Phi Phi Islands vs James Bond Island: Comparison Guide

Phi Phi Islands or James Bond Island? That is the question.

Among the beautiful islands near Phuket and Krabi, Phi Phi Islands and James Bond Island are undoubtedly the most famous islands.

As many of you know, both islands  appeared in Hollywood films. Phi Phi Islands was a filming location for Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘The Beach’, while Roger Moore’s ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ was filmed on James Bond Island which was named after the movie character.

Many people considering taking a tour to Phi Phi Islands or James Bond Island want to know which tours would be better for them. Each tour brings different types of fun, and in a perfect world, you would be able to take both tours. But, if you’re under pressure of time or budget, you should consider which one suits your taste better.

In this blog, we will give you an ultimate comparison guide for these picturesque island destinations. If you are thinking of taking the tours, be sure to read on! 😎

Note: James Bond Island is in the Phang Nga Bay, and these two names are often used interchangeably and they are the same tours.

1. Location: Phi Phi Islands vs James Bond Island

James Bond Island and Phi Phi Islands are both located between Phuket and Krabi but in opposite directions. James Bond Island is to the north of Ao Po pier while the Phi Phi Islands are to the south.

This is one of the main factors that decide the price of the tours. Since Phi Phi Islands are closer to Krabi than Phuket, normally tours from Krabi are cheaper than the ones from Phuket.

James Bond Island is the opposite. It is closer to go from Phuket than Krabi, therefore it is cheaper to take a tour from Phuket.

2. Phi Phi Islands Guide

  • Things to do in Phi Phi Islands
    • Chill out by the beaches
    • Snorkeling
    • Scuba diving
    • Spotting monkeys (at the Monkey Beach)
  • Best for: People who love aquatic activities such as diving and snorkeling

Phi Phi Islands tours generally include snorkeling at Phi Phi Leh. Phi Phi Islands are the group of islands, and here are the main highlights that most of the tours go to.

  1. Bamboo Island: an exotic island well known for abundant and strong bamboo trees.
  2. Monkey Beach: where you get to see or feed the monkeys.
  3. Monkey Beach: where you get to see or feed the monkeys.
  4. Phi Phi Don: the main town with many shops and restaurants.
  5. Maya Bay: the filming spot of Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘The Beach’.
  6. Pileh Lagoon: where you can dive from the boat into the water and swim around for a while.

You can book a tour from Krabi or Phuket. And if you want to avoid crowds, you can take a premium boat tour from Phuket, and have a lot more relaxing time. If you are traveling with your family or friends and want to have more private & luxurious time together, definitely choose the premium boat option! For more information, click below.

*Note: Previously, Maya Bay was closed from June ~ September, in efforts to salvage the area’s dying coral reefs, which have taken a battering from warmer water temperatures and constant flow of tourists leaving their rubbish behind. But we’ve just received news that Thai authorities have closed down Maya Bay indefinitely, prohibiting any visitors to enter the bay itself until further notice.

But don’t despair, although you won’t be able to enter the bay itself, the boats will be able anchor down at the at the entrance of the bay, so you can admire the bay from afar. You will also be allowed to take pictures and spend some time swimming and snorkeling out of the boundaries of the bay.

Instead, we highly recommend visiting the beautiful Khai Island where you can snorkel in the coral reefs and fish. The good news is that you can get a huge discount of 66% for Phi Phi Island + Khai Island Tour while it lasts. The discounted price will only be from June to October! This is your only chance!

👉 Book Phi Phi Islands & Khai Islands 1 Day Tour by Speedboat at 66% OFF 👈

3. James Bond Island (Phang Nga Bay) Guide

  • Things to do in James Bond Island (Phang Nga Bay)
    • Canoeing
    • Cave sightseeing
    • Swimming & Sunbathing
  • Best for: People who are looking for leisure and accompanied by young children or old parents

The Phang Nga Bay tours normally include more sightseeing than activity. That’s why it is more suitable for people who want to have a relaxing day riding a boat along the sea. Check out some of the highlights of the Phang Nga Bay tours.

  1. Panak Island: where you can explore caves and observe red hawks flying by.
  2. Hong Island: Try canoeing through the mangrove forest and explore the lagoon.
  3. Panyee Island: the small village where you can have lunch and souvenir shopping.
  4. James Bond Island: the filming spot of ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’
  5. Naka Island: Enjoy swimming and beach lounging.

Wherever you depart from Phuket or Krabi, try to take a speedboat as they help you save time than taking a big boat or long tail boat. Also, there are premium boat options with more inclusions such as dinner and refreshments. Usually, premium boats are less busy as the price is higher. If you prefer not too many people on the boat, a premium tour will be a great option for you.  

If you are wondering whether you can make James Bond & Phi Phi Islands tours on the same day, it is totally possible.

▷ James Bond Island & Phi Phi Islands 1 Day/2D1N Tour – from Phuket ◁

However, as the destinations are far from each other, 2D1N tour option is more recommended as you will have more time to enjoy the different elements of each tour.

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If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask or comment in the comments section! Last but not least, don’t forget to visit for more travel tips and ideas for your next trip to Thailand! 


    1. Hi Raj Shah!
      It may depend on your preference 🙂 If you prefer snorkeling, scuba diving and relaxing by the beaches, I recommend you to check out the Phi Phi Island tour. On the other hand, if you are more interested in cave sightseeing and canoeing activity, the James Bond Island tour will be more suitable for you.

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