If you’ve been following the James Bond franchise, chances are you’re familiar with that one scene in “The Man with the Golden Gun” where Roger Moore referred to a “bit off the beaten track.” That reference is Khao Ping Kan, a picturesque island that first caught the attention of viewers as a seaside Eden.
With the help of “The Man with the Golden Gun,” Khao Phing Kan skyrocketed to prominence and eventually took in even more tourists under the guise of “James Bond Island.” Khao Phing Kan maintains its status as a dreamland island for a few reasons—the locals care deeply about their island, only a few people live on the island, and it is tucked away in the northwestern part of Phang Nga Bay.
The beautiful island, however, can be easily reached even without the same navigational skills that 007 has. Khao Phing Kan is a relatively short way away. (Plus, there’s no need to worry because Francisco Scaramanga doesn’t live in it. Does he?)
Here’s how to get to Khao Phing Kan or James Bond Island from Phuket:
1. For those who want to spend a whole afternoon on the island
If you’re looking to dedicate an entire afternoon to experiencing Khao Phing Kan, go for a full-day water safari organized by a reputable travel agency. The majority of Khao Phing Kan afternoon tours include a hotel pickup, a choice between traveling by longboat or speedboat, and a delicious seafood lunch to start the tour off. Every tour circumnavigates the entirety of James Bond Island, exploring its hidden charms, and unraveling its natural beauty. Additionally, you can sunbathe in the same spot where the dashing agent did himself. Then, take a trip to Ko Tapu to see the exact place where Roger Moore had his iconic duel.
2. If James Bond Island is only one stop in the list
Some visitors traveling to Khao Phing Kan only intend to stay for a short amount of time before heading over to other islands. Certain travel agencies provide services that travel to multiple stops, such as the Naka and Talu islands, along with James Bond Island. A multiple-island whole-day tour is perfect for a traveler who wants to explore the entire Phang Nga Bay and its surrounding territories.
3. For anyone who wants to explore the nearby Ao Phang Nga National Park
Another standard tour offering that can be availed from most travel agencies is a James Bond Island-Ao Phang Nga National Park tour. The national park and movie site visit come complete with a Thai breakfast and lunch, keeping your tank filled up enough to make the most out of both stops. A full-day tour to James Bond Island and Ao Phang Nga National Park also includes stops at Hong Island and Naka Island for a full experience. There is also an option to visit Koh Panyi.
Khao Phing Kan has come far from being a hidden natural wonder of the world to becoming a movie star in its own right. With the help of a competent travel agency, a sense of wonder, and a full-day or half-day tour, you’ll have a great time exploring the James Bond Island.
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