Destinations in Thailand - Phang Nga Travel Guide - James Bond Island
A stunning scenery of James Bond Island, a popular tourist destination in the province. – Phang Nga Travel Guide

Introduction to Phang Nga Travel Guide

Phang Nga is one of Thailand’s southern provinces, bordered to the west by the Andaman Sea and to the south by Phang Nga Bay. Ranong, Surat Thani, and Krabi are surrounding provinces. To the south lies the Phuket Province, which is linked to Phang Nga by the Sarasin Bridge.

Phang Nga was formally formed in 1809 under King Rama II’s reign. When the Burmese invaded Takua Pa, Takua Thung, and Thalang that year, King Rama II assembled immigrants to a newly established town called Phang Nga. King Rama V visited Phang Nga in 1890 and documented the town’s status as a magnificent fertile town. In 1916, the town’s status was changed to a province.

The Surin and Similan island groups are famed for their wonderful, unspoiled beaches and spectacular underwater scenery that attract divers from all over the world to the Andaman coast of Phang Nga. Khao Lak, located on Phang Nga’s mainland, is a coastal park with unique birds, exotic wildlife, and beautiful waterfalls. ​​The province is also home to James Bond Island, a needle-shaped limestone rock in the sea that appeared in the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun.

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How to get to Phang Nga

Map of Phang Nga Province

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Top Attractions in Phang Nga

Destinations in Thailand - Phang Nga Travel Guide - James Bond Island

James Bond Island (Koh Khao Phing Kan)

A famous landmark in Phang Nga featured in the 1974 James Bond film.

Phang Nga - Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

A well-known panoramic viewpoint in Phang Nga.

Koh Panyi (Panyee Floating Village)

Koh Panyi (Panyee Floating Village)

A fishing village with around 200 houses that are notable for being constructed on stilts.

Mu Ko Surin National Park

Mu Ko Surin National Park (Surin Islands)

A five-island archipelago in the Andaman Sea with gorgeous beaches and snorkeling sites.

Mu Ko Similan National Park (Similan Islands)

An archipelago of 11 islands in the Andaman Sea, featuring crystal blue waters, white sand beaches, and excellent diving sites.

Khao Lak Beach

Khao Lak Beaches

One of the famous getaway beaches not far from Phuket.

Wat Tham Suwan Khuha

Wat Suwan Khuha (Suwan Khuha Cave Temple)

A temple with a peaceful cave and a beautiful reclining Buddha statue.

Side Trips

Phuket

Known for beaches, luxury resorts, and reef diving.

External Resources

An aerial shot of Koh Panyi – Phang Nga Travel Guide

Summary of Phang Nga Travel Guide

Phang Nga, one of Thailand’s southern province, is home to appealing beaches, charming islands, and breathtaking seascapes. The province contains many natural attractions including the world famous James Bond Island, where the film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ was shot. Phang Nga also home to Mu Ko Surin and Mu Ko Similan, which have been rated as the top global scuba diving locations. The province, which is located between Krabi and Phuket, offers a unique experience in comparison to its more well-known neighbors. It is recommended to stay at Phang Nga for a beach vacation with a more authentic vibe. Still unsure? Please do not be hesitant to visit other Thai destinations:

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