Phang Nga Bay (pronounced Pang Na) is one of the must see locations whilst in Phuket. It is situated in the marine national park, a spectacular landscape of approximately 40 + ‘Krast’ Islands that jut straight out from the calm, emerald green waters. A truly magnificent landscape to see with hidden caves, lagoons and vast mangroves channels, all will be explored on this tour.
Simba’s Phang Nga & Koh Panyee trip includes a walking tour of Panyee Village, a “floating” fishing village which was established on stilts 200 years ago by Indonesian fishermen who fell in love with the location. Their descendants are now the only inhabitants of Phang Nga Bay. TMB (Thai Military Bank) have the one and only ATM machine on Koh Panyee, and they created this fabulous short film which is a must see for anyone considering a visit! http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU4oA3kkAWU
Also on the tour there is loads of wildlife to look out for including monkeys, monitor lizards, the rare hornbill, kingfisher birds, the not so pretty “fish out of water” mudskippers and lots more.
Phang Nga trip is a complete contrast to the Phi Phi Islands. This is why many guests choose to do both, but if you can only do one, this is a very good choice. This is especially prevalent during the monsoon season as it is situated in a sheltered bay, therefore it is not subject to the large sea swells that are found on the crossing to the Phi Phi. We are normally in the bay and at our first stop in 35 minutes. Some people in the Simba office say this destination is the only reason to come to Phuket, with only two places in the world like this, so quite special.
Simba restrict the number of guests to a maximum of 16 adults. We are the only known operator in Phuket who truly restrict the guests numbers to for a more personal day out. 20 or 20+ is not a small group.
We will provide within the cost all that is needed for a fun day out in Phang Nga including dry bags for cameras and small personal items, life jackets, floating aids, torches and hard hats for cave exploring and a Thai paddle man for each canoe (normally two guests to each canoe).
You wont go hungry on this trip with a light breakfast including Simba’s now famous banana cake, lunch at Panyee Village (sample menu here), the well known village on stilts and a light afternoon tea of fresh cut fruit, chocolate and biscuits.
Duration 7 hours on the water (approximately).
Below a sample itinerary and general over view of the places we visit on this trip.
Again like all our trips we aim to depart early, earlier than any other operator in Phuket. This keeps us a few steps ahead of the crowds, so it is a 7.00-7.15am departure from Royal Phuket Marina.
To give you the very best day we can, our tour is very flexible. Factors such as the tide, avoiding the tourist swarm and giving you a day to remember, will all affect the order in which the program operates.
Our first stop is Koh Phanak for site seeing and cave exploring. Don the hard hats and grab a torch, looking out for the wild monkeys and bats while on our way into the caves. On our return, breakfast will be waiting for us on the beach.
We are then off to Koh Hong to explore the hidden caves via canoe, time to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery while your Thai paddle man does the hard work.
Koh Phing Kan and Koh Tapu/James Bond Island
We do stop on this iconic island - guests tell us they have come a long way, so why would they not want to go ashore? We do generally arrive early and are able to take excellent photos well before the masses arrive to this popular, famous island. It is also a geological wonder as you will discover.
Treasure Island/Secret Lagoon (Hong)
A chance to swim into a Hong after jumping from the boat if you wish and to cool off amongst this spectacular scenery.
The village on stilts, originally a settlement by nomadic Malay fisherman 200 years ago. Here our Thai guides will show you around, visiting the local school and behind-the-scenes in this fascinating community. We also enjoy lunch here at a sea view area, especially reserved for Simba guests.
Sightseeing through the labyrinth of mangrove forests in the most northerly part of the bay. A chance to see ancient cave drawings.
Koh Lawa, Koh Nakka Noi or Koh Rang Yai will be our last stop for a swim from the beach. There is time to relax, have a drink with fresh cut fruit and take in the vista, before heading back to Phuket.