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Things to do in Phuket – Top 5 Phuket tours you should take

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Phuket is generally known as a beach and party destination. This is true to some extent, especially Patong beach is known for its night market and bars with raunchy entertainment. However, there’s a lot more to Phuket other than partying. Here are some of the best Phuket tours that will make you see Phuket in a whole new light. What’s more these tours pick you up right from your hotel anywhere in the island making it very convenient for you.

Things to do in Phuket – Best Phuket Tours

1. Phi Phi Island Tour

Phi Phi Island Tour is one of best phuket tours and is a must-do for any visitor.
Best Phuket Tours – Phi Phi Islands. Pic Credit: Mariamichelle (Pixabay)

Phi Phi Islands gained world-wide fame when it was featured in “The Beach” movie starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Ever since, crowds have flocked to see the pristine white sand beaches of Phi Phi Islands and the Limestone cliffs. However, due to the huge influx of tourists, the coral life on Maya Beach has become endangered. To protect it from further harm, the government of Thailand has indefinitely suspended access to this particular beach. However, you can still see the other islands and beaches through this tour.

1. Deluxe Phi Phi Island Tour By Speed Boat And Lunch Buffet – Full Day

About the tour

Duration : 8 hrs.
Pick up location: From your hotel in Phuket.
Tour Highlights:

  1. Pick up at 8:00 AM from Hotel
  2. From Phuket marina, go by speed boat to Bamboo Island. Time to snorkel and swim
  3. Next stop is Monkey beach where you can interact with the macaque monkeys that frequent the beach
  4. Lunch at beachside restaurant in Phi Phi Don Island
  5. After lunch, discover the Viking Cave on Phi Phi Lae Island.
  6. Swim in the Pileh Lagoon surrounded by limestone cliffs.
  7. End the day with a visit the famous Maya Bay. Note: If Maya bay is still closed for protection of coral, then the tour will take you to Rang Island

2. Wat Chalong, Big Buddha and Phuket Town Tour

Top Phuket Tours : Big Buddha, Phuket Town and Wat Chalong.
Top Phuket Tours : Big Buddha, Phuket Town and Wat Chalong. Pic credit: @rduxenneuner (Pixabay)

Take a break from the tourist locales of Patong and Karon and get a taste of authentic Phuket in Phuket Town. This town is a treat for the eyes with its colorful pastel buildings. Also included in this tour is a visit to the religious temples and the iconic Buddha statue. The tour signs off with a taste of local rum. More details of the tour below.

Phuket Highlights: Small Group City Tour with Rum Cocktail

About the tour

Duration : 8 hrs.
Pick up location: From your hotel in Phuket.
Tour Highlights:

  1. Pickup from hotel at 11:00 to 11:30 AM in the morning
  2. First stop is the Phuket Town. Explore and learn about the Sino-Portugese architecture that is prominent form of architecture in this town.
  3. Have lunch at your own expense
  4. In the afternoon, visit Wat Chalong the famous Buddhist temple. Climb up the three stories of the temple to see different Buddha statues.
  5. Then, make your way to see the giant marble statue of Buddha as shown in the picture.
  6. After, a visit to the giant Buddha head to the southernmost tip of Thailand, Laem Promthep, and watch the sun set.
  7. The trip ends with a visit to a local rum distillery at Chalong where you can taste a rum cocktail made at the distillery

3. Phuket Elephant Sanctuary Tour

Top Phuket Tours: Visit to the Elephant sanctuary.
Top Phuket Tours: Visit to the Elephant sanctuary. Pic Credit: @Nickharder(Pixabay)

Say NO to caged animals in zoos and visit Elephants in their natural habitat at this sanctuary. Enjoy half a day of feeding and fun when you play with these gentle giants while learning more about them. Details of the tour given below.

Phuket Elephant sanctuary Tour

About the tour

Duration : 6 hrs.
Pick up location: From your hotel in Phuket.
Tour Highlights:

  1. There are two time slots for this tour: 6:30 to 7:30 AM or 11:00 to 11:30 AM. Pick one that’s convenient.
  2. At the selected time, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Elephant sanctuary
  3. On arrival, you are given food to feed the elephants. You will have ample opportunity to feed, take photos and interact with the elephants
  4. Join the elephants as they take a dip in the mud spa that is good for your skin too. Make sure you pack an extra set of clothes to change into.
  5. Then, follow them to the river where they bathe. You can take this opportunity to clean yourself and swim with the elephants.
  6. Following the swim/play time in the river, you can change into dry clothes and bid adieu to the elephants
  7. You will be served snacks and fruits on the way back.
  8. End the trip with a visit to Naithon beach where you can relax and unwind

4. Siam Niramit Show

Best Phuket Tours: Siam Nimrit Show Tour.
Best Phuket Tours: Siam Nimrit Show Tour. Pic credit: @sasint (Pixabay)

Get an introduction to Thai culture, tradition and religions through the dance performances at Siam Niramit show. You also have the option to add a dinner buffet and hotel pickup and drop off to the experience. Admission tickets are included in the price.

Siam Niramit Show

About the tour

Duration : 6 hrs.
Pick up location: From your hotel from selected areas in Phuket if option is chosen.
Tour Highlights:

  1. You are picked up and dropped off from/to your hotel, if you choose the option.
  2. On arrival, enjoy the 3 acts of Siam Niramit show, featuring dances depicting Thai culture, history and tradition.
  3. Enjoy a buffet of Thai and international cuisine if you chose the option while booking the tour.

5. Muay Thai Boxing Tour

Best Phuket Tours: Muay Thai Boxing Tour.
Best Phuket Tours: Muay Thai Boxing Tour. Pic Credit: @tacofleur (Pixabay)

See Muay Thai boxing upclose held at Bangla Boxing Stadium. If your hotel is in Patong Beach, you may prefer to skip the hotel transfer and just buy the tickets for the matches. Either way by buying the tickets here, you avoid the queues.

Muay Thai Boxing

About the tour

Duration : 4 hrs.
Pick up location: From your hotel in areas given in the tour if you choose the option.
Tour Highlights:

  1. Skip the line and choose your seat to see the Muay Thai Boxing at Bangla Boxing Stadium
  2. Pick up and drop off from selected areas if hotel transfer option is chosen
  3. Choose VIP option if you want to see the action up-close

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