James Bond Island, Phuket

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    Phang Nga Bay - James Bond Island

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 16, 2004

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    Phang Nga Bay

    This spectacular region is about 90 minutes drive from Phuket on the Thai mainland. Boats can be found at a jetty of the Phang Nga Bay Hotel, board a motorboat and begin an unforgettable trip through the surrealist landscape of limestone stacks and green-clad outcrops. The rock’s dramatic colouring of ochre and amber hues contrasts vividly with the startling blue of the ocean. The unparalleled scenery of Phang Nga Bay presents a magical attraction for Phuket visitors and is well worth the trip. While exploring this wondrous region, the following attractions are of special interest:
    KAO PING GUN ISLAND
    Make sure to cruise past a distinct-looking rocky islet, popularly known as James Bond Island, where the filming of the final scenes of The Man with the Golden Gun took place.
    KOH PANYI
    A stop at this stilt village allows for a look at the villagers’ activities. From a floating jetty, wooden stairs lead up to the small community. The immediate area is full of stands offering souvenirs and handicraft items. Past this veritable shopping mecca, are some 400 houses, including a school for the village children.

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    James Bond Boat Trip

    by jnyvegas Written Nov 16, 2004

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    The cost was about $35 each for this trip to James bond Island and several others including lunch. We were told there would be 15 or so other people on the boat with us, there were 80. Still a fun day.

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    James Bond Island

    by Myndo Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    James Bond Island

    If you are at Phuket, you should take your time for a trip to here.
    James Bond Island (yes, as well known from the film "The Man with the golden Colt") makes an interesting sight.

    Here you have the typical landscape (I should better say "seascape") with the many small islands with the high tower-like rock structures.

    There are different ways to go there, one is by jonge (dschunke) , others with sea-kajaks etc.

    On the trip with the jonge you will also visit the sea-gipsys and a drive-through cave. (see next tips).

    On James Bond island itself- which is really not so big, you can explore some hlaf-caves and walk halfway around it. Half, because there is no possibility to surround it on foot. The cliffs are too stepp in places.
    On the beach there are heaps of little stands for tourists.

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    James Bond Island!

    by jrs1234 Updated Sep 1, 2004

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    James Bond Island

    Getting to James Bond Island (Ko Phing Kan) was one of my main reasons for heading to Phuket in the first place, and I'm happy to say that it didn't disappoint. Made famous by the movie "The Man With The Golden Gun", hordes of tourists come here daily - it was pretty busy when I got there, certainly.

    However, the place is reasonably well managed and the main view - that of the small island (Ko Khao Tapu) from the beach - is well preserved. Plenty of great photo opportunities...

    The main island is basically two massive outcrops of rock joined together by an area of beach. Boats come in and out from the island on the opposite side to the famous view, and the first thing you see is a whole row of vendors, so it's not a good start, but get past the sales-folk and things improve considerably. Once you get onto the main beach, there are some great views, including the famous one in the picture.

    Suprisingly it's also possible to find a quiet spot (at least it was quiet when I was there) - wander to the left of the main beach and there is a concrete jetty which most tourists don't bother going along. Don't forget to catch your tour boat before it leaves, of course!

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    Watch out to whom you give your camera

    by zrim Written Nov 13, 2003

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    Becky and Phil on James Bond Island

    The German guide on our Phang Nga cruise kept telling us not to have Thai people take our pictures. He said they are notorious for chopping off heads or placing subjects in ridiculous parts of the photo frame. Of course we listened to our good-natured guide and for the famous James Bond Island scene we handed over our camera to the German guide. This is the result. A portrait that appears as if Becky and I are wearing some sort of maniacal karst head-dress. Talk about ridiculous.

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    The Man with the Golden Gun

    by catkin Written Oct 26, 2003

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    Scaramangas Island

    Koh Ping Kan, known as James Bond island just has to be seen. Used as Scaramangas island in the man with the golden gun, it is a port of call for every trip to Phang Nga bay which is an experience not to be missed.
    Ever resourceful, locals have set up stall on the beach at James Bond Island to tempt you with souvenirs..

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    James Bond Island (Koh Phing Kan)

    by asitrav Updated Apr 4, 2003

    The island became famous when a James Bond film was shot here in the 70s. Take a boat ride through mangrove areas and limestone caves to reach this place. Beaches in Phuket are beautiful (like the one in Patong). A good view of streches of beaches can be seen from Point View. Catch an entertaining show in Simon Cabaret at night.

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    experience the beauty of nature

    by vpas Written Feb 20, 2011

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    A day trip to James Bond island and to Phang nga bay is a must do while in phuket.
    these two places are so beautiful.
    My pictures will tell you why!

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    Ko Tapu. The Pinnacle.

    by euzkadi Updated Jun 4, 2008
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    Maybe the most famous landmark of Phang Nga Bay, James Bond island and it´s signature rocky pinnacle.

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    Ko Tapu. West dock.

    by euzkadi Written Jun 4, 2008

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    West of James Bond island is located this dock with beautiful views, i wonder why the boats are not using it instead of the main crowded one at the beach.

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    JAMES BOND ISLAND(TAPU ISLAND)

    by STRATOS79 Written Apr 5, 2007

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    This island has been famous after the James bond movie THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN with Roger Moore and Christopher Lee attract many tourist every year

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    Found the finger

    by ChristaV Updated Mar 24, 2007
    New Bond girl

    James is still missing, but we found the finger. Could this be the next Bond girl? Move over Brigitte Bardot

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    Tapu island is also called "James Bond Island"

    by rudocp Written Apr 24, 2006

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    Everyone has to go at least once. This is a major tourist trap where the vendors are overly aggressive.

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    James Bond Island Trip

    by jnyvegas Updated Nov 16, 2004

    When you get to James bond Island you pull up on the opposite side of the island where you cannot see the rock. You have to walk 100 yards down a dock and climb a rocky path to get a good view.

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    Khao Tapu/James Bond Island

    by moscowgirl Written Feb 29, 2004

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    The original name of the island is Khao Tapu but it is more known as a James Bond island to attract tourists. The first film of the James Bond odessey was made there.

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