Phang Nga

“Set on the beautiful Andaman Sea, to the north of the tourist mecca of Phuket, is the small town of Phangnga. The bus station is in the centre of town on Phet Paset Road and from here you can get buses to Bangkok’s Southern bus terminal and all across the south of the country.

Given its proximity to Phuket, Phangnga is relatively easy to get to by plane. Travellers flying into Phuket International Airport can take taxis or minibuses to the neighbouring province. It is also possible to catch boats to popular tourist spots such as Ko Lanta and Ko Phi Phi.

The town may have a population of just 10,000, but its bus station serves as major transport hub, particularly for the south. There are several daily buses to Bangkok, with the trip generally taking around 12 to 13 hours. There are also regular daytime buses to Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani, Takua Pa, Trang and Hat Yai. For the longer trips in particular, it’s advisable to book online in advance as seats can fill up rather quickly.

Among the most popular destinations near the town of Phangnga is Khao Lak, a strip of beautiful seaside resorts that are well worth a visit. The stunning beaches, array of waterfalls and spectacular landscape make Phangnga seem like a world away from the rather more hectic Phuket.”