Picture taken from here.
Khao Phing Kan is a pair of islands on the west coast of Thailand, in the Phang Nga Bay. About 40 meters from its shore lies a 20 meter tall Koh Tapu. Since 1974, when it was featured in the James bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, it is popularly called James Bond Island. While on our Phuket Canoeing day trip we visited this island.
Our big boat could not get close to this island so we had to climb onto a smaller boat and get to the shore this way. The water surrounding the island was a clear blue color and it made us want to swim!!
Khao Phing Kan means “hills leaning against each other” in Thai,
reflecting the connected nature of the islands.
Some people took a swim here, but most of us just took pictures and explored the immediate area.
A local legend explains the formation of Koh Tapu island as follows: Once upon a time, there lived a fisherman who used to bring home many fish every time he went to sea. However, one day he could not catch any fish despite tedious attempts and only picked up a nail with his net. He kept throwing the nail back to the sea and catching it again. Furious, he took his sword and cut the nail in halves, using all his power. Upon impact, one of the pieces of nail jumped up and speared into the sea forming Koh Tapu.
We had a snack and looked at some of the souvenirs on sale. I wanted to buy something but the ladyboys kept putting tons of jewelry onto me… it was hard to concentrate so I didn’t end up buying anything.
Climbing back onto our smaller transportation boat was a little bit complicated.
Another handmade flower from “our guy” 🙂
Our guide took us over to a small shoreline where we got out of our canoe and walked into a low lying cave. We had to crouch down to make it through to the centre of the island.
We needed torches to see ahead of us inside the cave.
On the other side we found a massive opening that is usually filled with water. We could only access this area because the tide was low. If the water had been higher, these tree roots would have been covered by water, and the cave entrance would have been blocked.
Some areas were very muddy because the sun did not get to these areas.
Our guide was eager to take many pictures of us, but he had a shaky hand so most of the shots came out blurry. hahaha… Sweet guy!!
He caught little creatures for us to hold.
Look how small our guide was – Justin was almost his height when he knelt down!
A small crab.
Back on the canoe we made our way around a couple of islands.
Wow… What a handsome man I have!!!!!!!
We returned to our boat to pick up some bananas. Our guide then took us to a small island, and we got off the canoe to feed the monkeys. This seemed to be the time of the day allocated to “free time” and our guide was great at keeping us entertained and happy.
Justin threw bananas and the monkeys caught most of them.
The bananas that fell to the ground didn’t stay there for very long.
Our guide let us take the canoe out by ourselves for a while.
Relaxing in a quiet spot.
Back at the boat some people took turns jumping from the upper level.
As the sun started to fall, we said goodbye to our guides.
Our clothes were stiff from all the salt water that was splashed on us in the canoe.
We had a great day and we highly recommend a James Bond Tour.
This was a great experience!!