By bus the journey from Surat Thani to Phang Nga takes between 2 hours 30 minutes and 2 hours 45 minutes depending on where in Surat Thani the bus departs from.
Bus Timetable: Surat Thani to Phang Nga
- Click on the ‘Surat Thani – Phang Nga’ link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
Bus Stop in Surat Thani
Bus services to Phang Nga depart from both Surat Thani town centre and Surat Thani Railway Station.
Arrival in Phang Nga
Bus services from Surat Thani arrive in Phang Nga at Phang Nga Bus Station.
About Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga bay covers an area of approximately 400 square kilometres. The bay is located in between the coast line near the town of Phang Nga to the coastline above Phuket and Koh Yao Noi to the south. A large part of the bay was declared a national park in 1981 and is home to a wide range of birds, fish, reptiles and mammals. The name Phang Nga given to the bay 1824 in reference to the aboriginal ethnic groups who inhabited the area at that point in time.
Phang Nga Bay has 42 islands, limestone cliff and sea caves. Some of the sights in the bay can be reached by road, however, to see the most interesting parts of Phang Nga Bay you really need to take a boat tour around the bay. Tours depart from a number of different piers to the south of Phang Nga Town. Amongst the most popular places to visit in the bay are:
- Koh Ta-pu: Better known as James Bond island as it featured in the Man with the Golden Gun, is an island which rises from the water with steep sided cliffs.
- Koh Panyee: This island has a Muslim village built on stilts over the water with a steep cliff to the rear which means it’s only accessible by sea. Originally an isolated fishing village, a large proportion of the local population now make their living from tourism. There are large sea view fish restaurants here.
- Koh Hong: An uninhabited island with ancient paintings on the walls of steep sided sea cliff which are now only accessible by boat, although at one time it is believed that the area was above sea level.