Phang Gna.....a Thai mainland Province dominated by truly spectacular scenery and containing massive lakes and mysterious, myth-laden cave systems. If you visit Phuket then a trip Northwards into the Phang Gna (Thai for elephant tusk) region is an unforgettable experience.
One of the Phang Gna viewpoints looking eastwards into Phan Gna Bay.
This is one of those places where it is very difficult to get a good clear photo as it tends to be very hazy; you have to see this for yourself to appreciate just how amazing it is. What the photo above shows is the remants of the world's largest ever coral reef extending 3,000 miles through Malaysia, Thailand, Loas, Cambodia, North -east Vietnam (the very famous Halong Bay) and into China. Apparently, according to geological evidence, sea levels were 240 metres higher in this region a mere 10 million years ago! When the sea level dropped, the coral was exposed and died. Dead coral turns to limestone. Limestone is very vulnerable to weathering, especially with the increasingly acidic rain of the last and current century, thereby creating these unique and ragged profiles. Some of the Karsts (as they are called) have caves that penetrate right into a hollow interior. These are called in Thai language 'Hongs' or rooms. The memorable John Gray Sea Kayaking trip takes visitors into Phang Gna Bay and uses experienced Thai guides to penetrate the cave systems and the Hongs.
The 'Hong by Starlight' is THE trip that my guests rave about and say they will always remember.