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Governor Yiamsuriya Palusuk meets Mrs Germany 2009 Elischeba Wilde

Phang Nga Turns 200: May 1-May 7

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
PHANG NGA, the capital of the province of the same name, is celebrating 200 years with a series of events from May 1 to May 7.

A parade on the May 1 public holiday will mark the start of a week of celebrations, says Provincial Governor Yiamsuriya Pausuk.

''We hope the week will help us through the economic crisis,'' he said. Other events are likely during the big birthday year.

Concerts, a fair and games will be held in Phang Nga every night during the first week of celebrations, with food as the constant highlight.

Governor Yiamsuriya told Phuketwan that a difficult period for tourism gave the environment a good chance to recover.

Phang Nga's major resorts along the Andaman coast report quite good business from Scandinavia, Germany and other European countries.

''If you want natural attractions, Phang Nga is a good place to come,'' the governor said.

Phang Nga remains the popular choice for a tourism tower to attract visitors to the province, an idea that the governor supports.

One of the key news stories from the province last year was the warning that erosion continues to undermine the province's best-known natural landmark, James Bond island.

Phang Nga, with Takuapa and Khao Lak as the two Andaman coast district centres, has fully recovered from the 2004 tsunami.

With jetskis, vendors and loungers banned from its beaches, the province offers a different experience to Phuket's action-packed coastal centres.

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