We love Thailand and like every other tourist, we headed to Phuket for some fun in the sun. We enjoyed the ‘culture’ of Bangla Road, the ‘beauty’ of Patong Beach and the ‘authentic Thai food’ in a Pizza Hut. But that’s not to say we didn’t take many Phuket day trips.
During our stay however, we did want to see some of the more beautiful places the South of Thailand has to offer. We booked various tours during our stay and here are the best day trips you need to make during your next visit.
You can look and book online before heading to Phuket but I would highly recommend waiting until you arrive. Book a place on a tour past 5pm the day before you want to take the tour. By doing this you can get a great deal and haggle to get half price tickets. You can also keep an eye on the weather too!
Phi Phi Islands
Comprised of 6 small islands and around 45 minute from Phuket via speedboat, Phi Phi is a popular choice for tourists to explore, sightsee, snorkel or scuba dive. Some companies even offer just half a day trip if you’re short on time or you can opt for tours that visit neighbouring Khai Island, Bamboo Island or Yao Yai Island.
Most tours including snorkelling with some even offering scuba equipment. There are lots of different caves and beaches on these islands so have a browse and choose a tour that suits your needs.
Half day tours should cost around £40/$50 whilst full day tours start at around £60/$80 but can be bargained down to the £40/$50 price.
Phang Nga Bay
This bay consists of 42 islands, meaning your tour company can easily find a empty beach for you to relax, swim and have lunch on. This was our favourite tour.
If you like a bit of adventure, this is the Phuket Day trip for you. Tours to the Bay often include kayaking, canoeing, snorkelling and jet boating. Trips cost around £40/$50 but by booking in the late afternoon the day before, we got tickets for £30/$37 each.
The most famous island in Phang Nga Bay is the James Bond Island, named after its appearance in The Man with the Golden Gun.
If you’re looking for some snorkelling or scuba diving, this is the island to visit.
Similan is world renowned for its tropical fish, coral species and rays. Day trips often include three dive stops whilst overnight trips are available for those with scuba diving experience.
Day trips start at £100/$125 with scuba diving included but book these trips in advance during peak season. PADI courses are also available.
This is a quieter, more idyllic island to visit. Trips often include snorkelling, relaxing on the beach and having a BBQ or buffet style lunch on the beach itself. Prices start at £60/$80.
You can opt for a day trip or even stay the night in one of the handful of resorts on the island.
These are just a few of the beautiful islands that you can take a day trip to from Phuket. We would love to hear your experiences of Thailand in the comments below. Read here for more beautiful things to do in Thailand.