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Review of James Bond Island

Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Although this place is quite hyped and a part of all tourist itinerary, my recommendation would be to avoid it if you are taking a shared boat tour. For 2200 baht per head it's a rip off. Get picked up from the hotel in a community coach which goes to all other hotels nearby after it picks you up. A Boat ride to a far off Muslim village where they serve lunch which is totally bland and tasteless, then further boat ride to the famous rock where Man with a golden gun was shot. Then to caves where a canoe ride takes you around through water caves again nothing extraordinary. The whole day is wasted with not much to see for the hefty per head price you pay. GIVE IT A PASS FOR SURE - LOT MANY OTHER PLACES IN BANGKOK TO SEE THAN THIS ONE. alternatively take a private boat and complete a trip in have a day for which you need to pay more. Don't go for it just because it's part of the must do list for bangkok

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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

I booked with Lora at Dior travel from Khao Lak for a private trip to “James Bond Island”, she gave a good price for our family of 3 (child 7 years old). The day before the trip she asked, if 3 more people could join us, we accepted, so all in all we were 4 adults, 1 teenager and our girl.

We left our hotel (Manathai, Khao Lak) in a nice air con minibus 7.15 am and picked up the others around 7.30 the drive to the pier took just over 1 hour. Lora had toilet paper with her, and it was needed for the toilet stops we made during our trip, so really appreciated, that she had thought of it!

We got in the long tail boat and started the trip. It was very hot, but the long tail boat had a shade (we did see some boats without shade, so be careful) and the wind cooled a bit, when we were sailing. As soon as we stopped for pictures etc we felt like chicken in a hot oven.

The scenery is amazing! Really had to describe. First we went through mangroves, the we were in the bay with all the cliffs sticking up. We went with the long tail boat through a cave and finally arrived to the island in front of “James Bond Island”, here we got off (there are park “rangers” who put up small ladders and help you out of the boat), the fee for visiting is 300 thb pr adult. We took some photos and walked (some stairs) to the other side of the island to take pictures of James Bond Island- various good points for this. Lora had brought a “golden gun”, so we had some fun photos of our girl posing with it:-)

There are also some caves you can walk through- it was nice a cool inside.

Since we were there early there was not too many others around, so we had a nice time and didn’t even get close to the souvenir shops, so was never harassed as others describe.

The long tail boat picked us up from that side of the island (so you only walk one way in the heat).

We then sailed back towards the main land, stopping for a very nice canoe ride (my husband opted out of the canoe, as he has a bad back, and the canoe’s they have are inflated ones, where you just sit on the “floor”.) He waited on the big boat, where we “boarded” the canoe. You don’t paddle yourself, a Thai will do that for you, so you just sit and enjoy. At some point we had to lie down to go under some rocks into a small beautiful cave (our girl loved it), the trip also went through the mangroves and we saw crabs and birds.

After the canoeing it was time for a delicious lunch at “floating village” - the “sweet and spicy shrimp soup” was sooo tasty and the “tempura shrimps” the best I ever had - even my husband loved them, and he usually do not even eat that stuff. We also walked around the village- mostly small shops selling souvenirs, but also a mosque (only Muslim’s may enter) and a school (closed for holiday, when we were there) We bought a very expensive ice cream for our girl (3 x the price on main land)

After the village we sailed back to the pier, stopping for a few pictures of the cave paintings.

Was back at the pier around 1.30 pm and back at hotel around 3.

We really enjoyed the trip, and my tip to anyone wanting to do a trip like this: take a private tour! I checked the hotel price for a shared trip, and it was almost the same as we paid Lora for our private one, and I’m sure the complaints about being “hearded” from place to place is because people do not check, what they’re getting themselves into.

2  Thank DKtoAD
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Besides of that well known rock if I can call it like that is not much you can do.

The island is full of tourist and boats. Overall this island is overrated

Thank Quest761678
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

I took a trip offered by my hotel in Phuket. The boat journey to the Island was beautiful.

James Bond Island has been commercialised and is covered in small stalls trying to aggressively sell you their wares. Can be quite put out when you politely decline.

Have to wait your turn to take a photograph of the mount due to the amount of tourists. It is worth a visit, but I couldn't help but feel a little sad when leaving after witnessing how tourism has blighted the natural beauty of the area.

The water is green and rather murky, however, seemed ok to swim in. Getting across the shaly beach was rather unforgiving and my feet were pretty cut up for a few days. Keep your flip flops/shoes on.

Our tour operator gave us an hour here, which was far too long. 20-30 minutes is long enough to go and see what you need to and get out.

Thank P_I_Campbell
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Our trip to James Bond Island felt longer than our flight from LA to Hong Kong - and more crowded. It started with an hour-long minibus ride to the port, and devolved quickly from there into total chaos, as we were fed inedible snacks and herded from one room to another for an unintelligible briefing.

We spent most of this day trip on interminable speedboat rides.

There wasn’t enough room in the boat for everyone to sit in the shade, so 8 of us baked on the prow. The boat took us first to a photography spot of cliffs, and then to James Bond Island, a speck of rock crammed with shacks selling tourist junk and an obstacle course of tourists clambering up and down a steep staircase.

From there it was time for another 40-minute boat ride to see some cave drawings, and then to a floating village where were served a very good lunch and ushered into another giant gift shop before being herded back on the boat. We had a long wait after lunch, but there was no opportunity whatsoever to explore the village, which contains a mosque.

The kayaking, which came next, was the highlight - a 20-minute jaunt around some interesting caves with a Thai paddler who would stop and insist we take photos at certain spots.

At last we were taken to the snorkeling place. The snorkeling was horrendous, unless you love seeing dead white coral and you relish swimming inches away from rock and sea urchins. Even our tour guide said the snorkeling was no good, and she herself informed us that you can't believe the photos on the brochure. The island did have drinks and trinkets a-plenty, though you had to pay steep prices if you wanted shade.

We’ve traveled a lot, and this is the first guided tour we’ve taken. We’ll avoid this type of experience in the future.

Thank Anne A
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