Phang Nga Bay


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Phang Nga Bay
James Bond Island This famous odd shaped island rock, called Koh Ping-gan, first became famous through its starring role in the James Bond movie "The Man With the Golden Gun".
The entire area surrounding this island with its signature rocky pinnacle is spectacular, but most of the tours bus visitors up the main highway for an hour on the same well-worn itinerary. An integral part of that tour is lunch at Koh Panyee. Koh Panyee (Sea Gypsy Island) This is a remarkable little village, the whole of it built out over water on stilts and with a giant rock monolith guarding the rear. Around lunch time, many tourists on the James Bond Island tours are brought in to eat and shop for handicrafts. As soon as the tourists leave, the community closes up its restaurants and trinket shops and transforms itself from a tourist trap into a quiet community as a fishin village. Other Islands in Phang Nga Bay Most of the islands are uninhabited with many having spectacular caves which you can only reach by an inflatable kayak. Koh Hong is one of the most popular of these islands. Khao Khien near Koh Pannyi is worth sailing past to see the ancient paintings of boats and animals on the rock walls. One of the few inhabited islands, Koh Maak, sits near the top of the bay and is home to a small community of fisherman who maintain a traditional way of life - it's not part of any tour itinerary and it is recommended to bring your own food and supplies if visiting since there are no facilities for tourists.