Experience Phang Nga Town

The end to a long adventure always comes too quickly. One minute you tend to be morose about home sickness and how much time is left and the next thing you know you’re digging your heals in the sand. That’s exactly how we felt as we left Rawai and headed to experience Phang Nga Town for one last chance to take in some new territory before returning to BKK.

Phang Nga Town is not a typical tourist destination. It is the capital of Phang Nga Province positioned in the shadows of the surrounding limestone karst cliffs and mountains. While it is not a seaside town, Phang Nga Bay and the transportation for many island and sea cave day trips are near by. The real reason to make this an overnight (or if time allows a few nights) stay is to simply experience local everyday Thai lifestyle.

There are a few tourist attractions within close distance of the small town of about 10,000 people. We took a ride around, both in the afternoon when we arrived from Rawai and in the morning before heading back to retrieve our bags and have a couple night stay back at The Arawan Resort before our return flight out of Krabi International to Bangkok for a week long stay for the wedding festivities of my husband’s cousin to his Thai bride.

We stayed at a newly constructed two story small hotel and restaurant spot not far off the main road in the city limits. Hink Poshtel was clean and decorated in a very simplistic style. Floors were stained cement and the walls were block. We were provided bottled water and a refrigerator, the bed was comfortable and the shower hot with great water pressure. The neighborhood was filled with young roosters eager to show off their newly found cock a doodle doo’s. There was a front patio by the breakfast/lunch diner and a rooftop patio that offered nice views of the clean, well kept surrounding farm style properties.

Before dinner on our one night stay in Phang Nga Town we visited the beautiful city park, Somdech Phra Sinagrarinda, where the entrance and exit roads are naturally bracketed by the stalactites hanging within the caved area. There is a lake with running tracks and plenty of monkeys who make the shade of the caves their home.