James Bond Island Boat Tour

Our third day in Phuket, we decided to take a boat and kayaking tour to several islands around Phuket.

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We absolutely loved the entire trip – it was beautiful!  We went through Phang nga AT Canoe Ltd. for 850 Baht per person.  They picked us up at our hotel, led the tour, and dropped us off again, doing a great job the whole time. You can email them at phangnga-at-reservation@hotmail.co.th or sign up at basically any tour agency around town.  Don’t let them charge you the crazy prices listed in the brochure (3,000 Baht)!

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The boat went first to Phang-nga Bay, where many islands rose straight out of the water.  It was breathtaking!

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Once there, we took canoes through caves to the center of Kon Panak, one of the islands.

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Inside, we were on the water but surrounded by cliffs towering above us on all sides.  The water was still and filled with mangrove trees, different areas sectioned off by caves and tunnels. It was honestly as if we had entered some other-wordly, magical place – we felt like we had made it to Narnia! 🙂

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We then traveled on our large boat again, making our way to Koh Hong.

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We were able to get to the center of this island by canoe, as well, but it as a very tight squeeze!  We had to lay down in the canoe to avoid being beheaded.

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Our kayak guide, Howie, loved pointing our rocks that resembled different things.  Two of the best were a piranha and the face of King Kong.

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On our way to our final stop, we ate a delicious, fresh Thai lunch on the boat.  The last item on the itinerary was Kao Ping Gun, or James Bond Island.  It earned it’s name from being one of the sights that was used for James Bond: The Man with the Golden Gun.  The sketchy boats that taxied us from our boat to the island threatened to tip the entire way, but we made it.

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The movie claims to be in China, but this is not quite the truth.  Although many of my   overly-American friends refer to Asia as China (just as South America is “Mexico”), the movie takes place in Thailand 🙂

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At one point on the trip back to Phuket, we were all getting irritated with the boat staff – they had fashioned shrill whistles out of plastic straw wrappers, and would not stop using them, despite the many covered ears around the boat!  After several minutes, though, we realized what they were doing as bird began to follow the boat.  There were at least 20 Sea Hawks and Bald Eagles trailing us, swooping into the water then climbing into the sky again!
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Throughout the entire trip we were oooo-ing and ahhh-ing at our incredible surroundings, swearing that our current view must be the best of the day.  I highly recommend this tour!
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