Nestled between southern Thailand’s mainland and Phuket Island, Phang Nga Bay is heaven on earth. It’s a paradise that has a lot to offer. It can be the next destination you tick off your bucket list. There’s so much you can see, savor, and experience here. Phang Nga Bay is home to a wide expanse of blue-green seawater, lush mangrove forests, small islands, unique limestone cliffs and rock formations, and varieties of wildlife. If you want to see all of that up close, you know the drill.
Here are four nature’s wonders that the bay has to offer:
James Bond Island
Let’s start with one of the most famous landmarks in Phang Nga Bay. It was initially called Koh Tapu and was dubbed James Bond Island after the 1974 movie, The Man With The Golden Gun, was filmed here. This island has a rocky pinnacle and bizarre shape. It’s larger towards the top, thinner towards the bottom and appears to jut out of the emerald-green sea waters vertically. Next to this island is the majestic Koh Ping Ghan rock, which has small caves inside that would be great to explore. Not to mention its beach that offers a spectacular view of the whole island.
The Hongs of Phang Nga
The word “hong” means room; thus, the island’s name means “The rooms of Phang Nga.” The Hongs of Phang Nga consists of collapsed caves found at the heart of the Phang Nga islands. These caverns boast of a vast open space welcoming the sky. They are rich in flora and fauna. In fact, the caves have a unique ecosystem filled with vegetation, fish, birds, monkeys, and marine life. Here, you can explore the calm sea waters, surrounded by towering limestone walls. You can have a kayaking trip that will take you through cave after cave, island after island, making you feel like you’re in an entirely different world.
The Limestone Cliffs of Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay’s limestone cliffs are nature’s extraordinary works of art. The bay apparently has at least 40 uniquely-shaped limestone island cliffs. During the day, the cliffs are a spectacle of colored streaks brought by the mineral oxides from various sources. They glisten against the sunlight, making the cliffs a sight to behold! A perfect way to experience the limestone cliffs is by cruise ship or private yacht. You can take either one of those to see the limestone cliffs from different angles and spots.
The Samet Nangshe Viewpoint
Last on the list is the Samet Nangshe Viewpoint, which is located on a hilltop about 30 minutes away from Phuket. This viewpoint provides a 180-degree panoramic view of the bay. Here, you can see the entire 1.6 km of mangroves, the spectacular limestone karsts, the beautiful sea, and the unique chain islands of Phang Nga Bay. You can witness the most magnificent sunrise during the early morning, and do some stargazing when night falls. This serves as the perfect location to witness the entire breadth of Phang Nga Bay and all its natural wonders.
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