James Bond Island
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.
James Bond Island highlights
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.