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Top Places to Visit in Thailand: James Bond Island, Phuket, Patong, Phi Phi, Phang Nga

Updated on June 7, 2011
Beautiful hot female model posing for Thailand Tourism.
Beautiful hot female model posing for Thailand Tourism. | Source

Thailand is notorious as a vacation destination for some unmentionables, but I found it has, hidden behind that glam face, a beautiful place, now called James Bond Island since Guy Hamilton visited it for shooting a sequence for "The Man with the Golden Gun".

The islands there are literally in your face. They do not gradually start building up. They are more like stone walls right in the middle of the Bengal Bay. Gradient of the island, land base 90 degrees. The caves inside those islands force you out of your comfy steamer boats while you row in on those small canoes and are in for a surprise when you realize that just sitting in the canoe is quite risky. You need to lie down because the caves are too low. You go inside the cave to enter the island and when you cross the cave, lo and behold. You are now in kind of a lake that has mango and palm trees growing from the shallow bed. These trees might be older than centuries, most spectacular place, to say the least.

Whether you visit the southern region of Thailand or Langkawi Islands of North Malaysia, these places are sheer divine. A trip out there is most rejuvenating experience anyone can ever have. For Phuket, you can just book tickets through travel and tour sites like Make My Trip, Yatra, etc. and also book the hotel through them. Regarding the packages for going around in Phuket, you can find a lot of travel agents in Phuket itself (Patong Beach). You just have to negotiate a lot with them to get best discount on sightseeing.

Underwater Thailand Trip
Underwater Thailand Trip | Source
Thailand perfect vacation destination
Thailand perfect vacation destination | Source
Rainy season trip to Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Rainy season trip to Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand | Source

Top Places to Visit in Thailand with Sightseeing

  • Phi Phi Island and Phang Nga Bay Tour (8 hours) - 2200 to 2400 baht book from outside tour operator. Display price is 2700 baht.
  • James Bond Island, Canoeing. (8 hours) - 1200 to 1500 baht.
  • Fantasea is popular for adventure cruising and nighttime cultural theme parks.
  • Can hang around Patong beach, nice night market, can swim in sea.
  • You can also choose to stay at courtyard by Marriott Kamala Beach Phuket Thailand (Deluxe Room, pool side view). Nice hotel but not many options for vegetarians but you will find one Indian (Royal India) restaurant at Kamala Beach. Okay food and not too expensive too (at least compared to hotel rates).
  • For city tour, hire private taxi for full day sightseeing, go for day long excursions to Phi Phi Island, Fantasea, etc.

Beautiful scenic stone walls of Phi Phi island - James Bond Island
Beautiful scenic stone walls of Phi Phi island - James Bond Island | Source
An unforgettable trip to James Bond Island in Thailand
An unforgettable trip to James Bond Island in Thailand | Source
Discovering Rahman Waterfalls on Phang Nga Bay Tour
Discovering Rahman Waterfalls on Phang Nga Bay Tour | Source

To go to James Bond Island, the agent will ask you for 1200 to 1500 baht per person but you need to negotiate for a lower price anywhere in between 800 to 1000 baht.

When you will be to these places, do not worry about travel agents, as there are plenty over there offering various day tour packages.

You just need to book one day in advance and bargain the right price with them. Just look after your ticket and hotel booking. Patong beach on Phuket Island has plenty of options for hotels and day tours.

Once you are there, you can even explore better places to visit. Stay near Patong beach, if possible, very near to the beach. Some of the hotels are Novotel and if you want cheaper ones, you can stay at chalets (value for money). So much for the rather notorious image that Thailand carries.

Kinnaree Elephant Trekking Park in Phuket Thailand
Kinnaree Elephant Trekking Park in Phuket Thailand | Source

I believe that after going through the above information and photographs, you will have smile on your face. So what you are waiting for, just grab your Thailand package and visit top places in Thailand to have an experience of lifetime.


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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hey friends thanks for ur comments.. Happy journey.

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      Hemant 6 years ago from Dubai

      Nice and informative hub. I never traveled to Thailand but may be sometime in future.

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      delphine781 6 years ago from Thailand

      I would not bargain about the price to much. There are so many tour agencies on the streets in Phuket and they press the prices all down. We have a company in Phuket and the tour agencies sell our tours. Some tourists bargain so much that the tour agency earn just 50 Baht on comission for a tour. She spend 10 to 20 minutes to book for you, call, send faxes, pay rent for the office, pay electicity, phone, food for her children, accomodation and and and. I think bargain is OK, but fair bargain, you can go 10 to 15 % from the price down. So that travel agency still earn 5 to 10 % on comission.

      Delphine from

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      Sawasdee-Kub 6 years ago from Thailand

      a reaaly nice hub.

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      Rod Martin Jr 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Lovely Hub. I'd like to visit Phuket some day. I've been to Pattaya and Bankkok, in fact stayed in a beach house in Pattaya for a full month. That was a nice vacation.

      And now I live near the beach in the Philippines. Life is beautiful.

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      willythuan 6 years ago from Phuket, Thailand

      Don't forget the Phang Nga Bay by sea canoe... It's amazing and breath taking!

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      mauihawaii 6 years ago from Maui, Hawaii

      I'm already mind there. thanks for a very informative hub.

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      Kiwiwi 6 years ago

      Well written, useful information.I never knew what a beautiful place Thailand was.I guess we gotta open our eyes to the world a bit more.

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      angela gundry 6 years ago from Ventura , Ca

      thanks for the great info! I would like to go there someday.

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hello Carolp, I wish you good luck for your visit to Thailand. Thanks for your visit.

      @AllSuretyBonds, this place is pretty safe for Americans. People are kind and generous, especially with tourists on which they are dependent for a living, so no problem at all.

      @Phuket Beaches, thanks for the update about Big Buddha of Phuket. I will check it out.

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      Phuket Beaches 6 years ago

      They recently finished the Big Buddha of Phuket (at least the statue, not the entire facility) and is definitely worth a look if you are in Phuket.

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      AllSuretyBonds 6 years ago

      I have always wanted to come here mostly after watching the beach. I have a question though how safe is it for Americans? I have a rule no vacation in unsafe places. This place is gorgeous.

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      Carolina 6 years ago from Switzerland

      Thanks for the places to visit. Thailand is in my list to travel sooner or later. I have heard very good feedbacks of my Swiss friends and they have been visiting Thailand again and again.

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @AC Witschorik, I am glad that I was able to reinforce your aspiration of visiting this beautiful place. Thanks for your kind visit and comment.

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      A C Witschorik 6 years ago

      Great Hub, Have always wanted to go to thailand. This just reinforces it

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hello Sun Pen 50, thank you so much for your feedback. Yes you are right buddy. The film shot in James Bond Island was "The Man with the Golden Gun" and not "Casino Royale". I have edited that part. This is the reason why I love feedbacks. They help us improve the quality of hubs. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Sun Pen 50 6 years ago from Srilanka

      Thank for tips... Maybe in my next trip to Phuket. As far as I can remember The Bond film shot in the James Bond island was "The Man with the Golden Gun".

      Nice Hub. Up/beautiful

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India, Purple Perl, and Jaspals, thanks a lot for your visit and comments on my latest hub about visiting top places in Thailand. I am glad that you liked the information and pictures.

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      Jaspal Singh 6 years ago from India / Australia

      Very Informative and well written hub. Wish to be there soon. Nice pictures.

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      Purple Perl 6 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Great pics, hope to make the trip someday. Thanks for sharing Soni.

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      enjoyed reading this...a place I hardly know about. thanks