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Khao Lak: Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island by Longtail Boat

1. Khao Lak: Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island by Longtail Boat

Explore some of Thailand's most iconic and stunning islands on a longtail boat cruise from Khao Lak. Cruise over turquoise waters, past lush mangroves, and see the famous James Bond Island up close. Feel the salty breeze in your hair and relax under the warm tropical sun en route. After a pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak, board a traditional longtail boat and experience the mangrove forests and karst formations from a different perspective. Get up close to the limestone rocks on a short canoe trip before heading to Khao Phing Kan. Marvel at rock formations such as Tapu Island and James Bond Island, used as a film location in the movie "The Man With the Golden Gun." Continue to the floating Muslim village of Koh Panyi, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Next, go to Suwan Khuha Cave Temple to see the statue of the reclining Golden Buddha. Get some time to feed the resident monkeys before the return trip to Khao Lak.

From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

2. From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

First, you will get picked up from your hotel. Start this full-day tour visiting the famous Monkey Cave of Wat Suwan Kuha. Discover the many interconnected caves in the mountain and admire the gold reclining Buddha image at the temple. Explore the magical mangrove forest of Ao Phang Nga National Park by long-tail boat. Stop at a fishing village on Pan Yee Island to enjoy a tasty lunch before seeing James Bond Island, where the blockbuster movie, The Man with the Golden Gun, was filmed. Continue to Khao Phing Kan to see the stunning limestone karst formations. Experience the area’s beauty by sea canoe, paddling around Talu Island before returning to the pier. Your expert guide will paddle the canoe for you, as the waters in this area can be difficult for paddling. 

Full-Day Temple Tour Including Dragon Cave from Khao Lak

3. Full-Day Temple Tour Including Dragon Cave from Khao Lak

Phang Nga Province is home to 3 of Thailand’s most amazing temples. The first stop on this 9-hour tour will be the Dragon Cave Temple at the site of stunning stalagmite and stalactite caves that you can explore. Continue on to the Bang Rieng Temple, situated high up on a mountain and offering breathtaking views. It features the largest pagoda in Phang Nga, and houses a Buddha relic. Enjoy an authentic Thai lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Suwan Khuha Temple, or Wat Suwan Khuha, one of the most historic of Phang Nga’s temples. It is located in a giant cave and houses a 15-meter-long reclining Buddha statue.

Phuket: James Bond Island Day Trip by Speedboat and Canoe

4. 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.

Phuket: Monkey Cave, Water Rafting, Zipline & ATV with lunch

5. Phuket: Monkey Cave, Water Rafting, Zipline & ATV with lunch

Begin your full-day program with a 1.5-hour drive to the adventure site. The first stop is the Monkey Cave at Suwan Kuha Temple. Inside the temple is a 15-meter-long reclining Buddha image. White water rafting is next on the itinerary. Experience a thrilling adventure on a 5-kilometer-long course. Then, head to the zip line site for the thrill of zipping along the treetops, 1 zipline (150 meters long), before taking a break for lunch at the camp.* If you add the ATV option, you will also enjoy a thrilling 30 minute ATV ride.

From Phuket: Khao Lak Highlights Full-Day Tour

6. From Phuket: Khao Lak Highlights Full-Day Tour

Venture north of Phuket to Khao Lak, known for its stretches of beach and lush jungle scenery. Explore this peaceful slice of Thai paradise on a full-day tour. The first stop is the Sarasin Bridge, one of Thailand’s most beautiful and famous bridges. It connects Phuket to the province of Phang Nga and has gained renown due to the tragic Romeo and Juliet-style story associated with it. It'll be a quick stop here to view the surrounding bay and take photos of the gazebos and elevated turrets. Then, head to the Andaman View Point, where you can admire a 360-degree view of the surrounding fields, hills, and mountains. Head to the river for the bamboo rafting activity. Board a small yet sturdy raft made out of bamboo and cruise down the river, admiring the calm waters and the abundant greenery of the area. Next, you'll make your way to the Sea Turtle Conservation Center. Located across the Khao Lak National Park in the Thai navy base, learn about the efforts the navy is going to to rehabilitate the turtles. Catch a glimpse of the numerous turtles and other endangered marine life. Take an hour to have lunch and relax near the conservation center. After lunch, head to the International Tsunami Museum and discover how the effects of the 2004 tsunami greatly affected the Khao Lak area. See the Thai navy boat that was washed ashore by a massive wave. The final destination is the Lampi Waterfall. Head over to this multi-level waterfall, walk through the rainforest trail, and even take a dip in the chilly pool before making your way back to your accommodation in Phuket.

Surin Islands Snorkeling Day Trip from Phuket or Khaolak

7. Surin Islands Snorkeling Day Trip from Phuket or Khaolak

Start the trip with a convenient transfer service to Tablamu Pier for a 7:30 AM check-in. Enjoy a light breakfast with tea or coffee as you receive a briefing from your tour guide. At 8:00 AM, hop on a first-class speedboat and head for Surin Island. The first stop is for your snorkeling experience at The Nemo or Pineapple Gulf. Swim and enjoy the beautiful beach and scenic view at Twin Beach.  At 11:00 AM, visit the famous Sea Gypsy Moken Village. Visit and learn their traditional lifestyle before heading for buffet lunch at the beach on Surin National Park. After lunch, head to the enchanting Mae Yai Gulf and the Tao Gulf. Snorkel here and explore the breathtaking coral reefs before heading back to the pier to be transferred back to your accommodation with wonderful memories. 

From Phuket: Phang Nga Adventure Tour with Zipline

8. From Phuket: Phang Nga Adventure Tour with Zipline

Embark on a full-day shared group or private adventure in the Phang Nga province of Thailand, north of Phuket. Make a short stop at the Wat Suwan Kuha, this famous Phuket temple is housed inside a large limestone cave and is known for the imposing statue of the reclining Buddha. Marvel at the cavernous Buddha statues before you leave to start your first activity of the day. Board your raft for a thrilling 5-kilometer journey down the Phang Nga River. Spot elephants relaxing along the shore. After the exertion, stop for some delicious local lunch to recharge for the upcoming activities. Strap on some harnesses and get ready for some ziplining. Soar through the canopies of Phang Nga’s lush rainforests. Make your way back to the ground and traverse the rest of the jungles and fields on ATVs. After driving around, explore the area on foot, trekking through the forest, and stop to take photos of the local flora and fauna. Then, head toward one of Phang Nga’s breathtaking waterfalls and take a refreshing dip in its cool waters, before making your way back to Phuket and your accommodation.

Phang Nga Bay: Longtail Boat Sightseeing Tour

9. Phang Nga Bay: Longtail Boat Sightseeing Tour

Explore the famous Phang Nga Bay in an authentic Thai longtail boat. Catch a perfect view of the region's limestone and see Ko Tapu, the James Bond Rock. Take a canoe ride to lay back and enjoy nature. Eat lunch in Koh Panyee, a sea gypsy village built overtop the water. View the fascinating landscape of the Andaman Coastline, full of substantial green mangrove forests that are habitat many animals such as lizards, snakes, monkeys, and a variety of birds. Get close to pillar-Esque limestone towers that protrude out of the blue waters. Arrive near the world-famous James Bond Island, made known for the filming of "The Man with the Golden Gun" starring Roger Moore. Spot Ko Tapu, the James Bond Rock, and take a picture of yourself as the classic 007 character. Jump into a canoe, lay back, and enjoy while your guide paddles for you. Get right next to stone formations that are hundreds of years old, caves, and majestic mangroves. Discover the village of Koh Panyee and learn of the lifestyle of the sea nomads that live there. Enjoy a traditionally made Thai lunch and take a short walk through the village to learn about the culture of the inhabitants. Find a souvenir or two to remember your experience or share it with a friend. Visit a local temple on the way back with a chance to see wild monkeys.

From Khao Lak: Private James Bond Island and Sea Canoe

10. From Khao Lak: Private James Bond Island and Sea Canoe

Embark the mangrove forest with a Thai traditional longboat as we make our way to the canoeing station. Venture on a canoe as our paddler stir in between caves, visit Koh Ping Khan and Koh Tapu (James Bond Island) for a photo stop. Enjoy mouthwatering Thai Set lunch at the floating sea gypsy village. After bountiful lunch, explore and meet local villagers as we venture into the island and have a chance to see and experience local lives as locals do their daily chores. Visit the Cave temple – Wat Suwan Kuha with its reclining Buddha while hundreds of monkeys await you at the entrance of the temple.

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4.8 / 5

based on 340 reviews

A good varied programme enhanced by our guide, Ran, who was excellent. We started by taking a long tail boat through some stunning scenery to pick up sea canoes. Two people per canoe with a guide who paddled around the rocks and into various caves- fantastic. Back to the long tail boat to head to "James Bond Island" as featured in The Man With The Golden Gun where we disembarked for a short time. Lunch was next on a floating town (featured in Jack Whitehall's "Travels With My Father"). Then on to view some ancient cave drawings and finally a cave temple. At the temple we were able to feed the residents monkies- they especially liked the sweetcorn and peanuts. Our guide / driver, Ran, was excellent and really enhanced the day- he was good humoured, attentive and friendly, answering any questions we had- even the random ones.

Exciting excursion! From pick-up to the drive home! We were a group of 7 people and the guide really included us all in the tour and explained a lot! It was so much fun - we first took a boat past all the different rocks/coves/islands, then we did a little bit on James Bond Island, then we went kayaking and that was super fun and exciting, after that we were at "Muslim-Island" and had an excellent lunch - like a Thai family ;)) and could then look at the island together and then we went to a temple (Monkey Temple) - that was very nice and we enjoyed it given some cultural insights! A really great tour - can only be recommended!

We had a wonderful trip which was organised at the last minute. Oud (our guide) was very friendly and knowledgeable and struck the right balance between being informative and giving us our own time to explore. We were very lucky with a rain free day and being off season, we benefitted from relatively quiet crowds. Highly recommended and a great experience. Many thanks to Oud and his team.

Very touristic places that are visited - but this is to be expected. But the prospects are very nice and worthwhile. We particularly liked the canoe tour - it was really great and the canoeist took great pictures and was very friendly. The guide was also very nice and took nice pictures. We enjoyed the tour and would recommend it.

Lovely trip toured by Ran. Very chilled out day. Kids loved the canoes. Great day and highly recommend.