We were picked up from the hotel at about 12pm and had quite a long 1-11/2 hour coach ride to Suwankuha Temple(Monkey Cave), our first stop.
We did not really enjoy the place as there were lots of wild monkeys always following us around to try to get food or grab food fom you.
Next we had the long boat ride to see the 32 sea mountains of Phang nga bay. These mountains are really magnificent and awesome. Beautiful!
Then we stop at the amazing James Bond Island. The mountains and rock formations are incridible.A must see to really see the beautiful unspoilt side of Phuket which Phuket town and Patong are not able to offer.
Then we were taken to Panyee Island or the floating fishing village. This is a muslim village so the first thing we did was tucked in for late lunch. The whole village is build on water and its quite an experience! Wish I had more time to explore the place.
I managed to get good bargains on some materials and bracelets here. Bargaining is a must. Always lower 1/2 or better 3/4 of the price quoted, walk away and you will get the price you want.
Price for this trip: 700 baht adults
500 baht kids
Got a discount for 2 kids-free.
Definitely a must go!
Perhaps the best day trip on Phuket Island - If you have to choose one tour, pass the Phi Phi and go to James Bond. Either way you'll end up sunning/snokeling on the very same Island in the afternoon - all the boats (with all the company's) go there. But on the James Bond Tour you'll see the Mangrove Forests, Lunch at a Muslim fishing village built on stilts above the water, see the amazing landscapes and beautiful blue waters of the islands, and snorkel. We went on 3 boat tours with 3 different company's. They were so similar, no real difference in ammenities - but the James Bond tour stood out. Phi Phi Island is further out to sea and even in the calmer morning waters it can be a very jarring trip. Be careful if a storm is forcasted - your inners & back could be hurtin later. James Bond Island is amid the intercoastal waterways and therefore more protected from the weather and rough sea.
We booked our day trip to Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island through my lovely lady called Apple from South Smile, with a company called Phuket Panwa Canoe. This was probably the highlight of our trip (apart from some rather annoying people who were constantly late and rude and who I ended up having an argument with on the bus journey back home!!!)
Our day consisted of a 1 1/2 hour trip to get to James Bond Island, then canoeing around 2 different islands, lunch on board the boat and then some free time at Lawa Island. It was a long day, about 10 hours in total, but certainly one that I would urge fellow travellers to do.
We only paid 1000bt each for this trip, which worked out to about $36AUD each which I thought was super amazing value, especially as the trip is listed in their brochure as costing 2900 bt per adult!!! But we were there in low season and Im sure that my friend Apple gave me a nice cheap price too!!!
This tip is about James Bond Island itself, there will be another tip about the rest of the trip. This small unusual shaped island is called James Bond Island, as in one of the JB films, its actually blown up!!! Which film was that???
This is a great bus and boat tour to do and you can organize it at any travel or tour agent in Patong.
There are many types of trips to do that include James Bond Island and Phang-na so take your pick between a full or half day tour depending on how big a night you want to have the night before I suppose.
The (Sims) half day trip that I did doesn't leave Patong until late morning or lunchtime and will pick you up from your hotel if your are staying in Patong.
The bus trip includes a visit to the the Buddhist elephant caves and the Muslim fishing village and a long tail boat ride from Phangna to 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!
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.
This was a full day tour, and besides Phang Nga (James Bond island), we went to 3 other islands. Although it rained the whole day, it was very enjoyable coz 1) the ship crew were really friendly and helpful 2) there was even an entertainment performance put by by the ship crew towards the end of the boat trip. You can really feel their sincerity and appreciate the little things they do for you, like giving us a hot towel after coming back to the boat from the canoe in the rain.
This package is by Siam Phuket sea canoe, though I suppose their package can be bought from different street tour desks, not sure. We bought ours from one of the tour desks that lined Patong beach road. It's in a shop that specialises in selling bikini and Hello Kitty stuff. Our package cost 1300 baht per person with buffet lunch onboard and free flow of soft drinks and pineapple biscuits.
In Phuket we went to Phang Nga Bay with Tour East. The island is well known for James Bond movie, ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ was shot here. Thus the island is also better known as James Bond Island.
Phang Nga Bay is an island made up of limestone cliffs and small caves surrounded by mangroves. You can explore the Island. The Sea Gypsy from nearby Panyi Island has many stores selling souvenir for the tourist.
Tour East Cost: 2200 baht p/p - Duration 8hrs - including lunch
James Bond Island, famous for the James Bond film "Man with the Golden Gun" is another example of the dramatic limestone 'karsts' of the Phang Nga Bay area. Huge, sheer limestone cliffs rising out of the ocean. Somehow trees and other foliage plants have managed to take root on these rocky outcrops. Streaked with orange colours, they make a vivid contrast against the green sea and blue sky.
The beach on James Bond Island is like many of the beaches on the Phang Nga islands in that it is covered in shells rather than sand.
Be prepared for the children sent to sell you postcards. They follow you around, begging you to buy. They start at 100 baht and end up at 1 baht. They wouldn't believe us when we said we had no money, but we had indeed left it on the boat and were just carrying our cameras.
There is a tourist area there which we didn't visit as we didn't have the energy to fight off people trying to 'flog' tourist junk to us and it was down on the beach. We had a better view of the bay from the top of the hill.
This is a full day out including lunch at a floating Islamic Village (no booze allowed)
It starts of going off the island into Thailand proper to a property that sells refreshment, and you also get an elephant ride in a jungle type setting - quite fun. There is also an elephant show.
You then progress to the coast and get in a type of long boat and jet off to the Islamic Village built over the water for a beautiful lunch and time to wander round and of course shop.
Then back to the boat and off to James Bond Island. This is part of a national park and is quite beautiful. Its called James Bond Island as one of the Bond films was shot here.
After this, you get to do some ocean kyaking seeing some of the caves and sights that are available to the tourist.
Then back to the bus and back to the resort/hotel.
Well worth the day
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.
James Bond Island is a small stretch of land in the Andaman Sea that can be reached from Phuket on a day trip. The island was named after James Bond, the British spy who conquered his nemesis, the Man with the Golden Gun, in these islands. The island is even more attractive in reality than portrayed in that movie. As the boat closes in on the island, the dramatic scenery really hits you hard and takes your breath away. The island has a very small beach on one side which has clear unmuddied waters. Its very pleasant to walk along this beach though during the summer season, the throng of tour boats might make it difficult to walk freely.
As you climb the rocks and cross over to the other side, there is a long walking bridge which also acts as a pier for the boats. On one side of this walking bridge is a huge rock formation that acts as a refuge from the sun when it gets really hot. This is another location for some scintillating photography.
There are no accomodation facilities here and so no overnight stay is possible. Since the island is very tiny, there are not many shops either, so its better to carry food and other items while visiting this place. There are also no visible remnants in this place about the James Bond movie that was filmed here many years ago. However, the island is still pristine and unspoilt which makes it very pleasant to visit and enjoy.
Sometimes movies change the landscape to produce an illusion; some other times they use it exactly as it is, because there’s no need to add or change anything.
That’s what happened with this island in James Bond film. Only building some paths and a small harbor, changing the angles, they created in the film the sensation of a world that… it’s not there. But all the outdoors elements are.
It’s a common island with a magnificent and strange rock at the entrance of the bay, but it’s always crowded with people trying to relate the sights with the film memories. And it is an interesting stop in a good small trip.
Tito went there again, and it seems that the crowds are moving elsewhere
The number one speedboat trip in Phuket is by far a man called terry, he either privately charters out he's boat so that you and your family have the boat to yourselves or he sells individual tickets, he is slightly more than the normal run of the mill trips, but offers so much more, this was truely a day we will never forget and possibly the best organized trip in phuket. The trip was so relaxing and terry took us to some of the most spectacular sights in Phang Nga Bay, unable even to see on a normal boat trip. lunch was served on a private Island we had to ourselves and we visited the pearl farm and shop on one of the Islands.
This trip should be a must trip when in Phuket
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'James Bond Island' was the locale for some filiming for Man With the Golden Gun and is a popular stop on a lot of tours from the area. I visited James Bond Island on a tour which also took us through Phang Nga Bay, the muslim floating village, James Bond Island, snorkeling and lounging on a beach. It was a full day tour and was a lot of fun!! James Bond Island however wasn't the high point, primarily because I'm not really into James Bond and have never seen the Man With the Golden Gun. So it was just another limestone crag popping out from the ocean.
You are dropped off at the island near the famous rock and allowed to cruise around. Of course there are souvenir shops set up that sell overpriced cheap items which you probably would be ill advised to purchase. Overall it is worth visiting but won't make your day, however they other stops on this popular day trip are all a blast.