Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is definitely one of the most amazing places to explore by boat. This unique place covers area of 400 sq kilometers and is a home to 100 islands.
To enjoy the spectacular scenery of Phang Nga Bay you need to take one of the boat trips from the Ao Poh Pier in Phuket or from Krabi. Many tour operators offer a leisurely day trip cruising through that limestone cliffs rising up vertically above the sea level.
When booking the trip, you will be asked to choose between speedboats and big boats. Speedboats are faster but also a lot smaller so if you asked me, I would recommend you to book a big boat instead. She is slower but gives you an opportunity to fully enjoy surroundings and don't forget, this area proves how the Mother Nature works her magic. Big boats offer extra space so you can sunbath at the boat's bow, stretch your legs or just enjoy freshly prepared lunch or snacks.
We booked one day trip with Phuket All Tours. They offer transfer from hotel to the pier and back. Big boat was very comfortable and our tour guide was very entertaining.
The first stop on the way to Phang Nga Bay was Naka Island - a small island with lovely beach, tree swings and jet ski for those who were interested.
The boat also stopped at Hong Island with its enchanting cave ‘rooms' and Panak Island where we explored sea cave lagoon (known as hong) by inflatable canoe. A Thai guide escorts you through a hidden hong to the other side of the rock to see a mangrove forest.
The most famous spot of the whole area is of course James Bond Island with its signature rocky pinnacle. It has become a major tourist attraction since one of the Bond movies had been filmed here, what makes it crowded in high season.
The pinnacle is under national park protection therefore boats are not allowed to get too close. You can admire it from a small beach on Koh Ping Ghan Island where the boats dock, filled with stalls and stands selling souvenirs.
You have about 30 minutes to explore that rocky island, go for a walk and check out some small caves.
Some boats bring tourists to the Muslim fishing village Koh Panyee for a lunch.
All in all, it was an active and entertaining day complemented by a beautiful sunset that we enjoyed from the boat on the way back to the pier in Phuket.
Phang Nga Bay is a unique place and one day trip is an unforgettable experience worth recommendation.