Ko Tapu a.k.a James Bond Island a highlight of Thailand tours
With the latest James Bond movie "Skyfall" headed to theaters, many fans of the franchise are reflecting on past films, and doing so may take them to images of the island Ko Tapu. A staple of many Thailand tours, this unique natural formation was featured in the 1974 movie "The Man With the Golden Gun," and has become a large tourist draw ever since.
The unusual rock stands about 66 feet tall and is located just off the coast of southern Thailand. What's most unique about the formation is that it stands completely removed from other rocks and small islands in the Phang Nga Bay. There are a number of local legends aimed at explaining its origins, but scientists say millions of years of erosion caused by the tide may be the real culprit.
Although Ko Tapu is one of the most recognizable natural features in Thailand, it is just one part of a breathtaking ecosystem, and is located in Ao Phang Nga National Park, which is home to diverse wildlife.
Additionally, Ko Tapu is one of many islands that travelers make a point of visiting during Thailand tours. Others include Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Mak.