The south of Thailand offers many spectacular islands, caves, and beaches to enjoy and explore but these are the best Phuket day trips.
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 and enjoyed the best things to do in Phuket. We booked various tours during our stay and here are the best day trips you need to make during your next visit. If you are visiting any of the islands in Thailand, don’t forget to find yourself the best Dive Liveaboard experience that suits your needs and budget.
Things to know before you go to Phuket
Best day trips from Phuket
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. This trip should definitely be part of your Phuket Itinerary.
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.
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What to pack
- No matter where we travel to, I always take these trusty hand sanitizer’s and a mini first aid kit.
- We love these toiletry bags (especially great for smaller bathrooms) and choose a laptop bag like this as our hand luggage.
- We keep our devices charged on long travel days with these lightweight battery packs and bring these worldwide travel adaptors on all our trips.
- I still struggle not to overpack so stick to using an expandable suitcase like these, over backpack and always take my trusty luggage scales to avoid being charged at the airport.
- We LOVE this camera for our travel photography.
- For a cheap, easy and compact camera, we use this to vlog and take photographs.
- We use this travel drone (but make sure to check drone laws in your chosen destination first).
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