The Man with the Golden Gun, Khao Phing Kan, Thailand
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member André de Montbard
N 08° 16.517 E 098° 30.035
47P E 445001 N 914765
Quick Description: Khao Phing Kan, "James Bond island" Phang Nga, Thailand
Location: Thailand
Date Posted: 4/5/2015 4:16:35 AM
Waymark Code: WMNMN7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
Khao Phing Kan or Ko Khao Phing Kan is an island in Thailand, in Phang Nga Bay northeast of Phuket. About 40 metres (130 ft) from the shores of Khao Phing Kan lies a 20-metre (66 ft) tall islet called Ko Tapu or Khao Tapu. The islands are limestone tower karsts[1] and are a part of Ao Phang Nga National Park. Since 1974, when it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, Khao Phing Kan has been popularly called James Bond Island.

Before 1974, the island was a rarely visited indigenous area. However, it was chosen as one of the locations for the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun as the hideout for Bond's antagonist, Francisco Scaramanga. After the movie release it turned into a popular tourist destination that has gradually contaminated Khao Phing Kan with household litter.

In 1981, the island became the most famous part of the newly established Ao Phang Nga Marine National Park. Since 1998, it is forbidden for tourist boats to approach Ko Tapu. This measure aims to stop erosion of the limestone rocks on and near the islet that might eventually result in its collapse.
Location type: Movie

Movie or Book Title: The Man with the Golden Gun

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