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Maxim|July - August 2021
Thailand’s most photo-worthy adventures, from Bond-themed getaways to elegant elephant excursions
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Finding an idyllic, unspoiled Thai getaway is not as simple as it used to be. As South East Asia’s original blissed-out back-packer’s haven, coastal Thailand was colonized by the Euro EDM party crowd and wildlife-loving jungle junkies. A new demographic has emerged however as more mindful travel moves center stage—Jack Wolfskin-wearing, Keto-following, TED Talk-watching digital nomads are now drawn to the nation’s abundant adventure menu.

Are there bonafide Bond junkies in your squad? Savor life in the fast lane at Layan Residences by Anantara in Phuket. The tropical retreat recently launched a budget-blowing bender inspired by the 007 classic The Man with the Golden Gun. From flying in via private jet to handling the original golden gun from the 1974 film (talk about a killer photo op), this ultimate guys’ trip brims with VIP perks geared towards male bonding of the highest order.

Kick off in high style as your chosen circle of seven boards a private jet from Bangkok to Phuket, then a chauffeured limo to Villa Similan—the largest and most sublime of the resort’s 15 ultra-luxurious residences. Commanding prime ocean and jungle views, this lavish eight-bedroom contemporary villa comes with a live-in butler and an on-call private chef and spa therapist, a setup worthy of Dr. No.

Showcasing a chic indoor-outdoor design, the villa features a photogenic roof terrace, 72-ft. infinity pool, and massage room. A glass-clad wine room leads to the pièce de résistance: a 007-ready man cave adorned with leather sofas, an antique billiards table, and the legendary golden gun itself. One of the most iconic weapons in 007 history, the gun is brandished by the film’s villain, Francisco “Pistols” Scaramanga.

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