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  • Phuket: 5-Hour City Highlights & Viewpoints Small Group Tour

    1. Phuket: 5-Hour City Highlights & Viewpoints Small Group Tour

    Discover the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout Phuket on this half-day small-group tour and learn about the history of Phuket whilst becoming acquainted with the local food. Your tour starts with pickup in the main lobby of your hotel, from where you will journey to the most popular sites in Phuket. Your first stop will be to Phuket Old Town, where you can enjoy this historical sight with a professional guide as you get to know Phuket's local food. You can snap pictures and explore the colorful Sino-Portuguese style architecture, such as the former Charter Standard Bank building and vibrant street art along Thalang Road. Your next stop will be to the Chalong Temple, where you can see the glistering pagoda and wax model of "Cham Abbot", who is highly respected by the people of Phuket. Many Thais come for paying respect to the abbot for good fortune in their lives. Continuing ...

    Punctual and fully experienced. Very easy going guide/driver who delivered exactly what the description mentioned. Highly recommend!

  • Phuket Old Town 15-Taster Food Tour

    2. Phuket Old Town 15-Taster Food Tour

    Are you ready to explore why Phuket is often considered one of Thailand's top foodie hotspots? Greet your guide in the cool of the morning at 10:00am outside the city's famous central market and begin your walking tour weaving your way through the streets passing a glorious Chinese temple en route to try a Phuketian classic snack of spiced rice cooked in banana leaves. Back down at the market, your guide will take you to a hidden little teashop which serves the local Burmese working community. Here, you'll try Burmese curries, crispy samosas and other delights accompanied by naans freshly cooked in their wood-fired oven and washed down with sweet tea. Just down the road is a fine outdoor fresh fruit and vegetable market where your guide will explain the ingredients that go into Thai cuisine and sample exotic fruits, juices, and other tasty morsels like deep-fried coconut balls and prawn...

    Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Her sense of humour was injected throughout the tour which brought some lightness and laughter. The food was amazing and the local restaurants were welcoming.

  • Phuket: Half Day Easy Thai Cooking Class & Local Market Tour

    3. Phuket: Half Day Easy Thai Cooking Class & Local Market Tour

    Take part in a half–day cooking class in a local kitchen, after you explore the local market to select your ingredients. Choose from 2 half–day classes: a the morning class starting at 9:30 AM or an afternoon class starting at 2:30 PM. For a more flexible menu, choose the Special Sunday class. See below for a sample of your menu: Monday: in the morning class, enjoy tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and mango sticky rice. In the afternoon class, prepare chicken satay, tom kha kai, phad see-ew, and mango sticky rice. Tuesday: the morning class will prepare fish cake, papaya salad, panang curry, and deep fried banana. In the afternoon, prepare tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and deep fried banana. Wednesday: in the morning, cook tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and banana in coconut milk. In the afternoon, cook fried chicken cashew nut, tom kha kai, fried...

    I had a really interesting morning joining the cooking class. After being picked up from the hotel we drove to the local market to pick the ingredients for the meals we were going to prepare. As I was the only participant that morning, I was extremely happy that the class wasn't postponed or even cancelled. The atmosphere was very relaxing and the recipes and the set up of how the preparations would be done were well organized. I would recommend this class to anyone interested in learning a few basics of thai cooking in a very comfortable setting. I had a great time with the owner who is very knowledgeable and personable.

  • From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

    4. From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

    First, you will get picked up from your hotel. Start this full-day tour visiting the famous Monkey Cave of Wat Suwan Kuha. Discover the many interconnected caves in the mountain and admire the gold reclining Buddha image at the temple. Explore the magical mangrove forest of Ao Phang Nga National Park by long-tail boat. Stop at a fishing village on Pan Yee Island to enjoy a tasty lunch before seeing James Bond Island, where the blockbuster movie, The Man with the Golden Gun, was filmed. Continue to Khao Phing Kan to see the stunning limestone karst formations. Experience the area’s beauty by sea canoe, paddling around Talu Island before returning to the pier. To ensure your safety, your expert guide will paddle the canoe for you, as the waters in this area can be difficult for paddling. 

    This experience was amazing and I’d definitely recommend to anyone. Our tour guide was lovely and always willing to take pictures for you and even recommended the best spots to take these. One of the best moments of this trip had to be kayaking through the caves - an unforgettable experience and our kayak guide took some brilliant photos for us. The only downside for us was the length of the transfer in order to board the boat which was around 3 hours each way - however for the experience it’s 100% worth it.

  • From Phuket: 3-Day PADI Open Water Diver Certification

    5. From Phuket: 3-Day PADI Open Water Diver Certification

    The PADI Open Water Diver course is divided into 3 main segments: 1) Theory Segment – knowledge development to understand the basic principles of scuba diving 2) Practical Segment – confined water dives to learn basic scuba skills (in the pool) 3) Practical Segment – discover scuba diving experience, the skills you have acquired may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification Day 1 8:00am – Meet your PADI instructor at the dive center for the theory segment 1:00pm – Lunch 10:30am – Pool session 2:00pm – Theory segment and exams Day 2 --> Racha Yai Koh Racha Yai is the largest of the two islands located off the southeastern coast of Phuket. Different kinds of corals can be spotted here with the staghorn coral predominating in many areas. Marine life is rich and species such as barracuda, tuna and milkfish...

  • Phuket: Coral and Racha Islands Hype Luxury Catamaran

    6. Phuket: Coral and Racha Islands Hype Luxury Catamaran

    Discover 2 of the most stunning islands close to Phuket, Coral and Racha Islands, on a special 7.5-hour sea tour aboard a luxury catamaran - the Hype Boat. Sunbathe on the comfortable day beds, enjoy the music of a live DJ, and jump into the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea. Select the hotel transfer option for the most hassle-free day out. Board your boat at 11 AM at Chalong Pier and savor a welcome cocktail. After departure, feast on a decadent buffet with options ranging from tapas to sushi, as well as a wide variety of delicious Thai food. Make your first stop on Coral Island at 12:45 PM, and swim, snorkel, or hang out on the white sandy beach. At 2 PM, head to your next destination, Racha Island, a well-known island for snorkeling and diving. At 4:30 PM, board your boat again and delight in an afternoon of dancing until the sun goes down. Admire the astonishing sight of th...

    They pick me up on time and when we arrived at the peer where the boat was waiting, they took our temperature to make sure we were not sick. This was really great as I was concerned about being on a boat for 1 day with other people. The staff was great and really friendly. The drinks and the food really matched my expectations. They also provided us some snacks in the afternoon. The DJ was awesome and played some nice EDM and house music tunes.

  • Khao Sok: Luxury 2-Day/1-Night Lake Expedition

    7. Khao Sok: Luxury 2-Day/1-Night Lake Expedition

    Enjoy a free pickup service from your accommodations in Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak, Khao Sok, or Surat Thani  and head to Rajja Prabha Dam in Khao Sok. Be amazed by the picturesque viewpoint, which gives you a clear view of the entire national park. Depart from the pier for a scenic boat ride to Nam Ta Lu Cave and on the way stop by Chiew Larn lake's icon the Khao Sam Klur. Start your adventure with a jungle trek and cave exploration at Nam Ta Lu Cave. Climb back aboard the long tail boat and head towards Pae 500 Rai resort for a delicious and authentic Thai lunch. Check-in and spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the heart of nature. Choose from a whole range of activities such as swimming in the turquoise lake, kayaking, or learning to make cocktails, before having dinner in an exquisite atmosphere by the lake. The multi-day luxury package includes 1-night's accommodation in Pae 500...

    The mountains and the lake was fantastic! Our guide was the best! We enjoyed every minute.

  • From Phuket: Private Tour Phang Nga Adventure with Zipline

    8. From Phuket: Private Tour Phang Nga Adventure with Zipline

    Embark on an adventure and spend a day full of adventure at the Phang Nga province of Thailand, north of Phuket. Make a short stop at the Wat Suwan Kuha, this famous Phuket temple is housed inside a large limestone and is known for the imposing statue of the reclining Buddha in the heart of the cave. Marvel at the cavernous cliff and Buddha statues before we leave to start your first activity, Phuket rafting. Take it slowly first and head to the river where you'll board a raft and cruise through the water taking in the picturesque scenery of the area. After paddling past a 5 km stretch of water, stop for some delicious local lunch to strengthen yourselves for the upcoming activities. Strap on some harnesses and get ready for the zipline Phuket activity.  Soar through the canopies of Phang Nga’s lush rainforests and enjoy the experience. Make your way back to the ground and traverse th...

  • Phuket Adventure: Monkey Cave, Rafting, Zip Line & Waterfall

    9. Phuket Adventure: Monkey Cave, Rafting, Zip Line & Waterfall

    Begin your full-day program with a 1.5-hour drive to the adventure site. The first stop is the Monkey Cave at Suwan Kuha Temple. Inside the temple is a 15-meter-long reclining Buddha image. White water rafting is next on the itinerary. Experience a thrilling adventure on a 5-kilometer-long course. Then, head to the zip line site for the thrill of zipping along the treetops, stopping at 5 platforms (30 to 250 meters long), before taking a break for lunch at the camp.* Continue to either Ton Pariwat Waterfall or Sa Nang Manora Waterfall (this depends on the crowd and amount of other tourists during the day). Take a short walk through the forest as you make your way to the waterfall, where you can swim and relax for around 30-45 minutes. If you add the ATV option, you will also enjoy a thrilling 30 minute ATV ride.

    They were very accomodating. If you didn't want to do one activity, they'll give you more time on the other activities so you can get your money's worth! Warning: IF YOU DONT WANT TO GET WET, DONT CHOOSE THIS. Common sense, people. We had some tourists get mad for getting wet. Go home. They will be splashing water to each other for fun. Please expect that.

  • Phuket: Yao Island Cycling and Beach Day-Trip

    10. Phuket: Yao Island Cycling and Beach Day-Trip

    After being transferred by van from your hotel, you will enjoy a scenic boat trip to the island of Yao Noi, Phuket’s quiet neighbor. The boat trip takes 30 or 60 minutes, depending on the type of boat used. During this 10-kilometer morning ride, you will explore the picturesque countryside of Koh Yao Noi. You will bike through the main market town of the island, through mangrove forests, rubber plantations, and even a fishing village on stilts. You will also learn about sustainable farming during a visit to a farm surrounded by rice paddies. At midday, a fisherman will take you with a long tail boat to a quiet beach for a picnic, swimming and relaxing. From the beach, you have beautiful views of Phang Nga Bay. During the 10-kilometer afternoon ride (mostly on paved roads), you will enjoy wide ocean views as you cycle along the empty beaches of the east coast of Koh Yao Noi. This day i...

    A very good day out. Very well organised and good fun. Two excellent guides with interesting cycling. The bikes were new and in good condition.

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What people are saying about Phuket

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 426 reviews

I had a really interesting morning joining the cooking class. After being picked up from the hotel we drove to the local market to pick the ingredients for the meals we were going to prepare. As I was the only participant that morning, I was extremely happy that the class wasn't postponed or even cancelled. The atmosphere was very relaxing and the recipes and the set up of how the preparations would be done were well organized. I would recommend this class to anyone interested in learning a few basics of thai cooking in a very comfortable setting. I had a great time with the owner who is very knowledgeable and personable.

They pick me up on time and when we arrived at the peer where the boat was waiting, they took our temperature to make sure we were not sick. This was really great as I was concerned about being on a boat for 1 day with other people. The staff was great and really friendly. The drinks and the food really matched my expectations. They also provided us some snacks in the afternoon. The DJ was awesome and played some nice EDM and house music tunes.

Picking up went perfectly. Already learned a lot about the ingredients in the market. Great authentic cuisine and "step by step" explanation. Food tasted good too !. Very good course

Th guided tour was great! The guide was clear and precise at each location and provided a lot of historical information as we drove and stopped at the locales along the way. I enjoyed it!

Punctual and fully experienced. Very easy going guide/driver who delivered exactly what the description mentioned. Highly recommend!