Our Guide to Island Hopping in Phuket

November 8, 2019
Kalima Resort

Phuket is one of the prime destinations in Thailand, attracting millions of tourists every year. Because of its accessibility, beauty, and endless things to do, Phuket is the ultimate travel destination for tourists from around the world. The island is full of culture, food, history, and nightlife, plus jaw-dropping islands nearby and crystal clear blue waters and white beaches.

When it comes to day tours from Phuket, there are many available options. Most of these trips will take you to the nearby islands, giving you the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the island’s stunning and famous scenery.

Whether you want to explore magnificent dive sites, go on an adventure water-sports activity, or lounge and relax on a secluded beach nearby, here are some of the best day tours from Phuket:

Koh Phi Phi

Famously known as the set location for Leonardo di Caprio’s Hollywood movie, “The Beach,” Koh Phi Phi offers visitors sunny skies and glorious sunsets. Backpackers have now made Phi Phi their destination of choice, mostly because of the nightlife that never seems to stop. There are six islands that make up Koh Phi Phi, with Maya Bay being the famous of them. Speedboats are the preferred mode transport for getting to the island, with only about four to six hours of travel time (depending on the waves).

Similan Islands

Despite being a bit further away from Phuket, Similan Islands are definitely worth the time and effort. All islands are found in the Mu Koh Similan National Park, which was built in 1982. They have been preserved and kept in their marvelous and immaculate shape. The islands are perfect for those who want to explore the underwater world, with many arguably stating that Similan Islands have the best dive sites in the world.

Phang Na Bay

Take a speedboat or longtail boat from Phuket and go sunbathing on a secluded beach with miles of white sand, or spend an afternoon paddleboarding, snorkeling, or kayaking. James Bond Island is one of the most visited and famous islands found in Phang Na Bay, mainly because of its feature from the James Bond movie franchise, “The Man with the Golden Gun.” Another famous island in Phang Na Bay is the Koh Panyee.

Koh Yao Noi Bike Trip

The best way to explore the landscapes and nature of this quiet and serene paradise is by going on a bike tour. Spend the day on the bike with a local guide who will let you see rice paddies and small market towns. Koh Yao Noi is also the island where most Muslims live, so don’t be surprised if you see more mosques than temples. Koh Yao Noi biking trip is one great adventure to marvel at diverse animals and nature, as well as experience local culture in an environmentally-friendly way.

Phuket City Tour

Get to know the other side of Phuket by visiting its town. Let a local guide show you the wonderful Buddhist temple Wat Chalong, the colorful and marvelous Sino-Portuguese architecture of Phuket Town, and bring you along to watch the island’s stunning sunsets. Finish the day with a rum cocktail in hand from a 100% organic rum distillery in town.

With the various options of day trips and tours given above, you will undoubtedly have a memorable experience during your trip to Phuket.

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