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Ao Phang Nga National Park
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Ao Phang Nga National Park is located at the Andaman sea shore of Thailand in Kra Som sub district, Ka Lai sub district, Khlong Khian sub district of Amphoe Ta Gua Tung, Ko Panyi district of Amphoe Muang Phanga and Ko Yao Noi sub district, Ko Yao Yai of Amphue Ko Yao, Phang Nga province. Its border adjacent to the following areas :

North : adjacent to mangrove forest of Amphoe Phang Nga, Phang Nga province.
South : adjacent to the sea of Amphoe Ko Yao, Phang Nga province and the sea of Phuket province.
East : adjacent to Krabi province.
West : adjacent to mangrove forest and the sea shore of Amphoe Ta Kua Tung and Amphoe Muang Phang Nga, Phang Nga province.

Topography
More than 80 percent of the Phang Nga Bay National Park is sea which most of sea floor is mud and sand. There are many limestone mountains emerging from the sea throughout Phang Nga bay. These beautiful, distinct and strange mountains consists of small and big islands about 42 islands such as Tao mountain island, Pra Art Tao island, etc. , each island has a different nature and beautiful uniqueness.

Climate
The climate experienced in Phangnga Bay is tropical marine, with characteristic high rainfall and year round high temperatures. Thirty year records of Meteological Department of Thailand (1961-1990) collected at Takua Pa weather station indicate that rain is abundant in the south-west monsoon season from May to October. The average annual rainfall is 3,560.5 mm. and the average total rain days is 189 days. The temperature fluctuates between 23 * C and 32 * C. The average relative humidity is 83 %.

Flora and Fauna

Vegetations
Plant society in the Phang Nga Bay National Park could be divided into 3 types as follows :

Mangrove Forest
  1. Mangrove forest in the limestone mountainwhich found a lot of important plants in mangrove forest upto 12 types such as Rhizophora mucronata, Rhizophora apiculata, Xylocarpus granatum, etc. In addition, also found sea holly and a lot of Acrostichum aureum which growing up in the bank area or mud soil. Sea cyad is found a little bit in only the oponed area or destroyed area.
  2. Mangrove forest in the cell and quatsite rock mountainwhich found the 7 important types of plants such as Rhizophora mucronata, Rhizophora apiculata, Xylocarpus granatum, etc. The other important low level plant found in this area is the dense growing sea holly.
  3. Mangrove forest in sandstone mountain which found a little bit of important plants because this area is very far from the main land. The 5 types of important plants here are Rhizophora apiculata, Sonneratia ovata, Aegialites rotundifolia, Xylocarpus granatum and Melaleuca leucadendron. In addition, samed would be found in the area adjacent to land forest which has the lower salt level.

Land Forest
Defined as the evergreen forest which is rainforest and classified as follows :
  1. Land forest on the limestone mountain which could be found throughout the national park, there are 2 types : the first is the forest on the plain land and the forest on the area so called Karst which is a valley area. They consist of the important plants such as Aporosa aurea, Hopea ferrea Heim. and Cassia alata Linn. Also, there are many important low level plants such as Fishtail palm. The second is the forest on the moisture high area on a limestone mountain which consists of small and short plants such as Hopea ferrea Heim., Water wisteria, etc.
  2. Land forest on the cell quatsite rock mountainwhich found a lot of plants growing in the foot of mountain with very high moisture, we can find yang na woods scattering throughout this area and also find other important plants such as Schima wallichii (DC.) Korth., Bruguira gymnorrhiza, Carallia brachiata (Lour.) Merr., etc. while the low level plants found here are Bambusa arundinacea Wild, Glass, etc.
  3. Land forest on a sandstonewould be found on the slope area which has a lot of tree and not too high. There is a little bit of the low level plants here, most of them are grasses because of infertile soil. The important plants are Bruguira gymnorrhiza, Sesban, etc.

Aquatic Plant Society
Could be classified as Padina, red alge, Halimida and including a lot of sea grass and plant planton.

Wild Animals
From survey could be classified as follows :
  1. Mammal animals, from survey could be found upto 27 types such as Macaca irus, Semnopithecus obscurus, Hylobates lar, etc. In addition, also found the important aquatic mammal animals such as Infonesian white dolphin, Malayan dolphin, Finless porpoise.
  2. Birds have been found totally 120 types, the important ones are Little heron, Pacific reef-egret, Little egret, etc.
  3. Reptiles have been found totally 26 types such as Siamese box terrapin, Pseudoxenodon macrops (Blyth), etc.
  4. Amphibians have been found 4 types such as Rana cancrivora, R. limnocharis, Rhaco phorusleucomystax, etc.
  5. Fishes consists of squat-headed hammer head shark sphyrna tudes, freshwater ater stingray dasyatis bleekeri, Moray eel, Puffer fish and many kinds of fish which live in the coral such as Butterfly fish and the economical valued fishes such as short-bodied mackerel
  6. Other animals in the same type of shrimp, shell, crab and low class animals with no spines including many kinds of coral such as Cauliflower Coral, Staghorn Coral and staghorn coral.


Accommodation
Hotels - resorts located neaby this national park.
# Accommodation Name Price/Unit Detail
1.  The Paradise Koh Yao BHT 4,700.00 
2.  Khaolak Nature Resort BHT 2,100.00 
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Accommodations in national park area.
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Zone Accommodation Bedrooms Bathrooms Guests/
Unit
Price
/Night/
Unit ((Baht)
Facilities Booking
Zone 1   Ao Phang-nga 102/1 (Khao Phing Kan) 1 1 2 1,000 mattress , air condition, television, refrigerator, dining table, vanity table
Zone 1   Ao Phang-nga 102/2 (Khao Phing Kan) 1 1 2 1,000 mattress , air condition, television, refrigerator, dining table, vanity table
Zone 1   Ao Phang-nga 102/3 (Khao Phing Kan) 1 1 2 1,000 mattress , air condition, television, refrigerator, dining table, vanity table
Zone 1   Ao Phang-nga 102/4 (Khao Phing Kan) 1 1 2 1,000 mattress , air condition, television, refrigerator, dining table, vanity table
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Note :
Zone 1 : Ao Phang-nga 101-102
Zone 1 : Ao Phang-nga 011 - Meeting Room
Zone 2 : Ao Phang-nga 201-207
Map of Ao Phang Nga National Park Accommodation
Map of Ao Phang Nga National Park Accommodation
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Tourist Attractions
Attraction(s) & Trekking/Trailing Map of Ao Phang Nga National Park
Attraction(s) & Trekking/Trailing Map of Ao Phang Nga National Park
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Ao Phang nga was created by Royal decree and gazetted under proclaimation number 98 section 64 of 29th April 1981. The Park created covers an area of 400 kms2 or roughly 250,000 rai,and protects the largest area of original primary mangrove forest remaining in Thailand. The park stretches from Muang Phangnga District to the coast at Takua Thung District. Over 80 % of the park is covered by the Andaman sea, with over 42 large and small islands, including such as , Koh Phra At Thao, Koh Maprao, Koh Boey Noi, Koh Boey Yai, Koh Rayaring, Koh Phanak, Koh Hong, Koh Panyee, Khao Phing Kan, etc.

Khao  Khien
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Khao Khien
Lies on the way to Koh Panyee. Khoa Khien have a cave painting of there pre-historic people about 3,000 years.There are ancient depiction of animals and boats.
Activities : - Historical Sight Seeing
Khao  Mah  Ju
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Khao Mah Ju
Lies on the way to Koh Panyee. Khao Mah Ju is a small limestone island. The rock face looks remarkably like a poodle dog.
Activities : - Cave/Geological Touring
Khao Tapu (James Bond Island) - Khao Phing Kan
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Khao Tapu (James Bond Island) - Khao Phing Kan
Khao Tapu - Khao Phing Kan is the main tourist attraction which all tourist boat must stop for visiting and take a photograp . The front side of Khao Tapu is very well-known by foreigners because it's one scene of the "James Bond " movie.
Activities : - Cave/Geological Touring - Canoeing-Kayaking
Koh  Hong
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Koh Hong
Koh Hong is actually the limestone mountain, inside have many cave and beautiful ,which seperate into many rooms arranged in the same line and has stalactite there. To visit them, you must park your boat in front of island and then use the canoe to take you look around and access to inner sea.
Activities : - Canoeing-Kayaking
Koh  Lawa  Yai
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Koh Lawa Yai
In two hours you will reach this very small island with a white sandy beach or you can go by boat on the way at Barn Klong khein pier about 30 minute, where you can relax to your picnic after some sun and fun , Also remember to bring your own mask and snorkel if you can to look and coral.
Activities : - Activities on Beach - Snorkelling Diving
Koh  Panyee
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Koh Panyee
Koh Panyee, acutually, is the fisherman village, built on the area which can be flooded by the sea, so their houses were leveraged to the most high level over the highest level of the sea. This village is located outside the national park. Panyee people are the original fishermen, living with the shallow fishery by using floating bag-net, cockle farming, fish farming in cage, At present, Koh Panyee is the community for serving tourist and some of buildings had been modified to be restaurants and souvenir shops.
Activities : - Cultural Sight Seeing
Koh  Phanak
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Koh Phanak
Koh Phanak is the bigger than Koh Hong, between the boat route from Phuket to Phang Nga, have a many cave, such as , Tham Khang Kao ( Bat cave) , Tham Kong Kang ( Mangrove cave ) ,Tham Icecream ( Icecream cave ) and Tham Peen (Climb cave ) . To access this cave, has to use the sea canoe. Its depth is about 50-150 meters.
Activities : - Canoeing-Kayaking
Koh  Talu Nok
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Koh Talu Nok
Koh Talu Nok is another one of limestone mountain. It has the hollow cave, semilar the big through cave but smaller one. A boat can sail through it as well. There is a once famous site in Ao Phang-Nga National Park for sea canoe.
Activities : - Canoeing-Kayaking - Cave/Geological Touring
Tham  Lod
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Tham Lod
Tham Lod is a big cave and length about 50 metres, lies in Takua Thung District. There are beautiful stalactites and stalagmites inside the grotto. During way, you can see a perfect mangrove forest in Thailand.
Activities : - Canoeing-Kayaking - Cave/Geological Touring

Contact Address and How to go?
  Contact Address
  Ao Phang Nga National Park
80 Mu 1, Ban Tha Dan Ko Panyi,, Amphur Muang Phang Nga Phang Nga Thailand 82000
 
  How to go?
     By Car
 

Once in Phang nga Town , go past on highway heading to Takua Thung District, pass the provircial Hall. About after 850 kilometers,at three junction,you turn left about 2.5 kilometers.


     By Airplane
 

Takes a plane to Phuket International Airport, for about 1 hours 15 minutes, and then connect a car for 61 kilometers which takes time about 45 minutes to Phang Nga town. After that takes a minibus, Phang Nga-Tha Dan route, for 9 kilometers and will find it priot to Ta Dan 300 meters.


     By Ship
 

Rent a boat or contact tour agent to handle for you.


     By Train
 

Takes a train from Houlampong in Bangkok to Poonpin District at Suratthani and connects to a car for about 160 kilometers (3 hours) to Phang nga town.


     By Bus
 

Takes an air-condition,bus for 441 Baht and the V.I.P bus for 685 Baht about 850 kilometers from Bangkok to Phang nga and then to the bus station Phang nga,you takes a minibus, Phang nga-Tha Darn route for 9 kilometers and for 20 Baht per person.


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National Park Entry Fees
  1. Adult: Baht100-400.-/person (depends on national park)
  2. Children(0 - < 14 years old): Baht50-200.-/person (depends on national park)

Location Map & Other Related Information
Location & Travelling Map of Ao Phang Nga National Park
Location & Travelling Map of Ao Phang Nga National Park
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City Map of Phang Nga
City Map of Phang Nga
Province Map of Phang Nga
Province Map of Phang Nga
 

All South National Parks Location Map
Location Map of All Southern National Parks
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Ao Phang Nga National Park
80 Mu 1, Ban Tha Dan Ko Panyi,, Amphur Muang Phang Nga Phang Nga Thailand 82000
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