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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

Following pick-up 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 & Canoe Tour by Longtail Boat

2. 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.

Full-Day Temple Tour Including Dragon Cave from Khao Lak

3. 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 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. To ensure your safety, your expert guide will paddle the canoe for you, as the waters in this area can be difficult for paddling. 

From Phuket: Phang Nga Adventure Tour with Zipline

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Wat Suwan Kuha

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 931 reviews

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.

We had amazing day with Joy and Kale excellent guide and driver, gave us lots of information and history about Thailand. Fitted lots in, so enjoyed seeing the Monkeys and James Bond island, Kayaking in the mangroves my favourite was the floating village, great value for money ☀️☀️

REALLY wonderful experience done alone with the guide that after the monkeys and a wonderful boat trip we canoed among the caves and mangroves, had lunch in the village on stilts and saw James Bond island. Postcard place !!!!!

Amazing service. Personal care beyond what was expected. Highly recommend this tour

Aot was great, very friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the day very much.