Things to do in Phuket

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Phuket: Maya, Phi Phi, and Bamboo Island with Buffet Lunch

1. Phuket: Maya, Phi Phi, and Bamboo Island with Buffet Lunch

Depart from Phuket and cruise in a speedboat across the ocean to the Phi Phi Islands. Enter the picturesque Loh Sama Bay and walk across the sands to relax on Maya Bay. Spot local wildlife at Monkey Beach and indulge in a beach-side restaurant buffet before snorkeling on Bamboo Island. Get picked up from your hotel in Phuket and travel to the pier to meet your friendly crew and group for the day. Be welcomed onto the boat with a soft drink and seasonal fruits as you're briefed about the tour. Arrive at Loh Sama Bay, a famous site of Koh Phi Phi Leh, located on the eastern side of the island's southern tip. The bay has a small islet in the center, along with a tiny beach at the back of a small canyon on its northern part. From Loh Sama Bay you will walk over to Maya Bay, famous for being the set of the movie, The Beach. Here, spend time enjoying the view of the local white sand beach and take some time to walk around. Appreciate the restoration work around the bay, and respect the strict rules that have been placed to preserve its natural beauty for everyone. Visit Pileh Lagoon, an uninhabited national park, which truly allows you to take in the natural environment. It is one of the most stunning places to visit in Thailand due to being an enclosed lagoon with its bright emerald waters encircled by towering limestone cliffs. In front of the steep and dark cliffs, there is a narrow strip of fine white sand, where you can a small secluded beach. Ponder over your existence, let your toes feel the grains, and feel the peace of being where you are. Visit Viking Cave, an excellent way to discover one of the most profitable local industries in the past, the harvesting of swiftlet bird nests. Particularly prized in Chinese culture, these edible nests are believed to promote good health, specifically for the skin. Next, you will have the chance to visit monkey beach, one of the most unique locales on the Phi Phi Islands. Reach, an idyllic spot, surrounded by nature and steep rock formations that makes the whole vision of the beach a beautiful memory that will last forever. Limestone cliffs surround the beach and the wild monkeys can be seen up in these cliffs, chilling out on the sand or swimming in the sea. Here, take a moment to sightsee, but keep your distance from the wild monkeys to avoid a dangerous altercation. Enjoy a delicious International Buffet Lunch at a beach-side restaurant on Phi Phi Don. After lunch, travel to Nui Bay, a dive site on the northwest coast of Koh Phi Phi Don. It offers a shallow dive and is also well-known for snorkeling trips inside the bay. Get excited for some free time on Bamboo Island where you will be able to swim, relax, or sunbathe for an hour and a half. The island measures roughly 600 meters wide by 700 meters long, and the island is shaped almost like a heart. Surrounding the island, is a strip of white powder sand, which boasts as a highlight of the Phi Phi islands. Afterward, return to your speedboat and enjoy a comfortable transfer back to your hotel.

Phuket: Elephant Save & Care Program Tour

2. Phuket: Elephant Save & Care Program Tour

Explore the Elephant Wildlife Sanctuary in Phuket and feed the elephants with bananas, corn, and more. Learn more about the elephants from your guide, and uncover the benefits of spa treatment on the animals before savoring a delicious lunch box.  Begin with a pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Phuket and a one-hour transfer to the elephant sanctuary. Be warmly welcomed upon arrival with an Elephant Behavior and Save & Care program to prepare for your encounter. Feed the elephants baskets of bananas, sugarcane, cucumber, and corn. While they enjoy their food, learn from the guides about the background of each elephant. Next, prepare the elephants with a spa treatment and shower. Discover the healing benefits of special spa mud that help to heal elephant wounds from many kinds of scratches, and skin damage, and provides heat balance benefits for the body and blood flow. Enjoy lunch with a Pad Thai box set and seasonal fruits before departing back to your hotel in Phuket. Leave inspired and informed, having supported the elephants and future care at the Elephants Wildlife Sanctuary.

Phuket: Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay Day Trip with Lunch

3. Phuket: Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay Day Trip with Lunch

Tour the paradisical Phi Phi Islands, and explore Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh on a guided speedboat day trip from Phuket. Dip below the waves with 3 snorkeling stops and tuck into a buffet lunch by the beach. Start your morning with hotel pickup and a complimentary coffee or tea with cookies. Hop on a speedboat, and make your way to Green Island for snorkeling while observing marine wildlife. Continue to Phi Phi Leh island, featured in iconic movies, including "The Beach." Sightsee along Maya Bay and Loh Samah Bay by boat before taking a swim in Pileh Lagoon, known for its emerald water encircled by limestone karst cliffs. Bring your camera to Viking Cave and see its bird nests. At noon, arrive at Phi Phi Don island. Here, regain your strength with a buffet lunch at a beachside restaurant. After, enjoy free time to discover this lush island with its many shops and cafes. Stop by Monkey Beach to catch a glimpse of the monkeys who call this beach home. Then, head to Nui Bay to swim, snorkel or soak up the sunshine. Finally, visit Khai Island and relax on its pristine shores or enjoy the water before a return transfer to your hotel.

From Phuket/Khaolak: Similan Islands Early Bird Day Trip

4. From Phuket/Khaolak: Similan Islands Early Bird Day Trip

Enjoy a speedboat tour to snorkel through crystal-clear waters in Donald Duck, Honeymoon, and Princess Bay. Stop for a delicious picnic lunch by the sea at Honeymoon bay. Choose from tour options with convenient pickup and drop-off points in Phuket or Nam Kem Pier in Khaolak. The early bird tour to Similan Islands will leave directly from the Yacht Haven in Phuket or Nam Kem Pier in Khaolak. An early departure ensures you get there early enough to enjoy Donald Duck Bay, hike up the short trail to the Sail Rock, and take those amazing pictures from the viewpoint. The tour includes two long snorkeling breaks to explore the beautiful underwater world and a chance to see a sea turtle. The next stop will be Island no 4, where you can enjoy a picnic lunch near the beach at Honeymoon Bay. Take a small walk through a nature trail to the stunning beach at Princess Bay where you have time to relax and swim in the crystal clear waters. After, there will be one more snorkeling stop either at the famous Koh Bon or Similan Island depending on the weather conditions.

From Phuket: James Bond Island & Canoe Tour by Longtail Boat

5. From Phuket: James Bond Island & Canoe Tour by Longtail Boat

Paddle a canoe and ride a longtail boat on this multi-stop adventure tour from Phuket with private and shared options. Taste local food, swim at Talu Cave, and visit James Bond Island to see the majestic limestone karsts made famous by the 1974 James Bond movie, “The Man with the Golden Gun.” After pickup from your hotel in Phuket, head straight to the first stop of the day, Wat Suwan Khuha, also known as the Monkey Cave, because of the cheeky primates living in the temple complex. Descend into the cave temple and look at the statues and carvings before making your way to the pier. Next, board a longtail boat and sail to the second stop, Panyee Island, also known as the Floating Village. Built on stilts by the local fishermen, the island has been inhabited since the 18th century. Explore the village, taking in local life, before having lunch at a restaurant in the village. After stuffing your belly with delicious local fare, board the boat again to make your way to Talu Cave. Enjoy some free time to canoe and swim in the beautiful blue water. Explore the cave area, where you will find incredible stalactites and stalagmites and unusually shaped rock formations. Then, continue to the day’s main attraction, James Bond Island. Stop at the perfect viewpoint to see the breathtaking 20-meter rock formation, a solitary cliff surrounded by turquoise waters and cliffs. Admire the unforgettable picturesque scenery before starting the journey back to Phuket.

Phuket: James Bond Island Day Trip by Speed Boat with Lunch

6. Phuket: James Bond Island Day Trip by Speed Boat with Lunch

Enjoy pickup and drop-off to and from your hotel to the pier, where your journey across emerald waters and the blue ocean takes place for this day tour around the island and caves. Refresh yourself with a complementary buffet lunch. Cruise along Phang Nga Bay and stop for sightseeing at Panak Island, famous for its emerald lagoons and deep caves. Take in the scenery of stalactite formations and high limestone cliffs. Next, travel to Hong, or Talu Island and enjoy canoeing inside an ancient cave. See all the mysterious rock formations, some shaped by nature that look like animals. After a canoeing session and sightseeing, you will have the chance to visit the floating Muslim village of Panyee Island. Enjoy a buffet lunch and a walk around the village, full of friendly locals. Next, visit the iconic James Bond Island, also known as Khao Ping Kan. The unique formation of this nail-shaped island is nature's mystery and has made it the icon of Phang Nga Bay. After sightseeing on James Bond Island, explore Ice Cream Cave to see the phenomenal stalagmite and crystal formations inside. Try canoeing in the cave, full of emerald green water. Finally, you'll arrive at Lawa Island, or Naka Island (one of the islands will be chosen depending on the weather). Go for a swim, or relax on the island with free time to enjoy the ocean before heading back to the pier.

Phuket: James Bond Island Luxury Sunset Cruise

7. Phuket: James Bond Island Luxury Sunset Cruise

Take in the highlights of Phang Nga Bay on this action-packed full-day cruise from Phuket, with hotel transfers included. Paddle around Hong islands on a kayak, marvel at the natural wonders of James Bond Island, take a swim at Yai Island, and tuck into a delicious lunch onboard. After a hotel pickup, set off for the pier at Ao Por Pier. Begin your Phang Nga Bay luxury cruise in style and comfort with a buffet lunch served on board. Admire the spectacular limestone scenery along the coast as you savor a wide array of international cuisine ranging from sushi to local dishes. Next, explore the sea caves by kayaking to Hong Island, where you can discover many lost worlds inside the caves. Admire the limestone walls covered in greenery and the open-sky cavern ceilings. After kayaking, spend some time relaxing, swimming, or lounging on a water hammock at Yai Island.  Then, arrive at Phing Kan Island, the centerpiece of Phang Nga National Park, to admire its amazing leaning vertical rocks. This island is also known as James Bond Island - and you may recognize it from the movie, 'The Man with the Golden Gun'.  Cruise back towards the marina as you enjoy a buffet dinner during a stunning panoramic sunset. Get amazing views of the evening sun setting over the water from the cruise ship - a truly unmissable experience. Arrive back a the Yacht Haven Marina and be transferred back to your hotel.

From Phuket or Khaolak: Similan Islands Snorkeling Day Trip

8. From Phuket or Khaolak: Similan Islands Snorkeling Day Trip

Embark on a full-day guided speedboat tour of the Similan Islands from Phuket or Khaolak. Explore the underwater world at Ba Ngu's coral bay, relax on the pristine shores of Miang Island, and enjoy a buffet lunch. Start the trip with a convenient transfer service to Love Andaman private pier at Tablamu. Enjoy a light breakfast with tea or coffee as you receive a briefing from your tour guide.  Hop on a first-class speedboat and head for the Similan Islands. The first stop is known as Donald Duck Bay or Island No. 8. Here, you can hike to the Sail-Rock to admire the amazing scenery or spend time at the sandy beach swimming and sunbathing.  Visit the first snorkeling spot of Ba Ngu Island or Island No. 9. Explore the breathtaking coral bay, the best location to see different species of fish in the colorful underwater world. Take a break and enjoy a home-cooked Thai lunch buffet at noon. Enjoy fresh fruit as you relax on Thailand's most beautiful white sand beach.  Continue to the second snorkeling spot, where it is time to find Nemo at Payu Island or Island No. 7. Sea turtles and clownfish are often sighted here.  Take a rest at Miang Island or Island No. 4 and head to the gorgeous beaches of Honeymoon Bay and Princess Bay. Head back to the pier and be transferred back to your accommodation with wonderful memories. 

Phuket: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Interactive Tour

9. Phuket: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Interactive Tour

Discover the magic of Elephants on this guided visit to the Phuket Elephant Wildlife Sanctuary. Experience the elephant's daily route by feeding and bathing them. Enjoy the convenience of pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Phuket. Start your day with pickup from your accommodation in a luxury, air-conditioned van. Go on a scenic drive through beautiful scenery to the Elephant Sanctuary. Meet your English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants. Gather up some bananas and cane sugar and walk with your guide through the park and discover the free-roaming elephants in a safe, sustainable and ethical environment. Your guide will tell you a bit about each elephant's individual stories. Touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. After you've met all the elephants, accompany them to a nearby mud spa. Get muddy with the elephants as you apply a healthy cosmetic mud treatment to their skin. Next, stroll with the elephants to a nearby river and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help bathe and brush the elephants while they wade through and play in the water. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways with your new friend and change into some dry clothes. Finally, enjoy some snacks and seasonal fresh fruits before heading back to your hotel.

Phuket: Simon Cabaret Show Admission Ticket

10. Phuket: Simon Cabaret Show Admission Ticket

Get set for a glamorous night at the vibrant Simon Cabaret Show. Spend 1 hour and 15 minutes watching a wide variety of acts played out by men dressed as beautiful women. Sit back and marvel at the elaborate backdrops with performers dressed in flamboyant, glittering costumes. Enjoy performances featuring tribal themes with dancers in ornate, feathered headdresses before a quick stage change transports you to a completely different scene. Travel through history as performers in colorful Korean costumes do elegant fan dances before transitioning to modern, Thai-style performances featuring powerful vocals.

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This experience is absolutely amazing! Starting off by meeting the elephants and feeding one of the babies, then onto preparing the sugar cane to feed them, followed on by preparing a mud mask for them and applying it before giving them a wash down. The lunch was really lovely too. 10/10!!

Pema is a wonderful guide! She had so much information to offer and she is clearly well-loved in the local community— she knows everyone and it shows. Do not eat before this tour , it is a lot of delicious food, you will be stuffed.

Excellent tour, very well organised, delicious food, great ambience, Coco our guide was great. Excellent safety checks by the staff before getting off the boat.

Great time on the tour with a small group. Fun walking with the elephants and swimming

The Trip was Awesome...all thanks to the Guide..she was Good!!