Ko Panyi is a small island made from limestone hills and
plains. This is an interesting Muslim community. There are
about 200 households of fishermen. On the island, there are
many restaurants and souvenir shops.
Ko Phanak is a beautiful island with caves that house stalactite
and stalagmite formations as well as small cascade, which
flows onto several tiers.
Khao Phing Kan Named so because of its nature of being split
into two halves. The smaller rock slid down, with its foundation
stuck under the ground and the upper parts still leaning against
each other. Behind the mountain is a superb scenery. Looking
into the sea one finds “Khao Tapu”, a nail-shaped island,
a solitary pillar in the sea. It is the most remarkable attraction
of Ao Phang-nga National Park.
Khao Machu, a striking appearance rock formation is located
on the way to Ko Panyi. It resembles a dog; its head, body,
with a bushy tail.
Khao Khian, is on the way to Panyi Island. On the cliff which
stands above the sea, there are pre-historic paintings featuring
various kinds of animals. A study by the Department of Fine
Arts has indicated that these paintings are over 3,000 years
old. They are assumed to have been painted by seamen who use
this place to escape from the monsoon.
Tham Lot is a lofty limestone cave with a giant hollow whereby
boats can pass through. In a hollow, there are numerous stalactite
formations on its ceiling, beyond the hollow is a beautiful
sight of the mangrove forest.
Ko Hong, with big and small mountains. Sailing to this island
gives you a feeling of being surrounded in a large hall with
two doors. It will give you an immense feeling of the power
of nature’s creation.
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
- Customs Pier or Tha Dan, located at nearby Phang-nga Bay
Resort. There are various sizes of chartered boats. Prices
range from 600-3,500 baht per boat.
- Ao Phang-nga National Park’s pier, speedboats and long-tail
- Surakun or Kasom Pier, located in Amphoe Takua Thung.