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The province of Phang-nga is located some 788 kilometres from Bangkok. It covers an area of 4,170 square kilometres.

Phang-nga is a province with two characters – land and sea – and packed with national parks that guard magnificent scenery with immensely different attractions.

Most famous is Ao Phang-nga National Park, a geological wonder filled with islets, sunken caverns and startling rock formations rising sheer out of the sea.  The bay is extremely sheltered ideal for expeditions of sea canoes to explore the many fascinating caverns with their own eco-systems.

Phang-nga’s andaman coast offers parks of a different kind.  The island groups of Surin and Similan are renowned for their beautiful unspoilt beaches and spectacular underwater scenery, attracting divers from around the world.  Khao Lak is a coastal park full of birds, mammals and scenic waterfalls, with a number of hotel developments after Tsunami disaster in December 2004.

 

Phang Nga Attractions Tours

Phang Nga Education Places

Phang-nga Wildlife Nursery Station

Attraction Details :

Phang-nga Wildlife Breeding Centre (diagonally opposite the Telephone Organisation of Phang-nga) near Km. 33 on Phetchakasem Road, Tambon Tak Daet. The Centre breeds rare and endangered species of wild animals such as red-whiskered bulbul, Oriental pied hornbill, barn owl, brahminy kite, golden pheasant, green peafowl, and Indian peafowl. There is also Sumatran serow, porcupine, gibbon, monkey, banded langur, bear, and duck. It is open daily during 8.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Admission is free. A group visit with a guide is available by written appointment addressed to the Head of the Phang-nga Wildlife Breeding Centre. For further details, please contact the Phang-nga Wildlife Breeding Centre at Tel. 0 7641 3261.

Phang Nga Nature and Wildlife

Hat Bang Sak

Attraction Details :

Hat Bang Sak is in Tambon Bang Muang on Phetchakasem Road, the Thai Mueang – Takua Pa route. The beach is 100 metres off the highway on the left between Km. 76 – 77. Hat Bang Sak offers a long stretch of white sandy beach running parallel to a line of shady pine trees. It is suitable for swimming. The locals as well as tourists usually come here to admire the setting sun. Accommodation and food shops are available on the beach.

How to get there :

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You can charter a boat ride from Khura Buri pier to the island. The trip takes just over an hour. Private accommodation is available.

Hat Khao Lak

Attraction Details :

Khao Lak Seaside is located 32 kilometres from Amphoe Takua Pa and offers another popular seaside attraction. There is a wide sandy beach with rocks of different sizes. The atmosphere is relaxing and suitable for swimming. It is a nice place to admire the setting sun. It is also a location of many hotels and resorts with designs of accommodation and landscapes that blend harmoniously with the seaside ambience: serene and shady with pine trees and coconut groves on the beach. Its intact nature is gaining popularity among Thai as well as foreign visitors. Opposite the entrance to the Park is situated Chaopho Khao Lak Shrine, which is much revered by villagers.

How to get there :

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located in Tambon Bang Muang on Phetkasem Road, on the Thai Mueang – Takua Pa section, between Km.76-77 and going down a side road for another hundred metres.

Tha Nun Beach

Attraction Details :

Tha Nun Seaside is located between the Sarasin and Thep Kasattri Bridges, connecting Phang-nga and Phuket provinces. From Highway No. 4, turn into Highway No. 402 and head toward Phuket. Near the Pak Phra Strait before reaching Phuket, there will be sand on both sides where turtles usually come to lay their eggs every year.

Suwan Ku Ha Cave

Attraction Details :

Know locally as Wat Tam (the cave temple), Wat Suwan Kuha is just that – a temple in a cave! Located in a limestone mountain, Suwan Kuha is part of a large complex of caves with names such as Tam Yai, Tam Jaeng, Tam Meud, and Tam Kaew. Tam Yai is the largest cave (20 meters x 40 meters) in the complex and represents the site’s entrance. The entire length of Tam Yai features ‘Lai Kram’ and ‘Benjarong’ tiles (a typical form of decoration in this part of Thailand) and a number of Buddha images. The principal Buddha image is an extremely impressive 15-metre-long Reclining Buddha.

Ban Bo Dan Hot Springs

Attraction Details :

Ban Bo Dan Hot Springs is located in Tambon Bo Dan, 43 kilometres from Phang-nga provincial town along the Phang-nga – Khok Kloi route. At Khok Kloi Intersection, continue straight on for some 2 kilometres and follow the direction sign by turning right for another 3 kilometres. The Ban Bo Dan Hot Spring belongs to The Hot Spring Beach Resort and Spa, and is surrounded by a beautiful and shady landscape. Warm mineral water whirling in the pond is suitable for soaking to relax, to get rid of stress, to heal joint and bone pains, to treat beriberi, as well as to nourish skin and hair. It is open daily during 8.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. Service fee is 500 Baht.

How to get there :

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on the Andaman coast. If you are coming from Phuket, pass through Khok Kloi intersection, and keep going straight on. At the Km. 6, you will see the entrance, then go another 3 kilometres further.

Koh Ra-Ko Phra Thong National Park

Attraction Details :

Koh Ra-Ko Phra Thong is in Tambon Koh Phra Thong and a large island in the Andaman Sea, with white sandy beaches and beautiful nature in a serene atmosphere. It is a natural habitat of various kinds of fauna such as deer, boar, hornbill, lesser adjutant, etc. There are fishermen dwelling on the island and also private resorts for tourists.For more information contact Koh Ra-Ko Phra Thong National Park Tel. 0 7649 1378, 0 2562 0760 www.dnp.go.th e-mail: reserve@dnp.go.th

To get there, a long-tailed boat for rent is available at Khura Buri Pier, taking about 1 hour. Please contact Ko Phra Thong Village Headman at Tel. 08 9599 6375.

How to get there :

By Other

You can charter a boat ride from Khura Buri pier to the island. The trip takes just over an hour. Private accommodation is available.

Koh Tapu (James Bond Island)

Attraction Details :

Koh Tapu or Khao Tapu. The island is a part of the Ao Phang Nga National Park. Since 1974, when it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, it is popularly called James Bond Island.

Khao Chang

Attraction Details :

Khao Chang is a huge mountain resembling a crouched elephant situated behind Phang-ngas former city hall. It is considered a symbol of Phang-nga. Inside the mountain, there is a dark and long cave called Tham Phung Chang which is full of stalactites and stalagmites. Exploring through the dark cave have to be done both on foot and by boat since some parts of the cave are always flooded.

Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park

Attraction Details :

Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park is located 33 kilometres. from Amphoe Takua Pa at Km. 56-57 on the left of Highway No. 4. It was established as a national park in August 1991 and covers a total area of 78,125 rai in Amphoe Takua Pa, Amphoe Thai Mueang, Amphoe Kapong, and Amphoe Mueang Phang-nga.

The Park features undulating mountains including Khao Lak, Khao Saeng Thong, Khao Mai Kaeo, and Khao Plai Bang To. The mountains are covered with evergreen forests where several species of flora can be found such as Yang – Dipterocarpus alatus, Phayom – Shorea roxburghii, Malacca teak, Bunnak – Mesua ferria, Takhian Thong – Hopea odorata, Krabak – Anisoptera costata, etc. The highest mountaintop is about 1,077 metres above sea level and is the watershed of the province’s major rivers including the Phang-nga and Takua Pa. Frequented fauna are Malayan tapir, tiger, Sumatran serow, monkey, langur, deer, barking deer, great argus pheasant, hornbill, woodpecker, bulbul, and hill myna. There are 5-kilometres and 7-kilometres Namtok Ton Chong Fa Nature Trails, taking about 2 and 5 hours, respectively. There are nature interpretation signs along the steep routes. A guide is needed.

Accommodation and tents are available. For further details, please contact the Khao Lak – Lam Ru National Park, Mu 7 Tambon Khuekkhak, Amphoe Takua Pa, Phang-nga 82110, Tel. 0 7648 5414, 0 7648 5243 or National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Bangkok Office: Tel. 0 2562 0760 or visit www.dnp.go.th.

Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park

Attraction Details :

Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park is located 33 kilometres. from Amphoe Takua Pa at Km. 56-57 on the left of Highway No. 4. It was established as a national park in August 1991 and covers a total area of 78,125 rai in Amphoe Takua Pa, Amphoe Thai Mueang, Amphoe Kapong, and Amphoe Mueang Phang-nga.

The Park features undulating mountains including Khao Lak, Khao Saeng Thong, Khao Mai Kaeo, and Khao Plai Bang To. The mountains are covered with evergreen forests where several species of flora can be found such as Yang – Dipterocarpus alatus, Phayom – Shorea roxburghii, Malacca teak, Bunnak – Mesua ferria, Takhian Thong – Hopea odorata, Krabak – Anisoptera costata, etc. The highest mountaintop is about 1,077 metres above sea level and is the watershed of the province’s major rivers including the Phang-nga and Takua Pa. Frequented fauna are Malayan tapir, tiger, Sumatran serow, monkey, langur, deer, barking deer, great argus pheasant, hornbill, woodpecker, bulbul, and hill myna. There are 5-kilometres and 7-kilometres Namtok Ton Chong Fa Nature Trails, taking about 2 and 5 hours, respectively. There are nature interpretation signs along the steep routes. A guide is needed.

Accommodation and tents are available. For further details, please contact the Khao Lak – Lam Ru National Park, Mu 7 Tambon Khuekkhak, Amphoe Takua Pa, Phang-nga 82110, Tel. 0 7648 5414, 0 7648 5243 or National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Bangkok Office: Tel. 0 2562 0760 or visit www.dnp.go.th.

Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Mueang National Park

Attraction Details :

Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Mueang National Park was declared a national park on 14 April, 1986, and covers a total area of 45,000 rai. The national park has 2 sections; namely, the Lam Pi Range which comprises a long stretch of mountains of mostly igneous rocks of 60 – 140 million years old, and Hat Thai Mueang, a white sandy beach on the Andaman Sea. The Lam Pi Range features evergreen forests of plant species like Yang (Dipterocarpus alatus), Takhian Thong (Hopea odorata), Krabak (Anisoptera costata), ferns, rattan, bamboo, etc. The topmost peak is Yot Khao Khamin, which is 622 metres high. Hat Thai Mueang features white sandy beaches in the west and a mangrove forest in the east, where the Park’s headquarters is situated. The fauna found within the Park include palm civet, sambar deer, red junglefowl, thick-billed pigeon, etc. Marine life includes stingray, mullet, flying fish, starfish, and small coral reefs.

Interesting Attractions within the National Park:

Hat Thai Mueang is in the Thai Mueag Sanitary District, with a right turn for 1.5 kilometres and another 5 kilometres along the beach to the location of the Park’s headquarters. Hat Thai Mueang features a white sandy beach running parallel to the highway for a distance of more than 13 kilometres and crystal clear sea suitable for swimming. During November – February, sea turtles will come to lay their eggs on the beach. As such, there is an activity to watch spawning sea turtles on the nights of the waxing moon. During March every year when the eggs are hatched, the baby sea turtles will be released into the sea in a tradition called the “Sea Turtle Releasing Festival”.

Thung Samet is a cajuput forest covering an area of 1,000 rai located in the middle of Hat Thai Mueang. It features white powdery sand.

Namtok Ton Phrai is a massive waterfall originating from Khao Ton Yan Sai. The surrounding forests are shady with large trees. To get there, from Amphoe Thai Mueang, take Highway No. 4 and turn right between Km. 28 – 29 for another 7 kilometres.

Namtok Lam Pi is a medium waterfall of 4 tiers originating from the Lam Pi Range. There is a large basin with water all year round. In the rainy season, it is usually frequented by local people. To get there, from Amphoe Thai Mueang, follow Highway No. 4 and turn right between Km. 32 – 33 for 2 kilometres.

Accommodation:  The Park provides 6 bungalows for tourists, each accommodating 5 – 10 persons at 800 – 1,500 Baht and tents for rent for 3 – 5 persons at 450 Baht. A camping fee of 20 Baht / person will be charged for visitors bringing their own tents. There are welfare food shops provided for tourists. For more details, please contact the Khao Lam Pi – Hat Thai Mueang National Park, Amphoe Thai Mueang, Phang-nga 82120, Tel. 0 7641 7206 or National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Bangkok, Tel. 0 2562 0760 or visit www.dnp.go.th.

To get there:  From Phang-nga provincial town, follow the Phang-nga – Thai Mueang Road for 56 kilometres. Turn left at the Talat Thai Mueang Intersection for approximately 6 kilometres to arrive at the Park’s headquarters. If travelling by car from Bangkok, take Phetchakasem Road via Amphoe Takua Pa and turn into the Takua Pa – Thai Mueang route for about 66 kilometres to arrive at the Talat Thai Mueang Intersection.

Mu Koh Similan National Park

Attraction Details :

Similan is a Yawi or Malay word, which means nine or a group of nine islands. This is located in Tambon Ko Phra Thong, Amphoe Khura Buri, occupying an area of 32,000 acres. It was declared a national park on 1st September 1982. Similan is a small group of islands comprising nine islands stretching from north to south, respectively, namely: Koh Bon, Koh Bayu, Koh Similan, Koh Payu, Koh Miang (two adjoining islands), Koh Payan, Koh Payang, and Koh Huyong. The National Parks office is located on Koh Miang. Similan is highly praised for its beautiful scenery, both onshore and underwater. It is situated 70 kilometres from Phang-nga town. Best time to visit is between November and April.

Interesting attractions in the National Park include:

Koh Similan or Koh Paet is the largest island in this group of islands. It has a distinctive horseshoe-shaped bay. The average depth of the water is 60 feet. Underwater is full of rock formations and coral reefs in several shapes and forms such as deer, leaf, brain, and mushroom. The latter one is the most unspoiled coral found in the country. Its soft sandy beach is very beautiful and diving around here will let you see a lot of fishes and coral. To the north, lies a striking large rock formation with astonishing shapes such as boot and Donald Ducks head. The upper part of the beach is an ideal lookout point with a rock of a sailing boat shape.

Koh Ba-ngu is the ninth island of the Similan group of islands. It has a strange feature. Looking from one point, the shape of a skull can be seen. Underwater is as beautiful as a valley full of coral reefs, deep gorge, and various sizes of fish.

Koh Huyong, the island offers the whitest and longest beach of all the nine islands. During turtles ’egg laying season, from November to February, there would be tracks on the beach from turtles that come onshore to lay eggs, resembling centipede tracks.

Koh Miang is the second largest island among 9 islands after Similan Island. It is where the office of the National Park is located. The island offers a scenic beach which is suitable for camping.

Diving Spots

There are several diving spots that suit both snorkelling and scuba diving. The famous scuba diving spots including rock formations that lie to the west of Koh Tachai where whale sharks can be seen, Koh Bon, Christmas Point rock formation, Fantasy rock formation, and Ao Kwang En (to the east of Koh Paet), etc.

Snorkelling spots are scattered around these nine islands. The interesting points are by the sailing boat rock, Ao Kwang En, and behind Miang Island.

How to Get There

Thap Lamu Pier, located 70 kilometres north of Phang-nga at Amphoe Thai Mueang, is the nearest point to Similan. A boat trip takes around 2 hours. There is no regular boat service for travellers to the island. Boats leaving from Thap Lamu are suitable for group tours and the boat rentals range from 30,000-40,000 baht, depending on various factors. Tourists can contact the travel agents as follows: Medsye Travel and Tours, tel: 0 7644 3276, 0 7644 3340, 08 1893 8042 e-mail: metsine@ksc.th.com, www.similanthailand.com, Jack Similan Travel, tel: 0 7652 2052-3, 08 1402 7705 fax: 0 7652 2053 e-mail: info@jacksimilan.com, www.jacksimilan.com, Thaplamu Andaman Tour Tel: 0 7644 3411, 08 7265 4747, 08 4187 0011, 08 1892 4646, Phuket Office tel: 0 7627 4430, 08 1788 4458 e-mail: info@toursimilan.com, www.toursimilan.com , South Siam Divers Tel: 0 7628 6016-8, fax: 0 7628 6020 e-mail: info@southsiamdivers.com, www.southsiamdivers.com

It is sometimes possible for individuals to hitch a ride or pay a reasonable fraction of the rental cost on a boat chartered by a group. This method is by no means certain and should be an obtion only for the adventurous who have time to spare. Visitors may contact the park office at Thap Lamu (Tel: 0 7659 5045) for further information.

A boat trip from Patong Beach, Phuket takes around four hours. Visitors can contact Seatran Travel Tel: 0 76219391-2. Diving companies in Phuket also organise a three-day trip. Prices range from 9,000 to 25,000 baht, depending on the level of luxury, and include food, and accommodations.

Accommodation : There are bungalows and tents as well as restaurants available on the island. For reservation, contact Mu Koh Similan National Park, tel: 0 2562 0760, www.dnp.go.th

Admission Fee: Adult 400 baht and Child 200 baht

For more information contact Mu Koh Similan National Park, Mu 1, Thap Lamu, Tambon Lam Kaen, Amphoe Thai Mueang, Phang-nga 82120, tel. 0 7642 1365 or 0 7659 5045.

How to get there :

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Thap Lamu Pier, located 70 kilometres north of Phang-nga at Amphoe Thai Mueang, is the nearest point to Similan. A boat trip takes around 3 hours. There is no regular boat service for travellers to the island. Boats leaving from Thap Lamu are suitable for group tours and the boat rentals range from 8,000-10,000 baht, depending on various factors. It is sometimes possible for individuals to hitch a ride or pay a reasonable fraction of the rental cost on a boat chartered by a group. This method is by no means certain and should be an option only for the adventurers who have time to spare. Visitors may contact the park office at Thap Lamu (Tel: 0 7659 5045) for further information. Tour operators provide transport and tour packages to this popular destination.
– Fantastic Similan Travel at tel. 0 7648 5998, 08 6601 1563
– Medsine Tour at tel. 0 7648 6268, 08 6089-1777 or visit www.similanthailand.com
– Mantapoint at tel. 0 7648 5745, 08 1273 9279
– Thaplamu Andaman Tour at tel. 0 7644 3411

A boat trip from Patong Beach, Phuket takes around four hours. Visitors can contact Seatran Travel Tel: 0 76219391-2. Diving companies in Phuket also organise a three-day trip. Prices range from 9,000 to 25,000 baht, depending on the level of luxury, and include food, and accommodations.

Mu Koh Surin National Park

Attraction Details :

Mu Koh Surin National Park is an archipelago in the Andaman Sea located approximately 70 kilometres off the western shore. It is next to the Thailand – Myanmar border, covering a total area of approximately 84,375 rai out of which about 20,594 rai is an on land area. The Park comprises 5 major islands; namely, Koh Surin Nuea, Koh Surin Tai, Koh Khai (Koh Torinla), Koh Klang (Koh Pachumba), and Koh Ri (Koh Satok). It was proclaimed a national park on 9 July, 1981, and includes islands with beautiful coral reefs in the shallows and various schools of fish of different colours. It offers ideal spots for snorkelling to admire coral reefs in the shallows, especially at Koh Torinla and Koh Pachumba. An ideal spot for scuba diving is the Richeliu Rock, 10 kilometres to the southwest of Koh Surin. This is a site of fertile undersea nature, habitat of various kinds of fish, colourful corals, and where whale shark, the kind Giant of the Sea, is frequently encountered. The most suitable period for a visit is between November and April whereas from May to October is the period of monsoons when there are heavy rainfalls and windy wavy sea.

Interesting Attractions within the National Park:
Koh Surin Nuea and Koh Surin Tai are two attached islands separated by a water channel. There are both large and small bays scattered around the islands, all with distinctively beautiful beaches and sea water. Koh Surin Nuea is where the Park’s Ranger Station is located. There is a Tourist Service Centre, bungalows, camping site, and long-tailed boats for rent to visit various islands.

Ao Chong Khat is located south of Koh Surin Nuea and has a camping spot on a clean white sandy beach suitable for swimming. There are also coral reefs and various kinds of fish such as the colourful parrotfish and wrasse.

Ao Mae Yai is also south of Koh Surin Nuea and offers a bay of calm sea. It is the largest island in the Surin Archipelago with coral reefs in the shallows.

Ao Sai En is situated east of Koh Surin Nuea, with boat people known as Chao Le or Mogen People living their simple and folk way of life. They believe in Indian icons carved out of wood which are regarded as their sacred items. During the full moon day’s period of April every year, they will gather to pay respect to their revered spirits for 3 days.

Ao Luek is to the southeast of Koh Surin Nuea and offers coral reefs in the shallows, seaweeds, anemones, sea fans, schools of clown fish, and various kinds of colourful fish.

Ao Chak is to the north of Koh Surin Nuea and offers a white powdery beach and snorkelling spot to admire coral reefs in the shallows.

Ao Mai Ngam is to the west of Koh Surin Nuea next to the headquarters bay. It is a large bay with a long curving beach, beautiful coral reefs, and various kinds of colourful fish. Moreover, there is Ao Mai Ngam Nature Trail through an evergreen forest along the beach, with nature interpretation signs along the 2-kilometres route, taking approximately 1 hour. Along the route, various species of wildlife and flora such as mouse deer, flying lemur, and rare birds like Nicobar pigeon and pied imperial pigeon can be seen.

Ao Bon is located east of Koh Surin Tai and inhabited by another group of the Mogen or Chao Le people.

Ao Tao is located east of Koh Surin Tai and a habitat of a large number of sea turtles near the coral reefs. It offers a snorkelling spot to view soft corals and sea fans.
Ao Phak Kat is to the south of Koh Surin Tai and offers a snorkelling spot to view staghorn coral reefs, and also a scuba diving spot.

Ao Suthep is to the north of Koh Surin Tai and offers a snorkelling spot to view beautiful coral reefs.

Koh Pachumba or Koh Klang is situated north of Koh Surin Tai and offers clean white powdery beaches and intact coral reefs where Manta rays, various species of fish, and lobsters which are rare to be seen are so abundant that the bay is called Ao Mangkon after the Thai name of lobster, Kung Mangkon. It is also a spawning site for sea turtles.

Koh Khai or Koh Torinla is south of Koh Surin Tai. To the east of the island, there is a very long stretch of coral reefs that are still in perfect condition and ideal for scuba diving.

To Get to Mu Koh Surin National Park:
By car, from Amphoe Mueang Phang-nga, take Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Road) toward Amphoe Khura Buri and turn left at Km. 721, 6 kilometres before reaching Amphoe Khura Buri, for 3 kilometres. The Park’s direction sign will be seen on the right.

By bus, the Transport Company Limited operates air–conditioned buses from the Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal on Borommaratchachonnani Road once a day, leaving Bangkok at 8.00 p.m. and arriving in Amphoe Khura Buri at 8.00 a.m., taking a total of 12 hours. For further information, please call the Bangkok Office, Tel. 0 2894 6122, Amphoe Khura Buri Office, Tel. 0 7649 1218. Lignite Tour Company Limited operates a daily bus leaving Bangkok at 7.05 p.m. and arriving in Amphoe Khura Buri at 5.00 a.m. For more details, please call the Bangkok Office at Tel. 0 2435 5016, 0 2435 7428, Phang-nga Office, Tel. 0 7641 2300, 0 7641 2014, Takua Pa Office, Tel. 0 7644 1107.

To Get to Thap Lamu Pier:
– From Bangkok, take the Bangkok – Ranong or Bangkok – Surat Thani bus and get off at the Lam Kaen T-junction, Amphoe Thai Mueang. Then, take a motorcycle to Thap Lamu Pier.

– From Phang-nga provincial town, take the Phang-nga – Thap Lamu Pier bus, leaving Phang-nga Bus Terminal, or the Bangkok – Surat Thani or Bangkok – Ranong bus, to Lam Kaen T-junction. Then, take a motorcycle to the pier.
– From Amphoe Thai Mueang, take a Song Thaeo minibus running on the Thai Mueang – Thap Lamu route, Phuket – Takua Pa bus, or Phuket – Surat Thani bus from the market on Phetchakasem Road and get off at Lam Kaen T-junction. Then, take a motorcycle to the pier.

Ferry and Charter Boat
Visitors travelling in groups may contact a ferry or charter boat at:
– Khura Buri Pier, Amphoe Khura Buri, 60 kilometres from the Park, taking some 4 hours.   Contact Mu Ko Surin National Park at Tel. 0 7649 1378 and Khura Buri Green View Resort, Tel. 0 7649 1477 – 8.
– Thap Lamu Pier, Amphoe Thai Mueang, taking about 4 hours. For a ferry, visitors may contact any travel agency nearby.

Accommodation: The Park provides 16 bungalow rooms, each room for 2 persons, at 2,000 Baht / bungalow. A tent for rent is also available at 300 – 450 Baht / night. A camping site fee of 40 Baht / night will be charged for visitors bringing their own tents. Admission to the Park is 400 Baht for adults and 200 Baht for children. A boat is also provided to view around the islands 2 times daily at 60 Baht / person. Diving gear is available at 150 Baht. For further information, contact the Mu Ko Surin National Park, Tambon Khura. Amphoe Khura Buri, Phang-nga 82150, Tel. 0 7649 1378, 0 7649 1582, or the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Flora, Bangkok, Tel. 0 2562 0760 or visit www.dnp.go.th.

How to get there :

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Travelling to Mu Ko Surin can be initiated from several different points:
Khura Buri Pier is the nearest point to Mu Ko Surin. Khura Buri is some 125 kilometres north of Phang-nga. A boat trip takes around 3 hours. There is no regular boat service for travellers to Ko Surin. Boats leaving from Khura Buri are suitable for group tours. For more information contact:
– Diamond coral Tours at tel. 0 7649 1055
– Kuraburi Green View Travel at tel. 0 7640 1400, 0 7642 1360 or visit www.kuraburigreenview.com
– Mantapoint at tel. 0 7648 5745, 08 1273 9279
– Rung Arun Tours at tel. 0 7649 1142
– Sabina Tour at tel. 0 7649 1867,08 1737 5801

Amphoe Kapoe Pier is in Ranong Province. The trip takes 7 hours. Visitors may contact Chansom Tara Hotel (tel: 0 7783 5317-9) which has boats leaving Chan Damri Beach for trips to Mu Ko Surin.
Note: The best way for individual travellers is to join a trip out of Phuket that includes Mu Ko Surin on the itinerary. This typically lasts at least 3 days and includes visits to Mu Ko Similan.

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