Hey, how’s it going? Looks like you’re planning a trip to Phuket in Thailand, lucky you! You’re probably wondering what you can do while you’re here, right? Well, not to worry, there’s loads for you to do, maybe there’s a bit too much choice if anything. To help you out, I’ve sorted a list of the top 10 best small group day trips in Phuket, done some of the leg work to save you the trouble.
It’s a pretty varied list too, from snorkelling in the amazing Andaman sea to looking at some of the history and culture of this wonderful island, there’s something for everyone here. Let’s check out some of the incredible things you can get up to on your adventure here in Phuket, but don’t forget to wear a hat and sunscreen.
Now, I’ll level with you. One of my bugbears about organised trips is how crowded they can be, the last thing you want on a special day out is to be squashed in like sardines. For that reason I’ve chosen trips that do their best to avoid the crowds and don’t cram as many people in as they can. You’ve come all this way to paradise, you want some space to enjoy it, tell me I’m wrong! So let’s have a look at what I’ve found for you.
Phang Nga Bay is pretty spectacular, you’ve probably already seen pictures of it but I can assure you, they don’t do it justice. If you’ve come all this way, you’ve got to go and see it, simple as that! Huge karst islands topped with tropical greenery strewn through the vast Phang Nga bay, it really doesn’t look real, like something out of a film, in fact it’s featured in quite a few from Star Wars to James Bond.
Now, there are many, many boats you could take out to see it, but Phuket Sail Tours limit passenger numbers way below the max the boat can take and they avoid the routes, times or places that most of the boats take, it’s a big place so there’s no need to crowded with other boats. I can assure you, a trip around Phang Nga Bay is not to be missed.
Now you’ve probably heard about Phi Phi island, it’s pretty well known, well you’ll be pleased to know you can easily take a day trip there from Phuket and get to see the incredible Maya Bay, made famous by the film, ‘The Beach’, plus everything else that Phi Phi has to offer, the snorkelling at Phi Phi is world class, such clear water and an amazing amount of fish and coral to see.
There are loads of boat trips to Phi Phi from Phuket, some are on big, slow boats that take over two hours to get there, and most take as many people as they can. Phuket Sail Tours keep their numbers down so you’re not packed in like sardines, and go nice and early to beat the crowds, they’re one step ahead of everyone all day! A trip to Phi Phi while you’re here in Phuket is a must.
Book your small group Phi Phi day trip: https://phuketsailtours.com/tour/phi-phi-islands-snorkeling-sightseeing-by-speedboat/
The Similan Islands are pretty amazing. Stunning beaches and the snorkelling and diving are something else, there’s some world class diving spots. People travel here from all over the world to see what’s below the surface of the water.
Above the water, the islands have beautiful beaches, your classic paradise island. The best times to come to beat the crowds are November or February/March, they’re also closed some of the year during the rainy season because of high seas and to let the wildlife recover a bit.
Koh Hong, Koh Yao and Koh Khai are some of my favourites. Koh Hong is easily as spectacular as Maya Bay but no one’s made a film there so it’s a lot less crowded which is great. Hong means room in Thai and when you get there, you’ll see why.
Two towering Karst cliffs make a doorway to a hidden lagoon, it’s a great place for some canoeing , the lagoon is really sheltered and the water’s so clear. Koh Kai is a picture postcard of a tropical island, tiny, and there’s not much to do other than swim, sunbathe and chill, but then that’s what you came for, right? Phuket Sail Tours keep their boats less crowded and know where to go and when to avoid all the other tours, a canny old seadog’s trick.
Simon Cabaret is a blast! It’s one of the longest running shows in Phuket and there’s a reason for that. The outfits are amazing and the ‘girls’ are head turners there’s no doubt about that, ladyboys they may be but they’re stunning, there’s no denying it.
One thing they do say, though, is you can’t take photos of the show, which is fair enough. There’s time for pictures after the show though, as the ‘girls’ will happily stick around for a photo session, but remember you have to pay to take photos. A great night out is guaranteed.
Buy tickets for Simon Cabaret: https://www.simoncabaretphuket.com/
The Junkyard Theatre is a great combination of an old school dinner cabaret with a quirky twist of modern tastes and ingenious recycling. They make all the sets themselves and, as you’ll see as you walk through the place, it’s definitely eclectic. The food’s pretty fine too, traditional Thai flavours given the same eclectic treatment. These guys have so much energy, you’ll definitely have a good time.
For Bookings Visit: https://junkyardtheatre.com/
And there you have it, the top 10 small group day trips in Phuket! If you’re looking for an intimate and personalised way to explore the island, then be sure to check out our island boat tours. Our customers have raved about the beautiful sights and unique experiences they’ve had on our tours, and we’re confident that you’ll have an amazing time as well. So don’t wait, book your trip with us today and start making memories that will last a lifetime!
– Captain Mark
Of Phuket Sail Tours