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Khao Lak to Phang-nga Bay vs Phuket to Phang-nga Bay

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Khao Lak to Phang-nga Bay vs Phuket to Phang-nga Bay

We really want to stay in Phang-Nga Province and cannot get a good handle on transportation to day trips to Phang-Nga Bay/Muslim Village etc from Khao Lak. We know our biggest priority is doing kayak/boat trips to the Bay and the muslim Village and hongs, etc We are worried that if we stay in Khao Lak that is would take us too long to get to the meeting point to the boat point.

We need advice on:

1. travel time from Marriott Khao Lak to where ever the boats meet for those day trips

2. Would it be easier to stay in Phang-Nga town and from there where do we go to meet those boats? I assume no driver can drive to the Bay as it appears to be really only accessible by boat

3. Would staying in Phuket, northwest side, be closer to reach the meeting point to access the bay boat trips?

We just dont want to stay in a location 1 hour away from the part of Phang-nga that we want to experience the most.

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1. Re: Khao Lak to Phang-nga Bay vs Phuket to Phang-nga Bay

Khao Lak is much closer to Phangnga Bay than Phuket. Check the Khao Lak forum as a similar question was asked a day or so ago, with links to tour operators in Khao Lak.

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2. Re: Khao Lak to Phang-nga Bay vs Phuket to Phang-nga Bay

From the JWM to the pier just outside Phang Nga Town is about 75 minutes by taxi or tour bus and trips out into the Bay passing Koh Panyee (Muslim Village) in both directions and offer you the opportunity to have a short stay there in either direction, or not at all. You just tell the longtail boat driver on the way.

Not quite sure what you mean by "I assume no driver can drive to the Bay as it appears to be really only accessible by boat" as all trips either self-drive or with a tour comprise arrival to the pier by road and out into the Bay by boat, either a private charter i.e. one just for your party, or a larger boat as part of the tour. If you drive yourself or hire a driver to take you, you negotiate the boat and tour price at the pier and where you want to visit, including private boat or not, stopping off at the Sea Canoe platform (which you pay for separately when you arrive at the base), and how far out and for how long you go out in the Bay.

Tours typically go out to James Bond Island (more famous by reputation than impressive in reality IMO) and you either circle the islands (there are two, JBI being the smaller) taking photos or disembark and pay another fee (it's a National Park in its own right!) and join the hordes of other tourists there queueing for tacky souvenirs) rejoin your boat and return back to base.

Again, typically. this takes about 2 1/2 hours and costs about 1600 baht for 4 people in a longtail boat and 400 baht per person for the 30 minute sea canoe side trip.

To make a more worthwhile day trip tours generally offer a trip to Wat Suwan Kuha (Monkey Temple) site of a huge gold reclining Buddha and hundreds of monkeys.

Pics from my family's trip last December at https:/…

Staying where you suggest in Phuket is no nearer nor more convenient than staying in Khao Lak.

As well as looking at the cost of a tour when you arrive in Khao Lak you could contact Boss of Cheaper than Hotel Taxis in Khao Lak on cheaper_khaolak@ymail.com for a quote for him to organise the transport for you. In all probability he will suggest other places in the vicinity to maximise your enjoyment of a wonderful location.

More information on the Khao Lak Forum at tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g297914-i10908-K…

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3. Re: Khao Lak to Phang-nga Bay vs Phuket to Phang-nga Bay

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