Archive for the 'Phang Nga' Category

Feb 11 2013

Phang Nga Bay by longtail boat

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Tuk-tuk of the sea: the long-tail boat.

Phang Nga Bay is a calm, sheltered bay that stretches from the east coast of Phuket up to the southeast coastline of Phang Nga province. This ‘jewel of the Andaman’, as it’s often called, is compared to Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay because of its dramatic scenery of steep limestone karsts. The 400-square-kilometre bay has become … read the full post

Aug 23 2012

Old Takua Pa Sunday market

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Kids misbehaving? This the perfect threat: "You better be good or we'll toss you in with the boiling ducks!"

Most who pass through the transport hub of Takua Pa in south Thailand’s Phang Nga province see little more than the bus station, stopping only for a transfer to the tourist hot spots of Khao Lak, Khao Sok National Park, Ko Kho Khao or further south to Phuket, Krabi and beyond. Lucky travellers who take … read the full post

May 25 2012

Baan Nam Kem tsunami memorial

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A handful of youngsters kick a soccer ball along the beach. Early evening smoke rises from a grilled fish vendor’s cart. A soft orange glow blankets the sky as gentle waves lap upon the shore. Life has returned to normal in the picturesque seaside hamlet of Baan Nam Kem, but memories of the day in … read the full post

May 17 2012

How to do Khao Sok national park independently

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As part of Thailand’s largest contiguous wildlife preserve, the ancient jungles and emerald waters of Khao Sok National Park should be far more than an after-thought while on a Thai island holiday. Khao Sok is a must for nature-loving travellers to south Thailand, but given the sparse info available online (stay tuned for fresh Travelfish.org … read the full post

May 07 2012

Phang Nga’s Manora Waterfall

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Where I come from, waterfalls are generally not marked with their own sign along the road unless they’re something truly impressive. In Thailand, however, every little trickling stream seems to be advertised as this or that “waterfall”, and more than once I’ve hiked several kilometres only to find something less impressive than a fountain you … read the full post

Mar 26 2012

Which is better, Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay or Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay?

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If limestone karst-filled bays were boxers, north Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay would be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. As Vietnam’s top travel destination and a UNESCO world heritage site, Ha Long has a reputation that precedes itself. Southwest Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay, on the other hand, would be a popular but far lesser … read the full post