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Phang Nga

Phang Nga

Phangnga 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.


Phangnga 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.


Thai Term Glossary

Amphoe : District

Ao: Bay

Ban: Village

Chedi: Stupa or Pagoda

Hat: Beach

Khao: Mountain

Khlong : Canal

Ko: Island

Laem: Cape

Mueang: Town or City

Namtok: Waterfall

Tambon: Sub-district

Wat: Temple

Note: English spelling here given tries to approximate Thai pronunciation. Posted signs may be spelled differently. When seeking help from a Thai for directions, point to the Thai spellings given after each place name.


Phang Nga to Other Districts
Amphoe Khura Buri 115 kilometres
Amphoe Takua Pa 69 kilometres
Amphoe Kapong 45 kilometres
Amphoe Thap Put 23 kilometres
Amphoe Ko Yao 25 kilometres
Amphoe Takua Thung 12 kilometres
Amphoe Thai Mueang 40 kilometres


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