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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 Adventure: Monkey Cave, Rafting, Zip Line & Waterfall

2. 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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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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Phuket Old Town 15-Taster Food Tour

4. 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

5. 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

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: Private ATV, Zipline & Phuket City Tour

7. Phuket: Private ATV, Zipline & Phuket City Tour

Get the adrenaline pumping with an ATV ride and zipline adventure in nature. Snap photos of glorious views at Karon Viewpoint, marvel at the Big Buddha, explore the temple grounds of Wat Chalong, and stroll through colorful Phuket Old Town. Start bright and early by picking you up from your hotel before we kick things off with an-hour long ATV ride. Go off road on a Phuket ATV and explore the island’s terrain before heading straight to the zipline area, where you’ll soar through the air, witnessing the beauty of Phuket. After an exhilarating ride, it’s time to get out your cameras as you make our way to Karon Viewpoint. Snap photos and take in the glorious vista before going to Ao Sane Beach. After all the energy expended, refuel with a delicious lunch before enjoying the refreshing waters by the shore. You can even rent out a snorkelling mask and try your hand at spotting marine creatures before the next stop. One of the main landmarks of the city, the 45 meter alabaster statue known as the Big Buddha Phuket is the next destination. Take in the sweeping views once you reach the base of the statue and marvel at the majesty of the third tallest statue in Thailand. The next stop in the rest of our Phuket City Tour is the Wat Chalong or Chalong Temple. The largest and most sacred temple in Phuket, legend has it that the grand pagoda actually houses a fragment of Buddha’s bone. Walk through the temple grounds and explore the gilded halls with beautiful golden statues and intricate details. The last stop of the day is Phuket Old Town, known for its colorful old-style shophouses and many opportunities to browse. Ogle at the many street vendors selling their wares, stop to taste the local street food, and even purchase a souvenir to remember your day by before you make your way back to your hotel to end the day.

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From Phuket: 3-Day PADI Open Water Diver Certification

8. From Phuket: 3-Day PADI Open Water Diver Certification

The PADI Open Water Diver course is divided into 3 main segments: 1) Theory Segment – knowledge development to understand the basic principles of scuba diving 2) Practical Segment – confined water dives to learn basic scuba skills (in the pool) 3) Practical Segment – discover scuba diving experience, the skills you have acquired may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification Day 1 8:00am – Meet your PADI instructor at the dive center for the theory segment 1:00pm – Lunch 10:30am – Pool session 2:00pm – Theory segment and exams Day 2 --> Racha Yai Koh Racha Yai is the largest of the two islands located off the southeastern coast of Phuket. Different kinds of corals can be spotted here with the staghorn coral predominating in many areas. Marine life is rich and species such as barracuda, tuna and milkfish can be found in this area. The better place for diving is located on the East Coast along the hard coral reef where there are shipwrecks and good drifts. 7:30am – Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to Chalong pier 8:00am – Welcome aboard! Breakfast is provided on the way to the first diving site 10:00am – First dive 11:00am – Hot buffet lunch served on board. Time for some snorkeling and sunbathing after lunch 12:30pm – Second dive 1:30pm – Rest and relax. Enjoy fresh tropical fruit and soft drinks on the way back to Chalong pier 12:30pm – Hot buffet lunch on board 3:30pm – Back to Chalong Pier 4:00pm – Transfer back to your hotel Day 3 --> Koh Phi Phi Island Phi Phi Islands has one of the most spectacular landscapes where the vertical cliffs of Thailand are the backdrop of the beautiful beaches. These islands became even more renowned when Danny Boyle filmed the movie ” The Beach” starring Leonardo Di Caprio in 1998. Koh Phi Phi Don, the bigger of the two islands is where you would be able to find numerous backpacker's inns, guesthouses and hotels. Phi Phi Le is the smaller island where there is a national park. In fact, there are two smaller islands, namely, Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai next to Koh Phi Phi Le towards the south. They are limestone rocks where you can find an outstanding variety of marine life. 7:30am – Pick-up from hotel and transfer to Chalong pier 8:00am – Welcome aboard! Breakfast is provided on the way to the first diving site 10:00am – First dive 11:00am – Hot buffet lunch served on board. Time for some snorkeling and sunbathing after lunch 12:30pm – Second dive 1:30pm – Rest and relax. Enjoy fresh tropical fruit and soft drinks on the way back to Chalong pier 12:30pm – Hot buffet lunch on board 3:30pm – Back to Chalong Pier 2:45pm – Rest and Relax. Enjoy fresh tropical fruit and soft drinks on the way back to Chalong pier 4:00pm – Transfer back to your hotel

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

9. 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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Phuket: City Tour, Yoga, and Muay Thai Class

10. Phuket: City Tour, Yoga, and Muay Thai Class

Start the day bright and early and be taken to your first activity, a yoga class. Prepare yourself for the day ahead with a tranquil workout and meditation sessions with a local yoga teacher. Next, burn off some calories in a Muay Thai class. Learn the basics of this much-loved Thai martial art and perfect a couple of punch and kick combos. After a sweaty workout, purchase a delicious local lunch. Head to Karon Viewpoint for the first stop of the Phuket city tour. Snap photos of all corners of the island, then continue on to the Big Buddha statue. Standing an impressive 45 meters in height, the statue is one of the most famous landmarks on the island. Continue to Wat Chalong, one of Phuket’s most sacred temples. It is rumored that a fragment of Buddha’s bone can be found in the hall of the grand pagoda. Marvel at the numerous golden statues and detailed carvings of the temple before heading to the last stop. Finish the tour in the Old Town of Phuket. This famous Portuguese-inspired area houses colorful shops that sell a variety of local wares. Wander the streets to take in the sights, sounds, and culinary smells, before you’re returned back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Phuket City

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 407 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.

Highly recommend if you want to see more of Phuket and actually learn about the history of it. Guide was great, super friendly, spoke very good English. Must do if in Phuket!

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.

We had an amazing experience! The company had great communication with us and our fellow travelers, and they were very kind, fun, and attentive.

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