Sunday, January 27, 2008

James Bond Island

    This is the reason why everyone goes on the "James Bond Island" tour. They want to stand on the beach in the same place as Christopher Lee and Roger Moore some 25 years ago.

The approach to Khao Phing Kan island is crowded with long-tailed boats. The tourists are only allowed seconds to get off the boat before it returns to the bay to wait.

Thousands of tourists arrive each year to have their picture taken in front of "James Bond Island". This island is known to the Thai people as Tapu Island or Nail Island.

The short stretch of beach facing "James Bond Island" is packed with souvenir stalls and at the far end there is a toilet block.

The 52 souvenir stalls sell cheap trinkets and take up every inch of space.

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