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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.

Phuket: James Bond Island Day Trip by Speedboat and Canoe

2. 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.

Surin Islands Snorkeling Day Trip from Phuket or Khaolak

3. Surin Islands Snorkeling Day Trip from Phuket or Khaolak

Start the trip with a convenient transfer service to Tablamu Pier for a 7:30 AM check-in. Enjoy a light breakfast with tea or coffee as you receive a briefing from your tour guide. At 8:00 AM, hop on a first-class speedboat and head for Surin Island. The first stop is for your snorkeling experience at The Nemo or Pineapple Gulf. Swim and enjoy the beautiful beach and scenic view at Twin Beach.  At 11:00 AM, visit the famous Sea Gypsy Moken Village. Visit and learn their traditional lifestyle before heading for buffet lunch at the beach on Surin National Park. After lunch, head to the enchanting Mae Yai Gulf and the Tao Gulf. Snorkel here and explore the breathtaking coral reefs before heading back to the pier to be transferred back to your accommodation with wonderful memories. 

Phang Nga Bay: Longtail Boat Sightseeing Tour

4. 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.

From Khao Lak: Private James Bond Island and Sea Canoe

5. From Khao Lak: Private James Bond Island and Sea Canoe

Embark the mangrove forest with a Thai traditional longboat as we make our way to the canoeing station. Venture on a canoe as our paddler stir in between caves, visit Koh Ping Khan and Koh Tapu (James Bond Island) for a photo stop. Enjoy mouthwatering Thai Set lunch at the floating sea gypsy village. After bountiful lunch, explore and meet local villagers as we venture into the island and have a chance to see and experience local lives as locals do their daily chores. Visit the Cave temple – Wat Suwan Kuha with its reclining Buddha while hundreds of monkeys await you at the entrance of the temple.

Khao Lak: 6-Hour Takua Pa Historical & Cultural Tour

6. Khao Lak: 6-Hour Takua Pa Historical & Cultural Tour

Begin your day trip with pick-up from your hotel in Khao Lak at 9.00 AM, to depart for your first stop, the Chinese Shrine. Discover the temple's architecture and colorful ornamentation, before heading to Takuapa Old Town. Explore the old-town streets lined with beautiful examples of Sino-Portuguese architecture and visit the Takuapa Market to see locals selling and bargaining for their produce. Continue to Nam Kem Cultural Centre, a museum run by locals and interestingly made out of clay, to learn more about the area. The next stop will be the Tor Sor Cake Factory, where you can witness the local craftsmanship, before enjoying a delicious lunch at a local restaurant around noon. Finally, visit the Tsunami Memorial Park and Museum, a tranquil and peaceful place for reflection and remembrance. The tour will end with a drop off at your hotel in Khao Lak, arriving around 3.30 PM.

Koh Yao Noi: The Local Way of Life Eco Half-Day Tour

7. Koh Yao Noi: The Local Way of Life Eco Half-Day Tour

Set off on a half-day of discovery and explore the local way of life on Koh Yao Noi with an English-speaking guide. Choose to include a local lunch with your tour for the complete package. After pickup from your hotel, head to the Khao Village and create your own batik painting. From there, continue on to the fishermen's village to find out more about how they live their life. Next, visit a coconut farm and sample some coconut water cut fresh from the trees. Head on to a beautiful rice farm and learn about the local rice farmer's way of life as you admire the island's lush pastoral interior. Finally, enjoy the magnificent view at Manoh Pier if you go on the morning program or a sunset view at Anpao Pier. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.

Khao Lak: Thai Cooking Class in a Garden

8. Khao Lak: Thai Cooking Class in a Garden

Local Market - Start your adventure bright and early with complimentary pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak. Enjoy the sights of local life in the southern part of Thailand as you drive to your first stop at the local market. - At the market you first decide what you would like to cook. If you do not know already, you can choose from the menu of 38 different dishes or ask our professional guide at the same time our Chef for help and advice. There is always a dish for each cook in the class plus a few extras thrown in. Our chef can offer experience to help decide which dishes will compliment each other and the group decides the final menu for the day and the shopping list is then set. - Our chef will explain more about the ingredients as you explore the market. There’s plenty of opportunity to ask questions, to smell the fresh Thai herbs, to see how fresh coconut milk is made and choose the best, select items for the shopping basket. This takes around 45 minutes, then it’s time to head to the kitchen. Food preparation - Once back from the market there will be time for refreshments whilst the ingredients are washed. Under the watchful eye of our chef, everyone will be designated tasks and begin to prepare the ingredients. You will learn how to peel, chop and slice everything the Thai way. One of the highlights is certainly learning how to roll your own Thai spring rolls. When everything is ready it’s time to head over to the kitchen where our gas hobs ready for cooking. Fine Thai Dining - On Your own Thai Creations - Finally, when everything is finished it’s time for the best part of the day, to sample what everybody has made. Lunch is served in traditional Thai style with everyone seated around a large table and all dishes laid out in the middle of the table. There’s always plenty of food so you get to try everything plus an extra portion or two of your favorites. During lunch, you will also learn which condiments suit certain dishes and get the chance to ask our Chef any final questions. After that, with a full belly it’s time to collect your recipes and head back to your hotel.

Phuket: Full-Day Private Speedboat Charter to Phang Nga Bay

9. Phuket: Full-Day Private Speedboat Charter to Phang Nga Bay

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.

Koh Yao Noi: Full-Day Thai Culture Cycling Tour

10. Koh Yao Noi: Full-Day Thai Culture Cycling Tour

Your tour will begin as you meet your guide in the lobby at your hotel. From there you will travel to your tour's starting point to set up your bike. A cycling tour is a great choice if you like outdoor adventure, providing you with fantastic impressions of what's around Koh Yao Noi. It will allow you to become immersed in the culture, rural life, and beautiful scenery of the area. You will begin by pedaling along a quiet road, observing the way of life in the community of Koh Yao noi as you make your way to Baan Tha Khao. You'll soon arrive to Pa Sai Beach, one of Koh Yao Noi’s main beaches. Pa Sai Beach is a pleasant and quiet crescent of sand which is fringed by palm trees and hills, and whilst there you'll have time to explore the beach, relax, and take pictures at your leisure. Following that, enjoy a delicious lunch at a homestay in Koh Yao Noi before continuing your ride following the local main road. On your way back you can encounter various professions in the community, such as rubber tapping, rice farming, mangrove forests, and community markets. Finally, you will enjoy a fresh coconut and local snacks, before you are returned back to your accommodation at 4:00PM.

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4.6 / 5

based on 74 reviews

A good varied programme enhanced by our guide, Ran, who was excellent. We started by taking a long tail boat through some stunning scenery to pick up sea canoes. Two people per canoe with a guide who paddled around the rocks and into various caves- fantastic. Back to the long tail boat to head to "James Bond Island" as featured in The Man With The Golden Gun where we disembarked for a short time. Lunch was next on a floating town (featured in Jack Whitehall's "Travels With My Father"). Then on to view some ancient cave drawings and finally a cave temple. At the temple we were able to feed the residents monkies- they especially liked the sweetcorn and peanuts. Our guide / driver, Ran, was excellent and really enhanced the day- he was good humoured, attentive and friendly, answering any questions we had- even the random ones.

Exciting excursion! From pick-up to the drive home! We were a group of 7 people and the guide really included us all in the tour and explained a lot! It was so much fun - we first took a boat past all the different rocks/coves/islands, then we did a little bit on James Bond Island, then we went kayaking and that was super fun and exciting, after that we were at "Muslim-Island" and had an excellent lunch - like a Thai family ;)) and could then look at the island together and then we went to a temple (Monkey Temple) - that was very nice and we enjoyed it given some cultural insights! A really great tour - can only be recommended!

We had a wonderful trip which was organised at the last minute. Oud (our guide) was very friendly and knowledgeable and struck the right balance between being informative and giving us our own time to explore. We were very lucky with a rain free day and being off season, we benefitted from relatively quiet crowds. Highly recommended and a great experience. Many thanks to Oud and his team.

Our tour guide Oat was amazing. He was very friendly and engaging. Thank you for the wonderful experience.

Lovely trip toured by Ran. Very chilled out day. Kids loved the canoes. Great day and highly recommend.