Phuket Filming Locations: James Bond

After three nights on the beautiful Phi Ph island it was time to return to Phuket but this time we went to Patong beach which is where all the action is in terms of beach activity and nightlife including the well-known sex industry which the country is famed for. Something both Ethan and I had been looking forward to was visiting Khao Ping Gan to view James Bond Island which was given its name after it was used as Scaramanga’s lair in the 1974 film ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’. Once again the problem with tours is that you’re sometimes hurried a bit too much which certainly felt like the case on this island where we had to basically just snap away on our cameras without time to pause for breath to take it all in. We managed to recreate the pose of Bond and Scaramanga thankfully with a pleasing outcome. James Bond island is the main thing used in promoting the tour but the supporting itinerary was also quite interesting with a visit to the Muslim fishing village at Panyee Island and canoeing, bamboo rafting and walking through the caves at Tham Pung Chang.

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Phuket Filming Locations : The Beach (2000)

This Danny Boyle directed adaptation of the classic Alex Garland novel starts off with Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio) looking at the giant Buddha which you may think is the famous reclining one at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. However, it was made of polystyrene and was actually filmed in Krabi
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Once I’d met up with Ethan in Bangkok Airport we flew to Phuket late at night and checked into ‘On On’ Hotel at 19 Thanon Phang Nga which played the part of the rundown Khao San Road guesthouse. An absolutely huge room at a ridiculously low price (less than £3) which provided us with enough reference points to keep any ‘anorak’ happy.
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The scene where they jump off the waterfall is the Haeo Suwat Falls in the Khao Yai National Park which is north of Bangkok. Regular buses from Bangkok can take anywhere between 3-4 hours, and you can catch them from the northern Bangkok station.
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The next day we went on a boat tour with the most famous location being Maya Bay which was used as the secret beach. Whereas Leonardo and co had it all to themselves we had to share it with thousands of other day-trippers and a fleet of boats docked in the bay. As beautiful as it was, time there was too short for us to really savour the moment. Below are a mix of screenshot grabs and my photos.
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