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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.

From Phuket: James Bond Island & Canoe Tour by Longtail Boat

2. From Phuket: James Bond Island & Canoe Tour by Longtail Boat

Paddle a canoe and ride a longtail boat on this multi-stop adventure tour from Phuket with private and shared options. Taste local food, swim at Talu Cave, and visit James Bond Island to see the majestic limestone karsts made famous by the 1974 James Bond movie, “The Man with the Golden Gun.” After pickup from your hotel in Phuket, head straight to the first stop of the day, Wat Suwan Khuha, also known as the Monkey Cave, because of the cheeky primates living in the temple complex. Descend into the cave temple and look at the statues and carvings before making your way to the pier. Next, board a longtail boat and sail to the second stop, Panyee Island, also known as the Floating Village. Built on stilts by the local fishermen, the island has been inhabited since the 18th century. Explore the village, taking in local life, before having lunch at a restaurant in the village. After stuffing your belly with delicious local fare, board the boat again to make your way to Talu Cave. Enjoy some free time to canoe and swim in the beautiful blue water. Explore the cave area, where you will find incredible stalactites and stalagmites and unusually shaped rock formations. Then, continue to the day’s main attraction, James Bond Island. Stop at the perfect viewpoint to see the breathtaking 20-meter rock formation, a solitary cliff surrounded by turquoise waters and cliffs. Admire the unforgettable picturesque scenery before starting the journey back to Phuket.

Khao Sok: Full-Day Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing

3. Khao Sok: Full-Day Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing

Discover the wild beauty of Khao Sok National Park on a full-day guided trip from Khao Sok. Feed and bathe elephants and take a bamboo raft downstream. Enjoy a Thai lunch, visit a market, and try local coffee. Following pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak, head to the Takuapa local market (only guests picked up from Khao Lak. Guests from other pick-up locations will not visit the local market) to browse and look at all the products. From there, continue to the elephant rescue camp. Feed these amazing animals some bananas and cool them off with a bath. Next, visit the monkey temple. Eat a Thai-style lunch at the local restaurant next to the river before bamboo rafting along the Khao Sok River. Relax as your guides gently steer the bamboo rafts downstream while you admire the dramatic limestone mountains and serene sounds of the jungle. Stop at the river bank for some trekking and relaxing in the front of a limestone cave after enjoying a coffee break. This coffee is made in a bamboo stick and served in bamboo cups, which you can take home with you. At the end of your tour, transfer back to your hotel in Khao Lak.

From Phuket: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Tour in Phang Nga

4. From Phuket: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Tour in Phang Nga

Observe free-roaming elephants in a safe environment on a tour from Phuket that includes hotel transfers, an on-site photographer, and a Thai lunch. Enjoy the rural landscape of the Mueang Phang-nga district, meet an elephant and kwan-chang (elephant handler), and bathe and feed the gentle giants. Upon arrival at the wildlife sanctuary, meet your guide and learn a little about the elephants as you take a walk through the forest. Touch, feed, photograph, and interact with these majestic animals while learning about their behavior. Receive bananas and sugarcane to give them a sweet treat. Then, accompany the elephants to a nearby mud spa. Go knees-deep into the mud to apply a healthy cosmetic mud treatment to their skin. Next, walk with the elephants to a nearby river and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help brush the elephants as they play in the river. After bathing the elephants and taking some final photos with them, it is time to part ways with your friends. Take a shower, change into dry clothes and savor a freshly-cooked, traditional Thai lunch with seasonal fresh fruits, tea, and coffee. You can also join a Thai cooking demonstration and see how pad Thai, a signature stir-fry dish, and som tam (papaya salad) are prepared. Later, end the tour with hotel drop-off.

From Phuket: Khao Lak Highlights Full-Day Tour

5. From Phuket: Khao Lak Highlights Full-Day Tour

Venture north of Phuket to Khao Lak, known for its stretches of beach and lush jungle scenery. Explore this peaceful slice of Thai paradise on a full-day tour. The first stop is the Sarasin Bridge, one of Thailand’s most beautiful and famous bridges. It connects Phuket to the province of Phang Nga and has gained renown due to the tragic Romeo and Juliet-style story associated with it. It'll be a quick stop here to view the surrounding bay and take photos of the gazebos and elevated turrets. Then, head to the Andaman View Point, where you can admire a 360-degree view of the surrounding fields, hills, and mountains. Head to the river for the bamboo rafting activity. Board a small yet sturdy raft made out of bamboo and cruise down the river, admiring the calm waters and the abundant greenery of the area. Next, you'll make your way to the Sea Turtle Conservation Center. Located across the Khao Lak National Park in the Thai navy base, learn about the efforts the navy is going to to rehabilitate the turtles. Catch a glimpse of the numerous turtles and other endangered marine life. Take an hour to have lunch and relax near the conservation center. After lunch, head to the International Tsunami Museum and discover how the effects of the 2004 tsunami greatly affected the Khao Lak area. See the Thai navy boat that was washed ashore by a massive wave. The final destination is the Lampi Waterfall. Head over to this multi-level waterfall, walk through the rainforest trail, and even take a dip in the chilly pool before making your way back to your accommodation in Phuket.

Full-Day Temple Tour Including Dragon Cave from Khao Lak

6. Full-Day Temple Tour Including Dragon Cave from Khao Lak

Phang Nga Province is home to 3 of Thailand’s most amazing temples. The first stop on this 9-hour tour will be the Dragon Cave Temple at the site of stunning stalagmite and stalactite caves that you can explore. Continue on to the Bang Rieng Temple, situated high up on a mountain and offering breathtaking views. It features the largest pagoda in Phang Nga, and houses a Buddha relic. Enjoy an authentic Thai lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Suwan Khuha Temple, or Wat Suwan Khuha, one of the most historic of Phang Nga’s temples. It is located in a giant cave and houses a 15-meter-long reclining Buddha statue.

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

7. 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.

Atv + Lampi Waterfall + Turtle Center

8. Atv + Lampi Waterfall + Turtle Center

Get picked up from your hotel from Khao Lak. Arrive at the ATV camp, our crew gives quad bike orientation and set off an adventurous riding along greenery scenery, muddy and sandy trails (1 hour) and cross small river. Enjoy freshening up at Lampi Waterfall in Lampi National Park. Visit The headstart project of sea turtle at Tablamu Sea Turtle Center, learn about turtle life and admire the dedication of turtle conservation. Back to hotel in Khao Lak. This tour is available in the morning and afternoon.

Khao Lak: Cheow Lan Lake Overnight with Elephant Day Care

9. Khao Lak: Cheow Lan Lake Overnight with Elephant Day Care

Prepare to experience the pleasures of Cheow Lan Lake. Immerse yourself in the serenity of nature, along with the towering mountain, emerald green water of the lake, and wildlife inhabiting the dam. Partake in sports and leisure adventures, and rejuvenate your body and mind. Day 1 Start your adventure bright and early with pickup from your hotel. Capture a memorable moment at a scenic viewpoint on the way and board a traditional long-tail boat upon arrival at Cheow Lan Lake. Make a photo stop at the famous Gui Lin rock formation, before joining a jungle walk, try bamboo rafting, and enjoy free time to explore Coral Cave. Afterward, delight in a buffet lunch upon arrival at your floating resort. Check in to your room and start exploring the lake by kayak. Help yourself to coffee, tea, fruit juice, and seasonal fruit as you relax by the emerald water of the lake in the afternoon. Next, visit Khao Sok Wildlife Safari by long-tail boat, before returning to the resort for a delicious buffet dinner. Day 2 Start the day early with a coffee or tea, before heading out on another adventure day. Look up and experience bird watching in the rainforest canopy by a self-paddle kayak while your guide leads the way. Head back to the resort for breakfast and get ready for the next activity. Continue your journey to Khao Sok (main land) National Park. Explore the sights of local life in the southern part of Thailand as you drive to your first stop. set off along the peaceful and lush Sok River with bamboo raft paddlers. Admire stunning views of dramatic towering mountains, and maybe catch a glimpse of the various birds, reptiles, wild orchids, and monkeys that call the area home. Take a well-deserved break on the river banks and sip on fresh coffee made from bamboo. From there, head to a local restaurant and create your local lunch dish on your own as your guide teaches you the traditional Thai way. Savor each bite as you discover the tastes of southern Thai delicacies. Hop back on the van and make a quick stop at Mea Yai waterfall to hear the rushing water and take in the unique scenery. After, take stunning photographs at Khao Sok Viewpoint, with panoramic views over the national park, the home of 51 species of mammals, 300 different birds, and wild orchids. At last, visit an elephant sanctuary and meet the friendly giants. Hear about their individual stories and how they were rescued. Learn how to make a medicinal meal for the elephants from the loving elephant carer (mahout), then bathe the elephants in a fun mud spa. Finally, feed them from your own hands while taking some exciting new photos for your social media page. Feel the tickle of their furry trunks on your hands as you enjoy their playful nature. Transfer back in relaxation to your hotel.

From Phuket: Customize Your Own Phuket Beaches & City Tour

10. From Phuket: Customize Your Own Phuket Beaches & City Tour

Choose 3 to 4 of your favorite hotspots in Phuket and let your guide craft an itinerary for you. View the 3 beaches from Karon Viewpoint, see the 19th-century Buddhist temple of Wat Chalong, or gaze at the Andaman Sea at Promthep Cape. Learn the history and culture of Thailand from your guide. Select 3 to 4 of your favorite spots and customize your tour. Benefit from a professional guide who will choose the best tour schedule for you. Start your adventure as you are picked up at your hotel. Travel to Karon Viewpoint, Wat Chalong, or Promthep Cape and the Andaman Coast. Explore Phuket Old Town as your guide shows you the Sino-Portuguese houses of Thalang Road, appreciate the colorful buildings of Soi Romanee, and see Soi Soon Utis. Decide whether to go to Ao Sane Beach on the southwest of the island, which is famous for snorkeling. Take a trip to Chalong Bay Rum Distillery, where rum is produced using locally sourced sugarcane and a French copper still. Experience nature at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, a safe haven for elephants. Witness the only evergreen forest of Phuket at Koh Phra Thaeo National Park. Experience Rock Beach Swing, or admire the big buddha, which is 148 feet tall. Finish up your custom trip as you are dropped off at your hotel.

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4.8 / 5

based on 340 reviews

The tour was really great, the activities and places are beautiful and well organized. Feeding monkeys was a very nice experience. The James Bond island is worth visiting but be aware of possible crowd. Kayaking was a beautiful experience too and the lunch at the floating market unforgettable and unique. The guide was also very kind, we would have though appreciated to get more information about the spots we visited, English of the guide wasn’t very good.

Brilliant trip from start to finish. Easy to book and communication was excellent letting me know what time pick up was. Mr Run who was our guide was absolutely impeccable and a fun knowledgeable guy. Lunch was amazing, probably the best lunch we've had in Thailand so far.

A terrific tour from start to finish. James Bond island and the sea caves were great to see. Highly recommend.

Very good tour, there were 3 of us and the island was not overly crowded. Super organized

Kim was amazing, I hope to see her again on my next visit to Phuket