James Bond Island – Phuket, Thailand
This famous landmark in Thailand was first featured in the 1974 James Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. A chase through Hong Kong and Bangkok leads Bond to a duel on the now famous James Bond Island. The entire area surrounding this island with its signature rocky pinnacle is undeniably brilliant. Known to locals as Ko Tapu or Nail Island, the scenic landscape helped make the film into a Bond favorite. It also turned the previously unknown Phang Nga Bay into a major tourist attraction.
Today buses packed with tourists leave Phuket for the daylong sightseeing trips to Phang Nga Bay where they travel by long tail boat to James Bond Island. The island is crowded with stalls selling seashells and trinkets, but, alas, nobody has taken the initiative to create or sell anything of interest to Bond fans. They also offer sunset cruises on a Junk which is famed for its romantic atmosphere making the cruises hugely popular with those that want a more relaxed tour.