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Panak Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

Phuket: James Bond Island Day Trip by Speedboat and Canoe

1. Phuket: James Bond Island Day Trip by Speedboat and Canoe

Following pick-up from your hotel in Phuket, climb aboard a speedboat and cruise around the limestone outcrops of Phang Nga Bay. Speed across the waves of the Andaman Sea en route to the islets of Koh Ping Gan and Koh Tapu, better known as James Bond Island after they were featured in the 007 movie "The Man with the Golden Gun." Explore the hidden caves and emerald lagoons by canoe, and step back into the prehistoric world at a landscape formed over many thousands of years. Follow your guide to the very best locations, depending on the tide. Visit the village of Koh Payee built on stilts hundreds of years ago. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch of typical food from Thailand and get the chance to interact with the locals with the help of your guide. Get a taste of paradise and go for a swim around Naka Island or Rang Island before the end of your tour.

Ko Yao: Premium James Bond Island Trip by Speedboat & Canoe

2. Ko Yao: Premium James Bond Island Trip by Speedboat & Canoe

Enjoy a premium join-in trip to James Bond Island by speedboat. Following a pickup from your hotel in Koh Yao Noi or Koh Yao Yai between 8:15 AM–8:30 AM, head out on the water to Panak Island. Explore inside the mangrove cave, and even walk inside at low tide. Visit Koh Hong of Phang Nga Bay and hop in a canoe to enter this natural wonder. Next, make your way to Ko Ping Gan and Ko Tapu, better known as James Bond Island after they were featured in the 007 movie, "The Man with the Golden Gun." Enjoy a moment to take a photo before continuing to the mountainous nature of Tham Lod. From there, move on to the village of Koh Panyee. Along the way, do some sightseeing around Ko Nom Sao, two small islands of similar appearance located close to each other. From certain angles, the silhouette of these islands looks like a pair of roughly identical woman's breasts. Upon arrival at Koh Panyee, savor a sumptuous lunch at the restaurant. Explore the village after lunch and meet the friendly locals. See the floating football ground and the only school in the floating village. End the day with some time to relax and swim in a bay. At about 3:30 PM, transfer back to the pier and then to your hotel.

Phuket: Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayak & Loi Krathong

3. Phuket: Hong by Starlight with Sea Cave Kayak & Loi Krathong

This full-day kayak trip from Phuket starts at midday to avoid the crowds, with a convenient pickup service by luxury air-conditioned minivan from all of Phuket Island. During the boat ride you will watch a raptor show as you receive a detailed briefing about the nature and geological site of Phang Nga Bay. You will also learn how to securely enter the caves and hongs (Thai for "room").   It will then be time to start paddling on a hand-made kayak by SOTAR through limestone caves and lagoons with your highly experienced guide in the dramatic setting of Panak Island. The hand-made kayaks are specially designed for your trip. Your professional guide will paddle you and your group through the "Tidal Nape" sea caves inside Phang Nga Bay’s marine limestone karstic islands. The hidden cliff-lined lagoons are populated with macaques, water monitors, kingfishers, mud-skippers, egrets, sea eagles, and brahminy kites. Later, return to the escort boat and move on to the second island which has two more caves and hongs for you to explore. You will finish after dark by floating your own self-made “Krathong” flower in a spiritual and spectacular natural light show. This evening Loi Kratong ceremony complete with fireflies and dinoflagellates (bio-luminescent plankton) is bound to be a spiritual experience. You'll finally savor a delicious seafood/vegan buffet on the trip back, before returning to the pier 2 hours after sunset.

Phuket: Day in the Islands Kayaking Adventure

4. Phuket: Day in the Islands Kayaking Adventure

You'll begin by being picked up from from anywhere on Phuket Island by luxury minivan. From there, meet your lead guide at Ao Por Pier in the north of Phuket and depart early in the morning in a long-tail boat. Circumvent north Phang Nga Bay and head to Hong Island for the first kayaking stop. There you will try hard-shell kayaking at the most spectacular spots on the planet. Your guide will provide you with basic kayaking instructions so you can paddle your own kayak, or you can alternately opt to paddle a double kayak with a guide. Continue to Koh Yao Yao Island and enjoy lunch at a local Thai restaurant, which will consist of healthy and high quality food. Afterwards, head to Panak Island for the second kayaking stop which includes the limestone caves and hidden cliff-lined lagoons, which were discovered by John Gray in 1989.

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What people are saying about Panak Island

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 90 reviews

This was a great tour. I travelled solo. everything was well organised but not rushed. there was 1 guide for every two people and all the guides were friendly. My guide Rit was very helpful, and was the best at spotting wildlife. we saw jellyfish and monkeys. the bioluminescent plankton was beautiful. Oh and the food, there was so so much food. I was the only vegetarian and they made many dishes just for me. it was also the only tour I've been on in Thailand where there was not other tour groups at the same destination. In short this tours reputation is very very well deserved ! thankyou to all the staff

Highly recommend this trip. Staff were super friendly and well organised. Nina was particularly good and made it great fun too. Plenty of water was provided all day. The lunch at the Muslim village was also excellent. The beaches and the caves were incredible. Fabulous experience. Only slight blot was a half hour delay to our return transfer to the hotel.

The tour was absolutely amazing! The fantastically beautiful landscape of the islands, a super nice team took care of us perfectly! The guide was excellent, spoke very good English and did an excellent job of leading the tour.

Really well organised. The crew on the boat were so friendly and helpful, and the main guy who was our guide (Doi, not Toy!) was brilliant.

Very friendly guides and very interesting tour! Lots of food too!!