Day Trips From Phuket To Add To Your Travel Itinerary

Day Trips from Phuket

Phuket is a fantastic base for exploring nearby attractions and islands. Here's a comprehensive list of day trips from Phuket, along with all the necessary details for first-time tourists:

Here is the list of 10 Day Trips From Phuket To Add To Your Travel Itinerary

1. Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi Islands
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Known For : Nightlife in Phi Phi Island Phi Phi Viewpoint 3 Koh Phi Phi Leh

Phi Phi consists of a group of six islands, of which Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh are the most famous. Phi Phi Islands became famous after the 2000 Hollywood flick 'The Beach' which was shot in Ko Phi Phi Le. Its striking cliffs, white sand beaches with jungles all around, and clear blue waters make it look nothing short of paradise. 
Distance from Phuket: Approximately 45 km by boat.
Highlights: Pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, snorkeling, Maya Bay (featured in "The Beach").
Tour Options: Choose from speedboat or ferry tours. Some tours include lunch and snorkeling gear.

Best Time: Throughout the year

24 Phi Phi Islands Attractions

2. Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay, also known as Ao Phangnga, is a group of 42 islands situated between the Malay peninsula of Thailand and Phuket. Spread over 400 square miles, it is a picturesque location known for archaeological sites of limestone caves and cliffs, mangrove forests, beds of seagrass, and numerous species of flora and fauna, including the endangered Malaysian plover.
Distance from Phuket: Approximately 45 km by boat.
Highlights: Iconic limestone karsts, caves, and James Bond Island (Koh Tapu) known from "The Man with the Golden Gun."
Tour Options: Choose from boat or canoe tours. Most tours include lunch and visits to other nearby islands.
Tips: Be prepared for crowds, and explore nearby caves and lagoons.

3. Similan Islands

Similan Islands
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Known For : Diving and Snorkelling

Similan is an archipelago of 11 small islands that are part of a protected National Park focusing on the conservation and protection of wildlife. Similan Islands is a popular day trip from Phuket and Khao Lak and can only be visited through a guided tour. It is currently not possible to visit the island on your own. Similan is open from 15 October to 15 May only. However, the exact time varies each year. Around 4000 visitors are allowed to visit the islands in a day.
Distance from Phuket: Approximately 80 km by boat.
Highlights: Renowned for world-class diving and snorkeling, incredible marine life, and stunning underwater landscapes.
Tour Options: Day trips often include diving, snorkeling, and meals. Check for PADI-certified operators if you plan to dive.

Best Time: November to April

1 Similan Attractions

4. Coral Island

Coral Island
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Coral Island, also known as Ko Hey, is a small island in Rawai southeast of the mainland of Phuket. Blessed by coral reefs and blue waters, the island has vibrant tropical fishes, making it perfect for snorkeling and diving. The island has two white sand beaches, a long beach, and a banana beach, and it is open all year long. It is a 15-minute speedboat ride from Chalong Pier.
Distance from Phuket: Approximately 9 km by boat.
Highlights: Water sports, snorkeling, parasailing, and banana boat rides. Ideal for families and adventure seekers.
Tour Options: Various operators offer day trips. Packages often include lunch and activities.

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5. Koh Racha

Koh Racha

Koh Racha, also known as Raya Islands, comprises two beautiful islands with stunning cottony white sand beaches, peaceful bars, and glorious snorkeling and diving spots. Patok Beach, located on a long U-shaped bay with powdery white sand, is the main beach. Ko Racha Yai and Ko Racha Noi are the two islands, the former being the main island.
Distance from Phuket: Approximately 12 km by boat.
Highlights: Pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities.
Tour Options: Day trips usually include lunch and water activities. Some cater to divers with certified guides.
Tips: Racha Noi is known for more challenging dives, while Racha Yai offers snorkeling and relaxation.

6. Railay

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Known For : Rock Climbing in Railey Tham Phra Nang Cave View Point and Lagoon

Accessible just by boat, this peninsula of limestone crags is a beautiful destination for a laid-back rest in the middle of your Thailand holiday. An absolute best for rock climbers, Railay is a one-of-a-kind spot for active diving, kayaking, and rock climbing, as well as just relaxing at your resort.
Distance from Phuket: Approximately 150 km by land and sea.
Highlights: Stunning limestone formations, Railay Beach, Phra Nang Cave Beach, and the Emerald Pool.
Tour Options: Combination land and boat tours to Krabi. Options vary from snorkeling to sightseeing.
Tips: Early departures maximize your time. Explore the Railay Beach area for rock climbing and beautiful beaches.

Best Time: November to March

3 Railay (Rai Leh) Attractions

7. James Bond Island

James Bond Island

James Bond Island or locally known as Khao Phing Kan is a pair of islands situated on the West Coast of Thailand. Located in the Phang Nga Bay of Andaman Sea, the massive nail-like rock structure rising from between the water is a limestone cliff. It is a famous getaway from Phuket and is most popular for the 1974 James Bond movie, ‘Tha Man with the Golden Gun', which was shot here.
Distance from Phuket: Approximately 70 km by land.
Highlights: Visit James Bond Island, explore sea caves, and kayak through stunning mangrove forests.
Tour Options: Day trips often include a visit to James Bond Island, sea cave kayaking, and lunch.

8. Koh Yao Yai

Koh Yao Yai
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Located near Phuket, the quiet and pristine island of Koh Yao Yai is one of the best places in Thailand for a laid-back, leisurely holiday. It gives a glimpse of local culture and tradition and lets you experience nature like nowhere else - through its scenic landscapes of quiet beaches, rubber plantations, and rice fields.
Distance from Phuket: Approximately 20-30 km by boat.
Highlights: Peaceful islands, traditional Thai culture, and beautiful landscapes.
Tour Options: Ferries are available for self-guided exploration. Tours might include kayaking and lunch.

9. Bang Pae Waterfall

Bang Pae Waterfall
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Among the famous waterfalls in Phuket are the picturesque Bang Pae waterfalls, situated in the east of the city in the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park. You enjoy a nice, relaxed walk to the waterfall and have a good time in the shallow streams. 
Distance: Located within Phuket, easy day trip options.
Highlights: Enjoy a refreshing dip in natural pools, take short hikes, and picnic in lush greenery.
Tour Options: Self-guided visits, or consider joining group tours for transportation and guidance.
Tips: Wear comfortable shoes for hiking, bring swimwear, and pack a picnic.

Distance from Phuket: 24 km

10. Historical Phuket Old Town and Temples

Historical Phuket Old Town and Temples

Located on the east side of Phuket Island, Phuket Old Town is the capital of the island, known for its street art and traditional and Sino-Portuguese architecture from the 19th century. It is perfect for a half day, strolling across the streets, including Dubik, Ranong, Rasada, Yaowarat, Krabi, and Thalang. Phuket Walking Street is set up here every Sunday.
Distance: Located within Phuket Town.
Highlights: Explore the charming Old Town, visit historic temples, and learn about the island's history and culture.
Tour Options: Self-guided walking tours. You can also hire a local guide for in-depth knowledge.
Tips: Wear modest clothing when visiting temples, and don't forget to try local street food.

When planning your day trips from Phuket, consider your interests, whether it's water activities, cultural exploration, or relaxation. Always book tours with reputable operators, and check for seasonal availability and any restrictions that might apply.

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