Phang Nga Bay, also known as Ao Phangnga locally, is situated in the Strait of Malacca, lying in between the Malay peninsula of Thailand and the island of Phuket. Spread over 400 square miles, it is a picturesque location that sees a heavy rush of tourists all the year round. The Phang Nga Bay contains numerous archeological sites of limestone caves and cliffs that are showcased as a part of sightseeing tours. The stunning site consists of 42 islands located within the shallow sea water and is well known for its mangrove forests, beds of seagrass, and numerous species of flora and fauna including the endangered Malaysian plover.
A part of the Bay is occupied by the Ao Phang Nga National Park, declared to be a protected area in 1981. It is also a designated Ramsar Site (an important wetland of ecological importance Internationally as per the Ramsar Convention) in 2002. Credence must be given to the popularity of Phang Nga to the James Bond Movie, "The Man with the Golden Gun," shot at one of the islands within the National Park area. The beautiful location of the Bay was also used in the Hollywood space film, "Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" to show the Battle of Kashyyyk taking place on the home planet of the Wookiees
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