Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is one of the most amazing places we had the chance to explore. We’ve been there countless times, by boat, car, on a bike, luxury yacht, longtail, kayak and even on a Chinese Junk. Each visit is a new experience. Sunny, cloudy or rainy: Phang Nga wears a different dress for each occasion.

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Getting There


Classic kayak day trips

Kayaking in Hong Island in Phang Nga

The easiest way to discover Phang Nga is simply to book a typical tour with your hotel. You will always have a fantastic day and you won’t have to worry about anything since all tours include transfer from and to your hotel. Note that this is a basic tour, so it can be a little busy and a little noisy. If you want a real eco friendly experience, pick the one below.


John Gray Seacanoe

Phang Nga by Sea Canoe by John Gray

Much better than the classic tours is the surreal Hong by Starlight kayak exploration with the famous John Gray Sea Canoe. The kayaks silently glide in narrow passages, with just the sounds of birds and cicadas over the soft noise of the paddlers. The guides are knowledgeable and respectful of their surrounding, and they truly take you into a magical landscape out of this world. Read more


Private cruises

Kudu Yai Kudu Yai Island

One of the fanciest way we explored Phang Nga was on a luxury cruise. It adds a surreal touch to an already jaw-dropping landscape, as you drink chilled white wine on the deck and admiring the majestic cliffs rising high above our heads. Read more


By longtail boat

Long Tail boat to Phang Nga

Boat rides and day trip tours are very easy to book from your hotel, often including transfers from and to your hotel and lunch. However, if you have a car it’s a lot more exciting to do it on your own. Drive to the Surakul Pier in Phang Nga or to Phang Nga Bay Harbour (sometimes cheaper) where you can join any longtail boat. You can even rent your own, which is best, but certainly not the cheapest.


Sunset Cruise on a Chinese junk

June Bahtra

A weekend aboard the famous June Bahtra Chinese junk was definitely the most exotic of all, gazing at bright stars in a clear night sky above our heads, lying on comfortable cushions set on the top deck. The most memorable moment was to be in the almost total darkness, quietly drifting by those gigantic dark limestone rocks of Phang Nga obscuring the starlit skies.


What to see and do in Phang Nga?

The immense limestone cliffs standing everywhere in the bay is the main attraction. You saw them in movies, even in Star Wars and James Bond. Phang Nga has some landmarks, more or less attractive, but places are famous for a reason.


James Bond Island

James Bond Island

The best known is the intriguing ‘James Bond Island‘ famous for a movie that most people nowadays haven’t even seen, called ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’.

The real name of this rock formation is Koh Tapu, which means ‘Nail Island”, well justified by the funny elongated and unbalanced shape. A tiny island next to it is where dozens of longtail boats permanently disembark hordes of tourists for the usual and unavoidable ‘James bond Island’ photo. Read more


Koh Panyi

Koh Panyee Village

Not far from this is Koh Panyi, another very popular stop on the boat trip. This surprising and quite large village entirely built on stilts lives mainly from fishing and tourism. At certain times, Koh Panyee gets as crowded as the James Bond Island, but visit it outside the ‘rush hour’ and it’s all yours!) Read more


The Cave of the Reclining Buddha

Buddha Cave in Phang Nga

Another notable landmark you should absolutely visit is Wat Suwan Khuha with a huge golden reclining Buddha hidden inside a cave. Here too, beware of the naughty monkeys, they are known to pull rubber strips and antennas from cars. Whether you choose to explore it on your own, by car or by boat, no trip to Phuket would be complete without a visit of the fabulous Phang Nga Bay. Read more


Laem Haad Beach

Beach Peninsula in Koh Yao Yai Phuket


Other islands you will visit


Koh Panak

Koh Panak in Phang Nga near Phuket


Koh Hong

Kayaking in Hong Island in Phang Nga


Kudu Yai

Kudu Island in Phang Nga


Koh Yao


Koh Nok


Driving from Phuket to Phang Nga is fun. The road passing by Phang Nga town, more of a discreet small village, it lined by the same incredibly high cliffs covered with dense vegetation. At the intersection of Phang Nga Town and Krabi road, a beautiful park hidden from view reveals a small intricate maze of caves well paved and fun to explore.

The park is very popular with locals who enjoy a picnic near the cave, so you can expect to see food and drink vendors are all around the place… It’s a nice little stop, but watch out the naughty little monkeys would be more than happy to eat your sausages.


Photos of Phang Nga

Phang Nga Bay

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Map of Phang Nga Bay


FAQs about Phang Nga Bay

✳️ What to do around Phang Nga Bay?

a. The most famous landmarks of Phang Nga are:

✳️ What are the other islands around Phang Nga?

a. Beyond the classic landmarks, you will probably explore a few small islands, called ‘Koh’ in Thai:

✳️ What are the best ways to explore Phang Nga Bay?

a. There are several ways to explore Phang Nga, according to your budget:


More Pages about Phang Nga Bay

Hong by Starlight by John Gray Seacanoe – Phang Nga Bay Kayaking

Phang Nga Bay Cruise – Island Hopping in Phuket

James Bond Island – What’s Good and What’s Not