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Phuket: Simon Cabaret Show Admission Ticket

1. 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.

Phuket: Half-Day City Highlights and Viewpoints Group Tour

2. Phuket: Half-Day City Highlights and Viewpoints 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.

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. 

From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

4. 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. 

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.

Phuket: Coral and Racha Islands Hype Luxury Catamaran

6. 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.

Phuket: Monkey Cave, Water Rafting, Zipline & ATV with lunch

7. Phuket: Monkey Cave, Water Rafting, Zipline & ATV with lunch

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.

Phuket: Aquaria Phuket & Trick Eye Museum Tickets

8. Phuket: Aquaria Phuket & Trick Eye Museum Tickets

With its tagline “An Ocean of Myth and Legend”, Aquaria Phuket takes visitors on a special journey from the mystical Himmapan Forest to the deepest oceans, featuring elements from Thai mythology and culture. The aquarium is located in Central Phuket Floresta and covers 104,000 square feet (9,662 square meters). Once inside, travel through 8 interactive zones. Explore a land filled with creatures from Thai folklore in the Mystic Forest, and discover other living legends — such as the arapaima (pirarucu), the Mekong ray, the Mekong giant catfish, and more — at the River Giants exhibit, which features the world's largest freshwater planted tank. Watch playful otters at the River Caves, and meet adorable penguins up close at the Coastal Haven. At Station Aquarius, enjoy an interactive and educational encounter with some of the aquarium's inhabitants. Knowledgeable staff are on hand to interact with and to answer your questions. You can also visit the largest underwater lounge in the world, Andasi, from 8 AM-12 PM. Aquaria Phuket also features Trick Eye Museum, the world’s first augmented reality (AR) art museum featuring optical illusions and incredible panoramas to amaze you. As the world’s first AR museum, it utilizes the latest in AR technology to produce realistic art and photos that will transport you to other worlds.

Phuket: Phi Phi and Maya Bay Tour with Lunch

9. Phuket: Phi Phi and Maya Bay 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.

Phuket: James Bond Island Day Trip by Speedboat and Canoe

10. Phuket: James Bond Island Day Trip 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

It was absolutely amazing! I am even gluten free (intolerant not celiac) and they were able to tell me the few things I couldn’t eat and make a few things with different noodles for me. The guide was so funny and welcoming. I learned so much about all The different types of Thai food, got to taste them and learned about the culture. Definitely would do it again

this is really a must-try day trip. it ends at the chalong bay rum distillery which is the perfect ending to an eventful day where we see varied attractions. the tour guide Joy and driver Jackie were very friendly courteous and knowledgeable and added to the experience.

Our tour guide, Pema, was so knowledgeable about the local history and culture. The authentic food was delicious and plentiful…. definitely for the more adventurous eater.

Very nice relaxed tour with history that was well told by the guide. Were 2, so it fit perfectly.

Very fun day. Enthusiastic guide who was very knowledgeable.