao; Ko Racha; and Ko Yao.

See other beach destinations: Ko Phi Phi, Phuket, Similan Islands, Railay