Ao Phang-Nga Marine National Park
Ao Phang Nga 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 arrestingly beautiful sites If the whole area are Khao Khian, Ko Pan Yi, Khao Raya, Tham Nak and Ko Phra At Thao information from the Department If Fine Arts says that area of rock printings is greater 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 Pauta 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 vey small island with a white sandy beach where you can relax to your picnic lunch after som sun and fun.
How to Get There
Once in Phang Nga province, go past the provincial offices outside of the main city on highway 4 heading to Tumbon Khok Kloi. After about eight Kilometers you will come to an intersection, proceed to the left on highway 4144. This will take you to Ao Phang Nga National Park. In about two Kilometers from the turn off, you will come to the National Park Headquarters; Go past it another two kilometers to the custom pier to the Visitor’s Information Center.
At the custom pier you should be able to rent a long-tailed boat to tour the whole bay in about three to five hours. After a day of exploring and site seeing rest at the bungalows next to the park office, but be sure to make reservations in advance with the Royal Forest Department.
This can be done either at the park Headquarters in the provincial town of Phangnga, or at the bungalow reservations office of National Park Division, the Royal Forest Department, Chatuchak District, Bangkok 10900. Instead of renting a bungalow many guests like to camp instead. This is permitted, but asks park officials for permission as to where you can pitch your tent. When building fires take wood that has fallen to the ground already, do not take branches off the trees.
Watch your fire. And put it out when you leave. When hiking stay on established trails. Respect local culture and tradition, nude or topless sunbathing is forbidden. Also remember to bring your own mask and snorkel if you plan to look at coral. Enjoy your visit.