An introduction to Khao Lak & Phang-Nga
- Five other national Parks
By road, 788 km from Bangkok by Highway 4, taking about 12 hrs.
By rail 651 km from Bangkok to Surat Thani, then by road 196 km
to Phang-nga. By air, 1.15 hrs. from
then by road 58 km to Phang-nga.
|Phang-nga is located just to the north of Phuket on the western
coast of the peninsular part of southern Thailand with an area of
4,171 sq km. Its long sandy coast
(220 km) and large numbers
of limestone islands (161) and mountains make it one of the most
scenic provinces of Thailand, and gives a lot of opportunities for
tourists to enjoy various activities both on land and in the sea
like trekking, canoeing and diving. Though a small province, it
has as many as six national parks. Of all the national parks in
Phang-nga, three are on land, offering scenic mountains and fine
Canoeing at Khao Sok
An Elephant-ride at Khao Lak
Canoeing in Phang-Nga Bay
Khao Lak-Lamru National Park
commonly called "Khao Lak" is emerging
as a wonderful tourist attraction appealing to those who love tranquillity
amidst the pristine nature. With an area of about 150 sq km covering
four districts of Thai Muang, Pakong, Takua Pa and Muang, the national
park boasts virgin forests with abundant flora and fauna and waterfalls.
The cream of the park lies on Khao Lak Hill, 25 km from Amphur Takua
Pa, forming a scenic background for a serene long golden beach,
which is an ideal place for relaxation and a nice viewpoint for
watching the sunset. Visitors can get close to the nature there
where the locals live in a simple lifestyle. Several types of accommodations
Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Muang National Park
is located in Thai Muang county. Its main attractions are
Lampi Waterfall, Ton Phrai Waterfall,
and Thai Muang Beach which is good
for swimming and which is a place to watch sea-turtles laying eggs
on moonlight nights from November to February.
Si Phang-nga National Park
is 100 km to the north of Phang-nga town whose natural resources
are still well preserved. It has two attractive waterfalls called
Tamnang and Tontontoey
Not far from Khao Lak is Thap Lamu landing which
enables tourists to reach the 40-km-away
Similan Marine National Park
, which is famous among tourists, both domestic and foreign, for
its uncontaminated water and abundant marine lives and as a place
for angling and scuba diving. It can be reached in about 10 hrs
by boat from Phuket or 4 hrs from Thap Lamu landing in Phang-nga.
|As beautiful and unspoiled as Similan is another
marine national park,
Surin Islands Marine National Park
, which is farther away off the north-western coast of the province.
The group of islands can be reached more easily from Phang-nga than
from Phuket. It offers excellent sites for skin-diving. About 1.30
hrs away from the islands are Richelieu Rocks,
a spot for viewing whale sharks.
|The most popular national park of the
province is no doubt
Phang-nga Bay National Park.
The bay is attractive for its numerous weird limestone outcrops
and cliffed islets rising from the sea. This place became more famous
after the James Bond adventure, The Man with the Golden Gun, was
partly filmed here. Its famous islets include Khao Phingkan, an
islet cut in two from top to bottom by natural forces with the breakaway
part leaning against the main one; and Ko Tapu which is perhaps
the most photographed object in the bay.
For those who want
more of the atmosphere of pure nature,
Khao Sok National Park
in nearby Surat Thani is not too far. Here is one of the most luxuriant
rain forests remaining in the country. Canoeing and trekking are
operated by many travel agencies in Phuket and Phang-nga