Koh Panyee – The Floating Village in Phang Nga Bay

Koh Panyee is a Muslim village built on stilts in Phang Nga Bay, famous for its floating football pitch and the touching story behind it; check out this short film on youtube. Koh Panyee is about 20 minutes by longtail boat from one of the three piers in Phang Nga. Our plan was to go to the famous James Bond Island, and since Koh Panyee is on the way, we decided to stop on the way back to check out this village surrounded by picturesque limestone cliffs. Koh Panyee has developed into a tourist trap; but with such a sweet story and beautiful scenery, it’s worth a visit.

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James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay – Just Like the Movie

Khao Phing Kan is an island in Phang Nga Bay 25 km northeast of Phuket – known as James Bond Island since it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun from 1974. People come here to take pictures of the iconic 20-meters tall rock that vertically juts out of the greenish water. The rock is called Kho Tapu, which translates into English as “nail island.” It’s truly stunning scenery in the surrounding area and attracts a lot of visitors every day.

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