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Phuket: Old Town, Chalong Temple, and Great Buddha Van Tour

1. Phuket: Old Town, Chalong Temple, and Great Buddha Van Tour

Discover the beauty of Phuket on a full-day group tour by van. Capture pictures at the Karon, Nak-Kerd Sea, and Rang Hill viewpoints. See the Big Buddha statue and Phuket Old Town. Learn about local food production at a cashew factory. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Phuket. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive to Karon viewpoint. Stop to gaze out over the Andaman Sea. Continue to the Nak-Kerd Sea viewpoint to take in the breathtaking views of the coastline. Head to the iconic Big Buddha statue to take photographs of the largest sitting Buddha statue on the island. Travel to Chalong Temple and discover Buddhist traditions and architecture in one of the most celebrated temples in Phuket. See one of Phuket's major exports at a local cashew nut factory. Find out how cashews are manufactured. Drive to Phuket Old Town and have some free time to wander through the unique architecture of the colorful Sino-Portuguese buildings. Make your way to the Rang Hill viewpoint to catch stunning panoramic views of the south of Phuket. Relax and purchase a drink before returning to your accommodation in Phuket.

Phuket: Half-Day City Highlights and Viewpoints Group Tour

2. Phuket: Half-Day City Highlights and Viewpoints Group Tour

Discover the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout Phuket on this half-day tour and learn local history from your guide along the way. Snap pictures at locations like the Karon view point and the charming streets of Phuket's Old Town.   Starts with pickup in the main lobby of your hotel and relax on on your way to the first stop in Phuket Old Town. Discover Sino-Portuguese style architecture, such as the former Charter Standard Bank building and vibrant street art along Thalang Road. Find out where the locals like to eat before heading 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.  Continue on the top of the Nakkerd Hills where the Big Buddha statue was built as a symbol of peace and unity. Marvel at the majestic 45-meter high marble, Marnwichai-style statue up-close while enjoying the views of both Chalong Bay and Kata Bay. Go to a wind power energy plant situated near the Promthep Cape which is renowned for its stunning views. Finally, take in the views from the Karon viewpoint overlooking the west coast of the island and the sea before heading back to your accommodation.

Phuket: Old Town Food Tasting Tour with 14 Dishes

3. Phuket: Old Town Food Tasting Tour with 14 Dishes

Explore why Phuket is considered one of Thailand's top foodie hotspots on a walking and tasting tour in the Old Town. Treat yourself to more than 14 different dishes as you make your way through the Central Market. Enjoy spiced rice cooked in banana leaves and traditional rotis. Meet your guide in outside the famous Central Market and begin your walking tour. Weave through the streets and admire a Chinese temple from the outside. Start off with trying a Phuketian classic snack of spiced rice cooked in banana leaves. Back 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. Go down the road to find an outdoor fresh fruit and vegetable market where your guide will explain the ingredients that go into Thai cuisine. Sample exotic fruits, juices, and other tasty morsels like deep-fried coconut balls and prawns cooked in banana leaves. Continue your culinary adventure with a bowl of rich Hokkien noodles from a little restaurant. Discover an indoor market famed for its fresh spring rolls filled with cured pork and topped with sweet sauce. Try their coconut pork skewers served with rich peanut satay and zingy ajat cucumber relish. Take a sweet twist as you help yourself to a particularly special Phuket-style crepe cooked over fiery coals. Cool down with a refreshing iced dessert and a sweet milky tea as you indulge on flaky rotis. Return back to the Central Market with a full stomach. Your guide will help direct you back to your accommdations.

Phuket: City Highlights and Hidden Gems Instagram Tour

4. Phuket: City Highlights and Hidden Gems Instagram Tour

Snap cool photos at the vibrant Romani Street in Phuket Old Town and see most beautiful landscape over Phrom Cape on this full day tour with an expert local guide. Enjoy the luxury of a hotel transfer service. Start the day’s adventure with a visit to two of the most famous sites on the island. The first stop is Chaithararam Temple or Wat Chalong, the largest and most sacred temple in Phuket. Check out the bone fragment of Buddha. Listen as your guide shows you the local way of making an offering to the monks. Wander around the temple, taking in the decorative walls and ceilings that depict mosaics of Buddha’s life. Then head over to the Big Buddha, named for the large 45-meter alabaster statue of Buddha sitting atop a hill. Snap some photos of this famous landmark as well as the surrounding scenery before making your way to Phuket’s Old Town. Don’t let the name fool you. The old town of Phuket is known for its vibrantly colored, century-old Sino-Portuguese houses. Explore Soi Romanee, one of the most famous streets in the old town. Next, head on over to Nui Beach, where you can enjoy a delicious lunch before making your way to Rock Swing to take some photos on a swing. Enjoy stunning views of the Andaman Sea and the lush greenery of the island from Cape Krating. Next up is Ao Sane Beach, also called Jungle Beach. You’ll have some free time to rest and relax, snorkel and swim, or even take a quick hike uphill to Cape Krating, which also holds amazing views of the sea. To end the day, head to Promthep Cape and take photos of even more seascapes and gorgeous views to memorialize the day’s adventure.

Phuket: Old Town Street Food Delights Walking Tour

5. Phuket: Old Town Street Food Delights Walking Tour

Discover some of Phuket’s most delicious local eateries on a walking tour around the Old Town with a foodie guide. See how Chinese, Indian, and Malay cultures have left their culinary mark on Phuket. Stop at shops frequented by locals including A Pong Mae Sunee, Pun Te, Aroon Po Chana, and more. Meet your guide at Mue-Yium Cafe and Bistro before heading to the first spot, the famed A Pong Mae Sunee, a family-run shop that has been selling crepes for over 50 years. Try their coconut or crispy crepes which have been mentioned in the Michelin Guide. Next, head to Pun Te, a fairly new food court tucked away in a dead end near Yaowarat Road. See little halls with vendors who specialize in Baba Nyonya cuisine – a mixture of Chinese wok cooking style with Malay ingredients. Order some Hokkien noodles or dim sum sets. After devouring some savory dishes, make your way to Torry’s Ice Cream, a local haunt known for its traditional Phuket desserts as well as its Sino-European interior and exterior. Cool down with a sweet treat at this cafe-style ice cream parlor before heading to the next stop. Follow your guide to Aroon Po Chana to savor home-cooked meals such as roti, chicken curry, and seafood dishes. Besides their mouth-watering food, they also have an extensive drinks menu with iced tea, Thai tea, or coffee. Before ending the tour, take a stroll along Thalang Road and catch glimpses of local life against the colorful backdrop of beautifully preserved shops. If you take the tour on a weekend, you can also pass by Phuket Walking Street in the heart of Phuket Old Town. Important Note: Kindly note that most restaurants mentioned tend to close by early afternoon. If you choose the 2:30 pm slot, your experienced guide will take you to alternative (but just as delicious) street food stalls to ensure you still get a taste of authentic Phuket street cuisine. If you would like to stick to this itinerary, it is highly recommended to book the morning slots.

Phuket: Rum Distillery and Old Town Tour with Tastings

6. Phuket: Rum Distillery and Old Town Tour with Tastings

If you’re looking for a tour in Phuket that mixes sightseeing with a taste of some classic Thai spirits, you’re in for a treat on this half-day adventure. Walk through Phuket Old Town, then head to a local distillery for a guided visit and tasting. Your trip begins with pickup directly from your accommodation. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and head to the first stop: Khao Rang Viewpoint. Famously known for its sweeping views of the island, marvel at the scenery and snap photos of 360-degree views. Continue on to Phuket Old Town, a quaint and charming area built and preserved in colonial style. Wander along the colorful and most popular shopping streets, spotting vendors, shophouses, and more. Stop at Soi Soon Utis for a quick coffee break at Sri the Shophouse (costs not included) before continuing along the town streets for more souvenir and window shopping. Later, make your last stop of the day at Chalong Bay Distillery. At the distillery, go on a 30-minute guided tour of the facilities. Learn about the intricate processes of making the distillery’s signature spirits and marvel at the locals’ craftsmanship. Taste their signature mojito and sugarcane juice before the end of your visit.

Phuket: Private ATV, Zipline & Phuket City Tour

7. Phuket: Private ATV, Zipline & Phuket City Tour

Get the adrenaline pumping with an ATV ride and zipline adventure in nature. Snap photos of glorious views at Karon Viewpoint, marvel at the Big Buddha, explore the temple grounds of Wat Chalong, and stroll through colorful Phuket Old Town. Start bright and early by picking you up from your hotel before we kick things off with an-hour long ATV ride. Go off road on a Phuket ATV and explore the island’s terrain before heading straight to the zipline area, where you’ll soar through the air, witnessing the beauty of Phuket. After an exhilarating ride, it’s time to get out your cameras as you make our way to Karon Viewpoint. Snap photos and take in the glorious vista before going to Ao Sane Beach. After all the energy expended, refuel with a delicious lunch before enjoying the refreshing waters by the shore. You can even rent out a snorkelling mask and try your hand at spotting marine creatures before the next stop. One of the main landmarks of the city, the 45 meter alabaster statue known as the Big Buddha Phuket is the next destination. Take in the sweeping views once you reach the base of the statue and marvel at the majesty of the third tallest statue in Thailand. The next stop in the rest of our Phuket City Tour is the Wat Chalong or Chalong Temple. The largest and most sacred temple in Phuket, legend has it that the grand pagoda actually houses a fragment of Buddha’s bone. Walk through the temple grounds and explore the gilded halls with beautiful golden statues and intricate details. The last stop of the day is Phuket Old Town, known for its colorful old-style shophouses and many opportunities to browse. Ogle at the many street vendors selling their wares, stop to taste the local street food, and even purchase a souvenir to remember your day by before you make your way back to your hotel to end the day.

Phuket: Nui Beach, Rum Distillery, and Old Town Day Trip

8. Phuket: Nui Beach, Rum Distillery, and Old Town Day Trip

Take in Phuket's top attractions on a private or group guided tour. Swim in the sea at Nui Beach, pay your respects to the Big Buddha, sample a local drink at Chalong Bay Distillery, explore the sights and sounds of Phuket Old Town, and take in incredible views from Khao Rang Viewpoint. After hotel pickup, head straight to your first stop, Nui Beach. Explore this glorious hidden gem with its 120 m strip of white sand, turquoise waters, and coral reefs surrounded by cliffs and palm trees. Swim or simply lay back on the shore before tucking into a hearty lunch (at your own expense). Next, head to one of the most famous landmarks in Phuket, the Big Buddha. Discover the alabaster seated Buddha up close and take in fantastic views of the island. Then, take a 30-minute guided tour of Chalong Bay Rum Distillery. See how they make their signature specialty and give it a try. Then, head to Phuket Old Town and wander along some of the popular shopping streets to take in the Sino-Portuguese townhouses and browse for some souvenirs. Cap off the day with a beautiful view of Phuket from Khao Rang Viewpoint. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery before heading back to your hotel.

Phuket: Half-Day Instagram Photography Tour

9. Phuket: Half-Day Instagram Photography Tour

Your photography adventure begins with hotel pickup after midday and heads to the colorful old town district of Phuket. Built at the beginning of the 19th century, this artsy neighborhood is known for its vibrant streets and well-preserved Sino-Portuguese town houses. Spend some time exploring the area with your guide, snapping photos of the eclectic architecture and the hustle and bustle of locals going about their day. Capture incredible photos of the sprawling landscape from this impressive vantage point before moving on to the next stop of the day, Wat Chalong. After some time exploring and snapping photos of the temples at Wat Chalong, continue the tour towards the highest mountain in Phuket and discover the world-famous Big Buddha. Marvel at and take photos of this religious landmark that dominates the skyline and glows against the ever changing colors of the sky behind it. Time to hit some beaches next with a stop at Yanui Beach, also known as the 'secret beach of Phuket', as well as viewpoints of Chalong and Kata Beach. Finally, visit the iconic Promthep Cape and watch the sunset across the sea, providing an incredibly colorful landscape to photograph. After an unforgettable day, relax, reminisce, and look over your photos as you are dropped off to your hotel at around 8pm.

Phuket: Peranakan Heritage Guided Walking Tour

10. Phuket: Peranakan Heritage Guided Walking Tour

The Peranakans are an ethnic group with roots in Southern China. Peranakan culture is characterized by its unique blend of ancient Chinese culture with sprinklings of Malay, Indonesian, and Thai culture. Phuket is home to several significant museums that pay homage to the beautiful Peranakan heritage. Peranakan Nitat Museum: The first stop of the day is this museum which incorporates local knowledge with fun and interactive technology. See local art showcases, learn about the culture and history of the Peranakans, and see traditional costumes, jewelry, and more. Thalang Road: Next, pass through Thalang Road in Old Phuket Town and see the colorful renovated shophouses built in the Sino-Portuguese style. Take in the beautifully preserved buildings and learn more about the structures’ influence and cultural impact. Soi Rommanee: After seeing the colorful shophouses, wander around Soi Rommanee and see the riveting street art by local Patcharapol Tangreun (also known as Alex Face). Take photos of the child-like cartoon characters and discover how these artworks tie in to the locals’ beliefs. Phuket Thai Hua Museum: The last stop of the day is this museum. It was given an award in 2008 for its outstanding role in conserving architectural arts. Walk through the numerous rooms and discover exhibitions that all point to the history of the Chinese in Phuket.

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Guides for Zip-lines were so friendly & helpful. They took & shared photos & laughed the whole way through. Really great lines with amazing views. Great ATVride up to the Big Buddha, just not enough time there to check it out fully. The beach stop was nice & great stalls for grabbing lunch. Just note there are NOT showers & a changing room there. So plan for that. Second temple was nice& colour. Old Phuket town is great for shopping. Check out the food hall near the drop off point. Great for dessert & cool drinks.

Guided activity. Driver does not speak English. It just left us in places. I asked the activity provider for explanations and they said that there is only a guide if the group has more than 6 participants and ours had only 4 people.... But none of this is explained when purchasing the ticket! In the end, it was a real waste of time.

Kat is amazing & passionate about the people she takes you to meet. We would have missed these awesome places as a tourist. Great examples of all the different cuisines in the area as well. Food was tailored for spice tolerances of everyone. Don’t eat breakfast before you go.

Lek is a nice guide very helpful and the tour route is same as description . We've seen many places around Phuket

Phuket has nice places to visit and this tour shows each one.