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Phang NgaOperating day:
DailyOperating time: 08.00 - 17.00
Category : Green Travel, Other nature sites, Diving site, Beaches & Bay, National Parks & Marine Reserves, Islands
Attraction Details :
Thailand’s 25th national park, Ao Pang Nga National Parkcovers the area inMueang district, TakuaThung district, and Koh Yao district. This marine national park is beautified with scenic views of the coast and plenty of mangrove forest. It consists of more than 40 assorted small and big islands, which are located east of Koh Phuket. Each of these islands, such as KhaoPhingKan, KhaoTapu (the so-called James Bond Island) or ThamLod,has its own distinctively beautiful landscapes and beaches.
The structure and landform of South Western part of the country results from the fact that it is located near two major mountain ranges, namely Tanowsri and Phuketmountain ranges. They stretch from Pang Nga to Phuket province and serve as a natural borderline between Thailand and Burma. Therefore, general topography of this area is heavilyinfluenced by several faults, known as Klong Marui fault and Pang Nga fault.
In addition, there are multiple layers of sedimentary rock alternating with metamorphic rock. Limestone mountains, both overlapping and isolated ones, can be seen sporadically throughout the area. Even some fossils are reportedly found. The natural surroundings as stated above lead to the formation of numerous caves and cavity.
The gradual erosion of shale mountains became small and large hills. Land subsidence in the west caused rough and indented coastal line, bays and islands. These islands are isolated limestone mountains dotting along the coastin Pang Nga, Krabi, Trang and Satul province. More than 80 percent of Ao Pang Nga national park is occupied by sea. The sea floor isslushy, muddy and sandy. There are many limestone mountains emerging from the sea throughout Pang Nga bay. These beautiful limestone mountains with peculiar shapes form 42 assorted small and big islands, for example KohKhao Tao, KohPhra At Tao island, etc. Each of these islandsis uniquely attractive.
Over 80 percent of the park is covered by the Andaman sea, with over 42 large and small islands, including such as , KohPhra At Thao, KohMaprao, KohBoeyNoi, KohBoeyYai, KohRayaring, KohPhanak, Koh Hong, KohPanyee, KhaoPhingKan, etc.
Torrential rains are commonly predicted from May to September. Therefore, the areas where there is no natural blockage from islands tends to have steep beaches and high tidal waves. On the other hand, the areas with natural blockage or the indented bay has soft and muddy land. Such areas are also occupied with abundant mangrove forest. The stated characteristics are unique to Ao Pang Nga.
How to get there :
Ao Phang-nga National Park is situated 12 kilometres from Phang-nga town. Travel 8 kilometres from the town via Highway No. 4, then turn left into Highway No. 4114 and continue for 4 kilometres to the Ao Phang-nga National Park’s headquarters where visitors can obtain tourist information.
The trip can also be made by riding a local bus from Phang-nga town.
Several tour operators in Phang-nga and Phuket organise a day trip to Phang-nga Bay.
Chartered boats around Phang-nga Bay are available at the following piers:
- Customs Pier or Tha Dan, located at nearby Phang-nga Bay Resort. There are various sizes of chartered boats. Prices range from 1,000 to 3,500 baht per boat.
- Ao Phang-nga National Park’s pier, speedboats and long-tail boats available. For more information call 0 7641 1136, 0 7641 2188.
- Surakun or Kasom Pier, located in Amphoe Takua Thung. There are various sizes of chartered boats. Prices range from 1,400 to 4,500 baht per boat.
For more information call:
* Kiatjaroenchai 1 at tel. 0 7649 6475, 08 1677 5971
* Kiatjaroenchai 2 at tel. 0 7649 6342, 08 1676 2906
* Raan Pol at tel. 0 7649 6381, 08 6691 4802.
Or contact the following businesses:
- Sayan Tour at tel. 0 7643 0348
- A trip to Ao Phang-Nga National Park takes around three hours, with a half-day tour arrangeable. Admission fee is 200 baht. The Phang-Nga Bay Resort near the Tha Dan pier offers comfortable accommodation. There are bungalows and tents available at the National Park. For more information contact Ao Phang-Nga National Park at 80 Mu 1, Tambon Koh Panyee, Amphoe Mueang, Phang-Nga 82000 or tel.
0 7641 1136, 0 7641 2188.