Phang Nga Bay
Gorgeous Phang Nga Bay can be found in the Strait of Malacca between Phuket and the Malay Peninsula. Ao Phang Nga National Park takes in parts of the bay, protecting its clear, emerald-green waters and abundant wildlife. The bay is home to many species of birds, fish, reptiles and mammals, including the manatee-like dugong. Sheer limestone cliffs punctuated by caves line the shores of Phang Nga Bay, and towerlike limestone karsts jut up out of the water like miniature islands. One of the bay's islands, officially named Khao Phing Kan, has been called James Bond Island ever since it appeared in the 1974 Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun. A 20-meter (66-foot) limestone karst, Ko Tapu, is just offshore.