Phang Nga, Thailand Meeting Planning Overview
A melting pot of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims, and even sea gypsies, Phang Na is a peaceful town, famed for its limestone rocks and pristine beaches. The capital of the coastal province that bears the same name, Phang Nga is located on Thailand's Andaman coast in the south, dotted with giant monoliths, caves, and mangrove forests. Many Phang Na MICE venues are located in luxury resorts.
Phang Nga does not have its own airport; the nearest international airport is that of Phuket, around 80 kilometers away. The road journey from Phuket to Phang Nga takes slightly over an hour.
Though the province doesn't have any stand-alone convention venues, Phang Nga's luxury hotels offer conference facilities for small to mid-size business groups. The 293-room JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa offers 15 meeting rooms, while the 32,292-square-foot, beachfront meeting space can accommodate up to 500. The 84-room Ramada Resort Khao Lak can take up to 300 in its four meeting rooms including a banquet room that holds 120; over 3,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor prefunction space adds to the options. For smaller meetings, the 106-room Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa, Natai Beach can accommodate 68 in its ballroom, and the 56-unit Sarojin resort seats up to 42 in its main meeting room.
The charm of Phang Nga lies in its natural wonders. A niche meeting could be conducted on a day cruise through Phang Nga Bay, which is also ideal for exploring the limestone islands and caves. For incentives, adventure options include a diving trip to Khao Lak to explore the coral reefs, jungle trekking, and elephant cave trekking. Another option is the island tour to Koh Panyee, a fishing village on stilts, and James Bond Island, where The Man with a Golden Gun was filmed.
Also a part of Phang Nga are the Similan Islands, popular for their many dive sites and coral reefs.