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Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is located in the Andaman Sea between the island of Phuket and the mainland of southern Thailand.  It's protected confines contain an abundance of limestone cliffs, caves, collapsed cave systems and archaeological sites.  A big part of the bay is protected as the Ao Phang Nga National Park.

Now protected as a Marine National Park, Phang Nga is a shallow bay with 42 islands. The Bay encapsulates the three main districts of Krabi province and is internationally recognised for the quality of the snorkelling and diving in the area. In 1974 it received international recognition as the setting for the James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun starring Roger Moore and Christopher Lee.  Ko Tapu, also known as James Bond Island, is a steep rocky monolith, about 20 metres tall, popular with tourists on Phang Nga yacht charters.

The Phi Phi Islands are a must see port of call in the circular route often taken on a yacht charter in this region, enjoying the three provinces that enclose the bay.  From here boats sail east, then turn south to the Ko Hong group of islands which make a delightful overnight stop.  Koh Panyi or Sea Gypsy Island is also popular with tourists, as home to a remarkable Muslim village, the whole of which is built over the water on stilts.



  • Boats can anchor off the islands. More popular tourist destinations have modern marinas.

Things to do

  • James Bond Island
  • Gypsy Island
  • Enjoy the limestone cliffs and caves
  • Snorkelling and Diving


  • Facilities are limited in more remote areas.