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Phang Nga Bay

The Phang Nga Bay area comprises hundreds of beautiful, limestone karst islands, located in the northern part of the cruising area. This is a typical place to start your sailing holiday. The islands soar out the water, their tall peaks rising into the air like pinnacles surrounded by the emerald-coloured sea.

Phang Nga Bay by Elite Yachting - Phuket Yacht Charter

Phang Nga Bay's many hidden beaches, mangrove swamps, creeks, caves and coves (many not even shown on charts or maps) make it a unique sailing destination with so much to explore and discover. Most of the islands are uninhabited but offer secure anchorages. Some of the cruising area is part of a National Park and rangers patrol around the islands. The entry fee is 200 Baht per boat and 200 Baht per day per person on board. This fee is collected on the spot.

North Phang Nga Bay by Elite Yachting - Phuket Yacht Charter

We recommend using your dinghy to explore the many caves in the area, which open into 'Hongs' or rooms inside the islands. Koh Hong Tunnel is the most famous of these. Another must-see is James Bond Island (Koh Phing Kan), so named because it was the filming location of the 007 movie, The Man with the Golden Gun. James Bond Island is arguably the most popular tourist attraction in the area, so to avoid the crowds it's best to visit before 10:30am or late in the afternoon when the tour boats have left. There is a 200 Baht fee per person collected by Park Rangers when going ashore. Further north is the floating Gypsy village of Koh Pan Yi. Built on stilts, this fascinating and friendly visit is a great place to stop for lunch.

Koh Hong Group (Phang Nga) by Elite Yachting - Phuket Yacht Charter   Click map image to enlarge.
 
Koh Pan Yi by Elite Yachting - Phuket Yacht Charter   Click map image to enlarge.

Charts courtesy of Southeast Asia Pilot - www.southeastasiapilot.com