Phuket visitors have likely heard of James Bond Island and are curious to discover why it’s called that and why it’s so famous. If you want to make the most of your Phuket accommodation package by visiting nearby islands, James Bond Island is worth a stop. Let’s find out more about this popular tourist destination.
Where Is James Bond Island?
Located in Phang Nga Bay off the coast of Phuket is Khao Ping Kan, more popularly known as James Bond Island. The iconic limestone karst formations make this island distinct and recognizable. Interestingly, the nail-shaped formation jutting up from the water is called Koh Tapu or Nail Island. Khao Ping Kan was a filming site for the 1974 James Bond movie “The Man With The Golden Gun.” The locals later gave James Bond Island its moniker, making it more memorable and intriguing.
The calm water around James Bond Island is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. The island’s unspoiled surroundings make for picturesque backdrops, with its unique stone formations, lush vegetation, and tranquil blue waters. With its striking beauty, no wonder it’s been immortalized in another movie; a scene from “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith” was also shot on James Bond Island.
How Do You Visit James Bond Island?
To get to James Bond Island, you can take a boat from Krabi or Phuket. Tour providers offer regular tours, so inquire with your hotel concierge regarding available packages or day tours. You can also charter a private boat, usually a longtail boat or a yacht, to take you to James Bond Island as well as nearby attractions in Phang Nga Bay.
James Bond Island is part of the Ao Phang Nga Marine National Park, so it’s a protected site. Despite being a top tourist destination, no developments are allowed here aside from souvenir stalls, so no accommodations are available.
Where Should You Stay Near James Bond Island?
If you plan to go island-hopping or visit top attractions like James Bond Island and you want a similar exotic atmosphere, why not stay on a secluded private beach? Nakalay Beach is one of the last remaining private beaches in Phuket, ideal for those who want a laid-back and restful vacation.
Nakalay Beach is home to Thavorn Beach Village, a 5-star resort offering luxurious accommodations, excellent service, and modern amenities, nestled between a white-sand beach and a verdant hillside.
Our rooms are strategically located in different areas throughout the resort - beachside, poolside, hillside, and garden - each lavishly appointed with all the modern comforts and conveniences of a 5-star hotel. The cottages and suites have been tastefully decorated with a contemporary Thai design and all feature balconies or terraces where you can take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding nature.
We offer world-class amenities to give Thavorn Beach Village guests a truly memorable experience in a tropical paradise. Our expansive lagoon swimming pool is an oasis in the middle of jungle greens, perfect for relaxing swims and lounging poolside. Surrounding the pool is a tropical garden, which features a beachfront zoo where you can pet and cuddle cute and furry animals.
A visit to our award-winning Chann Wellness Spa is a must for a truly restful stay. Our soothing massages and pampering spa treatments are designed to de-stress and revitalize weary bodies and minds. Other enjoyable and relaxing resort activities include traditional fruit carving, Thai cooking, and batik painting classes.
Our resort offers a quiet stretch of beach perfect for relaxing yoga or sunbathing. Near the coastline is a hidden coral reef where you can snorkel or dive and observe the underwater world up close. Back on the beach, you can also play sports like soccer, badminton, and volleyball or try canoeing near the shore. Additionally, the secluded beach has its own private pier, which offers spectacular views of the Andaman Sea and is an excellent spot for a romantic private dinner.
Thavorn Beach Village is a wellness resort offering luxury accommodations and activities to promote our guests’ well-being. Book an accommodation package in our 5-star beachfront resort, and let us help you plan excursions to popular spots in Phuket and nearby attractions like James Bond Island.
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