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  Phang Nga Bay or Ao Phang Nga National Park
Catagorize: Green Travel, Other nature sites, Diving site, Beaches & Bay, National Parks & Marine Reserves, Islands
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80 Mu 1 Tambon Ko Panyi, Amphoe Mueang Phang-nga, Phang-nga Tel. +66 2562 0760, +66 7648 1163, +66 7648 1188, +66 7641 2188

Thailandís 25th national park, Ao Pang Nga National Parkcovers the area inMueang district, TakuaThung district, and Koh Yao district. This marine national park is beautified with scenic views of the coast and plenty of mangrove forest. It consists of more than 40 assorted small and big islands, which are located east of Koh Phuket. Each of these islands, such as KhaoPhingKan, KhaoTapu (the so-called James Bond Island) or ThamLod,has its own distinctively beautiful landscapes and beaches.

The structure and landform of South Western part of the country results from the fact that it is located near two major mountain ranges, namely Tanowsri and Phuketmountain ranges. They stretch from Pang Nga to Phuket province and serve as a natural borderline between Thailand and Burma. Therefore, general topography of this area is heavilyinfluenced by several faults, known as Klong Marui fault and Pang Nga fault.

In addition, there are multiple layers of sedimentary rock alternating with metamorphic rock. Limestone mountains, both overlapping and isolated ones, can be seen sporadically throughout the area. Even some fossils are reportedly found. The natural surroundings as stated above lead to the formation of numerous caves and cavity.

The gradual erosion of shale mountains became small and large hills. Land subsidence in the west caused rough and indented coastal line, bays and islands. These islands are isolated limestone mountains dotting along the coastin Pang Nga, Krabi, Trang and Satul province. More than 80 percent of Ao Pang Nga national park is occupied by sea. The sea floor isslushy, muddy and sandy. There are many limestone mountains emerging from the sea throughout Pang Nga bay. These beautiful limestone mountains with peculiar shapes form 42 assorted small and big islands, for example KohKhao Tao, KohPhra At Tao island, etc. Each of these islandsis uniquely attractive.

Over 80 percent of the park is covered by the Andaman sea, with over 42 large and small islands, including such as , KohPhra At Thao, KohMaprao, KohBoeyNoi, KohBoeyYai, KohRayaring, KohPhanak, Koh Hong, KohPanyee, KhaoPhingKan, etc.

Torrential rains are commonly predicted from May to September. Therefore, the areas where there is no natural blockage from islands tends to have steep beaches and high tidal waves. On the other hand, the areas with natural blockage or the indented bay has soft and muddy land. Such areas are also occupied with abundant mangrove forest. The stated characteristics are unique to Ao Pang Nga.
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