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Phuket: Phi Phi & Khai Island Tour with Lunch

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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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: Phang Nga Bay by Speedboat and Canoe

6. 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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Phuket: Full-Day Private Speedboat Charter to Phang Nga Bay

7. Phuket: Full-Day Private Speedboat Charter to Phang Nga Bay

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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Khao Sok: Luxury 3-Day 2-Night Jungle & Lake Escape

8. Khao Sok: Luxury 3-Day 2-Night Jungle & Lake Escape

Day 1 Set off on your exciting 3-day 2-night adventure at one of Thailand's most beautiful national parks. Upon arrival at Rajja Prabha dam’s viewpoint, meet your guide and your fellow travelers. Be amazed by the panorama view that the lake has to offer and hear the story about how it was built. The adventure begins after our long-tail boat disembarks from the pier. Enjoy the scenic boat ride and along the way witness the different limestone formations along the lake's coastline. Visit the iconic limestone formation locally called “Khao Sam Klur” or commonly known as the “Thailand's Gui Lin Rock” formation. Continue the boat ride to the deepest part of the jungle to reach the hidden waterfall of Chiew Larn Lake “Pad Zian waterfall”. Adventure awaits as you climb to the peak of the waterfall to see the jungle from up top. Climb back aboard the long-tail boat and head towards the iconic Floating Resort where a buffet lunch awaits you with authentic Southern Thai food. After this, check-in to your deluxe room and spend the afternoon enjoying the heart of nature. Enjoy dinner in an exquisite atmosphere. Day 2 Start the day early with a warm beverage; coffee, tea, and light breakfast before we head out on another long tail boat ride. Bird watching and wildlife safari by longtail boat along the rainforest canopy. Set out for check out, indulge yourself and have a last glimpse of this magnificent place we call paradise. Return to the pier and head straight to Khaosok National Park. Savor lunch at Tusita Restaurant with green panoramic mountain views and a nearby organic farm.  After checking in to the farmhouse resort, spend the afternoon enjoying the heart of nature. Explore the surrounding resort by walking through Khao Sok walking street or enjoy swimming in the natural Klong Sok river. Sunbathe near the pool with your latest book or visit the resort's organic farm before you go for a delicious Thai buffet dinner. Day 3 Have your breakfast surrounded by the evergreen forest. Check-out of your room and gear up for an adventurous 3-hour jungle trek. Explore Khao Sok’s untouched jungle where different flora and fauna grow. Catch a glimpse of wild animals such as gibbons and monkeys in their natural habitat.  After the trek, head back to the Farmhouse Resort for a relaxing lunch. Visit Khao Sok’s spectacular landmark Mea Yai waterfall to see the horizon that covers the National Park. The fun does not stop yet as we will explore Khao Sok river via a traditional bamboo raft. Prepare to get wet while our paddle guides stir your raft. Make a quick stop in between while our paddle guides prepare a coffee brewed from bamboo. After the refreshing ride, you will be dropped off at your next destination or the hotel you were picked up from.

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Khao Sok: Chiew Larn Lake Luxury Overnight Stay with Meals

9. Khao Sok: Chiew Larn Lake Luxury Overnight Stay with Meals

Prepare to experience the pleasures of the 500Rai Floating Resort. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the resort’s floating infinity pool, partake in sports and leisure adventures, and rejuvenate your body and mind. Day 1 Start your adventure bright and early with pickup from your hotel. Capture a memorable moment at a scenic viewpoint on the way. Board a traditional long-tail boat upon arrival at Chiew Larn Lake. Join a jungle walk, try bamboo rafting, and enjoy free time to explore Coral Cave. Make a photo stop at the famous Gui Lin rock formation. Then enjoy a buffet lunch upon arrival at the 500Rai Floating Resort. Check in to your room and then start exploring the lake on a kayak. Enjoy coffee, tea, and fruit juice, and seasonal fruit as you relax by the pool in the afternoon. Next, visit Khao Sok Wildlife Safari by long-tail boat. Then return to the resort for a delicious buffet dinner. Day 2 Start the day early with a coffee or tea, before heading out on another long-tail boat ride. Enjoy bird watching in the rainforest canopy, before heading back to the resort for breakfast. Spend the rest of the morning relaxing by the pool, swimming in the lake or exploring a small island on the lake with the kayak. Enjoy lunch at the resort, before departing from the resort and driving back to your hotel.

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Phuket: Day in the Islands Kayaking Adventure

10. Phuket: Day in the Islands Kayaking Adventure

You'll begin by being picked up from from anywhere on Phuket Island by luxury minivan. From there, meet your lead guide at Ao Por Pier in the north of Phuket and depart early in the morning in a long-tail boat. Circumvent north Phang Nga Bay and head to Hong Island for the first kayaking stop. There you will try hard-shell kayaking at the most spectacular spots on the planet. Your guide will provide you with basic kayaking instructions so you can paddle your own kayak, or you can alternately opt to paddle a double kayak with a guide. Continue to Koh Yao Yao Island and enjoy lunch at a local Thai restaurant, which will consist of healthy and high quality food. Afterwards, head to Panak Island for the second kayaking stop which includes the limestone caves and hidden cliff-lined lagoons, which were discovered by John Gray in 1989.

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What people are saying about Phuket

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 93 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.

Did the shopping and preparation from scratch. Was informing and entertaining. We made several dishes and the instruction was comprehensive and quick enough. Of course the eating of our complete dishes showed the quality of the food and the competence we acquired.

Amazing experience, you can discover a huge amount of Local food. Come with an empty stomach and let the best guide show you around and share her pation.

A great experience, great hosts. Still making the food items that we learned. Well worth the money.

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