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Khao Lak: Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island by Longtail Boat

1. Khao Lak: Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island by Longtail Boat

Explore some of Thailand's most iconic and stunning islands on a longtail boat cruise from Khao Lak. Cruise over turquoise waters, past lush mangroves, and see the famous James Bond Island up close. Feel the salty breeze in your hair and relax under the warm tropical sun en route. After a pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak, board a traditional longtail boat and experience the mangrove forests and karst formations from a different perspective. Get up close to the limestone rocks on a short canoe trip before heading to Khao Phing Kan. Marvel at rock formations such as Tapu Island and James Bond Island, used as a film location in the movie "The Man With the Golden Gun." Continue to the floating Muslim village of Koh Panyi, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Next, go to Suwan Khuha Cave Temple to see the statue of the reclining Golden Buddha. Get some time to feed the resident monkeys before the return trip to Khao Lak.

From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

2. From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

First, you will get picked up from your hotel. Start this full-day tour visiting the famous Monkey Cave of Wat Suwan Kuha. Discover the many interconnected caves in the mountain and admire the gold reclining Buddha image at the temple. Explore the magical mangrove forest of Ao Phang Nga National Park by long-tail boat. Stop at a fishing village on Pan Yee Island to enjoy a tasty lunch before seeing James Bond Island, where the blockbuster movie, The Man with the Golden Gun, was filmed. Continue to Khao Phing Kan to see the stunning limestone karst formations. Experience the area’s beauty by sea canoe, paddling around Talu Island before returning to the pier. Your expert guide will paddle the canoe for you, as the waters in this area can be difficult for paddling. 

Phuket: James Bond Island Day Trip by Speedboat and Canoe

3. Phuket: James Bond Island Day Trip by Speedboat and Canoe

Following pick-up from your hotel in Phuket, climb aboard a speedboat and cruise around the limestone outcrops of Phang Nga Bay. Speed across the waves of the Andaman Sea en route to the islets of Koh Ping Gan and Koh Tapu, better known as James Bond Island after they were featured in the 007 movie "The Man with the Golden Gun." Explore the hidden caves and emerald lagoons by canoe, and step back into the prehistoric world at a landscape formed over many thousands of years. Follow your guide to the very best locations, depending on the tide. Visit the village of Koh Payee built on stilts hundreds of years ago. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch of typical food from Thailand and get the chance to interact with the locals with the help of your guide. Get a taste of paradise and go for a swim around Naka Island or Rang Island before the end of your tour.

From Phuket: Khao Sok 2-Day/1-Night Lake Expedition

4. From Phuket: Khao Sok 2-Day/1-Night Lake Expedition

Enjoy a free pickup service from your accommodations in Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak, Khao Sok, or Surat Thani, and head to Rajja Prabha Dam in Khao Sok. Be amazed by the picturesque viewpoint, which gives you a clear view of the entire national park. Depart from the pier for a scenic boat ride to Khao Sok National Park and on the way stop by Chiew Larn lake's icon the Khao Sam Klur. Start your adventure with a jungle trek to the hidden waterfall. Climb back aboard the long tail boat head towards 500Rai floating resort for a delicious and authentic Southern Thai lunch. Check in and spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the heart of nature. Choose from a whole range of activities such as swimming in the turquoise lake, kayaking or paddle boarding, before having dinner in an exquisite atmosphere by the lake. The multi-day luxury package includes one night's accommodation in Pae 500 Rai's deluxe room set right on the lake and 3 delicious meals. Wake up to the most beautiful sight set in the morning mist of the surrounding rainforest. Catch a glimpse of diverse wild animals in their natural habitats such as monkeys, elephants, bulls, and wild birds. Start with an early morning and go on a wildlife safari and cruise the jungle shore in a long tail boat to spot gibbons, hornbills, monkeys, and other vibrant wildlife in the rainforest canopy. After your adventure, head back for a hearty breakfast before checking out and taking a boat ride back to the other side with panoramic views of the limestone mountains. Hop on your private van transfer back to your accommodation in Phuket, Krabi, or Khao Lak.

Full-Day Temple Tour Including Dragon Cave from Khao Lak

5. Full-Day Temple Tour Including Dragon Cave from Khao Lak

Phang Nga Province is home to 3 of Thailand’s most amazing temples. The first stop on this 9-hour tour will be the Dragon Cave Temple at the site of stunning stalagmite and stalactite caves that you can explore. Continue on to the Bang Rieng Temple, situated high up on a mountain and offering breathtaking views. It features the largest pagoda in Phang Nga, and houses a Buddha relic. Enjoy an authentic Thai lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Suwan Khuha Temple, or Wat Suwan Khuha, one of the most historic of Phang Nga’s temples. It is located in a giant cave and houses a 15-meter-long reclining Buddha statue.

Phang Nga Bay: Longtail Boat Sightseeing Tour

6. Phang Nga Bay: Longtail Boat Sightseeing Tour

Explore the famous Phang Nga Bay in an authentic Thai longtail boat. Catch a perfect view of the region's limestone and see Ko Tapu, the James Bond Rock. Take a canoe ride to lay back and enjoy nature. Eat lunch in Koh Panyee, a sea gypsy village built overtop the water. View the fascinating landscape of the Andaman Coastline, full of substantial green mangrove forests that are habitat many animals such as lizards, snakes, monkeys, and a variety of birds. Get close to pillar-Esque limestone towers that protrude out of the blue waters. Arrive near the world-famous James Bond Island, made known for the filming of "The Man with the Golden Gun" starring Roger Moore. Spot Ko Tapu, the James Bond Rock, and take a picture of yourself as the classic 007 character. Jump into a canoe, lay back, and enjoy while your guide paddles for you. Get right next to stone formations that are hundreds of years old, caves, and majestic mangroves. Discover the village of Koh Panyee and learn of the lifestyle of the sea nomads that live there. Enjoy a traditionally made Thai lunch and take a short walk through the village to learn about the culture of the inhabitants. Find a souvenir or two to remember your experience or share it with a friend. Visit a local temple on the way back with a chance to see wild monkeys.

Khao Sok: Chiew Larn Lake Luxury Overnight Stay with Meals

7. Khao Sok: Chiew Larn Lake Luxury Overnight Stay with Meals

Prepare to experience the pleasures of the 500Rai Floating Resort. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the resort’s floating infinity pool, partake in sports and leisure adventures, and rejuvenate your body and mind. Day 1 Start your adventure bright and early with pickup from your hotel. Capture a memorable moment at a scenic viewpoint on the way. Board a traditional long-tail boat upon arrival at Chiew Larn Lake. Join a jungle walk, try bamboo rafting, and enjoy free time to explore Coral Cave. Make a photo stop at the famous Gui Lin rock formation. Then enjoy a buffet lunch upon arrival at the 500Rai Floating Resort. Check in to your room and then start exploring the lake on a kayak. Enjoy coffee, tea, and fruit juice, and seasonal fruit as you relax by the pool in the afternoon. Next, visit Khao Sok Wildlife Safari by long-tail boat. Then return to the resort for a delicious buffet dinner. Day 2 Start the day early with a coffee or tea, before heading out on another long-tail boat ride. Enjoy bird watching in the rainforest canopy, before heading back to the resort for breakfast. Spend the rest of the morning relaxing by the pool, swimming in the lake or exploring a small island on the lake with the kayak. Enjoy lunch at the resort, before departing from the resort and driving back to your hotel.

From Phuket: Phang Nga Adventure Tour with Zipline

8. From Phuket: Phang Nga Adventure Tour with Zipline

Embark on a full-day shared group or private adventure in the Phang Nga province of Thailand, north of Phuket. Make a short stop at the Wat Suwan Kuha, this famous Phuket temple is housed inside a large limestone cave and is known for the imposing statue of the reclining Buddha. Marvel at the cavernous Buddha statues before you leave to start your first activity of the day. Board your raft for a thrilling 5-kilometer journey down the Phang Nga River. Spot elephants relaxing along the shore. After the exertion, stop for some delicious local lunch to recharge for the upcoming activities. Strap on some harnesses and get ready for some ziplining. Soar through the canopies of Phang Nga’s lush rainforests. Make your way back to the ground and traverse the rest of the jungles and fields on ATVs. After driving around, explore the area on foot, trekking through the forest, and stop to take photos of the local flora and fauna. Then, head toward one of Phang Nga’s breathtaking waterfalls and take a refreshing dip in its cool waters, before making your way back to Phuket and your accommodation.

Cheow Lan Lake: 3-Day Floating Resort Luxury Experience

9. Cheow Lan Lake: 3-Day Floating Resort Luxury Experience

Experience the 500 Rai Floating Resort, where all of its rooms float on the emerald-green waters of Cheow Lan Lake. Enjoy luxurious living in the jungle and relax on your terrace overseeing the panoramic view of the lake.  Immerse yourself in the serenity of the resort’s floating infinity pool. Explore the nature of Khao Sok partake in sports, leisure, adventures, and create memories that will last on this multi-day holiday experience. Day 1: Explore the Lake, Jungle, Coral Cave, and Guilin Rocks of Thailand Start your adventure bright and early with complimentary pickup from your accommodation in Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi, Phang-Nga, Surat Thani, or Khao Sok. Alternatively, you can choose to drive yourself to 500 Rai Floating Resort. Enjoy the stunning local life views along the way. Stop to capture a memorable moment at Cheow Lan Lake viewpoint. Board a traditional long-tail boat upon arrival at the lake. Then, go for a jungle walk, bamboo rafting, and cave exploration at Coral Cave. Make a photo stop at the impressive limstone formation, Khao Sam Klur, the Guilin Rocks of Thailand. Enjoy lunch on a buffet setting upon arrival at 500Rai Floating Resort. Check in and explore the lake with your own kayak. Enjoy complimentary drinks (coffee, tea, and fruit juice) and seasonal fruit by the poolside.  Go on a Khao Sok wildlife safari by long-tail boat. Then, head back to the resort and enjoy a mouthwatering buffet dinner. Day 2: Bird-Watching Long-Tail Boat Ride and Leisure Day Start the day early with a warm beverage before heading out on another long-tail boat ride. Do some bird watching from the boat, keep your eyes peeled on the rainforest canopy. Return to the resort for breakfast. Spend the whole morning relaxing by the pool, swimming at the lake, or explore a nearby islet with your kayak. Dine at the floating resort for lunch. Spend your free time in the afternoon as you like. If you would like to explore more of Cheow Lan Lake, there are more tours offered at the resort. Finish your day with dinner at the resort. Day 3: Free Time and Departure Have beakfast and relax by the pool the whole morning. Swim in the lake or do some final exploring with your kayak. Have lunch at the resort and depart at 1:00 PM. Head towards back to your hotel.

Temple Tour & Old Town

10. Temple Tour & Old Town

On this tour visit two Buddhist temples and the old town of Takuapa. The tour begins with a stop in Khuk Khak Temple. While here learn about monks and the purpose of worship and meditation. Observe the beautiful wall painting inside the main building, known as the Bot, illustrating the local history of Phang Nga province and its development over the decades. Head to the next stop, the glamorous Kong Kha Temple. Admire the stunning pagoda gracefully decorated and built to honor the late deceased King Rama IX. See magnificent images of the life of Buddha beautifully presented in more modern art depictions. Have the opportunity to provide merit at the shrine and discover your life's prophecy in a traditional Thai way. Go to the historic part of Takuapa and explore its old town. See interesting Sino-Portuguese architecture and buildings dating back to the 13th-century. Check out the town's charming streets filled with Chinese shrines and tea houses. Have a cup of local Tea / Coffee at the old town

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4.8 / 5

based on 340 reviews

This was an amazing trip. The guide Aud was very, very knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The day was jammed packed full and very good value for money. Lunch on the floating village of Panyee was a wonderful experience. A big up to the company too for commiting to providing the tour for us even although it was only myself and my husband that day due to it being the beginning of the wet season and very quiet, they still honoured or booking, our own VIP private tour! Also excellent correspondence throughout from start to finish. Would highly recommend this tour, it was the highlight of our holiday.

We had a lovely day travelling to the different temples. Our guide, Aod, was extremely knowledgeable and made the whole day! The lunch at a local restaurant was delicious, we were served Thai green curry, sweet and sour chicken, vegetable soup, rice and pineapple for desert. Would highly recommend this trip.

Really well organised. The crew on the boat were so friendly and helpful, and the main guy who was our guide (Doi, not Toy!) was brilliant.

Loved this trip/ everything was great. The longboat, staff, features of the trip, lunch and activities were excellent. Loved it

Brilliant trip, brilliant and knowledgeable guide, Ran