Kao Phing Kan is an island situated in Phang Nga Bay northeast of Phuket it’s part of Ao Phang Nga National Park. About 40 metres (130 ft) from the shores of Khao Phing Kan lies a 20-metre (66 ft) tall islet called Ko Ta Pu . Since 1974, when they were featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, Khao Phing Kan and Ko Ta Pu have been popularly called James Bond Island.
Now that we know why this island is so popular – let me tell you all about the trip! If you’ve seen all the James movies and you call yourself a big fan of the series than maybe, just maybe this might make sense to you. For me personally, the place was too crowded.
We booked a half day trip through Phuket Andaman Tours in Karon, and we paid around 1500 THB per person. The tour includes transfers from the hotel and back, lunch and light refreshments on board.
We were picked up from the hotel in the morning and after around an hour drive we reached Ao Po Pier where, eager to discover one of the most famous islands in south east Asia, we embarked on a cruise boat.
We stopped at Panak Island for canoeing into the deep bat cave which can be a bit a scary especially if you’re afraid of bats and you’re claustrophobic. The cave ceilings are so low in some areas that you have to basically lay down on the canoe to fit in.
Our second stop was at the Hong Island famous for its limestone rock, where we canoed around the lagoon which is spectacular! We admired the scenery while our guide was telling us all about this places. I was really impressed by his knowledge and he even made me a flower out of a dry palm leaf that I brought home with me as a souvenir. How sweet of him…
After a buffet lunch served on board, we continued our journey towards James Bond Island.
Now due to its precarious position – big on the upper part and relatively slim at the bottom the island is under national park protection and as a result no boats of any kind are allowed to go too close to it. We were transferred to long-tail boats that took us to the island and once we reached the small beach on Koh Ping Ghan we were told that we had to pay an entry fee (which wasn’t mentioned anywhere) in order to visit the island for which we only had about 20 minutes to enjoy(?!) the view. The place was so crowded that you couldn’t even get a single picture with just the islet! To be honest I think the place is a bit overrated.