Phang-nga is geographically covered mostly by mountains and forests, with an area of approximately 4,170.895 square kilometres. The province is believed to have formerly been called ‘Phu Nga’ after the name of a hill ‘Khao Nga’ or ‘Khao Phang-nga’, which is located in the heart of the present Mueang Phang-nga. Otherwise, it might have been named ‘Phu Nga’ to rhyme with ‘Phuket’. However, how the name ‘Phu Nga’ became ‘Phang-nga’ as it is currently known is assumed to have been eroded by a
pronunciation by foreigners who came to purchase tin ore which used to be plentiful in the province. At that time, the name was spelled ‘Phunga’ or ‘Punga’ which could be pronounced Phang-nga’.
Phang-nga is administratively divided into 8 districts; namely, Amphoe Mueang Phangnga, Amphoe Khura Buri, Amphoe Takua Pa, Amphoe Kapong, Amphoe Thap Put, Amphoe Ko Yao, Amphoe Takua Thung, Amphoe Thai Mueang.
Phangnga is one of the southern provinces in Thailand with its geographic features of mountains and forests 788 km from Bangkok. Its landmark is Khao Chang which is the big mountain in a shape of crouching elephant – the symbol of Phangnga province. Visitors can go exploring beautiful caves such as Ruesi Sawan cave and Luk Suea cave in Somdet Phra Sri Nakarin Park, Khao Chang road. Inside the caves is very cool with clear beck and beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Pung Chang cave is also one of relaxing place with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites and all-year beck.
Phangnga also owns beautiful islands, including the most famous one – Similan Islands. The word ‘Similan’ derived from Malay language which means ‘nine’, so the islands’ name is the nine islands. The attractive islands are waiting for travellers to experience their charm. North Surin Island and South Surin Island are also famous for their beautiful bays. The most well-known one is Aow Mae Yai which is the big bay with gentle sea.