This island is located in Ao Phang Nga National Park and rose to fame when it was featured in the 1974 James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun. Today the island is much loved and visited and depending on the time of year crowds descend on its narrow shores jostling for photographs and views from all the same spots as everyone else. This is a very scenic part of Thailand – and understandably draws visitors from all over the world.
Small caves run through some of the limestone rock – and one can wander through these slowly for additional interesting views.
A number of souvenir stalls line part of the island – the loud sounds of the long tail boat motors constantly growl as passengers are ferried to and from the island.
You can hire a long tail boat from the small village/port of Phu Nga – they offer a variety of sightseeing options and tours ranging from several hours to longer. This is about a 30 minute boat ride away – passing a limestone overhang on one of the nearby islands; this is very popular with kayakers.
Another well worthwhile stop is to the large Panyi Village – entirely situated over water. A mosque with gleaming golden domes is impressively located at the base of one of the many jagged and impressive limestone karsts that jut into the skyline in this part of Thailand. Food, lots of shops and a glimpse into the daily life of the villagers are among the highlights of a visit here.