Phang Nga Bay
The holiday spot of Phang Nga Bay is characterised by sheer
limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald green
water. The bay contains a fascinating collection of 3,500 islands,
most of them uninhabited, which are unique in that they have
central hollows or 'rooms', actually collapsed cave systems,
containing hidden realms of unspoilt fauna and flora. Many of these
can only be reached by inflatable kayak, which makes exploring the
bay on the water an exciting way to enjoy the spectacular scenery.
The largest and most popular Phang Nga Bay islands are James Bond
Island and Koh Pannyi, the first named for having been where the
was filmed. Another interesting
site is Sea Gypsy Island, where a village has been built on stilts
in the water with a giant monolithic rock guarding its rear.
Regular boat trips carry holiday tourists from Phuket to Phang Nga
Bay, and it can be overcrowded during high season.