Nothing can beat the excitement of a boat trip through the impressive limestone drops (karsts) extended all over the Andaman Sea. Phang Nga is one of the southern provinces in Thailand about 788 km. from Bangkok. Very Well know for its scenic beauty, mountains, islands, and forests.

Therefore on my 3rd day in Phuket started with an exciting day trip to Prang Nga National Park, particularly exploring, kayaking, swimming and Sea Caves Canoeing in the vicinity of the few breathtaking islands.

Prang Nga National Park
A view of beautiful Prang Nga National Park, Thailand

The trip map from Phuket (Ao Po Pier) – Panak Island – Hong Island – Ko Na Khae – James Bond Island – Phuket

Heading to Ao Po Pier

We began our day with an 8:00 am pick-up from our hotel in Patong Beach and transfer to the Ao Po Pier. The Pier is about 23 miles (37 km) northeast from Patong took us about an hour by a minivan. We began our journey at 9:00 am by a big boat towards Phang Nga Bay.

Ao Po Pier, Phuket
Ao Po Pier – getting on board to a typical big boat and heading towards James Bond Island.

1st. Stop Panak Island

About 90 minutes of cruising through the Andaman Sea surrounded by dramatic limestone drops we came to this island called Koh Panak. We spent an hour on this island canoeing through the bat caves, watching mangrove forests, and wildlife, including fiddler crabs and walking fish. A bit uncomfortable to maneuver inside the inflatable sea canoe with a life jacket on but our friendly paddler helped us taking a few moment pictures.

Panak Island
Exiting Bat Cave in Panak Island

2nd. Stop Hong Island

From Koh Panak, we continue cruising towards Hong Island for another thrilling sea canoeing tour. In about 30 minutes of cruising, we arrived at this little island surrounded by gorgeous lagoons with transparent green emerald water.

Hong Island
A thrilling sea canoeing tour in Hong Island

The hidden lagoon is only accessible through a narrow opening in the rock formations, accessible by kayak or if the tide is low by longtail boat as well. Since we were touring as part of a package tour so get on to the sea kayak right from our big boat.

Hong Island
Lagoon is only accessible by canoe or long tail boat (when tide is low)

3rd Stop Ko Na Khae

After an exciting trip to Hong Island, we returned to our boat and had our delicious buffet lunch on the boat while the boat was cruising towards our next destination. After about 45 minutes we arrive at Ko Na Khae where we spent an hour to chill out at the beach and a few tourists enjoyed their free time swimming.

Ko Na Khae, Phuket, thailand
Final Stop before we are going to head back to Phuket.

Final Stop James Bond Island

Next, it’s time for the day’s favorite attraction – a journey around a group of islands called Koh Khao Ping Gan, the main attraction is the needle-shaped limestone rock called Ko Tapu famously known as James Bond Island that featured the 1974 movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun.’ This island became so popular that almost all the tours carry this in their itinerary. When we went there, it was over overcrowded, and everyone happens to be busy shooting selfie.

James Bond Island
James Bond Island became so touristy in recent years!

Hidden Lagoon
Hidden Lagoon only accessible by Canoe

We spend over an hour on this touristy island and finally time for us to return back. The big boat was anchored away from the island so needed a long tail boat to return back to the boat.

Returning Back to The Pier

Finally, after an exciting 9 hours day trip we returned back from James Bond Island to the Ao Po Pier, our driver was waiting to bring us back to our hotel in Patong Beach.

Prang Nga National Park
At the end of the day returning back to Pier from the Trip

The Sunset scene from the boat was out of the world. Our tour guide and the crew took good care of us and provided snacks, tea, drinks and exotic local fruits time to time. So were in a good hand. I was very setesfied with their service.

Phang Nga Bay
Returning back to Phuket after a long day of sightseeing

Featured Pictures That Tells The Trip Story

  • Hong Island
  • Hong Island
  • Koh Hong
  • Hong Island lagoon
  • Phang Nga Bay
  • Phang Nga Bay
  • Big Boat Trip
  • Prang Nga National Park
  • James Bond Island Trip
  • Phang Nga Bay
  • Ao Po Pier, Phuket
  • Phang Nga Bay
  • Phang Nga Bay
  • Koh Panak

Sightseeing Tour From Phuket

If you are in Phuket or Krabi then there are many day trips available to James Bond Island, Phi Phi Island and other exotic destinations with few additional sightseeing stops.


My Opinions and Tips

It’s good to bring a few essential items such as swimwear, shorts, t-shirt, beach towel, sunglasses, sunblock, light footwear, camera and extra cash for tips and sovenior.

Have you been to James Bond Island, Thailand? Any cool tips to share?

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