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Phang Nga Provinc, Page 11, Phang Nga Province, things to do around the Province, James Bond Island, Koh Khao Phing Kan Island

Phang Nga Map, and James Bond Island, known  as Khao Phing Kan ( or Koh Khao Phing Kan )

Khao Phing Kan ( or Koh Khao Phing Kan ) is a two island pair located on the west coast of Thailand, in the Phang Nga Bay, Andaman Sea. About 40 metres ( 130 ft ) from its shore lies a 20 metres ( 66 ft ) tall islet Koh Tapu pronounced  Khao Tapu The island is a part of the Ao Phang Nga National Park. Since 1974, when it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, it is popularly called James Bond Island.

Khao Phing Kan means - Hills leaning against each other -  in Thai,  reflecting the connected nature of the islands, and Koh Tapu can be literally translated as nail or spike island, reflecting its shape. With Koh meaning island and Khao  meaning hill, the terms Koh, Khao, and Koh Khao are frequently interchanged in the naming of the islands. After appearing in the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, Khao Phing Kan and sometimes Koh Tapu became widely called James Bond Island, especially in tourist guides, and their original names are rarely used by locals.

Before 1974, the island was a rarely visited indigenous area. However, it was chosen as one of the locations for the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun as the hideout for Bond's antagonist, Francisco Scaramanga. After the movie release it turned into a popular tourist destination that has gradually contaminated Khao Phing Kan with household litter.

In 1981, the island became the most famous part of the newly established Ao Phang Nga Marine National Park. Since 1998, it is forbidden for tourist boats to approach Koh Tapu. This measure aims to stop erosion of the limestone rocks on and near the islet that might eventually result in its collapse.

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Phang Nga Province, Page 12, Thai Muang Beach Golf & Marina, 157/12 Moo 9, Limdul Road, Tambon Thai Muang Phang Nga