Phuket Cruises, Thailand
- Kick back on a white-sand beach. Over 40 kilometres of Phuket’s coastline is fringed by picture-perfect beaches peppered with loungers and locals selling coconut water fresh from the shell.
- Hike up to the Giant Buddha. This 45-metre-high statue sits at the top of the Nakkerd Hills and offers up sweeping views of two picturesque bays – Chalong and Kata.
SHORE EXCURSIONS View all excursions
Pack a camera for this trip – some of the panoramas have to be seen to be believed. You’ll board a boat at Royal Phuket Marina, before setting off for the island-dotted waters of Phang Nga Bay. The green-capped karsts look like semi-submerged mountain peaks, and you’ll pass the cave-lined edges of Hong Island and Panak Island on your journey. You’ll coast past Khao Phing Kan – a beach-brushed spot that’s better known as James Bond Island, after Sir Roger Moore filmed a handful of 007 beach scenes here. Snorkelling and sunbathing are on the cards when you drop anchor at Kai Nui Island, and you’ll sail across to Rang Yai Island for a barbecue lunch beside the beach. After a final tanning stint on the sand, you’ll head back to Phuket.
You’ll get picked up at the port in the morning, and your driver will make a beeline for one of Phuket’s top attractions to kick things off. The Wat Chalong temple’s one of the grandest and most-visited religious sites on the island, and you’ll have free time to look around the impressive interiors. Next, you’ll get to see how one of Phuket’s signature products is made at a cashew factory. Spend time exploring the cultural melting pot of neighbourhoods in Phuket’s old town, then hop onto the bus for a panoramic drive back to the port. On the way, you’ll pass the Heroines Monument – an homage to two of the city’s bravest ancestors – the sprawling Mukarrom Mosque Bangtao, and the picturesque beaches of Surin and Kamala.
There’s no time wasted on this tour, as you start with one of Phuket’s top-rated sightseeing spots. You’ll drive right to the island’s south-eastern corner, before making your way to the tip of the Promthep Cape. This spit of land delivers pinch-yourself views of the Andaman Sea, so make sure you’ve got your camera to hand. The A-grade itinerary takes you to Wat Chalong temple next – one of the grandest Buddhist places of worship in Phuket. You’ll have time to look around the colourful halls and gardens, and your guide will fill you in on its history. Last on the agenda is a visit to Phuket Botanical Garden. Among the hand-sculptured hedges and exotic statues, you’ll find waterfalls trickling into a tree-shrouded pond.