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James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay

Posted on the 25 October 2020 by Cheekymeeky
James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay

If you are in Phuket, one of the must-do day trips is a visit to James Bond island and canoeing in Phang Nga bay.

There are many providers on Phuket for a trip to James Bond Island, but the tours are all very similar. Read on to know what you can expect on a tour.

The tour generally starts in the morning between 9.00 A.M. and 10.00 A.M. directly at your hotel. There you will be picked up and - depending on the location of the hotel - have a 1 to 1.5 hour drive ahead of you before you reach the boats that will take you on the tour.

Our hotel was in Patong beach, which is the furthest point (almost 70 km and a 1.5 hour drive).

James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay
James Bond island

Why is it called James Bond island? And why is it famous?

The reason it's famous is because it was the villain's lair in the Bond movie - The Man with the Golden Gun. The original name of the island is Khao Phing Kan, but no one calls it by that name.

Anyway, ever since I saw the film, I knew I had to visit the place some day. There was just something so beautiful and menacing about this oddly shaped island.

Booking the tour

We booked our tour beforehand in India as part of a package (from But you can book one in Phuket itself from one of the many travel agents around. It's not difficult at all as Phuket in general is a very tourist-friendly place and there are travel agents everywhere you go.

Most tours involve a full-day package consisting of a boat ride to Hong island where you can take canoes to go around the limestone rocks.

You then proceed further out to to another island from where you can see the iconic rock from The Man with the Golden Gun.

Canoeing around Hong island

Hong island was our first stop. We got off our big boat and stepped into smaller canoes (2 per canoe), and the oarsman took us on a long canoe ride where we could get up close and personal with the limestone caves.

Canoeing around Hong island was my favorite part of the trip. This place was simply drop dead gorgeous! As you approach the area, you see the color of the lagoon make a dramatic change to a bright emerald green. It was nothing like I have ever seen before.

James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay
Beautiful limestone formations

The impressive cliff passage is surrounded by mangroves and limestone formations. The oarsman went quite slowly allowing us to take pictures of the mesmerising surroundings.

Visiting James Bond island

After a pleasant 45 minutes canoeing around Hong island, it was back into the big boat to see the main attraction of the day - Khao Phing Kan aka James Bond island.

As we approached the island, I was a little confused, it looks nothing like what I imagined. In fact, it was just another regular island.

It was only after we disembarked from the boat and walked to the other side of the island (it's a very small one), that I could see the iconic rock.

James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay
K posing in front of the limestone rock

This photo of K (on the right) posing with the rock was a bit of an #instagramfail.

He had to stand on top of a rock in order to get the angle right - to make it look like the rock is balanced on his hand.

Unfortunately, while posing he lost his footing (the rock was extremely slippery). He tumbled down into the rocky ground below and ended up having to get stitches.

I guess this is a common problem here, because there was actually a first-aid stand where K was able to get his wound cleaned and bandaged 😆. The first-aid stand was a bit of a surprise as this is a deserted island, and only tourists come to visit the place.

So yeah, if you visit here, be extremely careful climbing the rocks. They are very slippery and K was extremely lucky to just get away with a few stitches.

One disappointment about James Bond island

I really thought it would be bigger than what it was 😟, and I thought we would be actually be able to get on the rock. Unfortunately, that's not possible. You can just wade a little into the sea and see the rock from a distance.

I didn't want to go too close. I had spotted a small crocodile while we were boating to the island, and so was pretty nervous about getting too much out in the water 😬.

End of the day

We spent about an hour hanging around the place exploring the cave and the beautiful beach. After that, it was time to head out to yet another island for lunch before being dropped at our port for the 2-hour drive back to Phuket hospital (stitches for K), and then our hotel in Patong.

Overall, a lovely day spent in a very scenic location. Very relaxing and honestly, it was one of the best days we spent in Phuket.

Highly recommend visiting this place while in Phuket!

James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay

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