Phang Nga Bay, Thailand - Asia

a bay with an area of 400 km² and located in the Andaman  Sea between the island of Phuket and mainland of the Malay peninsula of southern Thailand, Phang Nga Bay is a Ramsar site of international ecological significance. A big part of the bay is protected as the Ao Phang Nga National Park.

The bay comprises of shallow marine waters and intertidal forested wetlands. There are around 28 species of mangrove and this place also has sea grass bed and coral reefs. A variety of species of fauna are also present in this bay. 82 fish species which include the threatened Malaysian Plover (Charadrius peronii) and Asian Dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus) are present in this bay. Also, 18 reptiles, 3 amphibians and 17 mammal species also flourish here.

There are around 42 islands which are present in this shallow bay. Out of these the most famous is an island which is in the form of needle and is a limestone rock in the sea. It is called the James Bond Island. Also, limestone cliffs with caves and many archaeological sites are found all around the Phang Nga Bay.

     
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