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Khao Lak: Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island by Longtail Boat

1. Khao Lak: Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island by Longtail Boat

Explore some of Thailand's most iconic and stunning islands on a longtail boat cruise from Khao Lak. Cruise over turquoise waters, past lush mangroves, and see the famous James Bond Island up close. Feel the salty breeze in your hair and relax under the warm tropical sun en route. After a pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak, board a traditional longtail boat and experience the mangrove forests and karst formations from a different perspective. Get up close to the limestone rocks on a short canoe trip before heading to Khao Phing Kan. Marvel at rock formations such as Tapu Island and James Bond Island, used as a film location in the movie "The Man With the Golden Gun." Continue to the floating Muslim village of Koh Panyi, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Next, go to Suwan Khuha Cave Temple to see the statue of the reclining Golden Buddha. Get some time to feed the resident monkeys before the return trip to Khao Lak.

Phang Nga Bay: Longtail Boat Sightseeing Tour

2. Phang Nga Bay: Longtail Boat Sightseeing Tour

Explore the famous Phang Nga Bay in an authentic Thai longtail boat. Catch a perfect view of the region's limestone and see Ko Tapu, the James Bond Rock. Take a canoe ride to lay back and enjoy nature. Eat lunch in Koh Panyee, a sea gypsy village built overtop the water. View the fascinating landscape of the Andaman Coastline, full of substantial green mangrove forests that are habitat many animals such as lizards, snakes, monkeys, and a variety of birds. Get close to pillar-Esque limestone towers that protrude out of the blue waters. Arrive near the world-famous James Bond Island, made known for the filming of "The Man with the Golden Gun" starring Roger Moore. Spot Ko Tapu, the James Bond Rock, and take a picture of yourself as the classic 007 character. Jump into a canoe, lay back, and enjoy while your guide paddles for you. Get right next to stone formations that are hundreds of years old, caves, and majestic mangroves. Discover the village of Koh Panyee and learn of the lifestyle of the sea nomads that live there. Enjoy a traditionally made Thai lunch and take a short walk through the village to learn about the culture of the inhabitants. Find a souvenir or two to remember your experience or share it with a friend. Visit a local temple on the way back with a chance to see wild monkeys.

From Khao Lak: Private James Bond Island and Sea Canoe

3. From Khao Lak: Private James Bond Island and Sea Canoe

Embark the mangrove forest with a Thai traditional longboat as we make our way to the canoeing station. Venture on a canoe as our paddler stir in between caves, visit Koh Ping Khan and Koh Tapu (James Bond Island) for a photo stop. Enjoy mouthwatering Thai Set lunch at the floating sea gypsy village. After bountiful lunch, explore and meet local villagers as we venture into the island and have a chance to see and experience local lives as locals do their daily chores. Visit the Cave temple – Wat Suwan Kuha with its reclining Buddha while hundreds of monkeys await you at the entrance of the temple.

Khao Lak: 6-Hour Takua Pa Historical & Cultural Tour

4. Khao Lak: 6-Hour Takua Pa Historical & Cultural Tour

Begin your day trip with pick-up from your hotel in Khao Lak at 9.00 AM, to depart for your first stop, the Chinese Shrine. Discover the temple's architecture and colorful ornamentation, before heading to Takuapa Old Town. Explore the old-town streets lined with beautiful examples of Sino-Portuguese architecture and visit the Takuapa Market to see locals selling and bargaining for their produce. Continue to Nam Kem Cultural Centre, a museum run by locals and interestingly made out of clay, to learn more about the area. The next stop will be the Tor Sor Cake Factory, where you can witness the local craftsmanship, before enjoying a delicious lunch at a local restaurant around noon. Finally, visit the Tsunami Memorial Park and Museum, a tranquil and peaceful place for reflection and remembrance. The tour will end with a drop off at your hotel in Khao Lak, arriving around 3.30 PM.

Khao Lak: Thai Cooking Class in a Garden

5. Khao Lak: Thai Cooking Class in a Garden

Local Market - Start your adventure bright and early with complimentary pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak. Enjoy the sights of local life in the southern part of Thailand as you drive to your first stop at the local market. - At the market you first decide what you would like to cook. If you do not know already, you can choose from the menu of 38 different dishes or ask our professional guide at the same time our Chef for help and advice. There is always a dish for each cook in the class plus a few extras thrown in. Our chef can offer experience to help decide which dishes will compliment each other and the group decides the final menu for the day and the shopping list is then set. - Our chef will explain more about the ingredients as you explore the market. There’s plenty of opportunity to ask questions, to smell the fresh Thai herbs, to see how fresh coconut milk is made and choose the best, select items for the shopping basket. This takes around 45 minutes, then it’s time to head to the kitchen. Food preparation - Once back from the market there will be time for refreshments whilst the ingredients are washed. Under the watchful eye of our chef, everyone will be designated tasks and begin to prepare the ingredients. You will learn how to peel, chop and slice everything the Thai way. One of the highlights is certainly learning how to roll your own Thai spring rolls. When everything is ready it’s time to head over to the kitchen where our gas hobs ready for cooking. Fine Thai Dining - On Your own Thai Creations - Finally, when everything is finished it’s time for the best part of the day, to sample what everybody has made. Lunch is served in traditional Thai style with everyone seated around a large table and all dishes laid out in the middle of the table. There’s always plenty of food so you get to try everything plus an extra portion or two of your favorites. During lunch, you will also learn which condiments suit certain dishes and get the chance to ask our Chef any final questions. After that, with a full belly it’s time to collect your recipes and head back to your hotel.

From Khaolak: Muay Thai Class

6. From Khaolak: Muay Thai Class

Thailand has a lot to offer! From the Thai cuisine, stunning beaches, famous diving spots, cheap travel, elephants, Thai massage, and Muay Thai. Start your adventure with convenience with your chosen session time with our complimentary pickup from your hotel in Khaolak. Experience the authentic Muay Thai - Thai boxing! And the only way to achieve it is by learning from the basics. Learn a variety of techniques suitable for every newbie or experienced alike. Our instructors will help you get an idea of how to get started in the sport and improve your skills. We offer a variety of packages suitable for your needs, either just to experience is it an hourly class or need extensive training for a day, or a weekly basis.

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What people are saying about Khao Lak

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 29 reviews

A good varied programme enhanced by our guide, Ran, who was excellent. We started by taking a long tail boat through some stunning scenery to pick up sea canoes. Two people per canoe with a guide who paddled around the rocks and into various caves- fantastic. Back to the long tail boat to head to "James Bond Island" as featured in The Man With The Golden Gun where we disembarked for a short time. Lunch was next on a floating town (featured in Jack Whitehall's "Travels With My Father"). Then on to view some ancient cave drawings and finally a cave temple. At the temple we were able to feed the residents monkies- they especially liked the sweetcorn and peanuts. Our guide / driver, Ran, was excellent and really enhanced the day- he was good humoured, attentive and friendly, answering any questions we had- even the random ones.

Exciting excursion! From pick-up to the drive home! We were a group of 7 people and the guide really included us all in the tour and explained a lot! It was so much fun - we first took a boat past all the different rocks/coves/islands, then we did a little bit on James Bond Island, then we went kayaking and that was super fun and exciting, after that we were at "Muslim-Island" and had an excellent lunch - like a Thai family ;)) and could then look at the island together and then we went to a temple (Monkey Temple) - that was very nice and we enjoyed it given some cultural insights! A really great tour - can only be recommended!

We had a wonderful trip which was organised at the last minute. Oud (our guide) was very friendly and knowledgeable and struck the right balance between being informative and giving us our own time to explore. We were very lucky with a rain free day and being off season, we benefitted from relatively quiet crowds. Highly recommended and a great experience. Many thanks to Oud and his team.

Our tour guide Oat was amazing. He was very friendly and engaging. Thank you for the wonderful experience.

Lovely trip toured by Ran. Very chilled out day. Kids loved the canoes. Great day and highly recommend.