About Phangnga / Phuket / Krabi
Phangnga province is blessed with a variety of outstanding natural attractions including the stunning Phangnga Bay, the idyllic Surin and Similan Islands, the sandy coast of Khao Lak, and Phangnga is a province equally renowned for its beautiful land, spectacular bay, and amazing islands; Phangnga national parks feature magnificent scenery with immensely different attractions. Most famous is Phangnga Bay National Park, a geological wonder filled with islets, sunken caverns, and startling rock formations rising vertically out of the sea. The bay is extremely sheltered and therefore ideal for expeditions on sea kayak that explore the many fascinating caverns and islands throughout the bay.

Phangnga's Andaman coast offers equally stunning national parks of a different kind; the island groups of Surin and Similan are renowned for their beautiful, unspoiled beaches and spectacular underwater scenery, attracting divers from around the world. On the Phangnga mainland, Khao Lak features a coastal park full of rare birds, exotic mammals, and scenic waterfalls, as well as many luxury and budget hotels along the spectacular coast that was devastated by the 2004 Tsunami but has since been completely rebuilt.Not to be confused with Koh Phangan, the island in the Gulf of Thailand, Phangnga province lies on the Andaman coast on the Thai mainland immediately north of Phuket. Phangnga is renowned for its spectacular beauty, particularly Phangnga bay, which contains hundreds of island including Koh Tapu (James Bond Island), where the film The Man with the Golden Gun was shot, and Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai, which feature laid back communities that allow for cultural home stay experiences. Phangnga is also the province that includes two groups of islands considered the most beautiful in Thailand: Mu Koh Similan and Mu Koh Surin National Marine Parks. Along Phangnga’s Andaman seashore lies Khao Lak, a stunning coastline of expansive beaches that bore the brunt of the 2004 Tsunami but has greatly recovered, and -- these two islands are little visited, yet well worth the effort. Although part of Phangnga province, they are best visited from either Phuket or Krabi provinces. The big attraction in the bay is the spectacular karst scenery that is found through out the north of the bay.

What comes into the mind of travelers when we talk about sea, sun and sand? Phuket must definitely be one of the answers. A number of exciting activities can be found on this island. In the early days of regional maritime trade, the cape of Phuket was locally referred to as Jung Ceylon, while locals called it Thalang, which evolved to be the name of the main town to the north of the island. As the perfect stopover sheltering traders from monsoons, Jung Ceylon welcomed merchants from India, Persia, Arabia, Burma, China, and also Siam. During the 16th century, the island was a popular trading port for tin. In 1785, Thalang town was surrounded by Burmese troops who invaded the coastal area. It was under the leadership of Chan, the widow of the governor, and her sister, Muk, who united the local residents and successfully fought and drove the invaders out of Phuket. It took over 30 days for the defending troops of Phuket, under the command of Chan and Muk, to claim their victory. As a result of such heroic deeds, noble titles were granted to Chan and Muk as Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Sri Soonthorn, respectively. They are still highly respected by Phuket residents even today. When the city was in a peaceful state, the development of mining was so unprecedented. Chinese businessmen and miners later migrated to Phuket and soon enjoy thriving wealth. The island's long history has shaped the Phuket of the present with its diverse ethnic groups, culture, architectural influence, and fine cuisine. These attributes have made Phuket a complete tourist destination that offers a lot more beyond its natural heritage of sea, sand, forest, and world-renowned diving sites. Sino-Portuguese architecture casts its spell delighting travelers to the city, while Phuket style of hospitality has never failed to impress visitors from all walks of life. Getting to Know: 1. Phuket is located approximately 862 kilometres south of Bangkok. 2. There are only two seasons in a year the green season (May to October) and the hot season (November to April). 3. Phuket is divided into 3 administrative districts: namely, Amphoe Muang, Amphoe Thalang and Amphoe Kathu.Key

The beaches of the south coast are typically crowded, while the north is far more tranquil. All the major beaches (such as Patong beach, Kata beach, Karon beach, Nai Han beach, Mai Khao beach, Nai Yang beach) offer instruction and equipment for diving, snorkling, wind surfing and sailing. Don't forget to notice red flag! before swim.

Krabi, a province on southern Thailand’s Andaman coast, is an almost otherworldly region of labyrinthine archipelagos, where islands seem to erupt vertically out of the sea and secluded beaches are only accessible by colorfully adorned long tail boats. Krabi’s myriad of bays and coves have sheltered pirates, merchants, and sea gypsies for thousands of years and archaeological evidence indicates that Krabi was originally inhabited as early as 25,000 - 35,000 years ago! With attractions including hot springs, a wildlife sanctuary, sea caves, flourishing coral reefs and exotic marine life, limestone cliffs that draw rock climbing enthusiasts from around the world, and national parks that include the island paradises of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, one could easily spend weeks in Krabi and leave yearning for more. If that wasn’t enough, Krabi features some of the most photogenic sunsets in Thailand, often accompanied by spectacular displays of cloud to cloud lightning, that are best enjoyed from a beachside bar or restaurant. Meanwhile, with all the tourists spread out among various beaches and islands, life goes on in Krabi Town, the somewhat sleepy provincial capital. Surprisingly few tourists spend time in the charming riverside town, whose hilly streets feature a number of cozy cafes and inexpensive and authentic Thai cuisine is served at an outdoor, riverside evening market. “Town” to most visitors is Ao Nang, a seaside strip of guesthouses, hotels, bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops that continues to grow as tourist arrivals increase, now spreading north into Noppharat Thara, whose quiet, shady beach is part of the national park that includes the Phi Phi Islands. Ao Nang is the major launching point for boat trips to nearby islands and the isolated beaches of Phra Nang Cape, where the famous former hippie enclave of Railey Beach is located.

Krabi Province, which lies along the coast of the Andaman sea in Southern Thailand, is a top tourist destination as a result of its plentiful natural attractions including, white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, extensive coral reefs, numerous caves and waterfalls, and over 130 islands, including Koh Lanta and the jewels of the Andaman coast, the six islands of Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park. While not the top destination in and of itself, Krabi Town is a charming provincial capital located along the banks of a river that leads to the nearby Andaman Sea. Consequently, Krabi is an important port city for both local fisherman as well as boats ferrying visitors to the nearby attractions, including Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and Railey Beach, one of the premier rock climbing destinations in the world.Key Tips Visitors are advised to make early reservations (up to a year in advance) for accommodation during the peak season from late December to early January because of the popularity of the Krabi and its attractions. When traveling by ferry to islands around Krabi, it may be preferable to purchase only a one way ticket so that your trip can be more easily altered and you can more easily arrange your departure.

Useful Telephone Numbers

TAT Contact Center Tel. 1672
Tourist Police Tel. 1155
Highway Police Tel. 1193, 1586
Thai Meteorological Department Tel. 1182
TOT Call Center – phone-directory service Tel. 1133
Suvarnabhumi Airport Tel. 0 2134 0040 (24 hours)

Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket Office Tel. 0 7621 2213, 0 7621 1036
Phuket Provincial Office Tel. 0 7635 4875
Bangkok Phuket Hospital Tel. 0 7625 4421-9
Vachira Phuket Hospital Tel. 0 7636 1234, Hotline 1669
Mission Hospital Phuket Tel. 0 7623 7220-6
Phuket International Hospital or Siriroj Hospital Tel. 0 7624 9400
Police Station Tel. 0 7621 2115, Emergency 191
Phuket Post Office Tel. 0 7621 6951
Tourist Police Tel. 0 7622 3981
Immigration Office Tel. 0 7621 2108
Custom office Tel. 0 7621 1105

Tourism Coordination Center, Phangnga Tel. 0 7648 1900-2
Phangnga Public Relation office Tel. 0 7641 1388
Provincial Police Station Tel. 0 7641 2073
Takuapa Police Station Tel. 0 7642 1113
Phangnga Hospital Tel. 0 7641 1618-9, 08 0388 5736-7,0 7641 3823
Takua Pa Hospital Tel. 0 7658 4250, 0 7658 4298

Tourism Coordination Center, Phang-nga Tel. 0 7648 1900-2
Krabi Public Relation Office Tel. 0 7561 2611
Krabi Provincial office Tel. 0 7562 2138
Krabi Hospital Tel. 0 7561 1277, 0 7562 6700
Krabi Bus Terminal Tel. 0 7651 2857, 0 7561 1856
Mueang Krabi District Police Station Tel. 0 7561 1366
Post Office Tel. 0 7562 3213
Immigration Tel. 0 7561 1350
Customer Department Tel. 0 7562 0950
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