island has a picturesque village, which rests precariously
on small pilings and extends out across the water. It is inhabited
chiefly by Muslim fisher folk, whose unique culture has existed,
cut off from the mainland and most modern amenities, for more
than a hundred years. Souvenir shops and seafood restaurants
cater to visitors.
The name means literally
leaning mount. It is really a huge rock split in two; the
smaller half has slid down and the remaining one appears now
to be leaning. Though Kao Ping-gan is a very small island,
Khao Tapoo or James Bond Island, is in a little bay of Khao
Ping-Gan where visiting boats pull up. Tapoo means nail, and
this shoreless rock projects up from the sea as its name implies
flat and wide at the top, and very narrow at waterline. It
is a striking sight. And the island became more famous after
the James Bond adventure, The Man with the Golden Gun, was
partly filmed here.
Ko Similan National Park
A group of 9 small islands,
50 kms. off the west coast of Phang-nga in the Andaman Sea.
The National Park covers an area of 80,000 rai. Skin Diving
Magazine rated them among the ten loveliest places on Earth,
because of the great natural beauty found on the islands themselves
the extensive surrounding coral gardens beneath the waves.
The islands are undeveloped and unspoiled; numerous species
of fish, crustaceans, and other forms of sea-life abound;
water clarity and diving are excellent. Similan is corrupted
from the Malay Sembilan and means nine. From north to south
in order the islands are : Ko Bon, Ko Ba Ngu, Ko Similan,
Ko Pahyoo, Ko Miang (two islands), Ko Pahyan, Ko Payahng and
Ko Hu Yong.
Phang-nga Bay or Ao Phang-nga National Park
The Phang-nga National Park covers a vast area both onshore
and offshore of about 250,000 rais (100,000 acres), covering
the areas of Amphoe Mueang, Amphoe Takua Thung, and Amphoe
Ko Yao. More...
Ko Yao covers an area of 137 square kilometres. The majority
of the population are Muslim. The island is made up of 2 large
islands: Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai.
Attractions on Ko Yao Noi include: More...
Thai Mueang National Park
park occupies an area of 45,000 rais (18,000 acres). It was
declared a national park on April 14, 1988. Interesting attractions
in the park include:
located at Mu 6, Tambon Thai Mueang, on Phetkasem Road (Highway
No.4), between kilometre markers 32 and 33, and taking an
unpaved access road for another 1.5 kilometres. It is a 6-tiered
waterfall that runs all year round.More...
32 kilometres from Takua Pa, Khao Lak is now an interesting
destination for domestic and overseas tourists. It has an
advantage of beautiful, long beach of , more...
Ru National Park
This was declared a national park in August 1991. The park
occupies a vast area of 150 square kilometers and covers Amphoe
Thai Mueang, Amphoe Kapong, Amphoe Takua Pa, and Amphoe Mueang.
Ko Surin National Park
Situated in Tambon Ko Phra Thong and covering an area of 84,375
rais (33,750 acres), Mu Ko Surin is an archipelago of 5 islands:
Ko Surin Nuea, Ko Surin Tai, Ko Ri, Ko Khai, and Ko Klang.