Phang Nga Province

Phang Nga ( Thai: พังงา ) is a province ( Changwat ) in the southern region of Thailand. The capital of the province of Phang Nga Phang Nga is also called.

Geography and climate

Phang Nga is located on the western side of the Malay Peninsula. The province is mostly mountainous, with many beaches in the Andaman Sea. The most important touristic beach is Khao Lak, which was heavily damaged by the tsunami on 26 December 2004.

The offshore in the Bay of Phang Nga limestone islands include from the James Bond film known the man with the Golden Gun - especially the " James Bond Iceland " called spire, which has now become an overcrowded tourist destination. The islands are protected in Ao Phang Nga National Park.

The climate is tropical and monsunal.


About one- third of the country is used for agriculture. Otherwise, tourism has a certain importance.


Industry 2006 2007 2008 Agriculture 45.8 43.7 45.5 Industry 4.9 6.0 5.4 All figures in % Other 49.3 50.3 49.1 The minimum wage in the province is 186 baht per day ( about 4 € ).

Land use

For the province, the following land use is documented:

  • Forest area: 1,206,862 rai ( 754.3 km ²), 46.3 % of the total
  • The utilized agricultural area: 825 009 rai ( 515.6 km ²), 31.7 % of the total
  • Not classified area: 574 938 rai ( 359.3 km ²), 22.1 % of the total


The province goes back to three cities ( Mueang ) of comparable size - Thalang, Takua Pa and Takua Tung. When this had been attacked in 1809 by the Burmese army, King Phra Phutthaloetla ( Rama II ) founded the city of Phang Nga, since the refugees had already settled along the Maenam Phang Nga ( Phang- Nga River ). 1840 Phang Nga was raised to the provincial capital to better address abuses by the Burmese and their occupiers to protect the strategically important region of the English. Takua Tung Phang Nga was assumed; In 1931 also Takua Pa was incorporated into the province.


  • Nature - landscape and coastline around Phang Nga
  • James Bond Island: By road from Phuket to Krabi, Phang Nga Bay north to the town of Phang Nga is on the middle of the track. Tour operators offer here boat trips to the islands of the river delta on. Center of tourist interest is the James Bond Island, the island with the striking rock fingers which, although at the end of the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun is blown up and sinking into the sea, but still be seen today. The island is located in Ao Phang- nga National Park.
  • Other National Parks: National Park Mu Ko Ra - Ko Phra Thong
  • National Park Mu Ko Similan
  • National Park Mu Ko Surin
  • National Park Si Phang Nga

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of the province is the city hall of the city from the mountains of Phu Khao Chang mountain range. In addition, in the foreground is a backhoe, which symbolizes the tin mining in the province.

The symbol of the province 's tree Cinnamomum porrectum, the symbol flower Anaxagorea javanica.

The motto of the province of Phang Nga is:

Administrative units

Phang Nga is divided into 8 districts ( Amphoe ). These are broken down further into 48 communes ( tambon) and 314 villages ( Muban ).

In the province there are two cities ( เทศบาล เมือง - thesaban Mueang ): Takua Pa ( เทศบาล เมือง ตะกั่วป่า ) and Phang Nga ( เทศบาล เมือง พังงา พ ราย ). In addition, there are seven small towns ( เทศบาล ตำบล - thesaban tambon).