Phang-nga, a peaceful province on the Andaman coast, welcomes visitors with beautiful beaches, tranquil islands and abundant marine life. It is renowned for its spectacular jewels Koh Surin and Koh Similan, and its oceans teem with verdant forests, hidden caves and delightful sparkling waterfalls. In addition, Phang-nga boasts Thailand’s largest mangrove forest. Due to its fertile natural resources, this former tin-mining area, has been revitalized and has become an idea tourist destination offering a wide variety of scenery and activities.
The pre-history of Phang-nga is attested by caves paintings and unearthed artifacts including potsherds, stone tools and weapons made from animal bones. In addition, experts believe that Takua Pa Town located in Phang-nga, was mentioned in a book written in India around 500 B.E. Increasing European demand for tin during the reign of King Rama V the Great (mid-19th – early 20th centuries) raised Takua Pa Town to great prominence, and this boom drew Chines laborers from Penang to settle in the bustling town and nearby area. Eventually the boom subsided, and Takua Pa became a quiet town until nowadays.
However, in 1974 Phang-nga bay was made famous once again, when its remarkable rock formations one of which is now called “James Bond Island” were featured in the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”, that can drag tourists around the word knowing more Phang-nga province.
Phang-nga’s gorgeous and varied landscapes attract many visitors every year, while the vintage charm of the old tin-mining town lends a nice rustic atmosphere.