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James bond island in Phuket
Written by Siddhi on May 4, 2020 Share on

James Bond Island in Phuket, Thailand

Most of wondered where beautiful locations of the James Bond movie ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’ with Roger Moore and Christopher Lee (‘Count Dracula’ and ‘Saruman’ in Lord of the Rings) was filmed when the movie released as the place looked amazing with scenic views. Well, it was shot in The James Bond Island, which was previously known as Koh Tapu, meaning ‘Nail Island’ for the pointy rock, and the island surrounding Koh Tapu is called Koh Phi Khan which means ‘hills leaning against each other”. James Bond Island is located in Phang Nga Bay and the cruise from Phuket Island through the amazing limestone cliffs is breathtaking. It is one among the various must-see places in Phang Nga Bay for those who want to tick-off their list when in Phuket. The island became even more popular after the release of these movies. Similarly for the movie ‘The Beach’ in Phi Phi Island after the DiCaprio 2000 movie and the Sky Bar at Lebua Hotel in Bangkok after the movie ‘The Hangover II”. 

James Bond Island in Phuket
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James Bond Island itself is very scenic and is a must visit while on your Phuket tour package. The place is naturally photogenic and that’s the reason why it was selected for various movies.

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  • It’s always fun to see the real thing from a movie, even old, and to realize there is no door to the secret lair and no radar coming out of the rock!
  • You can take a beautiful day trip to the Phang Nga Bay which consists of 100 islands and it usually includes a lunch at the floating village of Koh Panyi with wide varieties of Thai cuisine.
  • The island is famous for its authentic flat dried squid (Pla Mook Haeng). For foodaholics who love local cuisines, this is a must-try! 
    James Bond island is a big tourist attraction, and the place is full of vendors selling all kinds of souvenirs, just the way it is everywhere around the world.
  • The place gets crowded at high season, with lots of long-tail boats and lots of people posing in front of the rock.
James bond Island in Thailand
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Activities in James Bond Island

Canoeing and sightseeing, meals, free soft drinks and leisure trip with scenic trip defines the James Bond island tour. By Speed boat you can also visit the Panak island and Hong island, canoe in mangrove forest, visit island, Khao Ping Kan and enjoy a great buffet lunch at Panyee island fisherman village. Visit the ice cream caves, swim and relax at Naka or Lawa Island.

Entry Fees for James Bond Island

The price to tour the island is around thousand four hundred Thai baht per head. This includes a trip to the National Park, ferry fees, tour guides, replenishments and lunch.

Best Time to Visit James Bond Island in Phuket

The best time to visit the island to see the different colourful scenic views is between 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

The best part about James Bond Island is its scenic natural flora and fauna. The abundant marine life and unique mangroves makes it more appealing to the masses. The Island activities also include moving around the islands and the caves by a speedboat or a long-tail boat. Water activities like snorkeling and scuba diving can also be taken for adventure lovers. The island tour also brings you where secret lagoons open into the rocks to meet the majestic caves, and is a must-visit island in Thailand.


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