The James Bond Island tour is a panoramic, sightseeing day excursion that will make you feel in a Hollywood movie. It includes cruising through Phang Nga Bay, 25 km north-east of Phuket, to admire the stunning rocky limestone pinnacles rising out of the sea, included Koh Tapu, known as James Bond island, then a visit to the floating village of the Muslim fishermen community in Koh Panyee, and it ends with a visit to the jungle temple of Suwankhuha and a refreshing bath in the waterfalls.
With the signature rocky pinnacle featured in “The Man with the Golden Gun” movie, James Bond Island is sure to be the highlight of the day, but the mystical mangrove forest and the large caves of Phang Nga bay are anything less than impressive, too.
Another indisputable highlight is the floating village of Koh Panyee, where the locals live in houses built on wooden stilts. The first inhabitants moved here from Java, Indonesia, at the end of 18th century. Nowadays there are over three hundred families living in the village, and although tourism has discovered this fascinating community, fishing is still their main form of income.
The last but not least unexpected jewel of the tour is the Suwankhuha Temple. This temple in the jungle houses a reclining golden Buddha sheltered in a large cave. The place is decorated with several religious items, and monks can be seen meditating in front of the Buddha, accompanied by lazy cats who nap almost all day in this fascinating temple.
Pick up in hotel by air-con minivan or by Song-tew, transfer to the boarding place, meeting with local guide and short beefing.
07:30 pick up in Tubkaak beach
07:45 pick up in Klong Muang Beach
08:00 pick up in Ao Nang Beach
08:30 departure from Ao Nang to Phang Nga pier
Arrival to Phang Nga pier.
After one hour to one hour and a half drive by A/C minivan from Ao Nang you will reach Phang Nga Pier and board a long tail boat to visit the Phang Nga bay.
A long tail boat ride through the mangrove forest.
The mangrove forest is a unique eco-system in Phang Nga bay, and one of a few in the world. The peculiar environmental features of this area prevent all the other plants to grow, and mangrove trees are one of the few species that thrive here, and that provide shelter and nutrition for other living creatures to survive. This water is home to snails, crustaceans like the Fiddler crab and fish like mullets. During the long tail boat cruise you will have the chance to look out for other animals like bats, flying foxes and even monkeys such as the crab-eating macaques.
Disembark at James Bond Island and visit Khao Ping Gan.
Both James Bond and Ping Gan islands are limestone karst cliffs towering out of the Andaman sea and covered in lush green vegetation. Their natural beauty can’t be properly described, but you will see it for yourself while swimming and posing for photos in front and around them. You can also explore the small caves inside Khao Ping Gan, or shop at the small stands selling souvenirs on the eastern beach.
Arrival at Koh Panyee and lunch break.
Koh Panyee, the next stop, is a wonderful place to visit: a floating village where the local Muslim fishermen community live on houses perched on wooden stilts. We disembark here and have lunch in one of the several restaurants facing the sea. Please note that this is a Muslim village, the locals are very friendly but please dress modestly (no shorts and skirts, no bikini tops). After lunch and a stroll through the village you will board the long tail back to the pier.
Drive to the Suwankhuha temple in the jungle and swim in the waterfalls
Boarding the mini van from Phang Nga Pier and drive to the Suwankhuha temple where you will walk in the jungle, meet some very curious monkeys and marvel at the reclining golden Buddha and at the mystical atmosphere of the place. The last stop of the day, on the way back to Ao Nang, is at the waterfalls where you will relax and plunge in fresh water .
Arrival in Ao Nang and drop off at your hotel.
After reaching Ao Nang you will be transfer to your hotel in the area.