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Ao Phang Nga National Park

Sheer limestone cliffs and serene blue water create a breath-taking natural wonder, where desert island dreams can come true.

The dramatic beauty of Ao Phang Nga National Park is matched by its rich flora and fauna. This 400-square-kilometre area off Thailand’s coast was granted its official status in 1981, recognising the park as a valuable part of the country’s heritage. With the Andaman Sea covering more than 80% of the park, discover the 42 stunning islands that await you amongst the waters.

Join one of the many boat tours on offer to fully explore the natural attractions in this national park. You can choose to cruise along the various waterways, venture into the many limestone caves, some with impressive stalactite formations, or relax on one of the numerous secluded beaches. As an alternative, you can hire a canoe, and explore at your own pace. The calm waters will become very inviting after a few hours’ paddling, perfect for a cooling swim.

The striking landscape of Ao Phang National Park has been sculpted over millennia by geological forces, including the Klong Marui fault line. The distinctive limestone formations include the widely photographed Ko Tapu, or “needle”, which rises sheer out of the water. According to local legend, it was cast down on the seabed by a fisherman, angry at the lack of fish in his nets.

Other popular destinations include Ko Kan, or James Bond Island, so-called as it featured in the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun. Make sure you stop at Koh Panyi, a small Muslim fishing village built on stilts. Here you’ll be able to pick up fascinating handcrafted souvenirs, and sample delicious fresh seafood dishes.

The lush forest on the many larger islands is home to a large and varied wildlife population. The largest mangrove forest left in Thailand lines the four major waterways that run through the park. You’ll frequently see local fisherman hauling in their catch from the abundant supply of fish.

Set aside a full day to visit Ao Phang Nga National Park. Many different tours are available, and most companies will also offer transfers from the main hotels around Phuket.

Want to be sure to get the most out of your time here? We've put together a list of popular activities to give you a head start:

For many more things to do, take a look at our Phang Nga things to do page.


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Hotel Murano Phang-Nga Bay

7/14 Moo 1, Tambon Ko Panyi, Muang Phang-Nga, Phang Nga
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is steps away from Phang Nga Bay and Ao Phang-nga National Park. Ao Phang Nga National Park is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away.

    White House Rs1,613
    White House

    White House

    701 Moo 9 Tambon Taichang, Amphoe Muang, Phang Nga
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Phang Nga, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park and Phung Chang Cave. Phang Nga Bay is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

      Comfy Lodge Resort Rs2,251
      Comfy Lodge Resort

      Comfy Lodge Resort

      70/1 Moo 3, Tambon Tum Nam Phut, Phang Nga
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Phang Nga, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Phung Chang Cave. Ao Phang Nga National Park and Ao Phang-nga National Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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        Phang Nga Viewpoint

        Phang Nga Viewpoint

        44 4, T.Takdat, A.Mueang, Phang Nga
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Phang Nga, this guesthouse is within 3 miles (5 km) of Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park, Ao Phang Nga National Park and Ao Phang-nga National Park. Phung Chang Cave and Phang Nga Bay are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Baan Rim Nam Resort Muang Phang Nga Rs1,055
          Baan Rim Nam Resort Muang Phang Nga

          Baan Rim Nam Resort Muang Phang Nga

          64/2 Moo.3, Tumnamphud, Phang Nga, Phang Nga
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Phang Nga, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park and Phung Chang Cave. Tham Sam Rock Art is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

            Rachawadee House
            Rachawadee House

            Rachawadee House

            607 Petchakasem Rd, Thai Chang, Phang Nga, Phang Nga
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Phang Nga, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Phung Chang Cave and Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park. Tham Sam Rock Art is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

              Lukmuang 2 Hotel Rs1,406
              Lukmuang 2 Hotel

              Lukmuang 2 Hotel

              540 Phet Kasem Rd, Tambon Thai Chang, Amphoe Mueang, Phang Nga, Phang Nga
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Phang Nga, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Phung Chang Cave and Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park. Tham Sam Rock Art and Wat Tam Pueng Cave are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Hink Poshtel PhangNga Rs5,376
                Hink Poshtel PhangNga

                Hink Poshtel PhangNga

                14/2 Soi Rat Uthit, Tambon Taichang, Amphoe Mueang, Phang Nga, Phang Nga
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Phang Nga, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Phung Chang Cave and Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park. Tham Sam Rock Art and Wat Tam Pueng Cave are also within 3 miles (5 km).