Phang Nga Bay (Thai: อ่าวพังงา) is in the Strait of Malacca between the island of Phuket and the mainland of the Malay peninsula of southern Thailand. Since 1981, an extensive section of the bay has been protected as the Ao Phang Nga National Park. Most of the park consists of an area of the Andaman Sea studded with numerous limestone tower karst islands. The best known of these islands is Khao Phing Kan.
Tambon Kalai, Tambon Ko Panyi, Tambon Mo
Ao Phang-nga National Park is located in Phang Nga Province and was created by royal decree in 1981. Most of the park consists of an area of the Andaman Sea studded with numerous limestone tower karst islands. The best known of these islands is Khao Phing Kan, popularly called "James Bond Island" because it was used as a location for a James Bond movie. The dramatic appearance of the islands with their sheer sides has made the area a popular tourist attraction. The park also protects the largest area of native mangrove forest remaining in Thailand.
Ko Panyi (aka Koh Panyee) is a fishing village notable for being built on stilts by Indonesian fishermen. The population consists of 360 families descended from 2 seafaring Muslim families from Java. The settlement at Ko Panyi was established at the end of the 18th century by nomadic Malay fisherman. The village now has a Muslim school, a mosque and a market. It also includes a floating football pitch, built from old scraps of wood and fishing rafts.
Khao Lak–Lam Ru National Park is named for two of its mountain peaks, Khao Lak and Lam Ru. It also encompasses beaches and forests. The park has numerous large waterfalls, the largest of which is Lam Ru Waterfall, a waterfall of 5 levels and year-round water flow. The coastal park section at Khao Lak sea shore offers very clear waters and clean, quiet stretches of beach. There is also an abundance of flora and fauna species.
Tambon Tham Nam Phut, Lam Kaen, Phang Nga
Also known as Elephant Belly Cave, Phung Chang cave is located at the foot of Khao Chang Hill. It is consisted of stalactites and stalagmites. Some parts of the cave are permanently flooded but they are accessible by boat. Khao Chang has symbolic significance in Phang Nga as its massive silhouette looks like a crouched elephant, and elephants are an enduring spiritual symbol of Thailand.
The Similan Islands is an archipelago consisting of 11 islands in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Phang Nga. They occupy an area of approximately 140 square kilometres. Ko Similan is the largest island. The sea in the area has an average depth of 60 feet. Underwater it is full of rock formations and coral reefs. Above the water are found many diverse species such as the Nicobar pigeon, mangrove monitor lizards, flying fox and more.
Mu Ko Similan National Park is on Ko Payu of the Similan Islands. The park is famous for its dive sites. It has typically two different kinds of diving. East side diving consists of gently sloping coral reefs with sandy patches with the occasional boulder in-between. The west side is known for its huge underwater granite boulders with numerous swim-throughs. The most important of all dive sites is Richelieu Rock, famous for its variety and abundance of marine life.