Photo: Hell garden at Wat Tham Ta Pan.

Things to see and do

Ao Phang Nga National Marine Park

Dreamy Ao Phang Nga National Park covers 400 square km and contains over 40 islands amid dramatic limestone cliffs that soar out of year-round calm green water. For good reason, it's one of the most popular boat trip destinations in Thailand. Evidence of prehistoric humans has been traced back in the park to over 10,000 years ago as evidenced by some of their cave painting, tools and other ... Read more about Ao Phang Nga National Marine Park .

Phang Nga Bay by longtail 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 ... Read more about Phang Nga Bay by longtail boat .

Sa Nang Manora Waterfall
5km north of Phang Nga

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 might find in front a three-star hotel. At ... Read more about Sa Nang Manora Waterfall .

Wat Tham Ta Pan
1km south of Phang Nga town centre

This small temple at Ta Pan cave has been built on the theme of heaven and hell, with the latter depicted in graphic – and sometimes gory – fashion. Upon arrival, Wat Tham Ta Pan seems to be a typically placid Buddhist temple, but once you meet the dragon’s mouth the scene quickly changes. The large dragon tunnel leads down to an area that’s been designed to resemble Hell, with several ... Read more about Wat Tham Ta Pan .

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3km south of Phang Nga

It's pricey at 500B for just over an hour and taking photographs is not allowed, but it is spectacular. Only reachable by tour, visitors are led through the cave partly on foot and partly by canoe, and at times wading through knee deep water. Best known for several rock formations that resemble elephants (they really do look like elephants too), the cave also boasts some magnificent gold and red ... Read more about Phung Chang Cave .

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

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 known underdog. To its credit, Phang Nga Bay is a ... Read more about Which is better, Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay or Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay? .




Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Phang Nga Town? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.


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