Andaman Leisure Phuket
James Bond Island is located in Phang Nga Bay within the Straits of Malacca, between the island of Phuket and the Malay Peninsula mainland close to southern Thailand. The island’s English nickname derives from the fact that it was the setting for Scaramanga’s lair in the film The man with the Golden Gun, starring Roger Moore as Ian Fleming’s legendary British agent, 007.
With such a rich and varied natural environment, it’s not surprising that a number of different human cultures also co-exist in the local communities. Fishing is a popular industry, as is harvesting Nypa palm leaves, in addition to catering for the large presence of international tourism that is attracted by the area’s natural beauty.
The original community inhabits the island of Koh Pannyi, a village built on stilts because of the tides that cause a water height increase of more than 2.5 meters.
Populated by Muslim sea gypsies, the village lies in the shadow of a large rock, which stands beside the local mosque’s green dome.
The village currently houses 300 families with an economy that is heavily reliant on international tourism, people from where visit this unique setting in their droves.
Immortalised in cinema history, this famous rock is often used as the backdrop to striking images known in Thailand as ”Koh Tapu”, which means nail, reflecting its wide peak which narrows towards the base..
From Phuket you can reach the island in about 40 minutes by speed boat.