Is James Bond Island Closed? (Yes and No...)

Is James Bond Island Closed? (Yes and No...)
With the closure of Maya Bay to tourists visiting Phi Phi Island to protect the environment from damage this a good question to ask about James Bond Island - is it also closed?
Both locations became famous due to blockbuster movies being filmed with Roger Moore starring as James Bond in the excellent “Man With The Golden Gun” at Phang Nga Bay and Leonardo DiCaprio starring in the awful but very scenic “The Beach” at Maya Bay.

Both have certainly seen increased volumes of tourists but as far as James Bond Island goes the answer is actually both a yes and a no (depending on which island you’re referring to...) 

The main island where Britt Ekland was held hostage by Francisco Scaramanga is Khao Phing Kan and this remains open for business while the “mushroom shaped” island known as Koh Tapu (where the laser was hidden) has been off limits to tourists for the best part of two decades. This is to minimise the impact of erosion on the limestone islet and maintain it for future generations. 
So,, yes, you can still visit the main island, take your selfies, splash around in the water, pretend to kill a midget called Nik Nak or seduce your very own Ms. Goodnight but do be mindful of the local environment and don’t leave a mess behind.

Have a great time visiting James Bond Island!

Why are James Bond Island Tours so Popular?

James Bond Island Tours in Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
The majority of tourists who visit James Bond Island come from Phuket, Thailand which is just a couple of hours bus ride away from Phang Nga National Park where James Bond Island is located. 

Along with the James Bond movie connection Phang Nga Bay is also an area of outstanding natural beauty to which a steady stream of tourists of all nationalities are attracted.

Selling of the various different James Bond Island Tours is almost ubiquitous amongst travel agents in Phuket's tourist areas. It remains a popular staple on traveler's to-do lists when they visit Thailand and for good reason - where else in the world can you pretend to be James Bond dueling with Scaramanga?

What's the Best James Bond Island Sea Canoe Tour Itinerary and Deal?

James Bond Island Canoe Tour in Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
James Bond Island Canoe Tour in Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
One of the ways for tourists to visit James Bond Island at a more relaxed pace is to take one of the canoe tour day trip packages available from any quality travel agent in Phuket.

This means instead of visiting James Bond Island as part of an overlarge group of tourists you get the much better opportunity to explore the natural environment in your own canoe up close to the island and all around the beautiful Phang Nga Bay.

The itinerary for the James Bond Island Canoe Tour should look something like this:

07:30  Pick up from your hotel
09:00  Depart from the pier in Laem Sai
10:00  Arrive at Phang Nga Bay and go to explore sea caves by canoe
11:45  Departure to James Bond Island
12:45  Return to cruiser and enjoy a Thai Buffet lunch on board
14:00  Arrive at Lawa Island for swimming or relaxation at the beach
16:00  Return to the pier in Laem Sai and transfer to your hotel
17:00  Arrive back at safely at your hotel

Why is James Bond Island a Famous Tourist Attraction?

James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay, Thailand became famous in the 1970's after it was featured in the popular James Bond movie "The Man With The Golden Gun". After the movie became a worldwide blockbuster tourists in Thailand began to show interest in visiting the islands and tour operators began offering day trip packages. Over forty years later James Bond Island tours by longtail boat, speed boat cruises and sea canoes or kayaks remain a major attraction for tourists holidaying in Phuket, Khao Lak and Krabi in Southern Thailand.

How do you get to James Bond Island from Phang Nga, Phuket, Phi Phi or Krabi?

As demonstrated in the "Man with the Golden Gun" 007 movie there are only two main methods of approaching James Bond Island; the first is by air and seaplane ala Roger Moore while the second, and much more common method, is by sea via long tail boat, speedboat, Chinese style Junk or even by Kayak if you are so environmentally and energetically inclined.

Mr. Bond visited by Seaplane, most tourists prefer boats
Mr. Bond visited by Seaplane, most tourists prefer boats