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History
     The area around Phangnga Bay is geologically referred to as a drowned karstiand,which refers to an irregular limestone region with sinks, underground streams, and caverns.

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      Over islands of this description rise some meters or more out of the milky brown grey water of the bay, creating one of the most photogenic scenes in the world.
     The origin of this region dates back to the Cretaceous -Tertiary Period of about  - million years ago. Coral and other marine organisms once flourished in this area,laying deposits over time with their rich calcium deposits over with their rich calcium carbonate bodies.


To do
      Ao Phangnga National Park Is an interesting stop for the traveler with a little bit of something for everyone:  geology, archeology and zoology
 If none of the above interests you, just sit back and take in the view. There are many places to discover : Khao Mah Ju, Ko Pan Yi, Khao Phing Kan,  Khao Tapu, Ko Phanak, and Ko Khai.
The most interesting and beautiful sites in the whole area are Khao Khian, Ko Pan Yi, Khao Raya, Tham Nak and Ko Phra At Thao Information from the Department of Fine Arts says that area of rock printings is older than one thousand years old.  
      The natural beauty is most easily seen by boat touring the whole bay area. There are some lovely caves Tham Lod, Tham Paula Khonthong, Tham Khao Talu Nok-Nai,Tham Ko Phanak, Tham Kaeo and Tham Ko Khai.
If you would like a destination for a nice picnic lunch  with a little snorkeling on the side: rent a boat to Ko Lawa Yai, in two hours  you will reach this very small island with a white sandy beach where you can relax to your picnic lunch after some sun and fun

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      Phang Nga or James Bond’s island is located between Krabi to the north and Phuket to the south, on the shores of the Andaman Sea. It includes no less than 100 smaller islands, each having its own strangeness and beauty.
      It got its nickname thanks to the movie entitled “The Man with the Golden Gun” with the legendary Roger Moore and Christopher Lee. In the film, James Bond’s rival was hiding here.
It’s quite obvious why this place was chosen, if we come to think of the great number of lagoons and fascinating caves that abound in this area. Even for those who are not big fans of James Bond, it’s a perfect place for introspection and meditation.
And let’s not forget the jaw-dropping weirdness of Koh Tapu, that small islet, thinner towards the base and larger towards the top. Perhaps that’s why it’s called like this – in Thai, “koh tapu” means “nail island”.
Koh Tapu is a protected area, so you aren’t allowed to come too close to it. But you can admire it from the Koh Ping Ghan beach. Or you can rent a boat which usually can take up to 10 persons and it can cost you 2,000 baht for 3-4 hours.

But Phang Nga has many more must see attractions besides Koh Tapu. And here are a few:
•    Manora waterfall or Sa Nang Manora is made out of small waterfalls which, in combination with the jungle surroundings, create a gorgeous landscape for you to enjoy in a peace and quiet atmosphere.

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•    Bang Pat fishing village is built entirely on stilts, so boats are vital in this area. This village had a lot to suffer because of the tsunami back in 2004, as nearly half of the houses were destroyed.
But now you don’t see any trace of the disaster, it’s all been reconstructed. It’s a nice place to visit, with warm and welcoming people, plus delicious food.

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•    Also in the area you can find an isolated community Ko Panyi (also known as Koh Panyee) (Thai: เกาะปันหยี) is a fishing village in Phang Nga Province, Thailand notable for being built on stilts by Indonesian fishermen. The population descended from 2 seafaring Muslim families from Java.

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They have built a floating town which is connected to one of the islands in PHANG-NGA BAY, and as a part of 7 hour PHANG-NGA BAY tour.
•    Phang Nga cave, plus the temple in the cave; There is a temple outside the cave, where you can also buy fruits and other delicacies, plus souvenirs.

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•    Ko Phanak - You find here limestone formations. This spot is ideal for those who love the kayak. There are also nice caves here, such as Talag Nai Cave, with its wonderful turquoise pond, Ice Cream Cave or Petch Cave.
•    Wat Suwan Khuha is a huge cave, one of the historical treasures of Phang Nga islands. Here you can find the impressive 15 meters long statue of a reclining Buddha.
•    Sa Nang Manora Forest Park
•    Ko Panyi 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.  
 
 


How to Get There

Ao Phang-nga National Park is situated 12 kilometres from Phang-nga town.
Visitors can obtain tourist information from several tour operators in Phang-nga and Phuket organise a day trip to Phang-nga Bay.

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Sources
http://www.phuket.com/tours/phangnga/james-bond.htm
http://www.travelfish.org/location/thailand/southern_thailand/phang_nga/phang_nga_town
http://jamie-monk.blogspot.ro/2012/03/sa-nang-manora-forest-park-phang-nga.html
http://wikitravel.org/en/Talk:Phang_Nga/Listings

Published by Roxana Veronescu

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