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Wat Suwan Kuha

Wat Suwan Kuha: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

Full-Day Temple Tour Including Dragon Cave from Khao Lak

2. 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.

From Phuket: James Bond Island & Canoe Tour by Longtail Boat

3. From Phuket: James Bond Island & Canoe Tour by Longtail Boat

Paddle a canoe and ride a longtail boat on this multi-stop adventure tour from Phuket with private and shared options. Taste local food, swim at Talu Cave, and visit James Bond Island to see the majestic limestone karsts made famous by the 1974 James Bond movie, “The Man with the Golden Gun.” After pickup from your hotel in Phuket, head straight to the first stop of the day, Wat Suwan Khuha, also known as the Monkey Cave, because of the cheeky primates living in the temple complex. Descend into the cave temple and look at the statues and carvings before making your way to the pier. Next, board a longtail boat and sail to the second stop, Panyee Island, also known as the Floating Village. Built on stilts by the local fishermen, the island has been inhabited since the 18th century. Explore the village, taking in local life, before having lunch at a restaurant in the village. After stuffing your belly with delicious local fare, board the boat again to make your way to Talu Cave. Enjoy some free time to canoe and swim in the beautiful blue water. Explore the cave area, where you will find incredible stalactites and stalagmites and unusually shaped rock formations. Then, continue to the day’s main attraction, James Bond Island. Stop at the perfect viewpoint to see the breathtaking 20-meter rock formation, a solitary cliff surrounded by turquoise waters and cliffs. Admire the unforgettable picturesque scenery before starting the journey back to Phuket.

From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

4. 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. 

Phang-nga Bay & James Bond Island

5. Phang-nga Bay & James Bond Island

See Phang-Nga Bay National Park early in the morning when it is more quiet and get some excellent photos with this your private tour from your hotel in Khao Lak. Take a private longtail boat through a mangrove forest and through natural sea caves, led by the guide. Start with pickup from Khao Lak and head to Phang-nga Town. Arrive at the pier and get on board for sightseeing by Longtail boat. Cruise along the bay to see highlights of the national park. Hop on a canoe paddled by local crews through different caves and lagoons, visit James Bond island and the fisherman village of Panyee built on stilts. Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch at Panyee. After lunch, explore the village with your guide. Return to the pier and make your way to the Golden Cave Temple of Suwan Kuha, featuring the reclining Buddha. You can also see wild monkeys here. After exploring the site, return to your hotel in Khao Lak.

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What people are saying about Wat Suwan Kuha

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,295 reviews

Our guide was Toto, he was very energetic and passionate and shared information during the ride and when visiting the different temples. Really nice to have a guide who was so informative. The lunch was very delicious. Overall a very good trip and good places to visit. Luckily we are visiting out of season so very few tourists at the temples. Important to mention we had a very good driver, who drove safely. ( on a previous trip with another company we had a reckless driver)

The excursion was impressive, both the nature experience and the floating village and the temple. Also a huge compliment to the tour guide: super friendly, very informative, never boring. This excursion is definitely recommended.

Our guide Anek was great and accompanied us well. Boat trip and canoe trip were great. You should have slippers with you for this. The monkeys were unfortunately very many pigeons. Unforgettable trip in a paradisiacal nature!

We had a really good day. The guide was informative and friendly. The only thing I would say is to warn people of so many stairs at the first temple with the cave but otherwise a very enjoyable day

The whole event from pickup to drop off was excellent. Our tour guide Tom was very knowledgeable and fun. Our driver was also excellent. You will not be disappointed with this tour. Denis Australia