The coral reef formed into the shape of a nail
Although legend states that a fisherman created the Ko Tapu islet with the cut of a sword, the formation of the “nail island” has its origin in the breakup of an underwater coral barrier that then rose to the surface. It this erosion that gives it its present unique shape.
Before its cinematographic debut, few people knew of its existence, but after its film premiere, tourism to the area boomed, so much so that the island is now known as “James Bond Island”. It has become one of the busiest places in the bay, not only because of the hordes of tourists that visit to take photos with Ko Tapu in the background, but also because of the local vendors that sell their postcards, seashells and shark’s tooth necklaces, wishing good luck to the ‘farangs’ (as Thai people call foreigners).
Another very popular activity is to visit the caves in the bay by kayak. As well as the visibily beautiful landscape, Phang Nga lives up to the saying that true beauty is found on the inside and has hidden treasures in the form of caves, tunnels, cliffs and interior lagoons. When the tide allows, and always accompanied by a guide, you can enter these limestone caves, which are known locally as “hongs”.