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Khao Phing Kan


Introduction/Understand


Khao Phing kan or Ko Khao Phing kan, in Thai we call เกาะเขาพิงกัน is an island in southern Thailand, in Phang Nga Bay northeast of Phuket. The islands are limestone tower karsts and are a part of Ao Phang Nga National Park. Khao Phing Kan means "hills leaning against each other" in Thai, reflecting the connected shape of the island which appears as if a flat limestone cliff tumbled sideways and leaned on a similar rock in the center of the island. Since 1974, when they were featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, Khao Phing Kan and Ko Ta Pu have been popularly called James Bond Island (Wikipedia, 2017).


History


Before 1974, the island was a rarely visited indigenous area. However, it was chosen as one of the locations for the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun as the hideout for Bond's antagonist, Francisco Scaramanga. After the movie released, it turned into a popular tourist destination. Popularity and increased tourism left Khao Phing Kan substantial litter. In 1981, the island became the most famous part of the newly established Ao Phang Nga Marine National Park. Since 1998 it is forbidden for tourist boats to approach Ko Ta Pu. This measure aims to stop erosion of the limestone rocks on and near the islet that might eventually result in the island's collapse (Wikipedia, 2017).



Geography


Khao Phing Kan consists of two forest-covered islands with steep shores. They lie in the northwestern part of Phang Nga Bay, 6 kilometers (3.7 mi) from the mainland, amid a group of a dozen of other islands. Its western part is about 130 meters (430 ft.) in diameter whereas the eastern part is about 240 meters (790 ft.) long and 140 meters (460 ft.) wide and is elongated northwards.


The island has a few caves and two sandy beaches, in the southwest and between the twin islands. Beaches and caves are regularly flooded with the tides, which have an amplitude of 2–3 meters (6.6–9.8 ft.), so access to some caves is only possible during low tide.


The island is a flat limestone cliff tumbled sideways and leaned on a similar rock in the center of the island and the waters around the island are only few meters deep and are pale-green in color. The bottom is covered with silt which is brought to the Phang Nga Bay by several rivers from the north (Wikipedia, 2017).


Climate


The area has a tropical marine climate, which is characterized by frequent rains and stable temperature. According to the data collected between 1961 and 1990, average number of rainy days is 189 per year bringing 3,560.5 millimeters (140.18 in) of precipitation, mostly between May and October. The temperature varies between 23 °C (73 °F) and 32 °C (90 °F) and the average relative humidity is 83%. (Wikipedia, 2017)


Get In


You can start at Phang Nga Bay, far from Meung district 8 kilometers and turn left then follow the label for 2 kilometers then you will arrive at Phang Nga National Park. Go to the boat station then you can take the boat to go to Khao Phing Kan.


You can hire the long-tail boat which is around 1200 – 2500 THB per boat. The price depends on the number of people and it will take about 3-4 hrs. You can enjoy the view from Phang Nga Bay and pass another Ko or Khao such as Ko Hong, Lod cave etc. (Paiduaykan.com, 2016)


See/ Get Around


Khao Phing Kan is a part of Ao Phang Nga National Park which has Ko Panyee, Ko Pa-Nhak, Khao Ta Pu, Khao Khian and Ko Hong. The island that is nearest Khao Phing kan is Khao Ta Pu or Ko Ta pu. Most of the island is covered with deciduous limestone shrubland and evergreen trees. Some plants, such as Pandanus, Cycads, Euphorbs and prickly pear cactus grow on nearly soil-free cliffs, such as those of Ko Ta Pu, penetrating their roots into the numerous cracks and surviving on rainwater.


Shallow water depth, warm, stable temperature, and rich nutrient supply from mangrove forests and several rivers running into Phang Nga Bay result in abundant plankton and other marine life.The bay island hosts 26 species of reptiles, 24 species of fish, 14 species of shrimp, 15 species of crab, and 16 species of manta rays, sharks, and game fish. Most fishes are typical of coral reefs, such as butterflyfish.


Other common inhabitants are blue crab, swimming crab, mudskipper, humpback shrimp, mud lobster, pomfret, sole, anchovy, scad, rock cod, rainbow cuttlefish, soft cuttlefish, musk crab, mackerel, moray eel, puffer fish, rabbitfish, groupers, black sea cucumber, brain coral, staghorn coral and flowerlike soft coral. Amphibians include Fejervarya raja, cricket frog (Fejervarya limnocharis) and the common tree frog. Aquatic plants are represented by red algae, Halimeda, seagrass, and plant plankton. There are more than 100 species of birds in the area such as the striated heron, Pacific reef heron, little egret and others. (Wikipedia, 2017)


Fee / Tax


Tariff boat station: take 3-4 hrs.


Boat for 5 people 650 THB.

Boat for 15 people 1,500 THB.

Boat for 40-50 people 2,500 THB.

Boat for 80 people 3,500 THB


Surakul Boat Station


Boat for 1-10 people 1,000 THB.

Boat for 11-20 people 1,200 THB.

Boat for 21-30 people 1,500 THB.


Phang Nga National Park Boat Station: Take 3-4 hrs.


Boat for 2-4 people 800 THB.

Boat for 10-15 people 1,500 THB.

Boat for 40 people 3,500 THB.

Boat for 41-60 people 4,500 THB.

Boat for 61-80 people 5,500 THB.


Entrance Fee


Thai Adult 40 THB.

Thai Children 20 THB.

Foreigner Adult 400 THB.

Foreigner Children 200 THB.


(Paiduaykan.com, 2018)


Do


If you want to enjoy the whole afternoon on James Bond Island


Consider a full-day water safari with Travstore Travel Management, which offers convenient hotel pickup from Phuket’s west coast. Choose whether you want to travel by streamlined speedboat or traditional Thai longboat, and trace a northerly route to Phang Nga Bay. Before landing at James Bond Island, your host treats you to a seafood feast fit for 007.

The entire afternoon is dedicated to unlocking the charms of James Bond Island, where you can search for villains inside caves, sunbathe on the beach where Roger Moore staged his famous duel, and make out Ko Tapu—the famous mushroom-shaped rock. Of all the things to do in Phuket, this outing grants you the most time on James Bond Island’s exquisite shores.


If you want to visit multiple islands in a single day


The pros at Tour East Thailand will take you where you want to go. A full-day excursion allows you to island-hop your way into Ao Phang Nga National Park, where James Bond Island is nestled beside more than 100 protected islands. Your guide breaks up the journey with stops at the Talu and Naka islands, with chances to swim, cave, and canoe along the tour route.

While circumnavigating James Bond Island, your guide regales you with local lore about the technical challenges involved in filming the movie. Before departing, motor into the emerald shallows near Ko Tapu and see if you can spot the elusive Francisco Scaramanga lurking in the jungle greenery. (Expedia, 2017)


Buy


There are stalls and stands selling knickknack souvenirs, mostly made from shells and woods (Phuket.combyHotel.com, 2018)


Eat / Drink


These are the list of the restaurants located at Phang Nga that near Khao Phing Kan

1. Khua Ari Bang Mat

2. Pizza Murano Phang Nga Bay

3. Bo’s Café

4. Dairy Hut Seafood

5. Buddy Restaurant

6. Ban Krua Lapoon

7. Mae Kaew Restaurant

8. Balcony Hill & Restaurant

(Tripadvisor, 2018)


Sleep


This is the list of the best hotels near Ko Khao Phing Kan, Thailand


1. Siamls Hotel

8.5 Miles from Ko Khao Phing Kan

Agoda.com THB 1,279

Booking.com THB 1,421


2. Paradise KohYao

11.5 Miles from Khao Phing Kan

Free Wi-Fi, has pool

Agoda.com THB 7,337

Booking.com THB 8,029


3. The Island Hideout-Koh Yao Noi

12.1 Miles from Khao Phing Kan

Free parking, breakfast included

Expedia THB 8,201

Booking.com THB 9,081

TripAdvisor THB 8,201


4. Six Senses Yaoi Noi

13.7 Miles from Khao Phing Kan

Free Wi-Fi, breakfast included, special offer

Six sense THB 30,223


5. Koyao Island Resort

13.9 Miles from Khao Phing Kan

Free Wi-Fi, parking

Agoda.com THB 20,203

Booking.com THB 20,219

TripAdvisor THB 20,219


(Tripadvisor, 2018)


References


Admin. (2018). Lowest prices for Hotels Near Ko Khao Phing Kan, Thailand. Retrieved from Tripadvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g1152747-Ko_Khao_Phing_Kan_Phang_Nga_Province-Hotels.html

Admin. (2018). Restaurants Near Ko Khao Phing Kan, Phang Nga Province. Retrieved from Tripadvisor Canada: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurants-g1152747-Ko_Khao_Phing_Kan_Phang_Nga_Province.html

Admin, E. L. (2017, May 15). 4 Ways to get to James Bond Island. Retrieved from Expedia Local Expert: https://viewfinder.expedia.com/features/4-ways-get-james-bond-island/

Audiger, S. (n.d.). James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay Attractions Nearby Phuket. Retrieved from Phuket.com by Hotels.com: http://www.phuket.com/attractions/james-bond-island.html

tripadvisor. (2014). Retrieved from Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293916-d4322658-Reviews-Khlong_Lat_Mayom_Floating_Market-Bangkok.html