A Cliff and a Film with Impact
The landing of a white and red seaplane made these cliffs in the Phang Nga Bay famous across the world. A single man stepped out of the small plane in 1974: Bond, James Bond, played by Roger Moore. In “The Man with the Golden Gun”, he encountered his adversary here – an event which had an impact on Koh Tapu: the “nail island” is now the most famous island in the national park. Nowadays, the small bay would be a poor hiding place for a villain – unless they disguise themselves as a souvenir dealer offering wares. You should look forward to the incredible landscape, but be prepared for a corresponding rush of people at this iconic cinematic site.
A Shelter for Pachyderms
You can enjoy a respectful encounter with the national animal of Thailand at the “Tree Tops Elephant Reserve”. The founder, Louise, is dedicated to these sensitive animals and ethical elephant tourism. This is necessary as the animals are unfortunately not handled appropriately everywhere: abusing them as riding animals and for shows has been customary. Eight of the elephants were rescued from the entertainment industry and now live in idyllic nature within this reserve. You can discover the life story of every animal and watch as they are bathed and fed. The youngest elephant, named Fah Sai, is only ten years old, while the matriarch Nam Sook has reached 70.
A World of Wonders Under Water
Have you ever seen sea horses out in nature? Turtles? Maybe a manta ray? Even if you’ve already experienced a long snorkelling and diving adventure, the Similan Islands are sure to thrill you. The coral reefs around the eleven little islands are some of the best diving areas in the world. The water temperature lies between 26 and 30 degrees and the view is extraordinary. Even those who are not quite daring enough for a full dive will find that you can see plenty by snorkelling, as even the shallow water boasts colourful tropical fish moving through the corals.
Paradise is Colourful
Wild limestone mountains are mirrored in the Cheow Lan Lake which branches out into green valleys like a fjord. The mountainous landscape of the Khao Sok National Park is covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, inhabited by wilful monkeys, colourful birds of paradise and even tigers. Even the plants will fascinate you with their bizarre beauty: is it a mushroom or a blossom – and who will be the first to discover a banana tree? You can reach the lake by hiking, on a canoe or on an excursion boat. The park itself offers guided tours in English which last one to three days and focus on various different topics.
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