Koh Yao Noi is a secluded island in the beautiful Phang Nga Bay. Located less than an hour away from both Phuket and Krabi, it’s amazing how untouched this island still is. My wife and I stayed at Paradise Koh Yao, and it was a real gem that we would happily return to. Here are some pictures from our stay in March.
Paradise Koh Yao with its private beach as viewed from a longtail boat.
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.
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.
Samet Nangshe Viewpoint in Tha Yu, Phang Nga Province, was discovered not long ago by the professional photographer Khun Theerasak Saksritawee. In just a short time, this place has gone from being completely unknown to have a pathway from the roadside up to the viewpoint. The entrance fee to climb up is 30 baht for Thais and 50 baht for tourists (free entry for children). You can even rent a tent for 350 baht or stay in a bungalow for 500 baht if you want to spend the night photographing the night sky.
Phang Nga Bay is famous for its spectacular scenery, and spots like James Bond Island and Koh Panyee attracts tons of tourists every day — but never before have you seen Phang Nga Bay like this. Samet Nangshe Viewpoint now draws many photographers who want to capture the perfect sunrise over Phang Nga Bay.