Ko Tapu--Also Known as James Bond Island

(Photo: Yolda Olmak)

Jutting up out of the waters of Phang Nga Bay on the western coast of Thailand is the small island of Ko Tapu. It’s also known as James Bond Island because scenes from the 1974 movie The Man with the Golden Gun were shot there.


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Since it draws money-spending tourists, local residents are comfortable with the new name. Visitors cannot readily climb it, but boats take people right up to the limestone cliffs and the caves carved into them. You can see why Bond’s nemesis Francisco Scaramanga chose it as a hideout. Provided that you have sufficient supplies, it might also be a serviceable zombie apocalypse shelter.

(Photo: Cristiano Guidetti)

-via Earth Science Picture of the Day


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The fact that a Bond movie was filmed there was pretty much irrelevant to me when I visited, but it was still one of the most beautiful and amazing days I've ever spent on vacation. The limestone caves are awe-inspiringly beautiful and completely unique. Believe it or not this photo does not do them justice. I'd recommend this day trip to anyone regardless of whether or not they are Bond fans.
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