Ao Phang Nga National Park

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Ao Phang Nga National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Isla Tapu, Phuket, Tailandia, 2013-08-20, DD 36.JPG
Ao Phang Nga National Park
Map showing the location of Ao Phang Nga National Park
Map showing the location of Ao Phang Nga National Park
Map of Thailand
Location Phang Nga Province, Thailand
Nearest city Amphoe Mueang Phang Nga
Coordinates 8°21′0″N 98°29′0″E / 8.35000°N 98.48333°E / 8.35000; 98.48333Coordinates: 8°21′0″N 98°29′0″E / 8.35000°N 98.48333°E / 8.35000; 98.48333
Area 400 km2 (150 sq mi)
Established 29 Apr 1981
Visitors 175,562 [1] (in 2011)
Governing body National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department

Ao Phang Nga National Park (Thai: อุทยานแห่งชาติอ่าวพังงา) is in Phang Nga Province in southern Thailand. It was created by royal decree and announced in the Royal Gazette under proclamation number 98, section 64 of 29 April 1981.

It includes coastal sections of Muang Phangnga District and Takua Tung District.[2] Most of the park consists of an area of the Andaman Sea studded with numerous limestone tower karst islands.[3] The best known of these islands is Khao Phing Kan, popularly called "James Bond Island" because it was used as a location for the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun.

The dramatic appearance of the islands with their sheer sides has made the area a popular tourist attraction.[1] The park also protects the largest area of native mangrove forest remaining in Thailand.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tourism Statistic
  2. ^ a b "Ao Phang-nga National Park". National Park website. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Thailand: Ko Khao Phing Kan (James Bond Island), Ao Phang Nga (Phangnga Bay) National Park, Phang Nga Province". Pictures from History. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 

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