Khao Phing Kan and Koh Tapu – two contender for the title of “island of Bond” in Thailand. All sources they are called islets, which is surprising to me personally, because its size, the island pulls only Khao Ping Kan, who represents two peaks connected by an isthmus with neat beaches. And the second, Ko Tapu – twenty meter rock height, which has a base of about 4 meters in diameter. With the same success can be called a giant redwood grove.
The content of the article
- 1 Bond Island
- 2 Excursion to the island of James Bond
- 3 Information to visit
- 4 On the map
If you have not read anything about the Bond Islands (which is unlikely, but – suddenly), then I will briefly bring you up to date: here they made a film about James Bond – “The Man with the Golden Gun”. In 1974 here several episodes and the final fight of the main character were filmed (Roger Moore) and the main villain (Christopher Lee). The film turned out so the special effects will also amuse the sophisticated viewer of the 21st century, a golden pistol is generally a separate item for banter, but a fact It remains a fact: the unusual landscapes and fans of “Bondians” attracted attention of people from all over the world and provided this place an endless tourist flow. In a short time, the islands are lost in conversational the speeches of Thais and tourists their native place names, becoming one The object of worship is Bond Island in Thailand.
At Khao Ping Kan, where your boat approaches, there is a pair beaches and grottoes, which are decently flooded during tides. Ko Tapu (the narrowest rock sticking out into the sea) – now forbidden a fruit that cannot be touched, which cannot be planted and rock climbing – it is managed and protected by the National Pang Nga Marine Park. So, to all arriving tourists it only remains to circle around the Bond cliffs on the kayaks and take pictures of it from the shore, which is quite comfortable with most visitors. They did their sebyashkku – and go ahead, explore the islands Phang Nga Bay. The fact is that a visit to Bond Island is possible, either by private boat for big money, or as part of the tour for money is ridiculous.
I traveled with the travel agency Alpha-Travel. Below is a detailed description all this excursion. Looking ahead, I will say that everything went ok, no problem. Taken from the hotel, the Russian-speaking guide telling different stories all the way, and then brought back to hotel. I can recommend.
James Bond Island in Thailand
Excursion to the island of James Bond
Over the trip for the whole day they took 1650 baht from me. Taken first, by place of residence – on the beach Katav 8:00, and then we still went on Patong and collected all the rest. Arrived at the departure pier approximately at 9.30 and waited for the rest of the group to 10 hours, after which together we boarded the boat and set sail towards the horizon.
The guide spoke with us in Russian, and told not only organizational issues, but in general did not stint on comments about the national park, islands and the program itself whole By the way, it turned out that the islands are 70 million years old.
First stop – Panac Island, 45 minutes. Listlessly distributed kayaking and went exploring the cave on the island, and there the choice of two, and where exactly to go – is decided on the spot. You are not rowing yourself, but special people are canoeers.
One is the Bat Cave, and the second is the Briliante Cave. They say that the stalactites inside that cave are shining like diamonds. Ibid we pass the lagoon, glancing at the sky above our head, well, do not forget, that there is always the problem of tides that have as the daily turnover of the schedule, and seasonal, so here as lucky. I was not lucky, so the boat scraped about the bottom, and around there was not enough water in the lagoon.
My boatman, a very smiling and friendly guy
Further we continue to sail to the north, to the island of James Bond. Until sailed, at the same time and had lunch, right on the boat, ala buffet.
James Bond Island – the main purpose of the tour. But given everything 40 minutes to see this sight. It seems a little, but there and 20 minutes is enough in fact, everything is very compact and generally possible Do not go anywhere, just take a photo in the main place.
In addition to the rock sticking out in the water for which they are traveling, there is alone, on the main big island. You remember that there are two islands. But not only a separate rock, but in fact just a slope. According to guide translated from Thai the name of a large island sounds as “Sloping Rock”, and this place has long been considered damn because the rock is an incomprehensible level surface.
A revolution in history occurred when members visited the island. royal family, touched the rock and left a memorable tablets. Thais have dramatically changed the minus to a plus, and now here are the locals come to make a wish, and in general a lot of tourists. By the way rock Koh Tapu has a monument in Phanga province. And on the island of Khao Ping Kan a small market with souvenirs is broken – the Panya tribe sells them. Not I know what they are, but the prices are 4-5 times higher than the norm.
Since small, then from the ship only in longtail
The same damn rock with memorable tablets
I did it! I have a selfie!
James Bond Island – and the rock, and the big island on which I standing
The main activity here is selfies.
You can walk to the other side of the island
There will be a small grotto with stalactite
Honestly, the sight of Bond left me indifferent. Yes, an unusual rock and the place is very beautiful, but already so trampled tourist.
Ten minutes after the island of Bond, we arrived on the island Lana, where it was possible to jump from 2-3 floors of our vessel. On all the coast of the island grow mangroves, between the roots of which is formed silt The water is turbid, there are no fish and corals. You drove over white beaches and snorkeling? You are not on this tour. You better on Similan or somewhere in that direction, that’s where the main thing is snorkeling and turquoise water.
The water is muddy
Then the plan was Hong Island, on the way back. Again on the kayak and – around the island, and there are no caves on Khong, only grottoes. Here again you will ride those same kayak drivers, as in the first time. It is necessary to sit down again to his own. Made it for tip to him, 100 baht for 2 trips, but this not necessary.
This is probably the most interesting part of this excursion, at least for me. Such lagoons really resemble a lost world. Floating through all these nooks and crannies around you are tall. Moreover, the entrance to this lagoon is flooded at high tide, and if suddenly gapered and the water rose, then the boat was no longer back swim out. We have to, or dive and swim under water through the entrance, or wait until the tide is out again. I think it would be interesting spend the night there to feel the atmosphere to the fullest.
Fabulous beautiful place
Back all go tired and satisfied
At 17:00 we were already brought to the pier in Phuket and the trip is over.
Information to visit
Constantly asked to advise a proven local agency, which I used myself. I advise: Alpha Travel. Big choice excursions, including in Russian. Convenient to write im through the messenger, and make an order right on the site.
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Excursion to the island of James Bond is 1600-2000 baht, depending on the agency and the ship on which to sail. Dinner, soft drinks – included. Speedboats always stand expensive.
Going on a tour, prepare yourself mentally, that everything will be pass rather slowly, slowly. On Bond Island (goals throughout trips, in fact) we spent 40-50 minutes plus transfer to the longtail from the ship and back.
I would say that this is more for an inactive excursion, for lovers of measured rest. They were all delighted! Honestly, my review may not be entirely objective, because that in Thailand I have already not been anywhere. After all, a total stayed in it about two years, having visited hundreds of sights and visiting all the resorts. If you will be in Tae for the first time, then once go, positive emotions in any case, get, the more Excursion inexpensive. Well, the stone lagoons are really cool stuff, just for their sake you can go.
Snorkeling turned out to be unreal, because everything was muddy in the water, it remained just swim. Now, if at the stops it would be possible to snort, I would have liked it a lot more. But it is necessary on the other side Phuket ride on the islands in the ocean. And I would give the opportunity by kayaking themselves to warm up for a change. But not apparently the bread from the local take away.
On the map
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