Phang Nga Bay
The main distinctive feature of Phang Nga Bay are the rocky outcrops that push vertically out of the emerald green water across the entire bay.
James Bond Island and Koh Pannyi are just two of the more famous attractions in this beautiful bay. By far the best means of enjoying the spectacular scenery is to take one of the boat trips that are on offer across the bay. There are several kinds on offer – some which take just a few hours on a whistle stop tour and some that take all day stopping to enjoy quiet some quite beaches.
Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park was declared a protected Ramsar Site of international ecological significance on 14 August, 2002. Phang Nga is a shallow bay with 42 islands, comprising shallow marine waters and inter-tidal forested wetlands, with at least 28 species of mangrove; sea grass beds and coral reefs are also present.
At least 88 bird species, including the globally threatened Malaysian Plover and Asian Dowitcher, can be found within the site, as well as 82 fish species, 18 reptiles, three amphibians, and 17 mammal species. These include the Dugong (a vulnerable species), White-hand Gibbon, the endangered Serow and the Black Finless Porpoise.
James Bond Island
This famous landmark, called Koh Ping-gan, first found its way onto the international map through its starring role in the James Bond movie "The Man with the Golden Gun".
The entire area surrounding this island with its signature rocky pinnacle is indeed spectacular and well worth the trip.
Koh Panyee (Sea Gypsy Island)
This is a sea village, the whole of it built out over water on stilts and with a giant rock protecting its rear. At lunch time, many tourists on the James Bond Island tours are brought in to eat and shop for handicrafts. It is a working village with the fisherman earning their living from the sea.
Other Islands in Phang Nga Bay
Most of the islands are uninhabited. Many of them have spectacular caves (hongs in Thai) which you can only reach by an inflatable kayak.
Koh Hong is one of the most popular of these islands. Khao Khien near Koh Pannyi is worth sailing past to see the ancient paintings of boats and animals on the rock walls which are more than a thousand years old.
One of the few inhabited islands, Koh Maak, sits near the top of the bay and is home to a small community of fisher folk who maintain a traditional way of life - it's not part of any tour itinerary.