James Bond Island
James Bond Island is in Phang Nga Bay in the Straits of Malacca, between Phuket and the Malay Peninsula mainland near southern Thailand. The island's English nickname derives from that it was the setting for Scaramanga's lair in the 1974 film, The Man with the Golden Gun, starring Roger Moore as Ian Fleming's legendary British agent, 007.
It's not surprising that many different human cultures also co-exist in the local communities within such a rich and varied natural environment. Fishing is a popular industry, as is harvesting Nypa palm leaves, whilst catering to the ever-growing international tourism presence that is attracted by the area's natural beauty and famous rock that offers fantastic photo opportunities. From Phuket, guests can reach the island in about 40 minutes by speedboat.
The Similan Islands National Park offers an enticing combination of white sandy beaches, fantastic coral reefs, crystal blue waters, warm tropical nights and cooling breezes coming off the Andaman Sea. The archipelago consists of nine uninhabited islands offering some of the most pristine natural environment in Thailand.
The Similan Islands are home to a vast variety of marine life and feature incredible opportunities to see rare and endangered species. Often referred to as one of the best dive spots in the world - most guests probably agree after visiting. While the underwater world may attract some people - there are also many varieties of birds and animals on the Similan islands. And of course - the long, spectacular white sandy beaches!
The Similan Islands are only available to visit seasonally.
The Racha Islands (or Raya Islands) are 12 km south of Phuket and best known as excellent diving and snorkelling day-trip destinations. Racha Yai reveals itself in splendid fashion, with most arrivals landing on the white sand beach tucked deep into the long horseshoe-shaped main bay. Known as Ao Tawan Tok or Ao Bungalow, the water here is crystal clear and perfect for snorkelling, though the area gets busy with visiting day-trip boats in the afternoon.
Phi Phi Islands
Koh Phi Phi is part of the Noppharat Thara National Park since 1983 and is about 40 km from Krabi, covering an area of around 35 square km. It is made up of six islands that feature incredible beaches and unique coral reefs. Dramatic sheer limestone cliffs and rocks emerging from the Andaman Sea are characteristic of this area.
The name Phi Phi only refers to the two most prominent islands in the archipelago: Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. The rest are named, in order of size, Koh Phai, Koh Yung, Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai.
The worldwide exposure these natural treasures gained from their location of the filming of the 1999 Hollywood movie, The Beach, with Leonardo DiCaprio, added popularity to this already famous group of holiday islands.
Koh Surin National Marine Park rates as one of Thailand's prime island locations. The two main islands Koh Surin Nua (North Surin Island) and Koh Surin Tai (South Surin Island) are the primary points of interest. Another three satellite islands enhance the picturesque vistas and provide supplementary reefs for marine exploration. The Surin Marine Park is a shining example of natural beauty that plays host to a phenomenal range of flora and fauna both on land and in the sea.
Access to the Surin Islands is seasonal for conservation and safety reasons; it is closed during the annual green season.