Phang-Nga Bay

Overview

Introduction

Beautiful limestone cliffs and huge rock outcroppings rise out of the water at Phang Nga Bay (pronounced PANG-nah). This scenic part of the Isthmus of Kra, 25 mi/40 km north of Phuket, is reached by either boat or bus.

Also in the area are Koh Panyi (a Muslim fishing village on stilts), caves (Ruesnee Suwan and Suwanakhuka) and Koh Pingkan (an island in the bay—you might recognize it from the movie The Man With the Golden Gun). Be sure to take a boat ride through the area (the boat pier is about 3 mi/5 km from town)—it's reminiscent of China's Li River. Day tours, sometimes called the James Bond Island Tour, are available through several Phuket hotels. The tours are definitely worthwhile, as this is some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Thailand.

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