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Phuket: Half Day Easy Thai Cooking Class & Local Market Tour

1. 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. 

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 Old Town 15-Taster Food Tour

3. 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.

From Khao Lak: Phuket Big Buddha & Weekend Market Day Trip

4. From Khao Lak: Phuket Big Buddha & Weekend Market Day Trip

One sensation of Phuket is the Big Buddha. Build up from white marble the statue is rising up to 45 m high and 25 m wide into the sky. It is visible from almost every point of the Thai island. A must-see for every tourist – that is why the Big Buddha is your first stop in the south of Phuket. You will reach him at about 3 p.m. and enjoy the best view over Phuket. Then, around 1 hour later, you will arrive at the weekend market. Its official name is Naka Market. It is the biggest one in Phuket. Some people say it equals a hidden treasure full of shopping opportunities and culinary delights. Here you will find a wide range of souvenirs, clothing, shoes, bags and DVDs. And if all that shopping has made you hungry? Then you should taste and gourmandize yourself through the numerous Thai delicacies that Naka Market has to offer. Experience a lively and fascinating day in Phuket till you head back to Khao Lak at around 19 p.m.

Phuket: Street Food and Art Tour with Lunch and Cooking Demo

5. Phuket: Street Food and Art Tour with Lunch and Cooking Demo

Explore Phuket Old Town's UNESCO awarded heritage through its exciting street food and eclectic art scene. Participate in a cooking demonstration and document your culinary adventure through plenty of photos. After getting picked up from your hotel, you'll pass by popular beaches on the way to Phuket City, a port town that has been a melting pot of various cultures for centuries. European, Arab, Indian, and Chinese influence have shaped the local culture, cuisine, and architecture. Stop at the famous Wat Chalong Buddhist temple where locals come to pray. See sacred relics and admire the ornate architecture in this peaceful setting. Meet your local host who will teach you how to prepare Thai recipes that you will be able to recreate back at home. After working up an appetite, sit down to lunch with the rest of the group. Visit Art Street, a narrow lane that houses Sino-Portughese style shops, which sell paintings, home decor, hats, and other handmade crafts. You may even find a few inexpensive souvenirs along the way. Venture to a neighborhood that showcases cryptic street art and wall graffiti painted by famous local and international artists as part of Phuket's Food, Art, Town initiative. Delight in hearing your guide explain the hidden messages behind these art depictions. You'll want to snap a few photos against the many colorful backdrops you pass by to share with friends and followers. Throughout the day, your guide will teach you the names of exotic-looking dishes, and you can choose to purchase street food to taste along the way. Ascend Rang Hill to take in breathtaking views of the city and more great photo opportunities. Before heading back to the hotel, you'll have time to try a dessert, such as fried ice cream, sticky mango with rice, or a coconut delicacy to end the tour on a sweet note.

Phuket: Ziplining and Trekking Adventure

6. Phuket: Ziplining and Trekking Adventure

By completing all stages of this tour it is hoped that you will emerge feeling a little more self-sufficient, reflective and heroic. After meeting at the meeting point, head to Yuan Phueng Monastery located in the lush hills of Karon and be welcomed by Buddhist Monks. Get the exclusive opportunity to meditate with and be blessed by these gracious hosts.  Afterward, begin your jungle trek from west to east Phuket. Hike through a 2.5-kilometer trail with diverse fruit plants on either side. Reach a water reservoir called Chalong Dam, where you will get picked up and transported to Luang Phu Supha Temple. Then, enjoy a break with fruits and a selection of Thai snacks, including your choice of tofu or vegetable spring rolls, to energize yourself before the next adventure. Finally, arrive at Extreme Adventure Park and get safety instructions from park staff by learning how to use the zipline on the ground. Then, embark on a high-altitude adventure in the lush rain forest. Climb, walk, and swing through the treetops on a course that includes speedy zip lines, swinging walkways, rope bridges, and web-like nets. Finish your day with lunch at a farm-to-table restaurant with organic fare to celebrate your completion of the tour.

Phuket: Half-Day Instagram Photography Tour

7. Phuket: Half-Day Instagram Photography Tour

Your photography adventure begins with hotel pickup after midday and heads to the colorful old town district of Phuket. Built at the beginning of the 19th century, this artsy neighborhood is known for its vibrant streets and well-preserved Sino-Portuguese town houses. Spend some time exploring the area with your guide, snapping photos of the eclectic architecture and the hustle and bustle of locals going about their day. Visit Khao Rang viewpoint next, home to panoramic views of Phuket city and the adjoining sea. Capture incredible photos of the sprawling landscape from this impressive vantage point before moving on to the next stop of the day, Wat Chalong. After some time exploring and snapping photos of the temples at Wat Chalong, continue the tour towards the highest mountain in Phuket and discover the world-famous Big Buddha. Marvel at and take photos of this religious landmark that dominates the skyline and glows against the ever changing colors of the sky behind it. Time to hit some beaches next with a stop at Yanui Beach, also known as the 'secret beach of Phuket', as well as viewpoints of Chalong and Kata Beach. Finally, visit the iconic Promthep Cape and watch the sunset across the sea, providing an incredibly colorful landscape to photograph. After an unforgettable day, relax, reminisce, and look over your photos as you are dropped off to your hotel at around 8pm.

Phuket: City Tour with Yoga, or Muay Thai Class

8. Phuket: City Tour with Yoga, or Muay Thai Class

Start the day bright and early and be taken to your first activity, get the opportunity to choose between a yoga class or a Muay Thai class. If you choose yoga, prepare yourself for the day ahead with a tranquil workout and meditation sessions with a local yoga teacher. The shared yoga class will be taught in a studio, the private group option will get to workout on the beach at Naiharn Beach. Or, 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.

Khao Lak: 8-Hour Private Driver and Minivan Hire

9. Khao Lak: 8-Hour Private Driver and Minivan Hire

Sit back and relax in a high quality private van driven by a professional English-speaking driver. Enjoy 8 hours of this car rental which picks up at any hotel in Khao Lak. Explore the different spots in Khao Lak such as the local market, restaurants, temples, elephant sanctuaries or take a longer trip to visit Phuket's exciting hot spots. If you would like recommendations on where to visit on your 8-hour car hire, your friendly driver would be more than happy to help you plan an itinerary.

Phuket: Peranakan Evening Food Walking Tour

10. Phuket: Peranakan Evening Food Walking Tour

Explore the unique cuisine of Phuket, a fusion of Chinese and Malay cultures called Peranakan. Hit up the drool-worthy eating and drinking spots around Phuket Old Town with a guide, a place bestowed with UNESCO status for its culinary history. Wrap your chopsticks around sticky handmade fresh spring rolls, wok-fried mee hoon (noodles), Hokkien noodles peppered with delicate prawn wontons, and char sui barbecue pork. Try spiced chicken curry puffs, gaeng som fish curry, and forget about mainland staples on this gastronomic island journey. Learn from your guide about the city's Portuguese townhouses and Chinese temples. Find secret gems around the Old Town and hear about the amulets seen often around the city.

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What people are saying about Phuket

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 128 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

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 professional and welcoming guide. Nice locations and very good guidance and local tips. Only drawback it’s that it’s a bit fast paced, otherwise excellent!

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.