Are you heading to Phuket and wondering how to get to the James Bond Island whilst you’re there?
If you only have 24 hours in Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, don’t just stay by the pool or on the beach relaxing, visit the James Bond Island and a whole bunch of other cool places on a boat trip of Phang Nga Bay (between Phuket and Krabi)!!
How To Get To James Bond Island:
To get to James Bond Island you need to get a boat there with Phi Phi Island Tours.
The itinerary is to see James Bond Island – featured in “The Man with the Golden Gun”, canoe through mangroves and underneath cool rock formations and finally relax at beautiful Naka Island before returning back to Phuket.
The day trip also included a yummy lunch!
When to visit James Bond Island:
December through to March is the ideal time to visit James Bond Island. I actually went in June, during the off season but the weather was great.
Boat Trip To James Bond Island:
I sat at the back of the boat and this was the view for most of the trip – hundreds of limestone cliffs, pretty spectacular right?
The whole bay is like this and it is really breathtaking – even more so than Halong Bay in Vietnam in my opinion. Totally out of this world.
James Bond Island (Khao Phing Kan) is on many people’s bucketlist when they go to Phuket – whether they’re in Phuket for a week or only just a couple of days, and it doesn’t disappoint.
Before the 1974 movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” with Roger Moore and Christopher Lee, literally nobody had heard about this place. But now its popularity has exploded.
Pretty much like Maya Bay on Phi Phi Island from the “The Beach” movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio in 2000.
By the way, I have never watched a single James Bond movie in my life but I figured James Bond Island would be a cool place to go after seeing the pictures.
Sure it was a little crowded, as several boat tours had stopped here at the same time, but it didn’t feel too much.
After this, local men canoed us around the limestone formations, even going underneath them! This was really cool, especially as someone was doing the work for you! Just make sure to give them a little tip afterwards.
Lunch was at a Muslim floating island with probably the BEST tom yum soup I have ever had, and lots of fresh yummy food.
The last part of the boat tour was at Naka Island, where you had 1.5 hours to relax. It was a beautiful island, the water was perfect to swim in and the sun chairs were free to use. Yay, all-round win! Check out the gorgeous beach below!
If you are in Phuket this is definitely worth a day trip! This trip was perfect – I had such a wonderful day and would totally go again!
Further Travel in Thailand:
If you will be heading up to Bangkok for a few days, check out the stunning Marble Temple there. Also be sure to check out the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai – a must-do Asia bucket list experience!
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