Thursday, July 31, 2008

James Bond Island Tour

Second tour on the next day morning, the one day James Bond Island Tour. The minibus pick up and sent us to the Ao Por Pier at around 8:00A.M, which about 45 minutes from the hotel. The tea & coffee are served at the pier.
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We departed from the pier to the James Bond Island together with another 40 plus persons in an Escort Boat at around 9:45A.M. Unlimited soft drinks & mineral water are available on the boat for free.
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Water Village? A view from the Ao Por Pier
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The first island we dropped by was the James Bond Island, an island located in the Phang Nga Bay. It is originally known as Ko Tapu (or Kao Tapu) Island and has become a popular tourist attraction since it was featured in the James Bond movie "The Man with the Golden Gun" in 1974, and the later James Bond movie "Tomorrow Never Dies" in 1997. To get to the James Bond Island, we have to change to use the long tail boat.
a Arriving to the Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) in a long tail boat
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A scene at the James Bond Island with a row of local handicraft stalls.
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Leaning Rock or rock entrance (James Bond Island)
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Nail Island, and nail-shape island (James Bond Island)
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Scene at Nail Island (James Bond Island)
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Pier of James Bond Island

Pier of James Bond Island
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Next we arrived the Hong Island, the place we had the first sea canoeing activity. We explored & had the sight-seeing in the caves around the Hong Island on the canoe. Although we might get wet during the canoeing session, but no worry, we still can bring along the expensive belongings (e.g wallet, hand phone, camera and etc) with us as they will provide us the life bags which are water proof.
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Arriving the Hong Island for canoeing activity
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The cave entrance around the Hong Island
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Scenery of Hong Island
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Lucy & SChee on the canoe (Hong Island)
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Cave formation (Hong Island)
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A view inside the cave of Hong Island
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A view and rock formation in the cave (Hong Island)
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Later we stopped and sight-seeing around the Panak Island by using the canoe. We parked the canoe on the beach once we reached the entrance of Mangrove Cave, and then walked through the cave to explore the Mangrove forest inside.
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Rock formation in the Mangrove Cave, Panak Island
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Mangrove trees with stilt roots (Panak Island)
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Group photo in Mangrove forest, Panak Island
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Whilst riding to the next destination, we had the buffet lunch on the Escort Boat. We took a break at the Lawa Island for swimming and relaxing, of course for canoeing as well. Lawa Island is the last stop of the tour, we return to the Ao Por Pier and to the hotel at around 4:30P.M.
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At the night time, we went for the Phuket Fantasea Shows. I'll mention about it in my next post.
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Remark: To be continued.
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8 comments:

cbenc12 said...

spectacular views! i like the first pic a lot, the one at the jetty and blue blue sky.. de views remind me of halong bay at vietnam..

BB COMMUNITY said...

ei, really nice scenary la! james bond island? 1st time heard it, but really very pretty island!

cbenc12 said...

no update. u bz bz kah?

BB COMMUNITY said...

hey, it's been sometime didn't see your new post liao, how have u been recently?

Nux V said...

this is the first time i heard about tis island...oh my, i m so left out!

QuaChee said...

looks so beautiful. makes me wanna go thailand again soon! :)

Johnny Ong said...

been to phuket umpteenth years ago. must re-visit the place. can still recall those nice food when i was there

Phuket Travel Agent said...

James Bond island always crowded of tourists because its amazing shape and its name.