Slap in a DVD, sit back, kick your legs up and relax, you’ve earned your downtime. Just keep an eye out for Thailand, the country may very well be a part of the film you are watching, whether you may know it or not. One such film is James Bond: The Man with the Golden Gun. There are a good number of scenes and references to the Kingdom.
Perhaphs no film in the 1970’s put Thailand on the map more than this film. James Bond (played by Roger Moore) attended a boxing match at Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium in Bangkok. The island that houses the solar panels is actually called Koh Tapu, meaning nail island but called James Bond Island through tourist literature and has now become common usage. The hideout of Scaramanga (played by Christopher Lee) is also here. Koh Tapu island is actually part of a pair called Ko Khao Phing Kan which in turn is part of the Ao Phang Nga National Park. The islands are now major draws in the area.
First, let’s start in the capital. Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium is one of Bangkok’s main Muay Thai arensa, the other being Lumpini Boxing Stadium. Ratchadamnoen, some may argue is the most prestigious of the two as champions from that arena are held in higher regard than the latter. Contests are held every Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, starting at around 6.30pm. Go ahead, knock yourself out. You could very well get ringside seats to the matches. Contact us if you would like further information.
Phang Nga Bay hosts those beautiful limestone islands in the film. The province faces the Andaman Sea and hosts an impressive collection of islands and islets. Before the filming of the movie in 1974, Koh Tapu was a rarely visited indigenous area. After the movie, it is now one of the most visited. And it is easy to see why. Most of the island is covered with deciduous and evergreen trees. In addition, the waters in the area is home to an abundance of marine life, including 24 species of fish, 14 species of shrimp, 15 species of crabs and 16 species of manta rays and sharks. Bask it all in with our highly acclaimed Camping and Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay tour. If you’re looking for beauty and adventure (a fine combination, isn’t it?) this is your ticket to a wonderful and unforgettable journey, designed to suit all fitness levels and perfect for friends or families.
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