Phang Nga province is blessed with a variety of outstanding natural attractions
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Phang Nga province is blessed with a variety of outstanding natural attractions including the stunning Phang Nga Bay which contains over forty small islands/ islets including Ko Tapu (AKA James Bond Island) where the film The Man with the Golden Gun was shot, the idyllic Mu Ko Surin and Mu Ko Similan which have been rated among the world’s best scuba diving sites, the tranquil sandy coast of Khao Lak as well as Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai.
The easiest way to get here is to fly to Phuket Airport and travel by car to Phang Nga. It takes about 1.5hr drive from Phuket Airport to Khao Lak Beach, where most of the resorts are located.
There are no taxi meters in Phang Nga (apart from those coming from Phuket Airport). You can negotiate fares to hire a taxi for the day if you want to tour around. Remember to always negotiate and agree on the fare before you start the trip.
This may be a convenient mean of transport, but it is not the safest way to travel. If you want to, you may do so for just short trips. They are usually stationed around street corners. The drivers often wear colourful vests.
Songthaews work like local bus service, but they are really aimed at Thai customers so their destinations are usually written in Thai language only. You can flag them down along the roadsides and ask where they are going. If you happen to find empty ones, you might be able to hire them privately just like taxi.