Phuket, Thailand

Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is a bay situated between Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi. The bay is one of the most beautiful in Thailand and within the bay are several scenic islands to be visited. These islands are famous for its gravity-defying limestone formations. Most visitors explore the bay in a one-day boat tour but the larger islands have accommodation making it possible for longer stays.
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Tour operators organise many different tours and most of them follow the standard route around the bay passing weird rock formations, limestone outcrops, hidden lakes, tiny beaches and caves. Sea-canoeing is a popular activity in Phang Nga Bay and available as the more popular one-day tours or more extended tours involving overnight camping on the islands' beaches. Many mangrove swamps and island grottoes in Phang Nga Bay are only accessible by canoe.

Islands in Phang Nga Bay by Bear Blosson

The islands in Phang Nga Bay also offer excellent opportunities for snorkelling as well as scuba diving and include:

Ko Bon
About 20 minutes by long-tail boat from Rawai in Southeastern Phuket. The waters of the area are ideal sites for seeing manta rays and great corals.

Ko Hae (Coral Island)
An island located a short distance from the southeastern coast of Phuket. Features two main beaches and opportunities for water sports.

Ko Lon
Second largest island after Phuket and populated mainly by friendly Muslim villagers involved in fishing and agriculture. The island is untouched by mass tourism. 

Ko Mai Thon
A very small island and highly regarded for its natural scenery with its fine sandy beaches and crystal clear waters making it ideal for swimming and diving.

Ko Maphrao (Coconu Island)
Largely undeveloped as a tourist spot and the only vehicles here are a few motorcycles. Home to a fishing village, lush mangrove forest and seafood restaurants.

Ko Racha
Comprises of the islands of Ko Racha Yai and Ko Racha Noi. The islands are noted for their gleaming beaches and a paradise for scuba divers. > More

Ko Yao
A group of beutiful islands situated between the island of Phuket and Krabi on the manland. The main islands are Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Nai. > More

Canoeing in Phang Nga Bay by Easytraveller

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