Some people travel to Phuket to the beach and the world famous nightlife scene, while more adventurous tourists seem to be among the natural beauties of the island and surrounding areas. Excursions outside Phuket Island include Maya Bay Island, Phi Phi Island, kayaking on Phang Nga Bay Island / James Bond Island and diving on the Similin Islands.
There are plenty of excursions and activities in Phuket Island itself, such as Elephant Trekking exotic rain forests, ATV tours, world-class golf, or simply borrow a bike and explore some beaches in Phuket such as Karon, Kata, Surin and Kamala. You can spend the whole day in Phuket Town, where you will find fewer tourists. This is where you can get a sense of real Thailand that is far away from town resorts such as Patong that were built specifically for international travelers. Every time you visit Phuket, you can be sure to find something new.
The most popular of all excursions in Phuket is a trip to Phi Phi Island . Situated in the crystal clear Andaman waters of just 50 km southeast of Phuket, Phi Phi Island is the main attraction where guests can enjoy snorkeling and explore their stunning beaches. Most tours on Phi Phi Island stop Maya Bay, where visitors will be on high cliffs up to 100 meters on three sides. The submarine coral habitat of this region and the large number of exotic fish found here is another feature. If you plan on exploring Phi Phi Island, you can take a few options.
The most popular day trip is a ferry that includes lunch, snorkeling and transfers to and from your hotel. It can cost up to $ 30 and accommodates approximately 200 passengers. The trip itself takes about an hour and a half to reach Phi Phi Island. Cruise ship tours can reach the island in about 40 minutes and take about 25 passengers. These tours can be exciting, unequal and much more customized, as you get much better access to some exotic locations. Cruise ship tours can cost around $ 80 per day including hotel transfers. If you have time on your way, it might be good to spend at least one night on Phi Phi Island. It's a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach because there are no motorized cars or motorbikes on the island, which is obvious. On the island you will find several nightclubs, bars, restaurants and spa centers. Although the island is popular all year round, due to the weather conditions, November to April is the ideal time for touring the region, but the number of crowds will be much higher. The island fully recovered from the tsunami in 2004.
If you like kayaking, Phang Nga Bay combined with the James Bond tour is the perfect choice. Many of these tours include camping overnight among the stars. If you are diving and looking for some great adventure, Similin Islands offers world-class diving and boarding. Elephant trekking in the Khao Sok National Park is also popular.