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- 1 Nine Experiences On The Phang Nga Bay Tour
- 1.2 1. Stop By Wat Suwan Khuha – Temple Cave
- 1.3 2. Check Out The Cheeky Monkeys
- 1.4 3. Take The Thai Speed Boat And Watch The Islands Whizz By
- 1.5 4. Explore Koh Phing Kan and Koh Tapu – AKA James Bond Island
- 1.6 5. Explore The Hongs by way of Phang Nga Bay Kayak or Canoe
- 1.7 6. Walk Along Phang Nga Bay Beach on James Bond Island
- 1.8 7. Koh Phanyi – Explore Phang Nga Bay Floating Village, MarketsAnd Community Built On Stilts
- 1.9 8. People Watching On Phang Nga Bay
- 1.10 9. Hike Around Phang Nga Bay
- 2 Phang Nga Bay Map
- 3 How To Get To Phang Nga Bay
- 4 Where To Stay | Phang Nga Bay Hotels
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Nine Experiences On The Phang Nga Bay Tour
When we book the Phang Nga Bat Tour we based ourselves in Phuket but you have access to these tours from Krabi as well. I will provide details on where to stay and how to get to Phang Nga Bay below. Majority of the tours available will mainly center around Koh Phing Kan and Koh Tapu now popularly known as James Island. These will also include stops to visit Koh Phanyi; the floating villages as well as stops for sea kayaking or canoeing around the hongs or caves. These can vary from a private charter, Phang Nga Bay half day tour to a full day tour.
The links above provide a list of tours to choose from depending on the stops you want to do or if you want to specifically do the Phang Nga Bay kayaking yourself rather than have a guide do that for you. Whichever tour you do, below are 9 experiences on a Phang Nga Bay tour you won’t want to miss out on.
1. Stop By Wat Suwan Khuha – Temple Cave
2. Check Out The Cheeky Monkeys
3. Take The Thai Speed Boat And Watch The Islands Whizz By
The only way to take in the sights is via the Thai speedboats for a scenic cruise through the Andaman Sea. Crystal-clear water and postcard picture islands whizzing by. The landscape is surreal. Get your Go-Pro and cameras ready because you will need them to remind your eyes later of what they saw as it will seem like a dream.
4. Explore Koh Phing Kan and Koh Tapu – AKA James Bond Island
Arrive at Khao Phing Kan and on the shores of that is a 20-meter tall inlet called Ko Tapu. In 1974 Ko Tapu was shown in James Bond Movie – The Man with the Golden Gun and since then Ko Tapu has become known as James Bond Island. In the scene Bond flies over Phang Nha Bay on his way to the hitman Scaramanga’s island hideaway on Ko Tapu. You can take in the views as you pretend to be part of the scene in a Bond flick. Koh Phing Kan and Koh Tapu have collectively now been know as James Bond Island, the very reason people visiting Phuket and this part of Thailand are now keen to do the Phang Nga Bay tour when visiting Thailand’s beautiful islands on holiday.
5. Explore The Hongs by way of Phang Nga Bay Kayak or Canoe
6. Walk Along Phang Nga Bay Beach on James Bond Island
7. Koh Phanyi – Explore Phang Nga Bay Floating Village, MarketsAnd Community Built On Stilts
8. People Watching On Phang Nga Bay
9. Hike Around Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay Map
Below is the Phang Nga Map with areas of where the tour takes you around. Shown on the Phang Nga Bay map are places like the hongs, James Bong Island are all places that you stop and explore while on the tour.
How To Get To Phang Nga Bay
You can get to Phang Nga Bay buy bus or car. We travelled from Bangkok to Phuket. By far the easiest way as Krabi and Phuket are the nearest airports. If you are thinking of taking the bus to cut costs, know that the journey by bus is about 12 hours from Bangkok to Phang Nga Bay. Search for cheap flights from Bangkok to Krabi or Phuket on Kaykak.com. You have Air Asia and Nok Air that do budget flights. Flights from Bangkok to Phuket or Krabi will only cost around £50-60, for a return flight! You can also take taxis from Krabi or Phuket to Phang Nga Bay but make sure you ask the drivers to switch on the meters as most will overcharge as well as get you to stop at various vendors to buy things at shops they receive a commission from. Phang Nga has no train station, but the State Railways of Thailand operates a daily train service from Bangkok to Surat Thani. From there, you will be a two hours ride from Phang Nga via bus. Keep in mind with the buses, you will see fewer of them towards the evening. For more on how to get to Phang Nga Bay check out Aleenta.
Where To Stay | Phang Nga Bay Hotels
The whole of this region is stunning and absolutely beautiful! From stunning beaches to beautiful mountain drop surroundings. When doing the tours you can opt to search for Phang Nga Bay hotels or decide on whether you want to stay in Phuket or Krabi and then do a day trip to Phang Nga Bay instead of basing yourself there. As far as Phang Nga Bay accommodation is concerned there are beach resorts, Villas, hotels and hostels to choose from and catering to every budget. As we based ourselves in Phuket I share a review of our private villa with pool at Renaissance in Phuket. This also had access to the hotel’s own private beach. For Phang Nga Bay hotels click here. If you choose to stay on Phuket Island then resorts and hotels in Phuket click here for Krabi you can find accommodation here.
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Simba Sea Trips – They run various tours like sunrise tours to Phi Phi Islands and Krabi Tours which include Koh Hong, Railay Beach & Centara Resort. In addition, they also do Phang Nga bay private boat charters.
More on Phang Nga Bay – Hotels also did a quick guide on all you need to know about Phang Nga Bay.