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Sailing in Phang Nga Bay

Sailing in Phang Nga Bay

The spectacularly scenic Phang Nga Bay is dotted with over 100 islands and is one of the best sailing grounds in the world. The bay is bounded by Phuket island to the west, Phang Nga and Krabi provinces to the north and east. Due to its sheltered nature conditions Phang Nga are good all year round, with clear skies and gentle breezes during the northeast monsoon (from November to April), and strong reliable winds during the southwest monsoon (from May to October) ideal for keen sailors.

Phang Nga Bay is famed for its limestone (karst) formations and cliffs that rise vertically up from the warm turquoise waters, the highest of which protrudes 350 m from the seabed. Many of these are fissured with caves which can be reached by sea kayak or dinghy. As well as many islands, the bay contains many inlets and channels waiting to be explored.

The area of the bay north of Koh Yao Noi, beginning from Koh Panak is part of Phang Nga Bay National Marine Park and the islands are patrolled by park rangers. There is a park entry fee of 200 Baht per boat and 200 baht per person.

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