Amanda Meeks, Founder – Instagram: @amanda_wanders
If you’re in Phuket and have the opportunity to go on one of the day trips to Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island, do yourself a favor and DO IT. Full disclosure: we totally weren’t planning on doing this trip until someone who had just got back from Phuket basically told us she would skin us alive if we didn’t do Phang Nga Bay tour of some sorts. With that kind of threat coming our way, we knew we had to book a tour. I’m the type of person who books activities before we get to our destination, so we had our itinerary set.
Even the best made plans can get ruined.. especially when there’s some booze involved! We may or may not have had one or 12 too many drinks on Bangla Road the night before we were scheduled to go on this tour and slept through our alarms (sorry, driver) but luckily, there are countless companies that will take you on this amazing trip. We ended up *successfully* attending this tour through Klook which picked us up at our amazing hotel – the Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa – in Phuket.
The tour started out with a stop at the first island where we ducked and dipped through caves to get to this huge green opening in the middle of the island. We hung out here for awhile; checked out the interesting wildlife calling itself home, and moved onto the next activity which was…
KAYAKING! Kayaking was a blast. We hopped in an intertube kayak with our guide and he paddled as around these amazing caves. This was a really, really cool element of the trip and would be worth it just on its own. There were a lot of us being kayaked around at once, but it in no way ruined or even put a damper on my experience. I was in awe of the beauty around me, and I’ve got to admit it was a damn delight to not have to paddle myself around!
Next on the stop was Koh Panyee, aka the Muslim Floating Village. This was a truly remarkable stop. We got food and had free time to walk around this amazing community built on stilts out in the middle of the water. I can’t even begin to express how cool this was, it was like being in the movie “Waterworld” but without any of the bad stuff that stranded Kevin Costner. 360 families live in this floating community; there was even a school with a soccer field! Each walkway had a bunch of different shops for the tourists to buy knick knacks from, and there was one large restaurant for everyone to eat at. This village is something I didn’t know about before I started looking into James Bond Island tours, and I’m so glad it was a part of my day.
After we left Koh Panyee, we made our ways to the main event, the star of the show; James Bond Island. This was a relatively quick stop so everyone could get their picture and possibly buy some souvenirs from the local vendors. For a tour named after it, it really wasn’t the star of the show. Don’t get me wrong, the island was beautiful; so interesting to look at and worth the stop, but the other elements of this trip are what would bring me back again.
And the last stop before heading home was an hour or two at Naka Noi Island to relax, eat, drink, and frolic in the sun. It was your typical island in Krabi, meaning it was so gorgeous you forgot you were on planet Earth for a moment. We had a wonderful time relaxing, exploring the island, and slathering ourselves in SPF 30.
Overall, if you’re in Phuket and looking for a day out on the water, I would highly recommend any of the James Bond Island tours. They all cover the same essential stops – caves, kayaking, Koh Panyee, James Bond Island, and a relaxing island – and it was a day I’ll never forget.