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Phuket: James Bond Island by Longtail Boat Small Group Tour

1. Phuket: James Bond Island by Longtail Boat Small Group Tour

Paddle a canoe and ride a longtail boat on this multi-stop adventure tour from Phuket with private and shared options. Taste local food, explore Talu Cave, and visit James Bond Island to see the majestic limestone karsts made famous by the 1974 James Bond movie, “The Man with the Golden Gun.” After pickup from your hotel in Phuket, head straight to the first stop of the day, Wat Suwan Khuha, also known as the Monkey Cave, because of the cheeky primates living in the temple complex. Descend into the cave temple and look at the statues and carvings before making your way to the pier. Next, board a longtail boat and sail to the second stop, Panyee Island, also known as the Floating Village. Built on stilts by the local fishermen, the island has been inhabited since the 18th century. Explore the village, taking in local life, before having lunch at a restaurant in the village. After stuffing your belly with delicious local fare, board the boat again to make your way to Talu Cave. Enjoy some free time to canoe in the beautiful blue water. Explore the cave area, where you will find incredible stalactites and stalagmites and unusually shaped rock formations. Then, continue to the day’s main attraction, James Bond Island. Stop at the perfect viewpoint to see the breathtaking 20-meter rock formation, a solitary cliff surrounded by turquoise waters and cliffs. Admire the unforgettable picturesque scenery before starting the journey back to Phuket. Want to travel in comfort and in style? You can choose to upgrade your transportation to our premium options. This includes a superior and comfortable SUV instead of the usual van as well as a luxury long-tail boat, which is more spacious and comfortable. You’ll also get free snacks, cool towels, and access to a speaker at your disposal. Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

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

2. 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

3. 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 inside of the cave and explore the temple. Then, jump on the long-tail boat and explore the magical mangrove forest of Ao Phang Nga National Park. Stop at Pan Yee Island which is a local muslim fishing village, where about 1600 people permanently live. Pan yee island is mostly made up of huge vertical limestone cliffs, and all houses and huts are built on stilts over the surrounding shallow sea! Here you will also enjoy a tasty lunch. Next up we will take you to the activity spot that you all have been waiting for, James Bond Island, the island that became famous from the James Bond movie "The Man with the Golden Gun." You will be dropped off at Khao Phing Kan Island, where you can watch the famous James Bond limestone rock, standing tall in the waters! Explore the islands and take some photos at the iconic limestone formations that rise dramatically from the waters! Then, 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

4. 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.

Khao Lak: Khao Sok Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing Trip

5. Khao Lak: Khao Sok Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing Trip

Discover the wild beauty of Khao Sok National Park on a full-day guided trip from Khao Sok. Feed and bathe elephants and take a bamboo raft downstream. Enjoy a Thai lunch, visit a market, and try local coffee. Following pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak, head to the Takuapa local market (only guests picked up from Khao Lak. Guests from other pick-up locations will not visit the local market) to browse and look at all the products. From there, continue to the elephant rescue camp. Feed these amazing animals some bananas and cool them off with a bath. Next, visit the monkey temple. Eat a Thai-style lunch at the local restaurant next to the river before bamboo rafting along the Khao Sok River. Relax as your guides gently steer the bamboo rafts downstream while you admire the dramatic limestone mountains and serene sounds of the jungle. Stop at the river bank for some trekking and relaxing in the front of a limestone cave after enjoying a coffee break. This coffee is made in a bamboo stick and served in bamboo cups, which you can take home with you. At the end of your tour, transfer back to your hotel in Khao Lak.

James Bond Island: Sightseeing Tour by Longtail Boat & Kayak

6. James Bond Island: Sightseeing Tour by Longtail Boat & Kayak

Following a pickup service from your hotel in Krabi, transfer to Phang Nga Bay by air-conditioned minivan to discover the famous filming locations of “The Man With the Golden Gun” in Phang Nga Bay. Climb aboard a traditional longtail boat at Tadan Pier near Phang Nga Town and voyage over to James Bond Island. Phang Nga Bay became known through its starring role in the James Bond movie and is distinctive with its sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the crystal emerald-green water. See the famous Khao Phing Kan, a very high-leaning rock with tiny caves, where you can find stalls selling souvenirs mostly made from beautiful shells and wood. Walk around James Bond Island and take a photo of the 20-meter-tall Koh Tapu, also known as Nail Island or Spike Island. Continue to Thalu Island, where you can take a guided kayak tour along the mangrove river, the giant stalactite caves, and the limestone cliffs. Stop for lunch in Panyee floating village. The natural island of Panyee is a towering vertical mass of limestone. Nearly all of the village sits atop a huge network of stilts that clings to the edge of the island’s coastline and stretches out over the sea in a maze of raised platforms and walkways. Cruise back to the pier and make a last stop at Wat Suwan Kuha Temple, also known as Monkey Cave, and at Raman Waterfalls. Here you can take a swim and relax with an abundance of flora and fauna such as monkeys, deer, squirrels, and birds. Note that accessibility may vary depending on water levels and schedule. Conclude your tour with a relaxing ride back to your hotel.

Khao Lak: Guided ATV Tour with Lampi Waterfall Swim

7. Khao Lak: Guided ATV Tour with Lampi Waterfall Swim

Get picked up from your hotel from Khao Lak by air-con vehicle. Arrive at the ATV camp, our crew gives quad bike orientation and set off on an adventurous ride along greenery scenery, muddy and sandy trails (1 hour), and crossing a small river. After that, we will visit the biggest waterfall in the area "Lampi Waterfall". Get freshened up and enjoy the rainforest surroundings. This tour is available in the morning and afternoon.

From Khao Lak: James Bond Island Canoe Trip with Lunch

8. From Khao Lak: James Bond Island Canoe Trip with Lunch

Experience a water-based adventure leaving Khao Lak and travel through the majestic mangrove forest backdrop to a fantastic scenic adventure, enjoy canoeing between sea caves, and relax on a long boat. Visit James Bond Island and explore a sea gypsy village. Leave Khao Lak and move on to the mangrove forest, and try to spot local wildlife like fish and birds along the way. Travel on a traditional Thai longboat en route to the canoeing station and settle into your canoe for the next part of the journey. Relax as the paddler steers the canoe exploring in between sea caves, and visit the islands of Koh Ping Khan and Koh Tapu (also known as James Bond Island) for photo opportunities. Arrive at the floating sea village and enjoy a local lunch before taking some time to explore the village and meet the locals. Venture further into the village and have a chance to see how the locals live and do their daily chores. Finish the tour with a stop at the cave temple, Wat Suwan Kuha, and see its reclining Buddha and the hundreds of monkeys that live near the temple entrance that the temple is known for. Return to the tour's starting point following the temple visit.

James Bond island tour by long tail boat

9. James Bond island tour by long tail boat

Total Duration: 9 - 10 hours Patong Beach, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83000 Thailand, 1 hour 30 minutes Wat Suwan Kuha (Cave Temple), Krasom Subdistrict Thailand, 1 hour Ao Phang Nga National Park, Ao Phang Nga National Park, Phang Nga Province, 1 hour 30 minutes Koh Talu Snorkeling, Sai Thong, Bang Saphan Noi 77170 Thailand, 1 hour James Bond Island, Thailand, 1 hour 30 minutes Koh Panyi (Floating Muslim Village), Ko Panyi Subdistrict, Krabi Town Thailand, 1 hour 30 minutes Phang Nga, Phang Nga, Phang Nga Province, 1 hour 30 minutes

Explore Mangroves, James Bond Island, and Monkey Temple

10. Explore Mangroves, James Bond Island, and Monkey Temple

Embark on an exciting water-based expedition starting from Phuket, as you venture into the enchanting mangrove forest and try to spot local wildlife like fish and birds along the way. Hop aboard a traditional Thai longboat, where you'll be transported to the canoeing station. Get ready to immerse yourself in the serenity as you settle into your canoe, guided by an experienced paddler. Traverse the mesmerizing sea caves and capture memorable photos at the renowned Koh Ping Khan and Koh Tapu, famously known as James Bond Island. Indulge in a delectable local lunch upon arriving at the floating sea village, savoring the flavors of the region. Take your time to wander through the village, interacting with the friendly locals and gaining insights into their daily lives and routines. Venture deeper into the village to witness firsthand how the locals reside and engage in their everyday tasks. Conclude your remarkable journey with a visit to Wat Suwan Kuha, a remarkable cave temple. Marvel at the reclining Buddha within and witness the lively spectacle of hundreds of monkeys residing near the temple entrance, adding to the temple's allure. Finally, return to the starting point of the tour, cherishing the memories created throughout this extraordinary experience.

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Wat Suwan Kuha: Our most recommended tours and activities

Phuket: James Bond Island by Longtail Boat Small Group Tour

Phuket: James Bond Island by Longtail Boat Small Group Tour

Paddle a canoe and ride a longtail boat on this multi-stop adventure tour from Phuket with private and shared options. Taste local food, explore Talu Cave, and visit James Bond Island to see the majestic limestone karsts made famous by the 1974 James Bond movie, “The Man with the Golden Gun.” After pickup from your hotel in Phuket, head straight to the first stop of the day, Wat Suwan Khuha, also known as the Monkey Cave, because of the cheeky primates living in the temple complex. Descend into the cave temple and look at the statues and carvings before making your way to the pier. Next, board a longtail boat and sail to the second stop, Panyee Island, also known as the Floating Village. Built on stilts by the local fishermen, the island has been inhabited since the 18th century. Explore the village, taking in local life, before having lunch at a restaurant in the village. After stuffing your belly with delicious local fare, board the boat again to make your way to Talu Cave. Enjoy some free time to canoe in the beautiful blue water. Explore the cave area, where you will find incredible stalactites and stalagmites and unusually shaped rock formations. Then, continue to the day’s main attraction, James Bond Island. Stop at the perfect viewpoint to see the breathtaking 20-meter rock formation, a solitary cliff surrounded by turquoise waters and cliffs. Admire the unforgettable picturesque scenery before starting the journey back to Phuket. Want to travel in comfort and in style? You can choose to upgrade your transportation to our premium options. This includes a superior and comfortable SUV instead of the usual van as well as a luxury long-tail boat, which is more spacious and comfortable. You’ll also get free snacks, cool towels, and access to a speaker at your disposal. Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

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

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

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 inside of the cave and explore the temple. Then, jump on the long-tail boat and explore the magical mangrove forest of Ao Phang Nga National Park. Stop at Pan Yee Island which is a local muslim fishing village, where about 1600 people permanently live. Pan yee island is mostly made up of huge vertical limestone cliffs, and all houses and huts are built on stilts over the surrounding shallow sea! Here you will also enjoy a tasty lunch. Next up we will take you to the activity spot that you all have been waiting for, James Bond Island, the island that became famous from the James Bond movie "The Man with the Golden Gun." You will be dropped off at Khao Phing Kan Island, where you can watch the famous James Bond limestone rock, standing tall in the waters! Explore the islands and take some photos at the iconic limestone formations that rise dramatically from the waters! Then, 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

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.

Khao Lak: Khao Sok Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing Trip

Khao Lak: Khao Sok Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing Trip

Discover the wild beauty of Khao Sok National Park on a full-day guided trip from Khao Sok. Feed and bathe elephants and take a bamboo raft downstream. Enjoy a Thai lunch, visit a market, and try local coffee. Following pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak, head to the Takuapa local market (only guests picked up from Khao Lak. Guests from other pick-up locations will not visit the local market) to browse and look at all the products. From there, continue to the elephant rescue camp. Feed these amazing animals some bananas and cool them off with a bath. Next, visit the monkey temple. Eat a Thai-style lunch at the local restaurant next to the river before bamboo rafting along the Khao Sok River. Relax as your guides gently steer the bamboo rafts downstream while you admire the dramatic limestone mountains and serene sounds of the jungle. Stop at the river bank for some trekking and relaxing in the front of a limestone cave after enjoying a coffee break. This coffee is made in a bamboo stick and served in bamboo cups, which you can take home with you. At the end of your tour, transfer back to your hotel in Khao Lak.

James Bond Island: Sightseeing Tour by Longtail Boat & Kayak

James Bond Island: Sightseeing Tour by Longtail Boat & Kayak

Following a pickup service from your hotel in Krabi, transfer to Phang Nga Bay by air-conditioned minivan to discover the famous filming locations of “The Man With the Golden Gun” in Phang Nga Bay. Climb aboard a traditional longtail boat at Tadan Pier near Phang Nga Town and voyage over to James Bond Island. Phang Nga Bay became known through its starring role in the James Bond movie and is distinctive with its sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the crystal emerald-green water. See the famous Khao Phing Kan, a very high-leaning rock with tiny caves, where you can find stalls selling souvenirs mostly made from beautiful shells and wood. Walk around James Bond Island and take a photo of the 20-meter-tall Koh Tapu, also known as Nail Island or Spike Island. Continue to Thalu Island, where you can take a guided kayak tour along the mangrove river, the giant stalactite caves, and the limestone cliffs. Stop for lunch in Panyee floating village. The natural island of Panyee is a towering vertical mass of limestone. Nearly all of the village sits atop a huge network of stilts that clings to the edge of the island’s coastline and stretches out over the sea in a maze of raised platforms and walkways. Cruise back to the pier and make a last stop at Wat Suwan Kuha Temple, also known as Monkey Cave, and at Raman Waterfalls. Here you can take a swim and relax with an abundance of flora and fauna such as monkeys, deer, squirrels, and birds. Note that accessibility may vary depending on water levels and schedule. Conclude your tour with a relaxing ride back to your hotel.

Khao Lak: Guided ATV Tour with Lampi Waterfall Swim

Khao Lak: Guided ATV Tour with Lampi Waterfall Swim

Get picked up from your hotel from Khao Lak by air-con vehicle. Arrive at the ATV camp, our crew gives quad bike orientation and set off on an adventurous ride along greenery scenery, muddy and sandy trails (1 hour), and crossing a small river. After that, we will visit the biggest waterfall in the area "Lampi Waterfall". Get freshened up and enjoy the rainforest surroundings. This tour is available in the morning and afternoon.

From Khao Lak: James Bond Island Canoe Trip with Lunch

From Khao Lak: James Bond Island Canoe Trip with Lunch

Experience a water-based adventure leaving Khao Lak and travel through the majestic mangrove forest backdrop to a fantastic scenic adventure, enjoy canoeing between sea caves, and relax on a long boat. Visit James Bond Island and explore a sea gypsy village. Leave Khao Lak and move on to the mangrove forest, and try to spot local wildlife like fish and birds along the way. Travel on a traditional Thai longboat en route to the canoeing station and settle into your canoe for the next part of the journey. Relax as the paddler steers the canoe exploring in between sea caves, and visit the islands of Koh Ping Khan and Koh Tapu (also known as James Bond Island) for photo opportunities. Arrive at the floating sea village and enjoy a local lunch before taking some time to explore the village and meet the locals. Venture further into the village and have a chance to see how the locals live and do their daily chores. Finish the tour with a stop at the cave temple, Wat Suwan Kuha, and see its reclining Buddha and the hundreds of monkeys that live near the temple entrance that the temple is known for. Return to the tour's starting point following the temple visit.

James Bond island tour by long tail boat

James Bond island tour by long tail boat

Total Duration: 9 - 10 hours Patong Beach, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83000 Thailand, 1 hour 30 minutes Wat Suwan Kuha (Cave Temple), Krasom Subdistrict Thailand, 1 hour Ao Phang Nga National Park, Ao Phang Nga National Park, Phang Nga Province, 1 hour 30 minutes Koh Talu Snorkeling, Sai Thong, Bang Saphan Noi 77170 Thailand, 1 hour James Bond Island, Thailand, 1 hour 30 minutes Koh Panyi (Floating Muslim Village), Ko Panyi Subdistrict, Krabi Town Thailand, 1 hour 30 minutes Phang Nga, Phang Nga, Phang Nga Province, 1 hour 30 minutes

Explore Mangroves, James Bond Island, and Monkey Temple

Explore Mangroves, James Bond Island, and Monkey Temple

Embark on an exciting water-based expedition starting from Phuket, as you venture into the enchanting mangrove forest and try to spot local wildlife like fish and birds along the way. Hop aboard a traditional Thai longboat, where you'll be transported to the canoeing station. Get ready to immerse yourself in the serenity as you settle into your canoe, guided by an experienced paddler. Traverse the mesmerizing sea caves and capture memorable photos at the renowned Koh Ping Khan and Koh Tapu, famously known as James Bond Island. Indulge in a delectable local lunch upon arriving at the floating sea village, savoring the flavors of the region. Take your time to wander through the village, interacting with the friendly locals and gaining insights into their daily lives and routines. Venture deeper into the village to witness firsthand how the locals reside and engage in their everyday tasks. Conclude your remarkable journey with a visit to Wat Suwan Kuha, a remarkable cave temple. Marvel at the reclining Buddha within and witness the lively spectacle of hundreds of monkeys residing near the temple entrance, adding to the temple's allure. Finally, return to the starting point of the tour, cherishing the memories created throughout this extraordinary experience.

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4.5
(1,783 reviews)

The activity was well organised. We got picked up early in the morning at 7:30am by an air conditioned mini bus. We were only 10 people so it was nice that we didn’t have to go and pick up many others and be crammed. The guide was friendly but a bit hard to understand sometimes as he spoke very quickly and loudly. The long tail boat ride was the first activity and it was enjoyable. We then went canoeing around the bay and tipped the canoe drivers. We then went to James Bond island and were only there for a short amount of time, just enough to take pictures and buy some souvenirs. We then headed to the Muslim village where we had a nice buffet lunch. The place itself it full of souvenir shops, way too many to go and see all. We then went to the big Buddha temple, once again a short stop but was enough time for us, as at that point we were very tired and hot. Overall worth the money and nice day trip!

Our tour guide Ms Simmy was amazing! She taught us a lot about the area, was very friendly and upbeat, and was so incredibly kind. She made sure we got plenty of photos at each destination which we appreciated. This was a fun day tour that we really enjoyed!

very nice excursion, small group. great activities! On the other hand, there is no need to carry swimsuits and towels, swimming on the island is not great or even not possible.

Awesome landscape. The tour was well organized. I would have spent less time on James Bond island and more time on the boat, just going around the lake

Everything was very well organized from start to finish, food and water were good and plentiful. Definitely recommended