Jody is a big James Bond fan, like most blokes seem to be (I don't get it personally) so obvs one thing on his hitlist whilst we were in Thailand was to go to James Bond Island. As it was aquite a while ago now I can't remember the company we went with or the cost of the excursion but what I do remember is that I preferred it a lot more than the day trip to Kho Phi Phi island.
We got picked up from our hotel in Phuket in a minivan and our first stop was monkey temple cave (otherwise known as Suwanakhuha Temple). As it says on the tin it's a temple so dress appropriately (I wore shorts and a vest with closed shows) and there are quite a few monkeys running around. The monkeys are quite nice and well behaved, especially compared to the Monkey temple in Bali. I fell in love with a stray dog here and it nearly killed me to not take her home.
Inside is something special. The temple is inside a cave and there are heaps of different Buddha images and statues. It was really interesting to walk around - and a little bit eerie!
Our next stop was to go sea canoeing through the mangroves. The great thing is that a guide takes you out so you don't have to navigate the open water by yourself. I felt totally safe with our guide and he went above and beyond by pointing out all the different rock formations and creating leaf art for us - The other tourists weren't getting as much out of the experience as we did.
It was really fun and in some places you had to lie down to get into the sea caves - a slightly terrifying experience.
James Bond Island
And the main attraction, James Bond Island. The island itself was busy (not as busy as Maya Bay) but I didn't feel like it was ridiculously overcrowded at any point. The rock that features in the film was actually really small and kinda cute with tonnes of people taking selfies with it (Including us). There are a few stalls selling the same old Thai stuff for inflated prices so I gave the vendors a wide berth.
The island itself was really pretty and I would definitely recommend you go here instead of Koh Phi Phi if you are planning to go on a day trip. It's a lot cleaner and theres a little bit less hustle and bustle as the tourist boats tend to work on a rota.
Our day trip also made a stop at the floating muslim fishing village, Panyee but I decided not to take any photos there. It was interesting to see how the people lived on the water (they even had a football stadium) but it was sad to see all the different stalls set up which were obviously only there for the tourists amusement.
A day trip to James Bond Island may leave some feeling deflated but I really loved my day out on the longtail boat exploring all the different places. After the disappointment of our day trip to Phi Phi this more than made up for that horrendous experience.