Phang Nga is one of the southern provinces of Thailand, on the shore to the Andaman Sea.
The province is located on the west side of the Malay Peninsula, and includes many islands of the Phang Nga Bay. The most famous one is the so-called James Bond Island, a needle formed limestone rock in the sea, which featured in the 1974 movie The Man with the Golden Gun.
The Phang-Nga Bay National Park was established in 1981 to protect the many fascinating islands. The Similan Islands, one of Thailand's main diving destinations, are also part of Phang Nga province.
The Similan Islands is a group of islands in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Phang Nga Province, southern Thailand. It is a national park which was established in 1982.
Similan Islands National Park was established after the one-year exploration by the Foresty department. The park is the archipelago consisting of nine islands which are Bon island, Bayu island, Similan island, Payu island, Miang island (two adjoining islands), Payan island, Payang island, and Huyong island. Recently, the park was expanded to included two remoted islands which are Bon island and Tachai island. "Similan" is a Yawi word which means "nine". Similan is one of the most famous diving sites in Thailand.