Phang Nga Bay.
Phang Nga Bay.
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Phang Nga is famous for spectacular scenery with limestone cliffs rising out of green water. There are caves, lagoons and tiny secluded beaches awaiting discovery.
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SarahFawcett
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Highly recommended trip out with amazing postcard views of the Islands and a insight into local life. The James Bond Island is iconic and I'm pleased Thai people can benefit from the tourism.
Written 5 November 2023
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Indie Thailand Tours
Phuket Town, Thailand37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business
Have been to James Bond Island many times! Never get bored of it. Thinking that the actors of my 007 movie once been here (although I was not born yet in 1974). Everyone who comes here will enjoy posing as if the Bond 007. In Phang Nga Bay they also include the other attractions that you must not miss. For example, Ice Cream Cave, Mangroove Cave and Mangrove Forest, Hong Island, Panak Island, great fun on canoeing. Then after lunch we have chance to observe the Muslim ways of life on the Panyee Island. The amazing community settled in the water! They have got all the facilities there! My last trip I spoted the nice and modern coffee shop there and prices are different on the mainlain's! Last destination often be the Naka Island where you can relax, drinking, swimming, sunbathing. The Phang Nga Bay is good to visit at anytime of the year. Visiting the James Bond and Phang Nga Bay with friends and accuaintances could be great fun! Indie.
Written 11 October 2023
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Platter S
Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This experience is a MUST when you visit Thailand. The most amazing sites. Very beautiful. Highly recommend it.
Written 16 May 2023
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Gianina G
Lima, Peru71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
This place is simply amazing! I took the tour by speedboat (Crystal Seamarine) and it took us 1 hour to get first to HONG Island where we were transfer to canoes to get into amazing caves and an extremely breathtaking views. Then we visited some islands including the “James Bond Island”… the tour picked us up at 9 am and returned around 7 pm… It was long but great day!!
Written 22 February 2023
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Vinod Monteiro
Bangalore124 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Visited this as it was part of boat trip to James Bond island. The activity was Kayaking near the lime stone rocks .
Written 9 February 2023
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donavan94563
Orinda, CA210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Had one day in Phuket during a cruise. Traveling with a family of 4 with college kids.

Phang Nga Bay is a 400 km2 (150 sq mi) bay in the Strait of Malacca between the island of Phuket and the mainland of the Kra Isthmus of southern Thailand. Since 1981, an extensive section of the bay has been protected as the Ao Phang Nga National Park.

Limestone cliffs with caves, collapsed cave systems, and archaeological sites are found about Phang Nga Bay. Around 10,000 years ago, when sea levels were lower, it was possible to walk from Phuket and Krabi.

The most famous of the many islands in the bay may be the pair of Khao Phing Kan and Ko Ta Pu, the so-called James Bond Island; in the 1974 movie The Man with the Golden Gun, Khao Phing Kan is the home base of the villain, with the needle formed limestone rock of Ko Ta Pu, 20 metres (22 yd) off the main beach, featured prominently. Ko Ta Pu also featured in the 1997 Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, in which Phang Nga Bay served as a stand-in for Ha Long Bay in Vietnam. Nearby villages include Ao Luk.

There are numerous day trips offered to this area which include bus transportation from your hotel to a boat which provides a tour of Phang Nga Bay, Sea Caves, James Bond Island and lunch at Koh Panyi (Floating Muslim Village). Depending on your tour you can visit James Bond Island and/or canoe the sea caves. Make sure to choose a boat with cover to shield yourself from hot sun.

Since we were on a cruise which ported at Patong Beach, we were limited in time, and had to book a tour with the cruise at much higher price to meet the time requirements. Most private tours leave at 8 am from Patong Beach which are too early to make from most ships.

From Patong Beach it takes approximately two hours by bus to reach the boat pier, however the ride provided a nice scenic view of Phuket Island. Once at the pier we boarded a speed boat to tour the area. We did not dock at James Bond Island or Sea Caves however saw pretty much everything from the boat.

After touring for an hour we docked at Koh Panyi (Floating Muslim Village) for lunch at one of the several restaurants on the piers. The lunch provided was a wonderful Thai Lunch buffet with typical Thai food with fruits, soup and soft drink.

This surprising and quite large village entirely built on stilts lives mainly from fishing and tourism. A quick tour of the island provides a look into Muslim Village life, mosque, school and gift/souvenir stands. Bring local currency.

On the way back, the tour provided a stop at the Wat Suwan Khuha which consists of a cave sheltering an immense reclining golden Buddha. A faded decorated gate opens at the feet of a cliff onto a large cavern with high ceilings, about forty meters long and twenty meters wide. This original temple is home to an impressive fifteen-meter-long golden reclining Buddha and several other standing Buddha images. The whole place is also decorated with numerous religious items and worth a visit. A monk often meditates in front of the Buddha, surrounded by some lazy cats who seem to find the place spiritual enough to have a nap.

At the cave entrance, a stupa structure reminds you of the famous Wat Arun in Bangkok (temple of dawn), and some stairs next to the reclining Buddha take you up to another small cave with another golden stupa. At the very end of the cave, a fly of wide stairs opens to the forest outside and from there to smaller but less interesting caves.

We spent the rest of the day exploring Patong Beach prior to heading back to the cruise ship.

All in all, a great way to spend the day at Phang Nga Bay/Patong Beach with a family.
Written 1 January 2023
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
My family and I were lucky enough to have a day to explore this awe-inspiring national park, which consists of extraordinary rock formations and forested islands. There are countless islands and caves in this region, so you could spend days exploring this area and not see everything. The bioluminescent bay is gorgeous! This area is best explored by longboat, as they’re smaller and easier to navigate. I recommend hiring a guide to show you the area, as it’s easy to get lost if you’re unfamiliar with the area.
Written 26 December 2022
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David M
19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Had a great family private tour from Khao Lak of Phang Nga Bay. The sites are stunning - James Bond Island ( slighly underwelming), Koh Panyee, the caves, mangroves, limestone islands & cliffs all amazing. Our tour guide Lora from Dior Travel in Biang Niang - Khao Lak was outstanding. She was bubbly, friendly & extremely knowledgeable about the entire Phang Nga area. A visit to Phang Nga Bay is a must if travelling to either Phuket or Khao Lak.
Written 20 December 2022
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Phillip8789
Terrigal, Australia796 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We had the wonderful experience of canoeing through the caves and magnificent mangroves during our tour of Phang Nga Bay.

Our guide, made the leisurely trip even more entertaining, although tipping him was a major factor in his spiel - not to be unexpected.

We thoroughly enjoyed the leisurely time we spent aboard the canoe and will enjoy the memories of this brief, but entertaining experience.
Written 26 October 2022
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Cat J A
Melbourne, Australia421 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Canoeing in and around the amazing cave structures with an experienced guide was a one off experience. The colour of the water and the peaceful quiet was good for the soul. Our guide was in his 70's and was strong and agile, pointing out formations as we communicated in a mix of English and Thai. Be prepared to lie back in the canoe as you go in through the cave entrances. Don't feel obliged to tip but we did as the experience he shared with us was wonderful.
Written 3 October 2022
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