Phang Nga Bay or Ao Phang Nga National Park was declared a national park in 1981.
It has scenic views and features mass limestone formations scattered around in the
sea near the shore. The same factors contribute to the density of caves in the area.
The park is fertile with mangroves and there are several islands in the vicinity.
Believe It or Not Tabu Island was created because of anger. There is a local story
that said : once upon a time, there was a fisherman who normally caught a lot of
fish everyday for selling at the market. One day, as usual, he went to net, but it
was not his day. He threw his net many, many times but got nothing. With great patience
he tried again and again, but still got nothing.
Consequently, he stared at the water looking for a waving pattern, he then threw
his net again with a lot of hope. He kept his eyes fixed on the net when pulling
it up, hoping some fish would be caught. Unfortunately he caught nothing but a nail.
He became angry and threw the nail into the sea.
Again with great concentration, he kept his eyes on the sea surface and tried his
net once more. This time he threw his net as wide as he could with great hope of
getting some fish. Then he pulled it up slowly as it was very heavy. He pulled it
up with great care. At the end of the net he found the only thing caught was the
He was so angry, he grasped his long knife and cut the nail with all his strength.
The nail was cut in half. The nail was catapulted away and driven into the bottom
of the sea standing up as you see it today.
The area around Phang Nga bay has a long history and is famed for its nature and
beauty, especially Koh Tabu, Koh Panyi, Tham Lot and Khao Phing Kan. The rock art
in this area has always been an important attraction
The popularity of the Phang Nga bay area led to the designation of the current area
as a forest park in 1974, this was named Sri Phang Nga Forest Park. The Royal Forest
Department then began to survey the area and realised its heritage should be further
protected by increasing the areas status to a national park.
Ao Phang Nga was created by Royal decree and gazetted under proclamation number 98
section 64 of 29th April 1981. The park created covers an area of 400 sq.km, protects
the largest area of this original primary mangrove forest remaining in Thailand.
The park stretches from Muang Phang Nga District to the coast at Takua Tung District.
Over 80 % of the park is covered by the Andaman sea, with over 42 large and small
islands, including such as Phra At Tao Island, Maprow Island, Boi Noi Island, Boi
Yai Island, Rayaring Island, Phanak Island, Hong Island, Panyi Island, Phing Kan
The topography of the park is strongly influenced by several faults, particularly
the north-east trending of the Klong Marui fault. This offsets the eastern terrain
from the central mountain ranges by a right lateral movement. This fault movement
resulted in the formation of a large graben parallel to the fault. This graben is
marked by the present bay.