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Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga)
Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga)

Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga)

The Basics

With beaches, caves, lagoons, mangrove forests, and more, Phang Nga Bay is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. The island first captured popular attention when it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man With the Golden Gun.

Today, boat tours offer regular guided trips to Koh Tapu, the so-called “James Bond Island.” Kayaking tours—often with snorkeling included—are another popular way to explore the bay and its spectacular limestone karsts.

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Phang Nga Bay Day Trip from Phuket by Speedboat
Phang Nga Bay Day Trip from Phuket by Speedboat
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$96.01 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Highly recommended, great full day tour!
Mr. Bond, our tour guide was very informative and very attentive to all of the guests during the entire trip. He spoke decently fluent english and would give us some background history before each stop. A variety of ice cooled drinks including soda and water were freely available on the boat. Overall our favourite tour during our 2 week stay in Thailand.
Vivien_L, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Phuket

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We actually worked with...
Adrian_K, Sep 2021
Phang Nga Bay Sea Cave Canoeing & James Bond Island w/ Buffet Lunch by Big Boat
We actually worked with the same company to go to Coral and Racha Islands. It was a great experience. I appreciate them accommodating and changing the tour direction because of COVID.
star-4
Nice break from city life!
Kumar_P, Nov 2021
Phang Nga Bay Sea Cave Canoeing & James Bond Island w/ Buffet Lunch by Big Boat
Very relaxing trip on a big boat. You can move around freely and take pictures. Crew is very friendly and helpful. This review would be incomplete if I did not mention Tony. Speaks good English and takes care of every guest on board. Full marks to him and his team.
star-5
Exciting, Full Value for Money
Rukhshana_A, Jul 2019
Phang Nga Bay Day Trip from Phuket by Speedboat
Going with parents aged over 75 I was sceptical of the trip but the organisers were so caring and ensure we all enjoyed and safety was given priority. The spots were well spaced during the day. care was taken to provide food, snacks and drinks. Bird the guide was too good. Truly glad we went on this tour
star-5
An incredible day
Sanjeev_C, Sep 2020
Phang Nga Discovery and James Bond Island
A fabulous day, a fabulous guide, and a fabulous place to see. Don’t miss it. An amazing experience.
star-4
James Bond Island
Vivian_H, Mar 2020
Phang Nga Bay Day Trip from Phuket by Speedboat
The trip was worth the beautiful scenery. I wished we had been able to paddle our own canoe but some people may enjoy someone else paddling. Vendors on James Bond Island are a bit aggressive.
star-5
Excellent
Petr_P, Mar 2020
Phang Nga Bay Sea Cave Canoeing & James Bond Island w/ Buffet Lunch by Big Boat
Good organization, excellent meal, nice personal and superior location. It was the best trip during our stay in Thailand .
star-5
Excellent day trip!
Adventure46967756707, May 2019
Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island - Canoe Day Trip from Phuket by Speedboat
This is probably the best day excursion I've ever experienced! The crew was helpful and knowledgeable and fun. The sights were breathtaking. It definitely was a full day.
star-5
Nice Trip
Kristina_W, Apr 2019
Full-Day Tour to Phang Nga Bay Including James Bond Island and Hong Island by Speedboat from Krabi
We have seen many nice places and had a friendly guide. This trip is recommandable. The pickup time was early in the morning, but so it was good, that were not many Tourists.
star-4
Beautiful landscape
Anne_L, Mar 2020
Phang Nga Bay Day Trip from Phuket by Speedboat
Beautiful landscape all around the tour. The floating village was nice to see and of course visiting in the "James Bond" island was the high light.
star-5
Recent trip
LindsayE2, Jan 2019
Full-Day Tour to Phang Nga Bay Including James Bond Island and Hong Island by Speedboat from Krabi
The staff and guides were lovely and there was plenty of time to see the area. The boat was not the largest however I thought it was better to have a smaller team and I really enjoyed it.
star-4
Good tour but watch the tides!!
Jane_F, Mar 2020
Phang Nga Discovery and James Bond Island
Transport, tour guide & organisation of the day were all great. If I'm honest the boat trip to James Bond Island was better than the island itself. It is busy & highly commercialised with tourist shops etc. The only thing that spoilt the day was totally out of the tour company's control..the tides. There was an extremely low tide when we went which meant that you could not swim in the bay on the island as it was muddy. The stilted village was stilted on mud rather than water & we could not see one the caves as the water was too shallow for the boat to get through. My advice, do this tour if the tide is right!
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5 in i James Bond Island
amethyst63, Aug 2019
Phuket 5 in 1 Tour: Canoeing in Phang Nga Bay By Big Boat
Me & my hubby were picked up from the hotel. It took us 1-1/2 hrs to get to the meeting point & I was not sure what to expect. At around 9.45am am a gentleman asked us to follow him which we & a whole group of people did. At first we took a short van ride & from there we got onto this long boat. As the boat pulled out the Tour Guide introduced himself as Nai/Noi (not sure right spelling) & then he introduced Leo who took over the microphone and started talking about the tour because some of us were sitting at the back of the boat we were not able to hear what Leo was saying. So I went up to Noi and said we couldn't hear a thing he then made it a point to come down to the back of the boat and he explained in detail what was going to happen on this tour. He was very informative & extremely helpful & very knowledgeable. I absolutely loved the canoeing with experienced guides. Our Canoeing guides name was Tye an elderly gentleman, he spoke English and was a lot of fun. There were also 3 young deck hands who helped a lot of the tourists get on and off the canoe. They also entertained us with their dancing & singing. Lunch was beautiful. There was Rice, Noodles, 2 chicken dishes, veggie stir fry & fish and there was a fruit platter of watermelon & pineapple. It rained especially when we were canoeing but still had the best time ever. Also visited a muslim village. The whole village is built on stilts. So beautiful we were given 30 minutes to have a wander. Saw a mosque, school and it being the afternoon the kids at the school were having their afternoon nap which I thought was really cute & a tiny grocery store. From there we went to the James Bond Island. Just amazing. Very picturesque a lot of photos were taken & extremely busy place with lots of people. From there we kept going on the boat for about 1/2 hour and then we stopped for people & kids that wanted to swim. A lot of fun jumping from the boat into the water, doing a lot of flips into the water & all the time that this was happening Noi was sitting in a canoe the whole time just in case anything went wrong. After that we headed back to shore. A very enjoyable & relaxing day. There was plenty of drinks free of charge on the boat. Would very highly recommend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Boat trips and other tours visit the bay from several locations, including Phuket, Krabi, and the Phi Phi Islands.

  • Boat, kayak, and snorkel tours are best suited for active travelers and families.

  • Remember to wear suitable water-friendly footwear and bring plenty of sunscreen for boat or kayak excursions.

  • Tours often provide a lunchtime meal and refreshments.

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How to Get There

Officially part of Ao Phang Nga National Park, Phang Nga Bay is located in the Andaman Sea between the southern part of the Thai mainland in the east and the island of Phuket in the west. The easiest way to access the bay is by long-tail boat, speed boat, or kayak as part of a guided tour with round-trip transport provided. Passenger ferries also cross the bay.

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When to Get There

Phang Nga Bay enjoys the best weather through the winter months of November–March. April and May are the hottest months of the year here when temperatures and humidity are both high. Rainy season—May to October—can see heavy rainfall.

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Visit the Sea Gypsy Village of Koh Panyee

Built entirely from wooden stilts by Indonesian fishermen 200 years ago, the village of Koh Panyee—floating in the middle of the ocean next to towering limestone rocks—seems like something out of a storybook. A trip to the village offers a fascinating look at a totally unique way of life. Do take note that the village is a Muslim community, and dress modestly, if you’re planning to visit.

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