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I've booked a car & driver for 8 hours - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The 'plan' is to go straight from my resort in Bang La On to the Immigration office in Phang Nga Town to get a 30-day Extension of Stay (I estimate that will take until 10:30-11:00 AM... hopefully).

My question is, what to do with the rest of the day? Open to suggestions...

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1. Re: Suggestions Sought

Oh Dear....

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erm,just book a car for a few hours,leave in the morning at 8am,should be back in the Lak at 10.30am.

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3. Re: Suggestions Sought

Could go into Phang Nga Bay or visit the temples in and around Phang Nga Town.

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4. Re: Suggestions Sought

... but I want to make a day of it. What can I do in the approx. 6 hrs. I'll have to 'play with'?

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5. Re: Suggestions Sought

The suggestions I made will take up that amount of time. See pics of temples in between Phang Nga Town and Krabi at https:/… as well as the Elephant Temple in Phang Nga Town and the Monkey Temple on the highway towards Phuket, the latter pictured here along with Phang Nga Bay https:/…

Or you could just drive to Krabi for a few hours then back to Khao Lak. Google maps is pretty good these days.

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6. Re: Suggestions Sought

Who did you book? Boss? - see what he has to offer?

I'd duck over the bridge onto Phuket and spend a few hours at Soi Dog Foundation walking and pampering some of their wonderful "inmates"

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7. Re: Suggestions Sought

Okay... I've been on a Phang Nga Bay Tour years ago... so have seen James Bond Island and Wat Suwannakuha etc.

After searching with Google maps, here's what I've decided to do after Immigration -

In Pang Nga Town:

- Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park

- Phung Chang Cave

- Wat Tham Ta Pan (This looks freaky! I can say I've been to Hell)

Head north on Highway 4 to Sa Nang Manora Forest Park

Continue to Phang Nga View Point

Turn left off #4 onto Highway 4118 and go to Wat Rat Upatham (Wat Bang Riang)

After that, I'll see what time it is.

If there's enough time -

Continue north on 4118 to Highway 401 and come back to Khao Lak through Khao Sok National Park.

If there isn't enough time -

Go back the way we came... without doing 'the big circle'.

Sound good?

Anything I've missed?

Edited: 24 June 2015, 17:15
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An alternative, bearing in mind I recall reading that the Military Government had ordered the removal of the infamous statues in Wat Tham Ta Pan which were its main attraction as they were deemed to be offensive and bot good for the "new" image of Thailand. So ignoring it but if local knowledge says it is still worth a visit it can be inserted below:

- Thai Immigration

- Phung Chang Cave

- Phang Nga Viewpoint Café

- Sa Nang Manora Forest Park

- continue along Highway 4 towards Krabi which is twisty and turny over the mountain but far more interesting and scenic than the fast 415 Phang Nga by Pass. When you drop down over the summit, there is a Nature Park on the left with monkeys greeting you at the entrance to the park which has various Buddhas and artifacts on display in the caves inside. Then approaching the border with Krabi Province there is a new Viewpoint perched high over the valleys of Phang Nga Province on one side and the famous limestone formations of Krabi on the other. Great photo op.

- Continue to junction with the 4118 and up to Wat Rat Upatham (Wat Bang Riang)

- return via 4118 and 4 then back across on 4090 to Khao Lak but continue towards Takua Pa and call at the Hot Springs in Kapong which should be fuller than when we visited there in the High Season.

The loop to Khao Sok National Park is long as not very attractive for much of the way.

- or any combination of yours and the above.

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9. Re: Suggestions Sought

Arandora,

If I understand correctly, you're saying to do exactly as I planned, except -

After visiting Wat Rat Upatham (Wat Bang Riang), to 'backtrack' (on 4118 and 4) to Highway 4090 and head up to Kapong Hot Springs... then return to Khao Lak by continuing north on 4090 to 401, then west on 4 through Takuapa.

That sounds great (I like hot springs), and judging from the terrain you're right - it would be more interesting than doing a 'great circle route' i.e. continuing north on 4118 after visiting Wat Rat Upatham (Wat Bang Riang) and coming back through Khao Sok.

When in Phang Nga Town, I'll find out if the Hell statues have been removed from Wat Tham Ta Pan (I hope not - I don't want to have to return to Pattaya to visit 'Hell' (LOL)... and report.

tezzat,

Sorry, but I'm not 'into' going to Phuket to walk dogs... and yes, I booked the car & driver with Boss - 2500 baht for 8 hours. I thought about renting a car for a day, but that's 1000 baht (more or less - depending on the model) and then, there's the question legality with an International DL versus Thai DL... and whether insurance would be valid. I figured spending an extra 1500 baht for a driver is 'nothing' if it saves me millions should I be involved in an accident (even if it wasn't my fault). 2500 is less than the price of a lot of guided tours... where you're herded around like sheep. Besides, I can spend as much (or as little) time as I want at each stop; and, if I see something interesting along the way I can get the driver to pull over... and I can have a few Leos if I want. ;-)

Procol,

Why do you say "Oh Dear...." ?

Edited: 25 June 2015, 06:07
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10. Re: Suggestions Sought

What is "the question legality with an International DL versus Thai DL"? You can hire a car for up to 60 days on a Tourist Visa or 90 days on a Non-Imiigrant O visa with an IDP. If longer than that you need a Thai DL.

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