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Phuket: 5-Hour City Highlights & Viewpoints Small Group Tour

1. Phuket: 5-Hour City Highlights & Viewpoints Small Group Tour

Discover the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout Phuket on this half-day small-group tour and learn about the history of Phuket whilst becoming acquainted with the local food. Your tour starts with pickup in the main lobby of your hotel, from where you will journey to the most popular sites in Phuket. Your first stop will be to Phuket Old Town, where you can enjoy this historical sight with a professional guide as you get to know Phuket's local food. You can snap pictures and explore the colorful Sino-Portuguese style architecture, such as the former Charter Standard Bank building and vibrant street art along Thalang Road. Your next stop will be to the Chalong Temple, where you can see the glistering pagoda and wax model of "Cham Abbot", who is highly respected by the people of Phuket. Many Thais come for paying respect to the abbot for good fortune in their lives. Continuing on your tour, you will visit one of Phuket's iconic landmarks on top of the Nakkerd Hills. The Big Buddha was built as a symbol of peace and unity of the Phuket people, and you will be able to see the majestic 45-meter high white marble Marnwichai style statue up-close whilst enjoying the view of both Chalong Bay and Kata Bay. Finally, you will visit a wind power energy plant situated near the Promthep Cape which is renowned for its stunning views. You will then continue to the last highlight of admiring the Karon view point on the west coast of Phuket. Don't miss the opportunity to take pictures of the view of several bays, the green mountain and the emerald sea with its turquoise water before heading back to your accommodation.

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Phuket: Phi Phi & Khai Island Tour with Lunch

2. Phuket: Phi Phi & Khai Island Tour with Lunch

Upon arrival at the pier, be greeted by your friendly host and enjoy a light breakfast with some tea or coffee. Then, begin your tour and visit 6 beautiful locations throughout the Phi Phi Islands. Discover highlights of the islands including Pileh Lagoon, Phi Phi Don, Maya Bay, the Viking Cave, Monkey Beach, and Loh Samah Bay. Upon reaching the Phi Phi islands first visit the stunning Pileh Lagoon, which is encircled by towering limestone cliffs. Discover the serene surroundings up close as you cruise into the lagoon on a local wooden longtail boat. Jump into the warm water of Pileh Lagoon and enjoy a relaxing swimming stop. Next, continue to the famous Viking Cave. Cruise past Maya Baya and see where the cult-classic movie, The Beach, was filmed. Enjoy a stop for some snorkelling at Loh Samah Bay. Discover vast and colorful coral reefs home to a variety of tropical fish. Stop on the island of Phi Phi Don for some exploring and relaxation time. Enjoy a delicious Thai-style buffet lunch, with optional champagne and cold cuts available. After lunch, enjoy some free time explore Phi Phi Don's charming cafes or hike to the stunning viewpoint. Afterward, travel back to Phuket by speedboat.

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Phuket: Coral and Racha Islands Hype Luxury Catamaran

3. Phuket: Coral and Racha Islands Hype Luxury Catamaran

Discover 2 of the most stunning islands close to Phuket, Coral and Racha Islands, on a special 7.5-hour sea tour aboard a luxury catamaran - the Hype Boat. Sunbathe on the comfortable day beds, enjoy the music of a live DJ, and jump into the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea. Select the hotel transfer option for the most hassle-free day out. Board your boat at 11 AM at Chalong Pier. After departure, feast on a decadent buffet with options ranging from tapas to sushi, as well as a wide variety of delicious Thai food. Make your first stop on Coral Island at 12:45 PM, and swim, snorkel, or hang out on the white sandy beach. At 2 PM, head to your next destination, Racha Island, a well-known island for snorkeling and diving. At 4:30 PM, board your boat again and delight in an afternoon of dancing until the sun goes down. Admire the astonishing sight of the vibrant sun hitting the horizon of the ocean as you watch the sunset. The tour concludes back at Chalong Pier at around 6:30 PM.

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Phuket Adventure: Monkey Cave, Rafting, Zip Line & Waterfall

4. Phuket Adventure: Monkey Cave, Rafting, Zip Line & Waterfall

Begin your full-day program with a 1.5-hour drive to the adventure site. The first stop is the Monkey Cave at Suwan Kuha Temple. Inside the temple is a 15-meter-long reclining Buddha image. White water rafting is next on the itinerary. Experience a thrilling adventure on a 5-kilometer-long course. Then, head to the zip line site for the thrill of zipping along the treetops, 1 zipline (150 meters long), before taking a break for lunch at the camp.* If you add the ATV option, you will also enjoy a thrilling 30 minute ATV ride.

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Cheow Lan Lake: 3-Day Floating Resort Luxury Experience

5. Cheow Lan Lake: 3-Day Floating Resort Luxury Experience

Experience the 500 Rai Floating Resort, where all of its rooms float on the emerald-green waters of Cheow Lan Lake. Enjoy luxurious living in the jungle and relax on your terrace overseeing the panoramic view of the lake.  Immerse yourself in the serenity of the resort’s floating infinity pool. Explore the nature of Khao Sok partake in sports, leisure, adventures, and create memories that will last on this multi-day holiday experience. Day 1: Explore the Lake, Jungle, Coral Cave, and Guilin Rocks of Thailand Start your adventure bright and early with complimentary pickup from your accommodation in Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi, Phang-Nga, Surat Thani, or Khao Sok. Alternatively, you can choose to drive yourself to 500 Rai Floating Resort. Enjoy the stunning local life views along the way. Stop to capture a memorable moment at Cheow Lan Lake viewpoint. Board a traditional long-tail boat upon arrival at the lake. Then, go for a jungle walk, bamboo rafting, and cave exploration at Coral Cave. Make a photo stop at the impressive limstone formation, Khao Sam Klur, the Guilin Rocks of Thailand. Enjoy lunch on a buffet setting upon arrival at 500Rai Floating Resort. Check in and explore the lake with your own kayak. Enjoy complimentary drinks (coffee, tea, and fruit juice) and seasonal fruit by the poolside.  Go on a Khao Sok wildlife safari by long-tail boat. Then, head back to the resort and enjoy a mouthwatering buffet dinner. Day 2: Bird-Watching Long-Tail Boat Ride and Leisure Day Start the day early with a warm beverage before heading out on another long-tail boat ride. Do some bird watching from the boat, keep your eyes peeled on the rainforest canopy. Return to the resort for breakfast. Spend the whole morning relaxing by the pool, swimming at the lake, or explore a nearby islet with your kayak. Dine at the floating resort for lunch. Spend your free time in the afternoon as you like. If you would like to explore more of Cheow Lan Lake, there are more tours offered at the resort. Finish your day with dinner at the resort. Day 3: Free Time and Departure Have beakfast and relax by the pool the whole morning. Swim in the lake or do some final exploring with your kayak. Have lunch at the resort and depart at 1:00 PM. Head towards back to your hotel.

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Phuket: Half Day Easy Thai Cooking Class & Local Market Tour

6. Phuket: Half Day Easy Thai Cooking Class & Local Market Tour

Take part in a half–day cooking class in a local kitchen, after you explore the local market to select your ingredients. Choose from 2 half–day classes: a the morning class starting at 9:30 AM or an afternoon class starting at 2:30 PM. For a more flexible menu, choose the Special Sunday class. See below for a sample of your menu: Monday: in the morning class, enjoy tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and mango sticky rice. In the afternoon class, prepare chicken satay, tom kha kai, phad see-ew, and mango sticky rice. Tuesday: the morning class will prepare fish cake, papaya salad, panang curry, and deep fried banana. In the afternoon, prepare tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and deep fried banana. Wednesday: in the morning, cook tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and banana in coconut milk. In the afternoon, cook fried chicken cashew nut, tom kha kai, fried basil leaves,  and banana in coconut milk. Thursday: the morning menu includes spring rolls, paneang curry, tom kha kai, and mango sticky rice. The afternoon class will prepare tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and mango sticky rice. Friday: join the morning class to prepare tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and deep fried banana. Choose an afternoon class for fried chicken in oyster sauce, spring roll, tom kha kai, and deep fried banana. Saturday: In the morning class, cook massaman curry, spring rolls, tom yam kung, and banana in coconut milk. In the afternoon, prepare red curry, larb, tom kah kai, and banana in coconut milk. Special Sundays: Choose 3 Thai main course dishes and a Thai dessert. 

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Surin Islands Snorkeling Day Trip from Phuket or Khaolak

7. Surin Islands Snorkeling Day Trip from Phuket or Khaolak

Start the trip with a convenient transfer service to Tablamu Pier for a 7:30 AM check-in. Enjoy a light breakfast with tea or coffee as you receive a briefing from your tour guide. At 8:00 AM, hop on a first-class speedboat and head for Surin Island. The first stop is for your snorkeling experience at The Nemo or Pineapple Gulf. Swim and enjoy the beautiful beach and scenic view at Twin Beach.  At 11:00 AM, visit the famous Sea Gypsy Moken Village. Visit and learn their traditional lifestyle before heading for buffet lunch at the beach on Surin National Park. After lunch, head to the enchanting Mae Yai Gulf and the Tao Gulf. Snorkel here and explore the breathtaking coral reefs before heading back to the pier to be transferred back to your accommodation with wonderful memories. 

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Phuket Old Town 15-Taster Food Tour

8. Phuket Old Town 15-Taster Food Tour

Are you ready to explore why Phuket is often considered one of Thailand's top foodie hotspots? Greet your guide in the cool of the morning at 10:00am outside the city's famous central market and begin your walking tour weaving your way through the streets passing a glorious Chinese temple en route to try a Phuketian classic snack of spiced rice cooked in banana leaves. Back down at the market, your guide will take you to a hidden little teashop which serves the local Burmese working community. Here, you'll try Burmese curries, crispy samosas and other delights accompanied by naans freshly cooked in their wood-fired oven and washed down with sweet tea. Just down the road is a fine outdoor fresh fruit and vegetable market where your guide will explain the ingredients that go into Thai cuisine and sample exotic fruits, juices, and other tasty morsels like deep-fried coconut balls and prawns cooked in banana leaves. Continue on your culinary adventure by working your way over a bowl of rich Hokkien noodles with a pair of chopsticks (don't worry, cutlery's available too) from a little restaurant that's been serving up the good stuff for decades. Don't worry, it's not over yet. Your guide will take you to a local indoor market famed for its fresh spring rolls filled with cured pork and topped with sweet sauce and pickles and coconut pork skewers served with rich peanut satay and zingy ajat cucumber relish. It's unthinkable not to visit Phuket Old Town without delving into the sweets. Your guide will take you for a particularly special Phuket-style crepe cooked over fiery coals, a refreshing and vivid iced dessert and finishing on sweet milky tea and flaky rotis at a joint that's been knocking them out for years. Return back to the central market where the tour ends. You'll return back to your hotel with a deeper understanding of Phuketian cuisine. Be warned, the food on the rest of your vacation will now solely disappoint.

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From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

9. From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

First, you will get picked up from your hotel. Start this full-day tour visiting the famous Monkey Cave of Wat Suwan Kuha. Discover the many interconnected caves in the mountain and admire the gold reclining Buddha image at the temple. Explore the magical mangrove forest of Ao Phang Nga National Park by long-tail boat. Stop at a fishing village on Pan Yee Island to enjoy a tasty lunch before seeing James Bond Island, where the blockbuster movie, The Man with the Golden Gun, was filmed. Continue to Khao Phing Kan to see the stunning limestone karst formations. Experience the area’s beauty by sea canoe, paddling around Talu Island before returning to the pier. To ensure your safety, your expert guide will paddle the canoe for you, as the waters in this area can be difficult for paddling. 

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From Phuket: Phang Nga Bay by Speedboat and Canoe

10. From Phuket: Phang Nga Bay by Speedboat and Canoe

Following pick-up from your hotel in Phuket, climb aboard a speedboat and cruise around the limestone outcrops of Phang Nga Bay. Speed across the waves of the Andaman Sea en route to the islets of Koh Ping Gan and Koh Tapu, better known as James Bond Island after they were featured in the 007 movie "The Man with the Golden Gun." Explore the hidden caves and emerald lagoons by canoe, and step back into the prehistoric world at a landscape formed over many thousands of years. Follow your guide to the very best locations, depending on the tide. Visit the village of Koh Payee built on stilts hundreds of years ago. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch of typical food from Thailand and get the chance to interact with the locals with the help of your guide. Get a taste of paradise and go for a swim around Naka Island or Rang Island before the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Phuket

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 426 reviews

A definite must do if In Phuket which is a mix of visits to little eating houses, cafes and markets. We also visited and learned about some of the historical buildings in the Old Phuket Town. The best food tour to know everything about Thai market, food art and culture, as well as the influences from different ethnies (Myanmar, Chinese and Muslim among others). Pema is the most delightful, caring, phenomenally interesting and fun guide who has a vast knowledge of the locality and the history of the origin of the food. She took us to local restaurants which we would not have found by ourselves and we had the most tasteful food imaginable. It was a feast at every stop and the food is all delicious! Pema, thank you so much for making this a pleasurable tour. Very highly recommended with a lovely guide.

It was a marvelous day. It will stay in our memory for ever because we saw great places in Phuket, but also thanks to our guide, Joy. Everything was as said in the tour description, but it was even better because Joy had a lot of attention towards us all the time. She explained us so many things and answered so many questions. She took so many pictures and sent them to us! Thanks also to our driver that has driven all the day. We recommend this tour, we really felt like special guests to discover the most beautiful of Phukhet in one day with kindness and no stress. We are also very happy with the video that Joy sent us the day after.

Superb day that put stars in our eyes! Joy our guide couldn't do enough with us and showed us amazing places. She took some wonderful photos and even created a beautiful video montage of our day for us. Activity to do absolutely!

Had an amazing time! Khao sok is beautiful, 500rai is stunning and we also really enjoyed the trek to Coral cave.

This was the highlight of our trip to Southern Thailand. Highly recommend.