Mountains and rainforest rich island of Thailand, Phuket is a great holiday destination especially because of its proximity from the nearby tourist places. Phuket has many islands within the reach of a day. This place is also a heaven those who love to dive, swim and snorkel.
Best time to visit Phuket
Phuket has a tropical climate which keeps varies between warm, cool and rainy. Though it never gets too chilly during winters, the the summer are hot. The best time to visit Phuket is from November to February when the weather is cold and dry.
7 Phuket Day Tours
1. Phi Phi Island Tour
Sitting between the large island of Phuket and the west Strait of Malacca coast of the mainland, is a large group of islands known as Phi Phi. The islands are administratively part of Krabi province. Phi Phi is a popular destination for day tours from Phuket and is loved by divers and snorkelers. If you tour to Phi Phi on a speed boat, you will have enough time to explore the Island. White sand beaches, emerald – green waters, limestone cliffs, natural greenery and wild monkeys, all add great essence to your Phi Phi Island tour. The Island also has some very good restaurants serving various Thai and international cuisines.
How to reach: There are two ways to reach Phi Phi Islands from Phuket – Ferries and speedboats.
Ferries: INR 1800 (90 minutes)
Speedboats: INR 4900 (45 minutes)
2. Phang Nga Bay Day Trip
Between the southern Thailand’s mainland and Phuket Island lies bay called Phang Nga Bay. This place is popular for the Ao Phang Nga National Park. It is a small paradise with limestone cliffs, rock formations and mangrove forests. Phang Nga Bay is an ideal place to enjoy boating as there are many safe places to anchor the boats. The huge, rocky limestone cliffs make a great background for the view. The cliffs are of various colours because of the mineral oxides present in them.
Phang Nga doesn’t get much affected by the Northeast and the Southwest monsoon season due to which the water remains calm throughout the year. This feature also maintains the abundance of wildlife here. Another unique feature of this place is its natural ‘Hongs’ or ‘rooms’ that lie inside some of these Islands. These hongs are protected by the limestone walls and keep some of the untouched flora and fauna safe.
Tour Cost: INR 6500
How to reach: You can reach Phang Nga Bay from Phuket in many ways. The options include booking a long-tail or speedboat day trip, joining a cruise or canoeing tour, or boarding a yacht.
3. James Bond Island Trip
James Bond Island is a popular tourist attraction in Phang Nga Bay. This place got its name when it was featured in the 1947 James Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. James Bond Island looks unique in its making as its limestone cliffs vertically balance itself on the water. It looks like an inverted droplet. The two best view of James Bond Island are from boats or from the small beach on Koh Ping Ghan. This place is a popular sailing and kayaking destination and most of the tours are combined.
Tour Cost: INR 3600 (full day tour in big boat)
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4. Similan Island Speed Boat Trip
The Similan Islands is a part of the Phang Nga Province in the southern Thailand. It is a group of islands in the Andaman Sea. The place is popular for its national park, Mu Ko Similan, which was established in 1982. Similan Islands is a good place for snorkeling. While snorkeling here you can spot Octopuses, harmless sea snakes, giant morays and many other colourful reef fish. The beautiful coral formations around this place add on to the view. There are also chance of encounters with turtles, reef sharks and eagle rays and sometimes even whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins.
5. Trip to Elephant Sanctuary Park
Green Elephant Sanctuary Park In Phuket is a great place to spend your day. Here you can cuddle, feed and play with elephants. You can help them take a bath by rubbing mud on them in a spa pool and wash it off in the XXL adventure shower in the park, as you play with them. After this tiring yet exciting task, enjoy an authentic Thai buffet. Bid a goodbye to the adorable giants and leave for your hotel. The park is intended to provide a safe environment to the elephants and to increase a healthy human and elephant interaction. Believe me, this is a great stressbuster!
6. Khai Island
30 minutes away from the East Coast of Phuket is Koh Khai Nok, a small island near Phang Nga Bay. The island has so clear water that you can see small fishes swimming near to the shore. The white sand beach and the rocky-hilly background of the beach makes it a concise space to spend the day. There are some hut shaped resting area and restaurant along with dozens of beach recliners and shades lining the beach.
7. Bamboo Islands
Bamboo Island, known as Koh Pai in Thai is located in the North East of Phi Phi. Roughly measuring 600m in width and 700m length, the island looks heart-shaped and is entirely surrounded by a strip of white sand. The island got its name from the Bamboo trees that dominate its lush green central part, along with Casuarinas trees. This places is a great snorkeling spot because of the nearby coral reef known as Hin Klang that gives an impression of swimming in an aquarium.
Tour Cost: INR 880
How to reach: Hire a long-tail boat from Tonsai Village (40 minutes)
Phuket is a destination which does not restrict you to itself but provides the opportunity to explore other beautiful places around it. Plan a trip to Phuket in Thailand and go on a day-touring spree.