Phuket island – a beautiful ancient old village, great scenery, and picturesque cultural charms. Exploring the nearby islands and must-see attractions Phuket is also a good base. Phang Nga Bay is world-famous place in Phuket.
A unique feature when one says of Phang Nga Bay is the veritable limestone karsts that project vertically out of the bright green color like that of an emerald water. Two of the more famous spots in this bay is James Bond Island and Koh Panyee.
A famous landmark in Phang Nga Bay is James Bond Island. The James Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ paved its way onto the international tourist map through its starring role. Lies next to the similar well known Koh Ping Ghan (or ‘Ping Gan’ or ‘Ping Gun’) for the outlandish, why-doesn’t-it-fall-over outline of James Bond Island or Koh Tapu (means Nail Island in Thai). It can get crowded with tourist boats during peak season but the entire area surrounding this island is spectacular.
Shelters about of 400 sq km, James Bond Island highlights Phang Nga Bay and is habitat to some 100 islands, most could feature in The Guinness Book of Records either for their attractive site or for their bizarre shapes. Ever since the island was used as the location for the 1974 Bond movie, James Bond Island has been a major destination with its signature rocky pinnacle. Good thing it is under national park protection and as a result, no boats of any kind are allowed to go too close to the island with its uncertain position – big on the upper portion of the island while relatively slim at the bottom. Riding on boats or from the small beach on Koh Ping Ghan are the two best ways to take a glimpse of James Bond Island.
Another sample of how Mother Nature works her magic is seeing Koh Ping Ghan. The island has a very high inclined rock that has some small caves inside. There are stalls and stands selling novelty souvenirs, chiefly made from shells and woods on its crowded eastern beach. This island is a popular spot for sailing and kayaking.
Arranged tours come with travel to other popular islands. The tour also includes seafood lunch at the accessible Muslim fishing village on stilts, the Koh Panyee. It really is best to bring along a snap-shut waterproof camera bag even though tour companies usually hand out plastic bags to keep safe your camera. You can opt to rent a long-tail boat from Surakul Pier in Phang Nga if you want to have a personal tour.