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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$96.54 Water Sports

Phang Nga Bay Snorkeling, Kayaking Speedboat Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Khaolak by minibus, you're transferred to the pier to depart for Ao Phang Nga National Park. You will be briefed on safety aspects of the tourKhai Island - The first stop will be at Khai Island which is located 15 minutes away from pier. Staff will provide the snorkeling equipment for you then you will be able to relax on the island for one hourPanak Island - On arrival at Panak island, where you’ll have the opportunity to kayak through the caves and visit the internal lagoons. You’ll be inside the lagoons for approximately 40 minutes, and during this time your tour guides will provide interesting information about the mangrove forests and wildlife of the island, including walking fish, fiddler crabs, and horn bills. Your experienced tour guides have an intimate knowledge of Phang Nga bay, allowing them to guide you to the inlets, collapsed cave systems, and preserved sites throughout your island day tour. Hong Island - After spending 40 minutes exploring beautiful Panak Island, you will be asked to return to the main boat to take a short 20 minute journey to Hong Island, considered to be amongst the most beautiful islands in the Krabi province. Upon arrival at Hong Island you’ll get back into your individual kayaks and spend around 40 minutes exploring this fascinating island, where you’ll take in the stunning natural rock formations, including solitary limestone peaks both in the sea and on land. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the caves, which contain stalagmites and stalactites, as well as observing the local wildlife. A freshly prepared and cooked buffet lunch will be served at the Floating Muslim village. James Bond Island - There is about 25 minutes for you and your guide to kayak to one of the most enduring natural landmarks as one of the most famous parts of the Phang Nga National Park, the island’s limestone tower karst were featured as the location of James Bond’s nemesis, Francisco Scaramanga, in the 1974 film, The Man With The Golden Gun. The island of Koh Tapu is one of the main attractions of our Phuket James Bond island tour. It is a natural limestone structure which rises up from the ocean and stands at 40 metres tall. These land masses were then eroded by water and wind into the islands seen today. Both Koh Tapu and Khao Ping Gan feature lush vegetation and steep shores, as well as two sandy beaches in the southwest between Ping Gan island, also known as ‘leaning rock. Rangyai Island - You’ll return to the main boat again to make your way to the last stop where you’ll have the opportunity to swim in warm waters or relax on a golden, sandy beach Phang Nga bay and Ao Phang Nga National Park. You will make memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

$108.99 Water Sports

Similan Islands Snorkel Tour by Fantastic Similan Travel from Khao Lak

Start the island adventure with a convenient hotel pickup in Khao Lak and ride to Por Duangtaweeporn 1 Pier. Enjoy a light breakfast and pick out your snorkeling gear after you have meet your friendly guide from Fantastic Similan. Take a speed boat ride to the beautiful Similan Islands in less than 80 minutes with 36 limited seats so you never feel crowded. Appreciate the scenery as you make your way to your first snorkeling spot at Koh Miang, the Similan 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 a seafood lunch with authentic Thai cuisine and a fruit basket on the serene sandy beach of Princess Bay. Depart for Koh Payu, the Similan 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 15th October until 15th May. Itinerary:06:45 - 08:00: Hotel pickup in Khao Lak08:00 - 08:30: Transfer to Por Duangtaweeporn 1 Pier in Khao Lak08:30 - 09:00: Have coffee & light breakfast at Por Duangtaweeporn 1 Pier09:00 - 10:45: Cruise by speed boat to Similan Islands10:45 - 11:45: Sightseeing & swimming at Miang Island (Koh 4)11:45 - 12:45: Enjoy a Thai seafood lunch on the beach12:45 - 13:45: Snorkel & swim at Payu Island (Koh 7)13:45 - 14:45: More snorkeling at Ba-ngu Island (Koh 9)14:45 - 15:45: Relax at the beach of Similan Island (Koh 8), climb to the viewpoint at Sailing Rock15:45 - 17:15: Depart from Similan Island to Por Duangtaweeporn 1 Pier17:15 - 17:30: Have a light break before go back to the hotel17:30 - 18:00: Transfer from Por Duangtaweeporn 1 Pier back to the hotel

$140.13 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Phang Nga Bay Full-Day Cruise from Khao Lak With 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.

$74.74 Day Trips & Excursions

Small-Group Full-Day Khao Sok Nature Tour From Khao Lak

This trip is designed for the more active explorers. You will trek deep in the jungle through rivers and waterfalls with help from an experienced local guide. As you tread lightly and quietly, you will be able to see a huge variety of wildlife. Pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak will be around around 07:30am - 08:00am. On the way to Khao Sok you will stop at a local market and experience Thai traditional culture and products. As your guide leads you to Khao Sok National park, you will enjoy a 2-3 hours trek in the jungle, admiring the wonder of the ancient rain forest. After a delicious lunch in our river restaurant you will have a relaxing bamboo rafting trip down the river through the tropical rainforest, passing stunning limestone cliffs. You will stop at the river bank for a short break for a coffee served in a bamboo cup.Before heading back home we will stop at the famous Khao Sok viewpoint which offers an amazing view over the valley.You will return to the hotel at around 04:00pm - 04:30pm hrs.

$116.78 Water Sports

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.

$95.99 Food, Wine & Nightlife

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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