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Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Phang Nga Bay

THAILAND, NOV 27,(UITV): Ao Phang Nga national park is located slightly north of Phuket, about an hour's drive. The national park is a great option for a day trip from Phuket – it’s only about 1 – 1.5 hours drive north from Phuket island itself. There are plenty of beautiful sights to see here – Phang Nga Bay is known for its dramatic landscape, made of limestone islands that give the place a unique look.

Modern culture has turned Phang Nga into an icon for movie buffs around the world. It has become the most famous island in the bay due in part to its roles in a few epic movies. James Bond Island is named after the lead character in the movie it was featured in. This limestone, needle-shaped rock jutting out of the water appeared in the feature film The Man with the Golden Gun. The bay also appeared in Star Wars: Episode all – Revenge of the Sith. Its distinctive look was used as the backdrop for planet Kashyyyk.

Phang Nga Bay held a claim to fame long before these movies hit the big screen. The limestone cliffs, numerous caves, archaeological sites, and collapsed cave systems have drawn people to the area for years. Ten thousand years ago the sea levels were so low that one could actually walk from Phuket to Kabi. Today the area is a spectacular bay that offers visitors a multitude of natural wonders to explore, beaches to relax on, and several activities to fulfill one’s adventurous side.

In addition to Hollywood’s touch and the natural beauty found in Phang Nga Bay, the area is well-known for numerous diverse cultures that co-exist in the local communities. These people harvest Nypa palm fronds to use in thatching, practice fishing, and play host to the many international tourists who are drawn to the bay each year.