March 25, 2009

Giant walls of limestone islands, Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Location: Phang Nga Bay, Thailand (8° 17′ 0″ N, 98° 36′ 0″ E)
Date: 6 March 2009; 11.15am
Camera: Canon IXUS IZoom

Phuket is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand especially during the northern winter. It is especially popular among Europeans; so much so that everything- and I mean everything- on the island is expensive, even more than a place like Singapore! It is a beach-lover paradise but one of the best activities to do is to go on a canoe trip to the Phang Nga Bay.

Phang Nga Bay is a little like Halong Bay of Vietnam, studded by limestone karsts, some of which are hundreds of meters tall, protruding out from the sea. Some of these are virtually little isolated islands with collapsed cave systems and steep walls. Some of the islands have hongs, tidal sink holes in the middle of rock islands, connected to the sea by narrow caves. Inside, these hongs are mysteriously open to the sky, and harbour a world that has remained hidden from humans since their creation, thousands of years ago. Kayaking into these hongs and enjoying the tranquility should be one of the "must-do's" of Thailand.

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Sanya@china travel said...

Nice post, what a fabulous view that is . I have never seen this kind of limestone walls, it is so breathtaking sceney for me, I love the place so much.I went through the whole pictures of the limestone , it is sooooooooooooooooooooo wonderful.I think it is really worth to travel the place.The water under green water also give a sense of natural beauty.thanks for dharing us.

Ivan Sgualdini said...

I went in Thailand years ago, my first travel outside europe. Well, 8 years far, today I saw lots of places around the world but nothing, really nothing, seems to be like Krabi area(Ao Nang, Phi Phi, ecc.). This paradise is amazing, the limestones get an unique skyline unforgettable. Once you see that, you bring that for the rest of your life. Everything's magic: people, landscape, adventure, jungle, elephant, kayak. I made a kayaking tour in Ao Talane, one of the best day in my life. From a river through the limestone, cave, and a canyon with 800 meters wall! amazing, unbelievable... I have some pictures in my photographer site (
Thanks for the post. I hope to come back to that paradise place one day!