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About Phang-nga Province

Phang Nga is one of the southern provinces of Thailand situated on the shore of the Andaman Sea and famed for the natural beauty of its waters, beaches, islands, mountains and forests. Neighboring provinces are Ranong, Surat Thani and Krabi. To the south lies the Phuket province. The closest airports are located in Phuket or Krabi. The province includes many islands of the Phang Nga Bay. The most famous one is the so-called James Bond Island. The Similan Islands, one of Thailand's main diving destinations, are also part of Phang Nga province. The islands are famed for their reefs, variety of corals and abundance of marine life. The second diving area is near Surin Islands, which are virtually untouched and feature reefs that slope gently toward the seabed. The islands are situated 80km/50mi west off Ranong Province, along the west coast of Thailand. Other interesting place for diving is Khao Lak of Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park, which has a palm-fringed coastline with newly discovered reefs


Most popular dive sites

Some of the must see dive sites include Koh TachaiKoh BonBoonsung WreckElephant Head RockChristmas PointFantaseaThe horseshoe-shaped Richelieu Rock, which is located near the Surin Islands, is one of the best dive sites of the whole of Thailand. The average depth of this site is 18m/59ft and the maximum depth is 36m/118ft. Because of strong currents this dive site is best suitable for experienced divers. It is a good area for underwater photography.

When to go to Phang-nga Province

Temperatures in Phang Nga remain fairly constant throughout the year. Phang Nga has three seasons: the cool season, which is actually quite hot, the hot season, which is very hot, and the rainy season, which is hot and humid.

The average annual air temperature is 27C/80F, with water temperatures between 27-30C/80-86F. 

The best time to visit is during the months of November through March.​ The months of March and April are generally considered too hot to be comfortable. 


What to see

The area is home to a wide variety of marine life as well as a couple of wrecks divers can explore. Grouper, colorful clownfish, giant trevallies, manta rays, triggerfish, barracudas, unicornfish, leopard sharks, blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, puffers, illusive lionfish, several species of eels, rainbow runners can be found there.