Day Trip to Khao Phing Kan (James Bond Island) from Phuket, Thailand

There are various day trips available from Phuket, with the visit to the James Bond Island being the top of many lists. Here is how our trip went.

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Image credit: Screen cap from the movie 'Man With the Golden Gun'

Firstly, we were collected from our hotel at around 7.30am and made our way to Ao Por Pier in a comfortable people carrier with another family from a nearby hotel. Once we arrived at the pier, we did have to wait around for 20-30 minutes for the others on our boat to join us but the pier was busy with market stalls and Thai locals selling souvenirs and snacks.

Around 9am we boarded our boat and headed off whilst sipping on juice drinks and being offered a variety of fruit for breakfast. The boat was simple with a long table in the centre and rows of benches along the sides but we didn’t spend much time on the boat itself so it made little difference.

James Bond Island Tour
Canoeing through Nanyang Bat Cave

We arrived at Panak Island after a short and speedy journey on the boat (approx 30 minutes). Here, we went canoeing into the Bat Cave and around the Hong Island; known for its limestone rock. We had an experienced paddler who guided us around the lagoon; whilst Calum enjoyed being rowed around the gentle waters.

James Bond Island Tour

Once back on the boat, we were served a buffet lunch of Thai dishes that weren’t bad considering lunch was included in the price. After spending another 30 minutes or so having lunch, we were then whisked away on a smaller longtail boat to visit the James Bond Island. We spent around an hour here, taking photographs and exploring the area. The tour group provide you with waterproof bags for you to carry your valuables in which was helpful.

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Khao Phing Kan (Also known as James Bond Island)The island featured in James Bond Man With the Golden Gun

After visiting the island, we were then taken back to the boat and headed to Naka Island. Around 2pm we were dropped off at Naka Island to relax and swim for an hour before heading back to the pier. We arrived back at our hotel for around 5pm.

James Bond Island Tour

Day trips range in price, ours cost us 900B each and was booked with our hotel company. Check different prices and the weather forecast before booking a trip, we booked ours around 5pm the day before to get the lowest price.

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  • Kristine
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    James Bond island! That must have been so amazing. I love your photos. They make me feel like I’m there on the boat with you, exploring this beautiful scenery.

    • Calum
      Reply

      Thanks! It was a great day out – full of photo ops. I worried about getting my DSLR camera wet so used a lower quality waterproof camera for some of the images.

  • Katalin @Our Life, Our Travel
    Reply

    We just had a long-tail boat trip to Maya beach and so.. Kayaking sounds much more fun!

  • Lydia@LifeUntraveled
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    I didn’t go to James Bond Island when I was in Thailand but I can never get enough of those limestone karsts. They make for a very surreal surrounding – great pics!

  • Ed and Jenn Coleman
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    We are going to be in Thailand in December and are considering this for a day trip. Did they offer snorkeling, And if so what did you think of it? If you only had one day in the area is this a tour that you would recommend?

    • Katie
      Reply

      There were lots of snorkelling and scuba diving trips available from Phuket but this particularly one didn’t include snorkelling. Although if you bring your own stuff you could of snorkelled during the private beach swim 🙂

  • Abigail
    Reply

    Phuket is undeniably beautiful. I wish I had the chance to visit them while in Thailand. Well, another one to add to the bucket list!

  • neha
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    I am dying to see the beauty of Phuket in person. Looks like you had a wonderful trip. I have heard a lot about this island, will definitely go here when I plan my phuket trip

  • Christine K
    Reply

    Really enjoyed reading about your adventure. The scenery is amazing and your photos really captured the beauty of the area. Looks like it was a lot of fun as well. I’m sure your post will inspire travelers to visit.

  • Diana - MVMT Blog
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    I watched a lot of James Bond growing up and would’ve loved to visit this island! Kayaking through the bat cave looks amazing, as long as there are no actual bats there. I’m going to Thailand for the first time in the spring and cannot wait!

  • Clare
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    I didn’t do this one when I was in thailand, there were so many choices of places to see. Maybe next time, I love kayaking so that would be great to do. It’s such a beautiful part of the world 🙂

  • Ticking the Bucketlist
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    I have been here a few years ago and it was so much fun. I loved the little beaches around…the water was so clear and pristine. I also went to Phi Phi …did you visit the island? Was my favourite part of the Thailand trip!

  • Christie
    Reply

    OMG “James Bond Island” sounds/looks so awesome!! Kayaking is so much fun. Great way to see things and still exercise!

  • Maja | Mexatia
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    The pictures are amazing! I see you guys really loved the tour – and why you would not?! I’m not James Bond fan, but I would still love to see this place.

  • LJ Legend
    Reply

    Love it James Bond Island! Sounds like you have an excellent adventure and to do the Kayaking awesome. the way you write and your pictures make me feel like I was there with you.

  • Tracy
    Reply

    Can’t wait to go to Thailand it’s one country that’s been on my bucket list forever! This looks like a great trip to take!

  • Kayla Manoe
    Reply

    Pleasant post to read! Very easy to read and your photos are amazing! I cant wait to get back to Thailand!! I haven’t been in years – maybe next year?! xx

    • Katie
      Reply

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Chiera
    Reply

    Beautiful Pictures! I had never heard of this island before but it is definitely on my list now! #ftb

  • Noemi of Pinay Flying High
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    Only 1 hour in Naka Island? I bet you’re all very sad to only stay there for such a short time. :p I’ve been to Thailand and Phuket numerous times but never been to James Bond Island. Lol. I guess I should make it around there next time. 🙂

  • Stephanie Fox
    Reply

    I’ve never been to Thailand but obviously when I do go this is a must for the bucket list! Had no idea it was called James Bond island!

  • Zoe Naylor
    Reply

    This looks such a great and unique day trip! I love the limestone rocks in this part of Thailand, so beautiful! Next time I go to Thailand I might have to check out James Bond Island 🙂

  • Sara Essop
    Reply

    Beautiful photos. I’m going to Phuket in December and James Bond Island is on my itinerary. I’m just a bit concerned that it will be too busy for me to enjoy it.

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