With a friend flying into Phuket airport to visit us, we found ourselves back on The Andaman coast and visiting the previously missed town of Khao Lak. Following in Roger Moore’s footsteps, I spent a morning travelling through Phang Nga bay to visit Ko Tapu, more commonly known as the ‘James Bond Island’ after its appearance in the film The Man with the Golden Gun.
The nearby Koh Panyee village was an intriguing place to stop for a seafood lunch. The 1600 residents, mostly fisherman, have created an entire community built on stilts above the sea. The crisscrossed roads of the village are lined with stalls selling trinkets and fresh noodles, as well as beautiful sounding small birds in cages that are priced according to their singing ability.
I opted for one of the guided tours to see this, but if you’re a keen adventurer it would be easy to get to on your own with a hired boat. I’d definitely recommend it!