Three Day Trip to Phang Nga Province

This weekend, I went on a 3-day trip to Phang Nga province in Southern Thailand. It is located on the western side of the Malay Peninsula, and includes many islands in Phang Nga Bay. The most famous one is James Bond Island which was featured in the 1974 movie The Man with the Golden Gun. The following are the highlights that I tweeted during the trip.

Date of trip: 13-15 September 2014

DAY ONE: Good morning from Suvarnabhumi Airport. About to fly down to Phuket for a three day stay in Phang Nga Province.

Eating Dim Sum for breakfast in Phang Nga.

Taking a long-tailed boat from Ban Bang Pat Pier to explore Phang Nga Bay.

Koh Panyee in Phang Nga is a Muslim fishing village with about 200 families.

Aerial view of Koh Panyee, a village on stilts above the water.

The fine for taking alcohol onto Koh Panyee is one goat & 1,000 Baht.

The majority of the houses on Koh Panyee in Phang Nga are on stilts. Only the mosque & graveyard on land.

This is the famous floating football pitch on Koh Panyee in Phang Nga.

The floating football pitch on Koh Panyee, a village in Phang Nga.

The only building on Koh Panyee on dry land is the mosque.

Eating seafood in Phang Nga.

James Bond island in Phang Nga. This limestone cliff is the region’s most famous attraction.

James Bond island is more crowded than the last time I came. You have to wait a long time for a clear shot. But it is doable.

James Bond Island is a national park & is 200B for foreigners & 40B for Thais. Has 10,000 tourists a day.

If they are going to do a crackdown at a national park they should start with the vendors at James Bond island. So many of them and all of them selling the same things.

I wonder how many people know the significance of James Bond Island & that it’s featured in Man with the Golden Gun.

Tourists kayaking at Tham Lot, a limestone cave in Phang Nga.

Phang Nga Bay has many beautiful limestone rock formations. Really worth the time to explore by boat.

DAY TWO: This is now the second of my three day trip to Phang Nga in Southern Thailand. It’s the rainy season at the moment and although it won’t normally rain every day it’s been quite wet for us. This province is one of the wettest with eight months of rain a year. Best time to come is over Christmas and New Year. Though for many, Boxing Day will always invoke bad memories. On the morning of 26th December 2004, the Khao Lak coastline in Phang Nga was devastated by a Tsunami and thousands of people lost their lives.

Good morning from Phang Nga. Raining at the moment. I hope it clears up later. But forecast not good.

Taking a boat trip on “Little Amazon” in Takua Pa district of Phang Nga.

Lots of wildlife on the boat trip on “Little Amazon” in Phang Nga including snakes, monkeys & colourful birds.

Boat ride through Little Amazon in Phang Nga is 750B for foreigners (2ppl/boat) & 550B for Thais. Call 086-6827922.

Exploring Takua Pa Old Town in Phang Nga. Many old buildings in Sino-Portuguese style.

Takua Pa Old Town in Phang Nga may not be as “beautiful” or colourful as Phuket Town, but it’s more authentic.

Eating one of my favourites for lunch, Tom Yum Kung.

Sad that the Tsunami Victim Cemetery is so neglected. Obviously no budget to maintain it any more.

One of the murals at the cemetary painted by Thai students depicting the tsunami in Thailand.

There are about 380 unidentified bodies buried at this cemetery. All Asian & thought to be mainly Burmese.

The Baan Nam Kem Tsunami Memorial Park in Phang Nga was set up by a German group & is reasonably well maintained.

The Fishing Boat Tsunami Memorial at Baan Nam Kem in Phang Nga.

The only swimming you will be able to do along the Khao Lak coastline this time of year is in your hotel pool.

Along the beach I found what looks like a hotel destroyed by the tsunami. I wonder how many lives were lost here?

DAY THREE: These are pictures of the third and last day of my trip to Phang Nga in Southern Thailand. It rained a lot during this trip and so I wasn’t able to see or do as much as I hoped. But it was nevertheless an enjoyable trip. For the best weather, you should visit between December and March.

Good morning from Phang Nga. Heavy rain overnight. Forecast is for more of the same. Red flags up due to high waves.

Police Boat 813 Memorial in Takua Pa district of Phang Nga. The tsunami swept it about 2km inland.

Police boat was on royal security detail when the tsunami hit. King’s grandson was killed. This is a new memorial that they are building.

Lampi Waterfall in Thaimuang district. The best time to visit is during the rainy season but too dangerous to swim.

What to do in Phang Nga when raining hard? Not a lot. Most outdoor activities too dangerous. Phuket has more options.

Bamboo rafting in Khao Lak, Phang Nga is 1,000B per raft (2 people). Thais are 500B.

ATV Adventure in Khao Lak, Phang Nga costs 1,100B for 30 minutes. Passengers are 800B. For Thais it is 600B/400B.

Reclining Buddha in a cave at Wat Suwannakhuha in Takuathong district of Phang Nga.

Good surf for kiteboarding today on Nai Yang Beach in Northern Phuket. Though red flag means swimming too dangerous.

Boarding THAI Airways for my flight home to Bangkok. I hope you enjoyed my pics from Phang Nga over the last 3 days.

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