Road Trip Phuket-Phang Nga
Whenever we travel to the south, Phuket is always our point of departure. Phuket is a convenient choice because of the frequency of flights operated daily and the many choices of rental cars at your disposal, even during the peak season.
We planned to visit Phang Nga, Phuket’s neigh-boring province connected by the Sarasin Bridge. The bridge stretches over the narrow channel be-tween the mainland on Phang Nga and Phuket Island. There is so much available to explore in these two provinces. Some activities require that one be a little bit adventurous, but that’s nothing to worry about. With Dazzle as your trip advisor, nothing can go wrong because we provide specific information regarding each place. If you have a GPS navigator, simply key in your destination as described at the end of our column and you will definitely reach your target without difficulty. If you avail yourself of the car rental service from AVIS, you may want to ask for the GPS option as the charge is only 100 baht per day.
We started off with a nice lunch in Phuket as we could not get enough of the mouthwatering local dishes. There were many tourist attractions we wanted to revisit; some were places we missed out on the last time we came through this lovely province. The greenery of the roadside scenery against the clear blue skies has a very relaxing and appealing charm. We headed to the north and finally arrived at Sasrasin Bridge, the gateway to Phang Nga. Rubber trees dotted the edge of the road and, unlike Phuket, Phang Nga is graced with many peculiar-shaped mountains. We stopped by at a famous khanom jeen shop house located in front of Jor Po Shrine. After a hot and spicy dish
of khanom jeen, we stopped by Chai Kai Coffeeshop and downed some super sweet and delicious coffee [sugared coffee without milk] to cool our tongues. We waited till late afternoon when the sun was not so blistering hot to board a boat headed towards Ao Phang Nga. Late afternoon is a good time to go as there aren’t hordes of tourists to deal with. The golden sunlight spreading over the hundreds of uniquely-formed islets makes one feel as if they are in some sort of enchanted land. We watched the sun go down and melt into the middle of the sea.
Khao Lak was our next stop. The place is more well known to tourists than Phang Nga city itself. The night time in Khao Lak is vibrant and bustling with many open shops and stalls offering a variety of treasures. The real charm of Khao Lak can be experienced when you find a good spot to rest and indulge in the beauty of the sea. The beach at Khao Lak is many kilometers long and there are serveral luxury resorts to choose from. The Sarojin is one of the best places to chill and take in the sea breeze.
If you wish to see an even more beautiful sea the most beautiful one in Thailand, you must make a visit to Moo Ko Similan Thailand’s best scuba-diving spot. Trip packages are available at many tour agencies in Khao Lak. If snorkeling is more to your liking, Moo Ko Surin is your destination. To reach this treasure of a place you must drive a bit further to the Kura Buri Pier, the door to Moo Ko Surin which lies very near to Ranong province. Getting there is an enjoyable experience as well thanks to the scenic roadside views. On the way to and back from Kura Burl Pier, you might want to stop by Tagua Pa, a historical city and grab a few boxes of Tao So the famous signature snack of the district.
In the last day before we headed back to Phuket Airport, we visited Tai Muang Beach National Park ,a site that allowed us to take in the nature in full view. The crowd-less beach and the road along the beach with pleasant forest views makes this destination definitely someplace worth spending some time. This place is a great spot to make some memories before finishing off the trip and returning to Bangkok.