Welcome to Phang-Nga Province

This is national park territory, with four of Thailand's finest conservation areas in fairly close proximity here. Divers can head for the Similan and Surin Islands, where some of Thailand's most legendary dive sites await (good for snorkellers too), while on terra firma the Khao Sok National Park is one of the oldest rainforests in the world and home to many rare species, as well as caves and waterfalls. But if you just want to laze on the sand, there are the beaches around Khao Lak and some still little-visited nearby islands.

Phang-Nga is very seasonal. From mid-October to mid-April, visitors flood in for the clear waters, snow-white beaches and colourful reefs. But far fewer arrive during the May-to-October monsoon, leaving you plenty of space.

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Full-Day Speedboat Snorkeling Tour to Similan Islands from Khao Lak

Start the island adventure with a convenient hotel pickup in Khao Lak and ride to Thap Lamu Pier. Enjoy a light breakfast and pick out your snorkeling gear after you have meet your friendly guide. Take a speed boat ride to the beautiful Similan Islands in less than 80 minutes. Discover the scenery as you make your way to your first snorkeling spot at Koh Miang, the Island No. 4. Clear waters, healthy coral and plentiful fish, this island is perfect for the beginner and experienced snorkeler. Spend some time at the beach and explore the underwater world before enjoying lunch with authentic Thai cuisine on the serene sandy beach of Princess Bay. Depart for Koh Payu, the Island No. 7, which is ideal for snorkeling at the East of Eden with a reef slope that ranges from 5 to 40 metres. Then make your way to the waters of Christmas Point at Koh Bangu, the Island No. 9, for one more snorkeling opportunity with massive coral heads in The Mooring, and Snapper Alley for Asian snapper living among the giant rocks. The last stop is at the tranquil waters of Donald Duck Bay on Koh Similan, the Island No. 8. Here you can relax on the beach or hike to the island's viewpoint at Sailing Rock before heading back to the pier where a light snack with fresh fruits and drinks are awaiting you. Get transferred back to your hotel and replay the day's happenings. Please note that the Similan Islands National Park is officially opened to the public from 15 October until 15 May.Itinerary: 07:00 - 08:00: Hotel pickup in Khao Lak 08:30 - 09:00: Have coffee & light breakfast at Thap Lamu Pier 09:00 - 10:30: Depart by speed boat to Similan Islands 10:30 - 11:30: Sightseeing & swimming at Miang Island (Koh 4) 11:30 - 12:00: Lunch at the beach 12:00 - 13:00: Snorkel & swim at Payu Island (Koh 7) 13:00 - 14:00: More snorkeling at Ba-ngu Island (Koh 9) 14:00 - 15:00: Relax at the beach of Similan Island (Koh 8), climb to the viewpoint at Sailing Rock 15:00 - 16:15: Depart from Similan Island to Thap Lamu Pier 16:15 - 17:00: Transfer to the hotel in Khao Lak

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Phang Nga Bay Day Cruise from Khao Lak Including Buffet Lunch

Our transport will pick you up at your hotel and bring you to the boat approximately 1 - 1.5 hour drive. We will depart around 10am when all other boats is heading north in the bay, we are one of few (if not the only one) that is cruising to the Krabi province where we spend the first half of our day before getting back to Phuket province again. It takes 10 minutes and you will see the most amazing landscape opens up in front of us, vertical karst formations that appear and then fade as we cruise on.When we pass the islands of "Koh Yao", we see the most interesting glimpses into rural life, rice fields where families are busy transplanting the young rice plants to the growing fields, coconut and rubber tree plantations where the water buffalo flank along the beach. The local fishing in their small boats trowing as we pass by we see them getting ready to finish off their days work. A more peaceful life style is hard to find.The lagoon of Koh Hong Island, Krabi - our beach stop for the day, we spend few hours on the beach or in the sea, or why not join us for a short jungle walk in to the amazing rain forest jungle where we are surrounded with 300 m huge limestone walls, here we give the story that changes thousands of people life.A Thai buffet is served around 1pm on board while we continue our route back to Phuket province between islands, huge as tiny, discover small hidden beaches and lagoons where our next stop will be to say "hello" to the family that's lives in of the caves without facilities, electricity or water. We listen to their story how they support them self's before we reach our swim stop from our boat, or the excitement of jumping from our sundeck.We continue cruising in a truly magnificent landscape where the scenery takes your breath away! We stop for another swim or simply just relax on the sun deck, in the shade in our cosy launching areas and prepare yourself for freshly made pancake with banana and chocolate souse.At 5.30pm, we will be back at pier where our vans is waiting to taking you back to be at your hotel around 7pm.

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Full-day Tour to the Similan Islands by Speedboat from Khao Lak

Your adventure begins with hotel pickup from your Khao Lak accommodation between 6:00am-6:30am by an air-conditioned van to transport you directly to the pier. You will receive your snorkeling equipment and thorough briefing on how to operate it. From here, you will board the speedboat, departing at approximately 7:30am. At the first stop, you will have free time to explore on your own with options to swim in the blue waters, walk a short distance to view the area from a magnificent viewpoint, or simply relax on the white sandy beach. Afterward, you will head to Similan Island #4 to enjoy a traditional Thai buffet lunch followed by more relaxation or swimming on the beach. You will then be taken to Similan Island #7 for your snorkeling experience where you may catch sight of a friendly turtle or the dazzling undersea flora. At approximately 2:00pm, it is back to your top quality, modern speedboat for the thrilling ride back to the pier where a light buffet dinner will be served. From here, you will be transported back to your hotel, arriving full of wonderment around 4:30pm.

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Thai Cooking Class

Pick up from your hotel about 10:00 to 10:30hrs and visit a local fresh market to see the very interesting and different spices and herbs. This is also a time for introductions and an explanation of the various ingredients and time to ask questions.Learn to prepare and cook some of Thailand’s most famous dishes: Chicken Cashew Nuts, Panang Curry and Kung Sarong. Visit a local fresh market to select the ingredients needed to prepare three of Thailand’s favorite meals. Thai food has become world famous for the symphony of flavors and health benefits found in every mouthful. Learn the art of Thai cooking and fruit carving so that you may enjoy these amazing foods in your home and you will also receive a certificate upon completion of the course. Khung Saroong. Deep fried prawns wrapped in fresh egg noodles. Chicken Cashew Nut. Stir fried cashew nuts, fresh vegetables and chicken in a Thai style sauce. Panang Curry. Curry paste and coconut milk reduced by frying to create a thick and rich sauce. Learn decoration, preparing your dishes and time to cook. Enjoy your self-made meal. After lunch you will be taken back to your hotel around 1:30pm. We are confident that when you return home you will be able to cook a Thai meal for your friends!

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Full-day Cultural Tour of Takua Pa with Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel between 4:30am-5am to begin your unique opportunity to visit the town of Takua Pa and learn more about the Thai people and their way of living. Your first stop will be at a fresh food market where you will be able to buy food to offer to the Buddhist monks of Takua Pa. Follow your local guide through the old part of town and see houses that are nearly 200 years old and preserving the architecture of the time. Afterward, you will see learn about the differences between a Buddhist and Chinese temple.There is a chance to see how cookies (moon cakes) are made at the local bakery and there will be several opportunities for you to sample local foods including dim sum for breakfast, a Thai set lunch, and snacks such as fried banana and roti (sweet bread pastry). Your trip includes seeing places damaged by the 2004 tsunami disaster where you may pay respect to those that lost their lives.Your tour will conclude with return transportation to your Khao Lak hotel in the early afternoon.

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Half Day Bamboo Rafting Tour from Khao Lak

Brief Itinerary08:30 Pick up from your hotel in Khao Lak and drive south. It takes 20 minutes from Khao Lak to arrive to Kiang Koo Creek. Our guide informs and advises before setting off rafting. We provide life vest and bottle of water. Prepare your outfit and change to be ready to get wet. The bamboo rafting rowed by professional rower. Enjoy sightseeing along the trail. At the end of the trail just simply relax, we will serve you soft drink and fruit.  Then board a coach to visit Sea Turtle Conservation Center, just 10 minutes drive away. The Royal Thai Navy has an active role in the turtle conservation program. The turtle babies are brought to the Navy's turtle protection center where they are nursed for another six to eight months before being released into the sea. Get on board and drive away to freshen up at waterfall before returning to your hotel at about noon.

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