EXPLORING PHANG NGA BAY
Phang Nga is a once in a lifetime destination. Nestled between the Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay in southern Thailand, a trip to Phang Nga offers impressive views, exciting outings, and amazing traditions.
Phang Nga National Park was established in the early 1980’s to preserve the bay and its islands. The National Park houses impressive limestone karsts as well as lagoons, caves, and mangrove rivers. What Phang Nga National Park provides is truly an oasis for the traveler looking to be immersed in Thai history. Nearby Panyi Village offers travelers an authentic look at local culture, and the beauty of Phang Nga—sandwiched between the Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay—provides scenic luxury.
Use the first day in Phang Nga to become familiar with the surroundings. Phang Nga Bay and Phang Nga National Park offer many destinations and activities worth pursuing. Speedboats and longboats are great ways to navigate Phang Nga, so lining up reservations for trips around the bay may be helpful. Boats can be hired at reasonable prices. Adventurous types may prefer to secure private vessels.
Phang Nga Bay is filled with small islands and caves that can be reached by boat. Speedboats promise short trips to islands throughout the bay. Speedboats are also an affordable way to get around Phang Nga Bay. Khai Island, Khai Nok Island, and Koh Yao Island are worth visiting for a day or an afternoon. The clear waters of Phang Nga Bay make snorkeling a great activity when visiting islands throughout the bay. There is an impressive array of marine life on display, and islands throughout the bay house diverse populations of birds.
Travelers looking for a day out will not be disappointed by June Bahtra Day Cruises offered by Asian Oasis. Reviews consistently highlight the day cruise as a standout experience. Cruises are limited to small parties to minimize overcrowding. Punctual departure and arrival times make the trips efficient and reliable. Professional staff and clean vessels compliment the impressive vistas seen throughout Phang Nga Bay and its islands and caves.
NOT TO BE MISSED
For film buffs, Khao Tapu is a must-see destination. Referred to as James Bond Island, 007 fans will recognize Khao Tapu from The Man with the Golden Gun.
Boat tours are a great way to experience Khao Tapu, but the area is heavily visited. Travelers preferring to avoid large crowds and vendors may prefer to hire a longboat after normal hours and tour the island when the crowds dissipate. If money is no object, hiring a private boat is the way to go. Floating around Khao Tapu in the dwindling sunlight, as dusk approaches Phang Nga, is an experience like no other.
THE MOST UNUSUAL
Visit Wat Suwan Kuha Temple to see the impressive, golden statue of Buddha. Immediately, travelers will understand why this destination is known as “reclining Buddha temple.” Situated in a cave, the horizontal Buddha statue greets travelers with the beneficent visage one associates with statutes of Buddha.
Wat Suwan Kuha Temple also cools and entertains visitors. Fresh water drips from the cave’s ceiling. The water is collected and held in a concrete vessel. This water offers cool relief from tropical weather. Around the temple, monkeys frolic. Visitors can look forward to being greeting by the friendly primates who are inclined to cavort around the temple grounds. Monkeys climb on visitors in a good-natured way, and the monkeys enjoy being fed by hand.
THE SURROUNDING AREA
Speedboats and longboats are the best way to navigate Phang Nga and its surroundings. To experience authentic village life, take a day trip to Panyi Village. A short trip from Phang Nga, Panyi is a moderate-sized village built on wooden stilts. Panyi offers a great way to be immersed in Thai life. A fishing village, travelers will find that trade on full display. The sights, sounds, and smells on Panyi are typical of Thai villages, and visitors will enjoy navigating labyrinthine alleys and tasting local fare.
The mosque on Panyi is the only structure built on solid ground. Recently remodeled, the mosque’s golden domes are bright reminders of the impact of Muslim culture in the area. In direct contrast to the mosque’s firm location, Panyi has a floating football (soccer) pitch. The pitch is situated entirely in the water, making idea of keeping the ball in bounds more a matter of moisture than possession. Players will get wet, as they are forced to dive into the water to retrieve errant balls.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Phang Nga offers a little bit of everything for travelers looking to combine luxury and scenic trips. Private bungalows and luxurious spas are available to pamper and indulge weary travelers. Boating, snorkeling, and sea kayaking await in Phang Nga Bay. Wildlife—from the marine life seen snorkeling to monkeys frolicking at Wat Suwan Kuha Temple—abounds and entertains. Panyi Village takes travelers away from spa luxury and water-based activities to immerse them in Thai village life. Panyi is authentic and engaging.
Phang Nga engages the traveler, in every way. From the sense of adventure felt in caves and on small islands, to the sense of wonder gazing at reclining Buddha to the sense of relaxation felt at beachfront spas, a trip to Phang Nga gets under a traveler’s skin in the best possible way. A trip to Phang Nga is the trip of a lifetime.
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