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Ao Phang-Nga National Marine Park

Phang Nga Bay is one of the Thailand’s great scenic attractions; it was established as a national park in 1982 to protect one of the original primary mangrove forests remaining in Thailand. Over 80 % of the park is covered by the Andaman Sea, with verdant limestone islands, odd rock formations, caves and aquatic grottoes.

The most famous of the islands in the park are Ko Panyee and Ko Tapu (known as James Bond Island, the place where a James Bond movie took place).
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Ao Phang-Nga National Marine Park

The sea in Phang Nga Bay is rather shallow with an average depth of a few meters only, the park is consequently a safe place to visit all over the year. The waves never reach one meter high even in the rainy months from May to October, however a visit from November to April is still preferable for the reason that then the sky is clear, the sea is serene and the trip will not be interrupted by rain.

There are ancient cave paintings and prehistoric tools evidencing prehistoric life since back 10,000 years ago. The Phang Nga Bay suffered badly during the tsunami in 2004 but the area has recovered well.

There are many places where long-tail boat services can be rented for tourists to visit the islands closely and its many attractions.

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