James Bond Island, mango groves and the floating village
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The final day of our trip! Although for me, I still had 10 more days in Bengaluru before I jet back to the United States....
Breakfast was bad as usual. Our trip for the day would be the James Bond Island. It's actual name is Ko Tapu or Khao Tapu, and is an island located in the Phang Nga Bay, Thailand. It has become a popular tourist attraction since it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun in 1974; for this reason, it is also often referred to as James Bond Island (the later 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies also includes a scene in Phang Nga Bay, close to James Bond Island). Ko Tapu island is about 20 meters tall, and lies approximately 150 meters offshore of the two-islet pair.
We first went by a big boat to Ko Khao Phingkan and from there, went to the island using longtail boats. The islands are located within the Ao Phang Nga National Park. It was a nice albeit touristy experience. We got our photos taken around the james Bond island, and then went on tiny boats to a Mango Grove. I don't know what the point of this was, at the time it was fun but looking back, seems rather pointless. They take you through these narrow streams of waters in between caves, lots of kayaks and lots of tourists.
Our next stop was the Muslim Village of Paneyee. Now this was an interesting experience. I don't quite know the full story, but it's supposed to be a floating village, and it's inhabitated and wouldn't look out of place in one of India's Muslim neighbourhoods.
We headed back to the boat, they'd arranged lovely lunch for us. There were 2 families basically - us and a family from Singapore. We got the veg meal. From here, we were taken to another desolate island for a "walk"! We went by kayak, I actually kayaked myself so that was fun.
We then went back to Phuket. There was a lowtide so it was quite a mess getting down from the boat. It was slush and mud all over. Not that I had a problem, but my parents did.
We got back to the hotel by 7pm, had enough time to grab dinner and left the hotel by 9p to catch our flight back to Bangkok at 11pm.
So, my Thailand trip report is done nearly 6 years after I visited it. I'm surprised at myself and my good memory! but it was a very good country and I do plan on going back someday for a longer time, see a bit more of northern Thailand. I found it a safe place to be in.