Did you know that there is an island that was featured in “The Man with the Golden Gun” in 1974 and is since called “The James Bond Island”? It has amazing limestone cliffs. You can’t get too close, but the views are stunning in the bay.
Amazing, right?
Do you know where we need to travel in order to see this island?
James Bond Island is a famous landmark in Phang Nga Bay, Thailand. It first found its way onto the international tourist map through its starring role in the James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun. A distinctive trait of this famous bay is the number of sheer limestone cliffs that vertically jut out of the emerald-green water.
The bizarre – why-doesn’t-it-fall-over – outline of James Bond Island or Koh Tapu (‘nail island’ in Thai), lies next to the equally popular Koh Ping Ghan (sometime spelt as Ping Gan or Ping Gun). The entire area surrounding this island is indeed spectacular.
Covering an area of 400 sq km, Phang Nga Bay has around 100 islands, many of which have peculiar shapes. James Bond Island, with its signature rocky pinnacle, has been a major attraction since it was featured in the 1974 Bond movie.
It’s protected marine area of the Ao Phang Nga Marine National Park, so boats aren’t allowed to get too close to the island. Its precarious position is big on the upper part and relatively slim at the bottom. You can view James Bond Island from a boat or a small beach on Koh Ping Ghan.
Koh Ping Ghan is a very high leaning rock with several small caves inside. It’s pretty amazing and fun to check them all out and to include on a day trip when in this area of Thailand.


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