Immediately north of Phuket, the largest Thai island and one of Thailand’s most popular destinations, lies the province of Phang Nga. One of the most stunning features of Phang Nga province is Phang Nga Bay. Known for having distinctive limestone cliffs that rise out of its emerald green waters, Phang Nga Bay is part of the Andaman Sea and covers an area of approximately 150 square miles. The most famous of these cliffs is known as James Bond Island owing to the fact that it appeared in the 1974 feature The Man with the Golden Gun — and if you stay at the Samet Nangshe Boutique resort, these dramatic formations will be the view you wake up to every morning.
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Samet Nangshe Boutique is made up of dreamy bungalows with air conditioning, private bathrooms, and balconies overlooking the stunning landscape. One of the highlights of staying at Samet Nangshe Boutique Hotel is waking up to the picturesque sunrise over Phang Nga Bay, owing to the hotel’s panoramic hilltop location. An equally scenic view awaits at the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool where guests can lounge and enjoy refreshing drinks from the hotel bar.
Guests of Samet Nangshe Boutique can also take advantage of nearby activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking in the nearby national parks. (Sirinat National Park is located on Phuket to the west, Than Bok Khorani National Park is located near the part of the Krabi province that touches the bay, and Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park is located in the Phang Nga province, to name a few.) Phang Nga Bay is also home to a diverse ecosystem with mangrove forests, coral reefs, and numerous species of fish and wildlife.
Much like Phang Nga Bay itself, Samet Nangshe Boutique is one for the bucket list, even if you spend your whole stay in bed, admiring the view from your bungalow. Rooms can cost anywhere from $100 to more than $500 per night, depending on what you book and when.