Phang Nga Bay is the real hinterland of Phuket with more interesting highlights than the island.
Phang Nga Bay consists mainly of limestone islands with incredible formations, caves and beaches. One of the best day trips from Phuket kayaking.
|Phuket Kayaking at Phang Nga Bay|
|Kayak tour at Phang Nga Bay|
|Limestone islands and mangroves|
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The mangroves are the home of wild orchids which blossom once per years and are gone after a few days. They become more visible again because nobody is poaching them anymore, people buy them from the nursery as hybrids and there is no difference anymore.
Phang Nga is bordering Phuket to the west, Chumphon in the north and Krabi in the east.
With unique islands in the Andaman Sea, the bizarre limestone formations have been used as backdrop in several movies like in James Bond "The Man with the Golden Colt" and "The Beach" with Leonardo Di Caprio on Phi Phi Island a little bit further south and other.
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Dense green tropical fauna, warm turquoise waters and pristine beaches are typical. When you come from Phuket on the way to Krabi you will see the Phunga Hotel at the right just before Ao Phang Nga. At the intersection behind the hotel turn right and you will end up at the pier and visitor center.
There are always longtail boats around, rent one and negotiate the price, you must be tough otherwise they milk you merciless. Take a boat having at least a cover on the top otherwise you get real sunburn.
When making this tour don't forget to take some earplugs with you, otherwise it will be a deafening ride over flat waves since the unmuffled engine is fixed very loosely at the back of the boat and makes a terrible noise, there is no way to escape, all longtail boats are made like this.
This is a great water world and the only way to enjoy this is by boat, there is no other ways since the interesting stuff are the bizarre limestone islands. To get some better idea of the area take a few days accommodation in one of the hotels. Passing Ko Panyi with a Muslim village right in the water on stilts, a beautiful optical impression. Have a look around, maybe something to eat, be aware that everyone wants to sell you something.
Ko Panyi was founded by Indonesian fishermen in the 18th Century similar to other places in southern Thailand.
Explore the incredible limestone formations, the natural formed caves and have a dive in the pleasant tropical water, just tell the boatmen to stop on a beach you like and jump.
If you go swimming or just walk around in the splendid waters keep your shoes on or use dive boots, sometimes there are quite sharp coral pieces and other stuff around which is not visible but has sharp edges and after having a cut is having a problem.
This area is full of breathtaking panoramas, full of excitement which makes you -gasp- oh - ah and I can’t believe. Beaches are so many, nobody actually know how many, but for sure enough. In the emerald sea you will find your own private island with a beautiful white stretch of sand. There are several secluded resorts on private islands.
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