The province of Phang-nga is located some 788 kilometres from
Bangkok. It covers an area of 4,170 square kilometres.
Phang-nga is a province with two characters - land and sea - and packed
with national parks that guard magnificent scenery with immensely
Most famous is Ao Phang-nga National Park, a geological wonder filled
with islets, sunken caverns and startling rock formations rising sheer
out of the sea. The bay is extremely sheltered ideal for expeditions of
sea canoes to explore the many fascinating caverns with their own eco-systems.
Phang-nga's andaman coast offers parks of a different kind. The island
groups of Surin and Similan are renowned for their beautiful unspoilt
beaches and spectacular underwater scenery, attracting divers from
around the world. Khao Lak is a coastal park full of birds, mammals and
scenic waterfalls, with a number of hotel developments after Tsunami
disaster in December 2004.
There are many ways to reach Phang-nga as follows:
How to get there
1) First route: From Bangkok, take Highway No. 4, passing the provinces
of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, and Ranong, then drive straight to
Phang-nga town. It is 788 kilometres from Bangkok. The trip takes around
2) Second route: From Bangkok, take Highway No.4 to Chumphon, from there,
take Higway No. 41 to Amphoe Tha Chang, then go straight to an
intersection where a right turn is made to Highway No. 401, keep driving
to Amphoe Ban Ta Khun for about 50 kilometres, and then take Highway No.
415 for 30 kilometres, take a right turn to Phang-nga town. Visitors
travelling from Phuket should use Highway No. 402, passing Sarasin
Bridge to Ban Khok Kloi, take a right turn to Amphoe Takua Thung. It is
87 kilometres from Phuket. The journey takes around 1 hour and 30
There are daily bus services from Bangkok to Phang-nga. Travelling time
is 12 hours. For more information call the Southern Bus Terminal at tel.
0 2435 1199-200 or the Phang-nga Bus Terminal at tel: 0 7641 2300, 0
7641 2014 or visit www.transport.co.th
There is no direct train to Phang-nga. The State Railways of Thailand
operates daily train services between Bangkok and Surat Thani. A trip to
Phang-nga can be made by getting off at the Surat Thani Railway Station
and then ride a bus for another two hours. For more information call
Bangkoks Hualamphong Railway Station at tel. 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223
7020 or visit www.railway.co.th
Thai Airways International operates Bangkok-Phuket flights daily. From
Phuket, take a bus or rent a car to Phang-nga for about 58 kilometres.
For more information, call Thai Airways at tel: 1566 or 0 2280 0060, 0
2628 2000 or visit www.thaiairways.com