Excursion to the island of James Bond in Thailand - my review

Khao Phing Kan and Ko TapuTapu) - two contenders for the title of "Bond Island" in Thailand. All sources call them islands, which is surprising to me personally, because in size, only Khao Ping Kan, which is two peaks connected by an isthmus with neat beaches, pulls into the island. And the second one, Ko Tapu is a twenty-meter-high rock, whose base is about 4 meters in diameter. With the same success can be called a giant redwood grove.

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Bond Island

If you have not read anything about the island of Bond(which is unlikely, but - suddenly), I will briefly bring you up to date: a James Bond movie was shot here - “The Man with the Golden Gun”. In 1974, several episodes and the final fight of the main character (Roger Moore) and the main villain (Christopher Lee) were filmed here. The film turned out so-so, special effects will also amuse the sophisticated viewer of the 21st century, the golden gun is generally a separate item for banter, but the fact remains: unusual landscapes and fans of “Bondiana” attracted the attention of people from all over the world and provided this place with an endless stream of tourists. In a short time, the islands lost in conversation with Thais and tourists their native place names, turning into one object of worship - Bond Island in Thailand.

At Khao Ping Kan, where your boat approaches,There are a couple of beaches and a grotto, which are decently flooded during the tides. Ko Tapu (the narrowest rock sticking into the sea) is now forbidden fruit that cannot be touched, which cannot be planted and climbed - it is managed and guarded by the National Marine Park Pang Nga. So, all arriving tourists need only to circle around the Bond cliff on kayaks and photograph it from the shore, which most visitors are quite satisfied with. They did their own sebyashkku - and go ahead to explore the islands of Phang Nga Bay. The fact is that a visit to the island of Bond is possible, either by a private boat for a lot of money, or as part of an excursion for money is ridiculous.

I traveled with the travel agency Alpha-Travel. Below is a detailed description of this entire tour. Looking ahead, I will say that everything went fine, no problems. Taken from the hotel, the Russian-speaking guide told different stories all the way, and then returned back to the hotel. I can recommend.

James Bond Island in Thailand

James Bond Island in Thailand

Excursion to the island of James Bond

Over the trip for the whole day they took 1650 baht from me. Took the first place of residence - on the beach Kataat 8:00, and then we still went around Patong and collected all the rest. Arrived at the pier departure at about 9.30 and waited for the rest of the group hours to 10, then amicably immersed in a boat and set sail towards the horizon.

The guide spoke with us in Russian, andHe told not only the organizational issues, but in general he did not stint on comments about the national park, the islands and the program as a whole. By the way, it turned out that the islands are 70 million years old.

First stop - Panac Island, 45 minutes. Sluggishly distributed over kayaks and went to explore the cave on the island, and there are two of them to choose from, and where exactly to go is decided on the spot. You are not rowing yourself, but special people are canoeers.

One is the Bat Cave, and the second isBriliantovaya. It is said that stalactites inside that cave shine like diamonds. We also pass the lagoon there, glancing at the sky above our heads, and we don’t forget that there is always the problem of tides, which have both daily and seasonal schedule changes, that's why it's so lucky. I was not lucky, so the boat scraped about the bottom, and there was not enough water around in the lagoon.

My boatman, a very smiling and friendly guy

My boatman, a very smiling and friendly guy

Further we continue to sail to the north, to the island of James Bond. While sailing, at the same time and had lunch, right on the boat, ala buffet.

James Bond Island - the main purpose of the tour. But only 40 minutes are given for the inspection of this sight. It seems a little, but in fact there will be enough 20 minutes in fact, everything is very compact and in general you can not go anywhere, just take a photo in the main place.

In addition to the rock sticking out in the water, for whichgo, there is another one on the main big island. You remember that there are two islands. But not only a separate rock, but in fact just a slope. According to the guide, in translation from Thai, the name of a large island sounds like “Sloping Rock”, and this place was considered to be damned for a long time, since the rock is an incomprehensible flat surface.

A revolution in history occurred when the islandroyal family members visited, touched the rock and left memorable tablets. Thais have dramatically changed the minus to a plus, and now here and the locals come to make wishes, and in general a lot of tourists. By the way, Koh Tapu is a monument in Phanga province. And on the island of Khao Ping Kan, there is a small market with souvenirs - the Panya tribe sells them. I do not know what they are, but the prices are 4-5 times higher than the norm.

Since small, then from the ship only on longtail

Since small, then from the ship only on longtail

The same damn rock with memorable tablets

The same damn rock with memorable tablets

I did it! I have a selfie!

I did it! I have a selfie!

The island of James Bond - and the rock, and the big island on which I stand

The island of James Bond - and the rock, and the big island on which I stand

The main activity here is selfies.

The main activity here is selfies.

You can walk to the other side of the island

You can walk to the other side of the island

There will be a small grotto with stalactite

There will be a small grotto with stalactite

Honestly, the sight of Bond left me indifferent. Yes, an unusual rock and the place is very beautiful, but already so trampled tourist.

Ten minutes after the island of Bond, we arrivedon the island of Lana, where it was possible to jump from 2-3 floors of our vessel. On the whole coast of the island mangroves grow, between the roots of which silt is formed. The water is turbid, there are no fish and corals. Did you go for white beaches and snorkeling? You are not on this tour. You better on Similans or somewhere in the other direction, here the main thing is snorkeling and turquoise water.

The water is muddy

The water is muddy

Then the plan was Hong Island, on the way back. Again on a kayak and - around the island, and there are no caves on Khong, only grottoes. Here the same kayak drivers will roll you again as for the first time. It is necessary to sit down again to his own. This was done in order to give him a tip, 100 baht for 2 trips, but this is not necessary.

This is probably the most interesting part of this excursion.at least for me. Such lagoons really resemble a lost world. Floating in all these nooks and crannies around you are tall. Moreover, the entrance to this lagoon is flooded at high tide, and if you suddenly gape and the water rose, then the boat will not swim back. We have to, or dive and swim under water through the entrance, or wait until it is again outflow. It seems to me that it would be interesting to spend the night there, in order to feel the atmosphere to the full.

Fabulous beautiful place

Fabulous beautiful place

Back all go tired and satisfied

Back all go tired and satisfied

At 17:00 we were already brought to the pier in Phuket and the trip ended.

Information to visit

Constantly asked to advise a proven localthe agency that I used myself. I advise: Alpha Travel. Large selection of excursions, including in Russian. Conveniently, you can write to them through the messenger, and make an order directly on the site.

+66622100091 (Whatsapp, Viber, Line, Telegram)

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Excursion to the island of James Bond is 1600-2000 baht, depending on the agency and the ship on which to sail. Lunch, soft drinks - included. Speedboats are always more expensive.

Going on a tour, prepare yourself mentally,that everything will be pretty slow, slowly. On the island of Bond (the purpose of the entire trip, in fact), we spent 40-50 minutes, plus transfer to the longtail from the ship and back.

I would say that it is more for inactiveexcursion, for lovers of measured rest. They were all delighted! To be honest, my review may not be entirely objective, because in Thailand I haven’t been there. After all, the total stayed in it for about two years, visiting hundreds of attractions and visiting all the resorts. If you will be in Tae for the first time, then take a trip once, in any case, you will get positive emotions, especially an inexpensive tour. Well, the stone lagoons are really cool stuff, but you can go for them.

Snorkeling turned out to be unreal, because everything in the waterdull, just had to swim. Now, if at the stops it would be possible to snort, then I would have liked it a lot more. But it should be on the other side of Phuket to go to the islands in the ocean. And I would give the opportunity to paddle on the kayaks themselves in order to warm up for a change. But it is impossible to take away the bread from the locals.

On the map

James Bond Island

James Bond Island
Phang Nga Bay National Park - one of the mostThailand’s impressive natural attractions. One of the most famous islands of the national park is called "James Bond Island". Most of the islands in the park are uninhabited; many have caves and tunnels leading to hidden lagoons.
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The island of James Bond - and the rock, and the big island on which I stand

Phang Nga Bay National Park - one of the mostThailand’s impressive natural attractions. One of the most famous islands of the national park is called "James Bond Island". Most of the islands in the park are uninhabited; many have caves and tunnels leading to hidden lagoons. Read more about the tour.

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