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From Phuket: James Bond Island & Canoe Tour by Longtail Boat

1. From Phuket: James Bond Island & Canoe Tour by Longtail Boat

Paddle a canoe and ride a longtail boat on this multi-stop adventure tour from Phuket with private and shared options. Taste local food, swim at Talu Cave, and visit James Bond Island to see the majestic limestone karsts made famous by the 1974 James Bond movie, “The Man with the Golden Gun.” After pickup from your hotel in Phuket, head straight to the first stop of the day, Wat Suwan Khuha, also known as the Monkey Cave, because of the cheeky primates living in the temple complex. Descend into the cave temple and look at the statues and carvings before making your way to the pier. Next, board a longtail boat and sail to the second stop, Panyee Island, also known as the Floating Village. Built on stilts by the local fishermen, the island has been inhabited since the 18th century. Explore the village, taking in local life, before having lunch at a restaurant in the village. After stuffing your belly with delicious local fare, board the boat again to make your way to Talu Cave. Enjoy some free time to canoe and swim in the beautiful blue water. Explore the cave area, where you will find incredible stalactites and stalagmites and unusually shaped rock formations. Then, continue to the day’s main attraction, James Bond Island. Stop at the perfect viewpoint to see the breathtaking 20-meter rock formation, a solitary cliff surrounded by turquoise waters and cliffs. Admire the unforgettable picturesque scenery before starting the journey back to Phuket.

Phuket: Elephant Save & Care Program Tour

2. Phuket: Elephant Save & Care Program Tour

Explore the Elephant Wildlife Sanctuary in Phuket and feed the elephants with bananas, corn, and more. Learn more about the elephants from your guide, and uncover the benefits of spa treatment on the animals before savoring a delicious lunch box.  Begin with a pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Phuket and a one-hour transfer to the elephant sanctuary. Be warmly welcomed upon arrival with an Elephant Behavior and Save & Care program to prepare for your encounter. Feed the elephants baskets of bananas, sugarcane, cucumber, and corn. While they enjoy their food, learn from the guides about the background of each elephant. Next, prepare the elephants with a spa treatment and shower. Discover the healing benefits of special spa mud that help to heal elephant wounds from many kinds of scratches, and skin damage, and provides heat balance benefits for the body and blood flow. Enjoy lunch with a Pad Thai box set and seasonal fruits before departing back to your hotel in Phuket. Leave inspired and informed, having supported the elephants and future care at the Elephants Wildlife Sanctuary.

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4.8 / 5

based on 305 reviews

Had a small hiccup where the activity provider’s initial message said pickup was between 6:45-7:00 am and couldn’t get ahold of them when the driver didn’t show, however after reaching out to GYG’s support team it turned out they meant to pick us up at 8:30-8:45 am. After looking up the sanctuary it appeared they open only after 9:00 at anyhow, and thus the initial message must have just been incorrect. After resolving that small issue and getting to the sanctuary, my partner and I had an amazing time getting to experience how these beautiful creatures live and seeing them up close. Pictures/videos were also very easy to take (we even got some of the elephants “hugging” us with their trunks!). They will take photos and send them to your email for free, but you are also welcome to bring a camera/phone/etc and take your own photos. We prep’d food, fed the elephants, prep’d mud and covered them with it, played in the water and bathed with them, and more. Amazing experience.

Excellent trip, the animals were clearly well cared for (no chains or harsh treatment at all). We got to learn about them, prepare and feed them, give them a mud scrub and then bath them. We then had a delicious lunch. Afterwards they send you all the photos as long as you provide your email address. Really good value for money and I would highly recommend. (One tip - if you get car sick take a travel sickness tablet because the road there has lots of hill and turns.)

The tour was really great, the activities and places are beautiful and well organized. Feeding monkeys was a very nice experience. The James Bond island is worth visiting but be aware of possible crowd. Kayaking was a beautiful experience too and the lunch at the floating market unforgettable and unique. The guide was also very kind, we would have though appreciated to get more information about the spots we visited, English of the guide wasn’t very good.

Very good tour, there were 3 of us and the island was not overly crowded. Super organized

Kim was amazing, I hope to see her again on my next visit to Phuket