Beyond Phuket: Top 10 Picks for Phang Nga

After soaking up all the excitement Phuket has to offer – from its sandy shores to its bustling markets and mouth-watering cuisine – you might find yourself yearning for a quieter escape, all while still basking in its sun with a chilled Chang, and some delicious Phuket-style fare. Well, you’re just in luck!

Just a short hop away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket, lies the hidden gem of Phang Nga, waiting to be discovered. Here, amidst serene landscapes and without the hustle and bustle, Phang Nga offers a treasure trove of coastal beauty and cultural richness. Its emerald waters and limestone karsts captivate, while its temples and rural communities unveil a tapestry of traditions.

Whether you’re a nature nut, a culture buff, or just in the mood for some chill vibes, Phang Nga is the ultimate spot to kick back and soak it all in. It’s like Thailand’s greatest hits album, minus the crowds and chaos. If that sounds like your kind of jam, then Phang Nga is calling your name for your next vacay! So, toss some stuff in a bag, grab your ticket, and let’s dive into our top 10 picks for things to do, see (and eat!) in this tropical paradise:


1. Go On A Temple Run:

Tucked away amidst the embrace of nature, Phang Nga reveals a treasure trove of intricately crafted temples that are simply unmissable when you’re in the area. Dive into a soulful adventure as you visit some of the region’s most cherished spiritual sanctuaries, such as the historic Trimak Kasathit Temple dating back to the 18th century, the stunning Wat Bang Thong Temple, the tranquil Wat Bang Riang Temple, and more, all just located a short drive away from Phang Nga’s mainland.


2. Explore The Island:

Take a walk on the wild side as you immerse yourself in the enchanting allure of Phang Nga Bay’s stunning landscapes. Glide through the crystalline waters on a thrilling boat excursion, where every turn reveals nature’s awe-inspiring wonders. Discover the secrets hidden within majestic limestone caves, traverse through verdant mangrove forests teeming with life, and uncover the serene beauty of hidden lagoons tucked away in this UNESCO-recognized marine paradise.


3. Visit The Floating Market:

Experience the magic of Koh Panyee, a charming floating village, nestled on stilts above the pristine waters of the Andaman Sea. Delight your senses with a feast of fresh and delectable seafood delicacies, that tantalise the taste buds and reflect the rich culinary heritage of the region. As you dine, be mesmerised by the breathtaking panoramic vistas that stretch across the horizon, immersing yourself in the tranquil beauty of this unique coastal community.


4. Unleash Your Inner 007:

Calling all cinephiles! Prepare for an adventure like no other as you cruise through the legendary limestone formations of Koh Tapu, famously known as James Bond Island. Embrace your inner secret agent, channelling the spirit of 007, and capture some Instagram-worthy shots amidst the dramatic cliffs and sparkling azure waters, evoking memories of the iconic scenes from “The Man with the Golden Gun”.


Phang Nga Monkey Temple

5. Monkey Around:

In the mood for some monkey business? Swing on over to Wat Suwan Kuha, affectionately dubbed the Monkey Temple! Carved into the rugged limestone of Phang Nga’s lush forests, this mystical cave sanctuary serves as a vibrant home to the island’s most playful inhabitants. The cheeky macaques take centre stage, entertaining visitors with antics that are sure to elicit giggles. Amidst the ancient statues and flickering candles, the temple exudes both tranquillity and cheer, creating an atmosphere that’s truly enchanting.


6. A Turtley Cool Experience:

Mark your calendar for early March and prepare for an enchanting rendezvous with nature’s marvels. Venture to the shores of Thaimeung Beach, where pristine sands meld with the sparkling sea, to discover the Thaimeung Turtle Sanctuary! Here, mingle with the Andaman’s most beloved inhabitants—the sea turtles—as they hatch and celebrate during the sea turtle festival parade, and even get a chance to set these adorable little hatchlings free into the big blue.


7. Old Town Adventures:

What better way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Phuket, than with a serene adventure through Phang Nga’s rural tranquillity? Delve into its vast natural landscapes and journey back in time as you meander through the historic streets of Takuapa Old Town. Here, colonial-era architecture, lively markets, and tantalising street food blend to evoke an ambience of bygone charm. Explore charming shop-houses, indulge in local delicacies, and absorb the vibrant history and culture of this enchanting town.


Phang Nga Kayaking

8. Dive Into The Fun:

Dive into an exhilarating day packed with wonder, adventure, and adrenaline along Phang Nga’s captivating shores. Embark on a serene kayaking escapade through the enchanting mangrove forests and ancient limestone caves of Ban Bor Thor or set sail on a day trip to Surin Island National Park for a world of adventures including snorkelling, deep sea diving and more. Wherever your compass points, one thing’s for sure—Phang Nga is a treasure trove of adventures waiting to be discovered.


Phang Nga Dining

9. Unleash Your Inner Foodie:

From seasonal local delicacies to delectable bakes and authentic international fare, Phang Nga is home to some of Thailand’s most delicious culinary gems. Whether you’re in the mood to stroll through its streets for rustic home-style delights, prefer a fancy feast at a beachfront restaurant, or would rather stay in for a decadent in-villa spread prepared by your private chef, Phang Nga spoils you for choice with its deliciously diverse offerings.


Phang Nga Private Beach

10. Soak Up The Sun:

When you’re finally in the mood to wind down after all your adventures, nothing sounds better than a sun-kissed day on the beach, accompanied by your favourite book or perhaps a refreshing drink! Indulge in the true essence of tropical luxury as you soak up vitamin sun and sea at your villa’s very own private beachfront. Whether you’re relaxing on the sands, in the pool, or your outdoor sala accompanied by a feast, you’re always just steps away from the comfort of your sanctuary.

Ready to plan your sweet escape to the tropical paradise of Phang Nga? Book your stay at Sava Beach Villas, perched on the pristine shores of Phuket’s Natai Beach. Featuring seven spacious villas equipped with world-class amenities and stunning views, this exclusive enclave immerses you in the perfect blend of indulgence and serenity. Relax on your stretch of private beach, head out on an adventure, or kick back and relax as our staff, including spa therapists, fitness instructors, villa attendants, and even a private chef, cater to your every desire, ensuring you get the Phang Nga getaway that you truly deserve.

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