Phang Nga Bay is one of Phuket's top attractions. In fact, some would say that your trip to Phuket isn't complete without visiting this breathtaking bay. The natural limestone formations and the multitude of islands form among the most beautiful sceneries in the world. If you're planning a trip here and wondering how to get to Phang Nga Bay from Phuket, we've got you covered. Just continue reading the blog below.

About Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is a bay in the Strait of Malacca between Phuket island and the mainland of southern Thailand. It's 400 square kilometres big with 42 islands, consisting of numerous limestone cliffs and cave systems. Large sections of the bay have been designated as a part of the Ao Phang Nga National Park since 1981 to protect the natural ecosystem.

How to Get to Phang Nga Bay from Phuket

There are a few ways to get to Phang Nga Bay if you're staying in Phuket. The easiest way is to join a tour from Phuket Island directly to the bay. In fact, if you're staying at Club Med Phuket, we can arrange a day trip cruise for you with transport from the hotel with lunch included; all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your cruise.

If you're more adventurous, you can drive from Phuket to Phang Nga town, and then get on a boat at the Surakul pier. Depending on where you start on Phuket Island, the drive to Phang Nga can take anywhere from one to two hours.

What to Do at Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is a famous Phuket attraction with many things to do there. Whether you just want to enjoy the natural scenery on a relaxing cruise, or to kayak into the numerous cave lagoons, there's definitely something for you.

1. Cruise on a Junk

There's nothing like cruising in the bay on a traditional Chinese Junk. With the unique sail on the boat and the gorgeous limestone cliffs around you, you'll feel like you're in a picturesque, traditional Chinese painting. You'll get to see all of Phang Nga Bay including Koh Ta-pu (Nail Island) or better known as James Bond Island for being featured in The Mand with the Golden Gun.

2. Look over the Bay at Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

If you drive to Phang Nga, you can take a detour to Samet Nangshe Viewpoint, which is a hill with an unobstructed view of the whole bay. With it facing eastward, out to the bay, you can get a breathtaking view of the bay at sunrise. Plus, it's only a 30-minute drive away from Phuket.

3. Visit Ko Panyi Island Village

Ko Panyi is an island village built on stilts over the water. It's a popular stop on island tours as you get to eat at restaurants and buy handicrafts here. The village backed by a single, large limestone monolith, making this village a sight indeed. This community is mainly Muslim, with about half the residents being fishermen and the rest being small entrepreneur catering to tourists.

4. The Cave of The Reclining Buddha

Wat Suwan Khuha, with its huge reclining Buddha, is a must-visit if you're in Phang Nga. It's less than 10 minutes away from Surakul pier and is easily accessible. The temple is in a cave, which makes for an interesting and spiritual experience. If you drive there, just be careful of the monkeys who like to pull antennas from cars.

5. Kayak through the Hongs

Hongs, or rooms in Thai, are the caves in some of the islands. These caves are mostly only accessible by kayak and have beautiful flora untouched by humans. Some caves have collapsed roofs, and with their soaring walls bathed in sunlight, feel like a magical, ancient world. You'll have guides accompanying you on the tour, so there's no risk of getting lost or injured.

With Phang Nga Bay being a top attraction in Phuket, it has to be on your travel list. You'll not only get to experience the beauty of a place unlike any other in the world, but also get to see the unique geographical formation, flora and fauna, and rich local culture. So pack your bags and we hope we can help you visit Phang Nga Bay soon.