Phuket, the largest island in Thailand, is located just an hour-long plane ride from Bangkok. The isle is best known for its beaches - including but not limited to Patong Beach, the longest beach on the island, and Bangtao Beach, where many of the top restaurants and bars are located. Its socio-cultural attractions are worth exploring. Climbing Nakkerd hills is always worth the effort to see the Phuket Big Buddha. Wat Chalong, meanwhile, is one of the many Buddhist temples on the island that visitors are welcome to explore here. Not sure which sights to include in your itinerary? No problem. Use this guide to take your pick from the best Viator tours in Phuket, Thailand.
Thanks in part to Leonardo DiCaprio’s film “The Beach”, the popularity of the Phi Phi Islands surged, to the point that they’ve become fully packed with tourists all year round. Avoid the crowds and appreciate the beauty of these isles by joining an early morning tour to explore its sights and attractions, including but not limited to Maya Bay, Monkey Beach, and Koh Phi Phi Don. Rates are already inclusive of transportation expenses to and from your hotel, breakfast, lunch, light refreshments, park fees, and the services of a driver and a guide.
Phuket to Phi Phi Islands: Early Bird Day Boat Tour with Lunch
Duration: 8 hours
This tour is for those who secretly imagined themselves as Indiana Jones or Lara Croft. The day starts with a hike in a jungle at the slopes of a Kata mountain, where guests will find themselves immersed in rich foliage. Be sure to keep an eye out for local wildlife! From there, they will make their way to Phuket Big Buddha and Wat Chalong, Phuket’s biggest Buddhist temple. Rates are inclusive of lunch at an organic farm, making for healthy sustenance after a fun but tiring day of exploring the area on foot.
Big Buddha Jungle Trekking with Lunch in Phuket
Duration: 5 hours
This activity is perfect for thrill seekers who want to see a different side of Phuket. The actual zip line adventure takes place in Chalong, where visitors can marvel at the verdant lushness of its forests. Guests are free to choose which course to try depending on their level of comfort, with options ranging from 7 to 16 zip-lines to traverse throughout the activity. If you’re worried about safety, don’t be, as state-of-the-art equipment is installed here to ensure that guests will experience a thrilling but safe adventure zipping across the forest. Rates are inclusive of lunch.
Small-Group Zipline Experience in Phuket with Hotel Pick Up
Duration: 90 to 210 minutes
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“The Beach” is not the only Hollywood film that was shot in and around Phuket. The James Bond movie “Tomorrow Never Dies” was also shot here as well. Fans of the British spy can get the chance to explore the filming location - Khao Ping Khan, otherwise dubbed as James Bond Island - by joining this tour. Take a canoe and marvel at the stunning beauty of the limestone caves and cliffs. Enjoy lunch at Panyee floating village. From there, you will then make your way to Suwankuha Temple before being brought back to your hotel.
Phuket James Bond Island Adventure Tour by Longtail Boat with Lunch & Sea Canoe
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Catching a show at Simon Cabaret, known as the premier show featuring Thailand’s glamorous ladyboys, is definitely not an experience you should miss while in Phuket. This tour allows you to watch a show that combines music and theatricality that is distinctively Thai but would also give Las Vegas a run for its money. Guests have the option to choose from two show times (7:30 pm and 9 pm). Transportation is already included in the rates.
Simon Cabaret Show in Phuket
Duration: 1 hour
If you’re an animal lover, make sure not to skip out on this tour, which takes guests to Soi Dog Foundation, home to over 400 rescued animals. After bonding with the different adorable pets there, they will then get to see some of the most popular attractions in and around Phuket, such as the James Bond Island, Suwan Kuha Temple, and Talu Island. Rates already include lunch.
Dog and Island Lovers: Dog Rescue Foundation and Islands Tour
Duration: 1 day
Thai cuisine is considered as one of the best in the world. Give yourself the opportunity to find out how to make the mouthwatering dishes that the country is known for by joining this tour. Besides learning how to prepare some of the best and well-loved food in the country (including shopping for the ingredients), you also get to take a trip to the waterfalls after you’re done cooking.
Full-Day Thai Cooking Class with Waterfall Visit from Phuket
If you’re a fan of history, make sure you don’t miss out on this tour, which takes you walking the streets of Phuket to learn more about the island’s history, including the island’s close ties with the Chinese and Portuguese. Among the destinations that you will be visiting in this tour are the local market, the Wat Kajorn Rangsan Temple, the Chinpracha House, the Phuket Thaihua Museum, and the old post office. Rates are already inclusive of lunch. Since this is a walking tour, make sure to wear comfortable footwear and bring water with you.
Shore Excursion: Half-Day Heritage Walk in Phuket
This tour takes you to the waters of Maithon Island, where you can catch sight of dolphins and go snorkeling to explore the rich aquatic life in the area. While on the Catamaran, you can indulge yourself by munching on the fruits and other assorted snacks there. After you’ve had your fill of the waters, you will then make your way to Sri Panwa Phuket, a luxury beach villa, where you can enjoy a three-course meal prepared by the chef.
Half-Day Maithon Island Trip Including Dolphin Spotting by Catamaran from Phuket
One thing people may not know about Phuket is that it manufacturers Chalong Bay Rum, one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in the country. If you’re a fan of trying out local drinks, don’t miss out on this tour, which allows you to explore the distillery and learn the secrets of how they make their rum. Cap off the day by enjoying a mojito.
Distillery Visit at Chalong Bay Rum
Duration: 45 minutes
Have a Phuket-astic holiday
With all of its attractions and activities, it can be hard for travelers, especially those who will be visiting the island for the first time, to take their pick and plot out what to do during their holiday in Phuket. Instead of worrying about it, holidaymakers can simply choose from the best tours available so that the only thing they have to focus on is having a good time. Choose from these tours to guarantee yourself a Phuket-astic holiday in Thailand.
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