James Bond Island Tour
The James Bond Island tour takes place in the amazing Phangna Bay. The Island that gives the tour its James Bond name is actually called Ko Tapu and is a 20 metre high rock formation that was used as the backdrop to some scenes in the movie, "The man with the Golden Gun".
This movie, despite being shot nearly forty years ago in 1974, is still drawing many people to Phangna Bay.
The Area, being a National Park is still just as beautiful and has hardly changed in all those years. (see the picture's one was taken this year and the other (the one with Roger Moore and Christopher Lee looking rather young) was from 1974.
There are several other Islands in the bay, Khao Phing Kan, which is actually two Islands being the main ones.
The tour takes you for a trip around the bay and gives you some time on the beach to enjoy the perfect water and white sand beach.
You also get some time canoing if you like, the canoeing is in inflateable canoes and a paddler is included in the price, so you can just sit back and relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery. The canoing is around the mangroves and into some of the caves. Depending on the tide height on the day it may be possible to paddle right through a cave that passes under one of the mountains.
Although the paddler is included in the price, they will expect a tip, we don't really like that they ask for tips but, there is very little we can do to control this. We would suggest that as long as they were polite and did their job, then a small tip is appropriate. Feel free not to tip if they were not polite or in some other way did not provide good service.
Then its time for lunch at the colourful Floating Village. Lunch is provided in a dining hall type of place, the food is nothing special but more than adequate. There is usually a good choice including options for Halal and vegetarian and seasonal fresh fruit is provided. Drinking water is pentifukl and other drinks can be purchased at normal prices.
After lunch, you get a minibus to Suwankuha Temple, otherwise known as The Monkey Temple. (I think you can guess why...) The Temple is a remarkable place, and once you have got through the tribe of monkeys on the outside, its a wonderfully quiet and serene place built inside a complex of caves. The whole place is decorated with stalagtites and stalagmites and has some very beutiful Buddhas. The feel of these cavernous spaces set deep into the cliffs has a real aura of peace and tranquility and its easy to see why it was made into a temple. Deep inside the cave there are steps deep into the cave, please do be careful as the steps can be a bit slippy.
All in all, this is a really fun full days outing.
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Hotel Transfer, Set menu Lunch, Life jacket, Boat sight seeing, Drinking water, Insurance, English speaking guide.
National Park fees are included in the price of this trip.
Note: There is a surcharge of 100thb for hotels and resorts in Klong Muang and Tubkaek.
Full Day James Bond+Canoeing
09:00-09:15.Pick up from Krabi town.
08:30-08:50 am.Pick up from Ao-nang.
Travel by minivan, journey time about 90 minutes, to PhangNa.
10:30 - 11:00 am. Arrive at the pier (Phang-nga national park) and change to a longtail boat to visit
- The Floating Village
- James Bond Island the island of the scene from The man with the golden gun
- The local people they call "Khao Tapu"
- The leaning Mountain ( "Khao Ping Kan")
- Have fun with the Canoeing paddle man bringing you to sightseeing around the mangrove.
- Lunch time at the Floating Village
- The floating is a great place for taking some pictures of local life and even doing a little souvenir shopping.
- Back to the car going to visit "Suwankuha Temple" or "The Monkey Cave Temple"
- Swimming at the the waterfall
05:00 pm. Arrived at the hotel
(Please note that all times are opproximate and do vary depending on how busy the locations are and traffic.)