Phuket, Thailand

Hailed as the "Pearl of the Andaman Sea," this island off Thailand's long southern coast boasts a colorful history. A crossroads for trade, Phuket has been a melting pot of Thai, Malay, Chinese and Western influences. Its importance over the past 500 years stemmed from the island's natural resources, which include tin, hardwoods and rubber. In the past half-century, Phuket has enjoyed wide popularity as one of the premier travel destinations in Southeast Asia. Travelers are drawn to the island's beaches, crystalline waters, and dramatic, forested hills.

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Points of Interest

  • Wat Chalong
  • Promthep Cape
  • Phang Nga Bay National Park/James Bond Island
  • Elephant Trekking
  • Khao Phra Taew National Park
  • Snorkel (Aqua Adventure)
  • Phi Phi Island
  • Phuket City
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  • Wat Chalong

    Phuket's most important Buddhist temple, Wat Chalong is the biggest and most ornate of Phuket's 29 Buddhist monasteries. Many Thais come here to be blessed by the monks and receive a good luck charm.

  • Promthep Cape

    The southernmost tip of Phuket, the cape is regarded as one of the most beautiful spots in Phuket, with a shrine to the Hindu deity Brahma, a lighthouse and museum and breathtaking sunsets and views.

  • Phang Nga Bay National Park/James Bond Island

    Phang Nga Bay National Park boasts idyllic views of hundreds of limestone cliffs rising over the sea, and an oddly shaped rock, the setting for the famous final scene of The Man with the Golden Gun.

  • Elephant Trekking

    Ride on an elephant along a trail through the rubber and local plantations. Elephant trekking is a not-to-be-missed experience, especially for children.

  • Khao Phra Taew National Park

    Khao Phra Taew is the last virgin forest in Thailand, encompassing 5570 acres of breathtaking waterfalls, a myriad of giant trees and wild animals, and a gibbon rehabilitation centre.

  • Snorkel (Aqua Adventure)

    Put on your snorkeling mask and fins and wade into the phenomenally clear waters of the Andaman Sea where colorful schools of fish play amongst the coral.

  • Phi Phi Island

    A duo made up of Phi Phi Leh and Phi Phi Don, these tranquil islands are great for climbing the massive rock formations and snorkeling within the sparkling National Park-protected beaches.

  • Phuket City

    Witness an array of old, preserved Chino-Portuguese buildings in the Phuket Town, some of which have now been converted to small guest houses and cafes.

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Phuket Town On Your Own

4 hours | Phuket | HKT-285
  • Phuket City

Your excursion begins as you board your motorcoach for a scenic, 30-minute drive via a few important attractions of the island before proceeding to Phuket Town's Ocean Time Square, where hundreds of local stalls, shops, cafes, restaurants, fast-food dining venues, Robinson department store and etc are within vicinity. A map of Phuket Town is provided, and lunch is on your own. Spend your time enjoying views of the island's Muslim Village, Chalong Temple (the most revered one on the island), rubber plantations and local homes. Also shop 'til you drop, for crafts, Thai cotton and silk, semi-precious stones, pearls and souvenirs. Your excursion concludes with a relaxing drive back to the pier.

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Khao Phra Taew National Park & Eco-Hike

4.75 hours | Phuket | HKT-475
  • Khao Phra Taew National Park

If hiking into the tropical forest is your ideal to spend an hour or so, you will surely not want to miss this trekking into one of the last greenery area of Phuket Island, Khao Phra Taew National Park.  Please have your sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes on and the park ranger together with the local guide will lead you into the trail of excitements, after a 45-minute transfer from the port.  There are possible chances that you may encounter some animals but will for sure be amazed with different kinds of plants there.  After an approximate 2-hour of walking, you will then leave the place for a last visit for shopping for some souvenirs and local handicrafts, Thai silk, and semi-precious stones at a local reputable store before heading back to the ship.

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Best of Phuket

7 hours | Phuket | HKT-200
  • Promthep Cape
  • Wat Chalong

Witness the island's scenic highlights on this full-day tour. Your tour begins with a scenic drive to Cape Promthep. Upon arriving, you'll take in stunning views of Phuket, its forested hills, rubber plantations and resort hotels, its surrounding islands and the Andaman Sea. Next, you'll drive to Wat Chalong Temple, the largest and most respected of the island's temples. The Phuket Thai Village, is next on your itinerary. Here, you'll enjoy a colorful show with a medley of dances performed on a stage decorated to resemble a typical thatch and bamboo house. Dances include a Thai boxing match and local southern-style dance. You'll enjoy a Thai lunch before departing for Phuket Town's local store to browse for crafts, Thai cotton and silk, semi-precious stones, pearls and souvenirs. Your tour concludes with a drive back to the pier.

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Island Safari & Elephant Ride

3.5 hours | Phuket | HKT-220
  • Elephant Trekking

Travel to Safari Park and take a walk on the wild side. On this half-day tour, you'll meet and feed the elephants, and trek on the back of the elephant through the tropical plantations. Next, you'll enjoy watching the elephant show at the open-air stage nearby. You'll ride on the local farmer's ox cart, and watch a demonstration on how to make "papaya salad," using fresh herbs and spices grown in the park's garden. You'll depart the park and make your way to Phuket Town's local store to browse for crafts, Thai cotton and silk, semi-precious stones, pearls and souvenirs. Your tour concludes with a relaxing drive back to pier.

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Phuket Retreat and Duangjitt Beach Resort

7 hours | Phuket | HKT-295

Lovely four-star Duangjitt Resort & Spa is yours to enjoy for the day when you visit Phuket's famous Patong Beach. Remember your swimsuits, sunglasses and sun protection, then board a motorcoach for a narrated drive through the island before arriving at this sunny retreat, where you'll have a full day to spend just as you please! This well-developed beach area, located along the west coast of the crystal clear Andaman Sea, is picture-perfect and is approximately 200 meter walk from the Duangjitt Beach Resort & Spa hotel. The almost two-mile crescent-shaped beach boasts soft, white sand and a concentraion of restaurants and shops. Join a game of beach volleyball, work on your tan or find a shady spot under the casuarina trees. Refresh with laps in the hotel's sparkling pool before feasting on a variety of international and Thai dishes at the lunch buffet. Reboard the motorcoach then make a stop at a reputable local store to purchase some souvenirs before returning to port.

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Phang-Nga, James Bond Island Cruise & Panyi Island

8 hours | Phuket | HKT-105
  • Phang Nga Bay National Park/James Bond Island

Spend the day exploring the breathtaking Phang-Nga Bay. First board a motorcoach for a scenic, 90-minute drive to Phang-Nga Bay where you'll board a motor cruiser for a 90-minute tour around the bay. Witness sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald green water. Also along your route while circumnavigating is Khao Ping Gun Island, also known as James Bond Island, the setting for the famous final scene of the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. Your cruise by James Bond Island includes a view of the nearby Koh Tapu ("Nail Island") for a photo opportunity. Next, you'll make your way to Koh Panyi Island, home to a traditional Muslim fishing village built on stilts over the waters of Phang-Nga Bay. You're free to explore the island's many local stalls and shops. Before depart for the local pier, enjoy a packed lunch box at a local restaurant on Panyi island.

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Phi Phi Island Beach & Swimming

7.5 hours | Phuket | HKT-780
  • Snorkel (Aqua Adventure)
  • Phi Phi Island

Your full-day tour begins with a speedboat for a ride to the Phi Phi Islands, two islands overlooking the spectacular scenery of the Andaman Sea. First stop at Bamboo Island, enjoy swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling in the sparkling turquoise water. Continue your day passing by the Viking cave. You'll possibly marvel at the friendly macaques that come nearby to eat fruit offered by beachcombers. Next stop is Blue Lagoon (Phi Leh bay) on Phi Phi Leh, the beautiful blue water awaiting for you to snap a photo or two of this haven of serenity. You'll have a chance to dip in the warm sea before heading to a local restaurant on Ton Sai Bay Cape Tong for a traditional Thai lunch.
After lunch enjoy walking and shopping at the local store on Cape Tong before your return to the pier.

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