In 1981, Phang Nga Bay was declared the Phang Nga Bay National Park. More than 80% of the park is occupied by the Andaman Sea and only 20% is located on the coast. The area of the park is 400 sq. km. and here is the largest area of mangrove forests in southern Thailand. In total, the national park includes about 100 islands, of which only 42 are more or less large. Most of them are uninhabited, many have impressive caves and tunnels leading to hidden lagoons, and the best way to see them is by canoe and kayak. Each islet is unique, has a beautiful shape, some have beautiful beaches. Here, the water is always calm and limestone rocks of bizarre shape seem to “come out” of the sea. Sea caves with stalactites several meters long are hidden in many rocks. The most popular islands in the bay are Khao Ping Kan and Koh Tapu (James Bond Islands), Panak and Panui
The most affordable option for exploring the bay is as part of a group tour. There are a lot of them offered from Phuket - tours are advertised as a trip to the "James Bond Island".