In 1981 the Ao Phang Nga National Park was formed to protect many of the beautiful and fascinating islands of Phang Nga province. The Similan Islands, famous as a diving destination with millions of tourists, is part of Phang Nga province.
Phang Nga is also known for its tin mines, beautiful scenery, soaring mountains, mangroves, and evergreen forests.
Near Phang Nga town is the Khao Chang Hill which is home to Tham Phung Chang cave. This cave houses many stalactite and stalagmite formations and replicas of famous Buddha images. Then there is Tham Rusi Sawan and Tham Luk Sua. These are adjoining caves in the midst of a beautiful public park. These caves are located opposite the provincial court near the town of Phang Nga.
In the district of Kaspong is Wat Narai Nikayaram. This is an old monastery which is believed to be a part of the ancient town of Takua Pa. In the monastery you can be magnificient stone carvings of God Narayana, Phra Lak and Nang Sida from the Hindu epic of Ramayana. These carvings are considered to be oldest art found in the province of Phang Nga and it is believed that the Kalingkharat tribe, which one lived here, made these beautiful carvings.
Mu Ko Surin National Park is an archipelago of 5 islets. These islets are home to sea gypies and the beautiful white sandy beaches and shallow water coral reefs are the worth a look.
The Khao Khien mountain cave is a must see for its primitive rock painting of various animals like fish, water lizards and dolphins. It is believed that some of the paintings in the cave are nearly 3,000 years old.