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Phang-nga

Country
Thailand
State
Phanga
City
Phanga
Type of Location
Adventure Spot
About Location

Considering the meteoric rise of tourism—and consequent overcrowding—Thailand's reputation as "The Land of 1,000 Smiles" may seem more like strained expressions of tolerance rather than welcoming grins. However, if you head to Thailand's southern coast, hop on a sea kayak to escape the sunscreen-drenched hordes. Once water bound, you will count your own smile among the thousand as you paddle along the coastlines and satellite islands of the aptly-dubbed "Pearl of the South."Phuket, off the mainland's western coast, is Thailand's largest and most-visited island. The nearby Phang Nga region is considerably less traveled. Mangrove forests, hundreds of uninhabited islands, and sheer limestone cliffs beckon. At low tide, slip through the narrow mouths of the area's sea caves, called "hongs" after the Thai word for "room." These caves remained largely undiscovered, even by local fishermen and their wide boats, until narrow kayaks began cruising the waters in the late 1980s. The western Krabi Province comprises one of the most diverse and interesting of Thailand's coastal environs with mangrove inlets, primeval islands, and white-sand beaches waiting to be explored. While on the western end of the southern coast, also visit Ko Tarutao National Marine Park, a 61-island archipelago with stunning beaches, calm bays, countless deserted islands, and very few fellow tourists.



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How to Reach

By Air    

There is no direct flight to Phang-nga. You have to fly to Phuket and take a bus for another 58 kms. Thai Airways operates daily flights to Phuket,

By Rail      
    
There is no direct train to Phang-nga. You have to take a train to Surat Thani (about 13 hours) and then change to a bus to Phang-nga for another 2 hours. 

By Bus      
    
Non air-con and air-conditioned buses leave the Southern Bus Terminal at Borommaratcha Chonnani Road for Phang-nga every day. The air-conditioned buses mostly leave in the evening

Key places to visit
Sok River kayaking, Whitewater Rafting, Koh Samui, Phang Nga Bay, Krabi


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Places to Visit

Sok River kayaking

The Sok River meanders through verdant valleys as it courses its way across the region. Many birds inhabit the river area. Black-capped Kingfishers, White-throated Kingfishers, Common Kingfishers, Chinese Pond Herons, Little Herons, Indian Rollers, Oriental Magpie-Robins, Little Spiderhunters, Grey Wagtails, Yellow Wagtails, Stripe-throated Bulbuls, Yellow-vented Bulbuls and lots of Vernal Hanging Parrots are often encountered on this easy river kayaking trip. There are certainly more birds than this in the area.

Water Monitor Lizards frequent the shoreline. Long-tailed Macaques (monkey) are on the cliffs as are White-handed Gibbons.

Depending on the water level of this free-flowing river, the start is either near the headquarters area of Khao Sok National Park or a bit further down where to river is a bit wider.

The first section meanders through thick jungle and rural farmland. There are towering limestone karst cliffs on both sides of the river. Several kilometers downstream, the terrain opens up more and the river widens.

The river flows all the way to Surat Thani and the Gulf of Thailand. We average 30 to 40 kilometers per day usually. This depends on the desires of our guests, but this is a realistic distance for paddlers of average fitness levels.

Whitewater Rafting

If you have always wanted to try Whitewater Rafting, but thought it was too scarey or too hard, then this tour is for you. We have everything you could want! Enjoy a scenic drive to the Phang-Nga Wildlife Breeding Center, home of a number of rehabilitated species. After a short break at the Breeding Center, we will drive to the Tone Pariwat Sanctuary Station, a beautiful place covered with gorgeous vegetation. We will go on an elephant trek to explore its beauty, then to the village to see a waterfall. We will then inflate the rafts and start a whitewater adventure. This wonderful adventure will become an experience not soon to be forgotten.

Koh Samui

It is Surat Thani's major tourist attraction. The island has numerous lovely beaches and bays. It is practically an island of coconuts and forested hills, and is fast becoming a resort of international stature. Samui's best beaches line the northern and eastern coasts, the most popular being Chaweng and Lamai where generally the most attractive
accommodations can be found.

Phang Nga Bay

The ancient ‘hongs’ of Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay have remained hidden from for centuries. Now, a group of intrepid guides are taking small groups into these vast sunken lagoons.

You’d never find the narrow cave entrance between the rising tide and soaring limestone cliff without the help of a guide. It’s like a secret door controlled by the tide. Pressing our bodies flat onto the soft cushion of our inflatable sea canoes, arms crossed over our chests like Egyptian mummies, noses almost scraping the sharp oysters that encrust the cave ceiling above, we’re led through the darkness into a lost world of gibbons, mangroves and monitor lizards.

Krabi

Krabi is distinguished by its mountains, hills, and plains, and of course its beautiful coastline. More than 30 small islands dot the horizon right off the coast. The still pristine jungles include white mangrove and mangrove forests. The soil is mostly sandy clay and rich loam which is perfect for rubber, palm, cashew nuts, coffee, and coconut plantations. Within the Muang district flows the Krabi River, which enters the sea at Tambon Pak Nam. Other streams include: the Pakasai, the Big Krabi (Krabi Yai), and the Little Krabi (Krabi Noy), which have their sources in the Panom Benja mountains, Krabi 's largest range of mountains.

Right Time to Visit

May - December

Temperature

January - February -> 23(°C) - Spring
March - April -> 33(°C) - Summer


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