• A Trip To James Bond Island

    I am a terrible blogger. I can’t believe I have all this content from years ago that I haven’t published yet. Bad Shannon. Bad Blogger. I was tidying up my photos on my desktop and came across so many photos from my trip to Thailand back in 2016. These images have come from my trip to James Bond Island in Phuket. I wanted to share my content with you as it was such a great trip. Trying to create content from 3 years ago isn’t easy, but I will give it my best shot.

    We had pre-booked our tour to James Bond Island from Phuket before we left home. From what I remember my Dad booked our trip through Simba Sea Tours who were very good. Obviously a lot of people run tours like this so there are quite a lot to choose from when booking. We had an early start from our hotel to get to the meeting point where we met the others from our group. We departed from Royal Phuket Marina around 6am on our private boat for James Bond Island. They provided us with plenty of cold bottled water and a packed lunch throughout the day which comes included in the package.

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    The boat was really comfy, clean and had an onboard toilet as well. If you are interested in booking the same tour I did, you can here. We had our photos taken by the sign and in front of the James Bond Island main rock before walking around the trail to a slanted wall for more funny photos. We also did a kayaking excursion around the smaller islands and through caves before returning to the trail.

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    After our kayaking excursion, we also jumped into the sea to do some swimming and snorkelling with the fishes. We then jumped back onto the boat to dry off and we headed towards a floating village called Koh Panyi. Which is a Muslim village built on stilts with their mosque built into the cliff and rocks.

    Before walking around the village we were given a little bit more history on the village and how it came about. It was built around 200 years ago. There are 1,485 people from 315 families who live permanently on Koh Panyee, with most of them being directly or indirectly related to Toh Baboo. He and two other families left Indonesia to set up residence at Koh Panyi.

    Koh Panyi is one of the very little of islands and residences that survived the tsunami back in December 2004. With most of the waves starting under the sea before it reached mainland. They are also famous for their national football team. They practice on their floating football pitch made from plastic linking containers.

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    As we walked around the village we got to see what the locals got up to which includes fishing, cooking and saw the little local primary school with the children learning English and colouring pictures. Once we’d walked around the village we got to see the fish farms on the side of the village and then sat down for lunch which was prepped and included within our package we had booked.

    After exploring and walking around the village taking in the atmosphere around us, we got back onto the boat. The drivers then took us to a small private island to relax on and swim in the sea. They also prepped lots of fresh fruit including coconuts, dragon fruit and pineapples and had a cooler of cold drinks for us to enjoy whilst we relaxed. Then we got back on the boat to be taken back to the harbour for the end of the trip.

    I highly recommend booking onto a trip like this to see the landscaping and how the locals live. They really do look after you on these trips and also with Simba Sea Tours.


    Have you visited James Bond Island before or are looking at going? Let me know in the comments below.

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