It’s been 44 years since the movie, Man With The Golden Gun released. But it is still fresh in the minds and hearts of ardent movie goers. The testament to this fact is the popularity of the James Bond Island. Even after decades, this breathtakingly beautiful island is still fondly called after the famous character created by Sir Ian Fleming. The real name of the island is Ko Tapu, but pretty much everyone outside of Thailand call it the James Bond Island.
What makes this place so special? Why is it so popular? Before the movie was released in 1974, the island of Ko Tapu was rarely visited by international tourists. It was unknown to much of the world, and only ever visited by a bunch of well informed indigenous tourists. But in just a few years after the release of the movie, the island was one of most famous places in all of Thailand. Nothing much as changed over the years, except for easier accessibility to the place. And of course all the souvenir shops.
But unlike most other cases, the influx of tourists has helped conserve Ko Tapu and the bay of Phang Nga instead of destroying it. The popularity of the place encouraged the Thai government to declare a major part of the bay as a protected sanctuary while leaving the rest of it to be enjoyed by the tourists. These days, you are no longer allowed to go to the small limestone formation that is the Ko Tapu island. This is because, the base of island is so delicate, that the government feared that tourists interacting with it my lead to further erosion and eventual collapse of the entire island. On the other hand, you still get to see the enthralling beauty of the place in all its entirety from distance of just few hundred yards.
The package offered by Thaiholidays.in, while being very light on your purse, offers you the best of what the Phang Nga Bay and the James Bond Island have to offer. The package includes pick up from your hotel, an entire tour of all the places to see along with a guide who knows the place inside and out, lunch with perhaps the best view you have ever had and then finally a drop off back to your hotel. It is easily the best way to visit the James Bond Island. Every little detail is already taken care of by the experts of Thaiholidays.in, and all you need to do is to sit back and enjoy the spectacular views around you.
If just the sheer beauty of the place does not entice you to book a tour right away, maybe all the flora and fauna will. As the bay of Phang Nga is also a wildlife sanctuary, there is no dearth of amazing wildlife in this area. You will get to see a number of different birds and reptiles that are unique to this place. Just be sure to keep a pair of binoculars on the ready at all times.