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Phuket City

Come for the island's beaches and jungle, stay for the capital's colorful Old Town and flourishing food scene.

Our most recommended things to do in Phuket City

From Phuket: Maya Bay, Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands with Lunch

1. From Phuket: Maya Bay, Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands with Lunch

Discover the natural wonders on the Phi Phi Islands on this boat tour from Phuket. Snorkel through colorful marine life at Bamboo Island and Maya Bay. Enjoy the stunning limestone formations at the Viking Cave and the turquoise waters of the Pileh Lagoon.  Following pickup in a minivan, head to the marina. There, listen to your guide as they give you a brief introduction to your day. Take in the scenery in style as you whizz to Bamboo Island on a speedboat. Stop to swim in the clear blue waters, snorkel to discover the amazing underwater world or take a walk on the white beach. Visit Yong Kasem, also known as Monkey Beach. There, continue your snorkeling experience, exploring the stunning coral reefs. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a beach-side restaurant on Phi Phi Don. After lunch, travel to Phi Phi Island to discover the unique Viking Cave. Admire the breathtaking turquoise waters of Pileh Lagoon and swim in the amazing natural pool surrounded by cliff formations. Stop at Maya Bay, famous for the movie The Beach, and enjoy the local white sand beach. At 5:30 PM, return to the marine for a transfer back to your hotel in Phuket.

Phuket: Simon Cabaret Show Admission Ticket

2. Phuket: Simon Cabaret Show Admission Ticket

Get set for a glamorous night at the vibrant Simon Cabaret Show. Spend 1 hour and 15 minutes watching a wide variety of acts played out by men dressed as beautiful women. Sit back and marvel at the elaborate backdrops with performers dressed in flamboyant, glittering costumes. Enjoy performances featuring tribal themes with dancers in ornate, feathered headdresses before a quick stage change transports you to a completely different scene. Travel through history as performers in colorful Korean costumes do elegant fan dances before transitioning to modern, Thai-style performances featuring powerful vocals.

Phuket: James Bond Island Luxury Sunset Cruise

3. Phuket: James Bond Island Luxury Sunset Cruise

Take in the highlights of Phang Nga Bay on this action-packed full-day cruise from Phuket, with hotel transfers included. Paddle around Hong islands on a kayak, marvel at the natural wonders of James Bond Island, take a swim at Yai Island, and tuck into a delicious lunch onboard. After a hotel pickup, set off for the pier at Ao Por Pier. Begin your Phang Nga Bay luxury cruise in style and comfort with a buffet lunch served on board. Admire the spectacular limestone scenery along the coast as you savor a wide array of international cuisine ranging from sushi to local dishes. Next, explore the sea caves by kayaking to Hong Island, where you can discover many lost worlds inside the caves. Admire the limestone walls covered in greenery and the open-sky cavern ceilings. After kayaking, spend some time relaxing, swimming, or lounging on a water hammock at Yai Island.  Then, arrive at Phing Kan Island, the centerpiece of Phang Nga National Park, to admire its amazing leaning vertical rocks. This island is also known as James Bond Island - and you may recognize it from the movie, 'The Man with the Golden Gun'.  Cruise back towards the marina as you enjoy a buffet dinner during a stunning panoramic sunset. Get amazing views of the evening sun setting over the water from the cruise ship - a truly unmissable experience. Arrive back a the Yacht Haven Marina and be transferred back to your hotel.

Phuket: One-Way Ferry Transfer to/from Koh Phi Phi

4. Phuket: One-Way Ferry Transfer to/from Koh Phi Phi

Take the worry out of your transfer between Koh Phi Phi and Phuket with an open ticket for any time slot available with a ferry that takes you across the Andaman Sea.  If you are in Phuket, you can access the meeting point at Rassada Habour 30 minutes before the departure or select the option to be picked up from Patong, Kata, Karon, or the Phuket City area. Sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort and enjoy the views of Thailand's beautiful seaside. After the boat journey, get ready to begin your perfect holiday on the beautiful island. One-way ticket or roundtrip ticket are available for purschase and are open ticket for any time slot.

Phuket: Old Town, Chalong Temple, and Great Buddha Van Tour

5. Phuket: Old Town, Chalong Temple, and Great Buddha Van Tour

Discover the beauty of Phuket on a full-day group tour by van. Capture pictures at the Karon, Nak-Kerd Sea, and Rang Hill viewpoints. See the Big Buddha statue and Phuket Old Town. Learn about local food production at a cashew factory. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Phuket. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive to Karon viewpoint. Stop to gaze out over the Andaman Sea. Continue to the Nak-Kerd Sea viewpoint to take in the breathtaking views of the coastline. Head to the iconic Big Buddha statue to take photographs of the largest sitting Buddha statue on the island. Travel to Chalong Temple and discover Buddhist traditions and architecture in one of the most celebrated temples in Phuket. See one of Phuket's major exports at a local cashew nut factory. Find out how cashews are manufactured. Drive to Phuket Old Town and have some free time to wander through the unique architecture of the colorful Sino-Portuguese buildings. Make your way to the Rang Hill viewpoint to catch stunning panoramic views of the south of Phuket. Relax and purchase a drink before returning to your accommodation in Phuket.

From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

6. From Phuket: James Bond Island Excursion by Longtail Boat

First, you will get picked up from your hotel. Start this full-day tour visiting the famous Monkey Cave of Wat Suwan Kuha. Discover the many interconnected caves in the mountain and admire the gold reclining Buddha image at the temple. Explore the magical mangrove forest of Ao Phang Nga National Park by long-tail boat. Stop at a fishing village on Pan Yee Island to enjoy a tasty lunch before seeing James Bond Island, where the blockbuster movie, The Man with the Golden Gun, was filmed. Continue to Khao Phing Kan to see the stunning limestone karst formations. Experience the area’s beauty by sea canoe, paddling around Talu Island before returning to the pier. Your expert guide will paddle the canoe for you, as the waters in this area can be difficult for paddling. 

Phuket Old Town 15-Taster Food Tour

7. Phuket Old Town 15-Taster Food Tour

Are you ready to explore why Phuket is often considered one of Thailand's top foodie hotspots? Greet your guide in the cool of the morning at 10:00am outside the city's famous central market and begin your walking tour weaving your way through the streets passing a glorious Chinese temple en route to try a Phuketian classic snack of spiced rice cooked in banana leaves. Back down at the market, your guide will take you to a hidden little teashop which serves the local Burmese working community. Here, you'll try Burmese curries, crispy samosas and other delights accompanied by naans freshly cooked in their wood-fired oven and washed down with sweet tea. Just down the road is a fine outdoor fresh fruit and vegetable market where your guide will explain the ingredients that go into Thai cuisine and sample exotic fruits, juices, and other tasty morsels like deep-fried coconut balls and prawns cooked in banana leaves. Continue on your culinary adventure by working your way over a bowl of rich Hokkien noodles with a pair of chopsticks (don't worry, cutlery's available too) from a little restaurant that's been serving up the good stuff for decades. Don't worry, it's not over yet. Your guide will take you to a local indoor market famed for its fresh spring rolls filled with cured pork and topped with sweet sauce and pickles and coconut pork skewers served with rich peanut satay and zingy ajat cucumber relish. It's unthinkable not to visit Phuket Old Town without delving into the sweets. Your guide will take you for a particularly special Phuket-style crepe cooked over fiery coals, a refreshing and vivid iced dessert and finishing on sweet milky tea and flaky rotis at a joint that's been knocking them out for years. Return back to the central market where the tour ends. You'll return back to your hotel with a deeper understanding of Phuketian cuisine. Be warned, the food on the rest of your vacation will now solely disappoint.

Phuket Airport: VIP Immigration Fast-Track Service & Lounge

8. Phuket Airport: VIP Immigration Fast-Track Service & Lounge

Enjoy a VIP arrival or departure experience with this fast-track ticket! With the arrivals option, your personal concierge will be waiting for you and your guests with welcoming signage as you exit the plane at Phuket International Airport. From here, you can relax and enjoy all of the amenities of true VIP treatment as you are whisked away to a dedicated fast-track Immigration line for fast entry. As you head downstairs, a dedicated baggage porter will already be arranging the collection of your checked bags. Your concierge will fast-track you through Customs and escort you and your guests to your airport transportation into the city. Your expertly-trained concierge hosts are there to ensure your trip is memorable, so feel free to ask for anything to make your vacation that much more exceptional! With the departure option, complete your check-in at the airline counter then go to the Coral Counter near check-in counter Thai Airways Roll H. After meeting the friendly staff, your personal concierge will escort you to the fast-track immigration line and the VIP airport lounge then assist you with getting settled. Enjoy the many amenities of the departure lounge while you wait for your flight, including television, food and refreshments, Wi-Fi, and even a neck and shoulder massage.

Phuket: Half-Day City Highlights and Viewpoints Group Tour

9. Phuket: Half-Day City Highlights and Viewpoints Group Tour

Discover the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout Phuket on this half-day tour and learn local history from your guide along the way. Snap pictures at locations like the Karon view point and the charming streets of Phuket's Old Town.   Starts with pickup in the main lobby of your hotel and relax on on your way to the first stop in Phuket Old Town. Discover Sino-Portuguese style architecture, such as the former Charter Standard Bank building and vibrant street art along Thalang Road. Find out where the locals like to eat before heading to the Chalong Temple, where you can see the glistering pagoda and wax model of "Cham Abbot," who is highly respected by the people of Phuket.  Continue on the top of the Nakkerd Hills where the Big Buddha statue was built as a symbol of peace and unity. Marvel at the majestic 45-meter high marble, Marnwichai-style statue up-close while enjoying the views of both Chalong Bay and Kata Bay. Go to a wind power energy plant situated near the Promthep Cape which is renowned for its stunning views. Finally, take in the views from the Karon viewpoint overlooking the west coast of the island and the sea before heading back to your accommodation.

Phuket: Private Car or Minibus Rental with Driver

10. Phuket: Private Car or Minibus Rental with Driver

Make the most of your time in Phuket and rent a private air-conditioned vehicle with English-speaking driver. Experience the island according to your own interests and benefit from pick-up at your hotel. Choose from multiple attractions and activities, such as taking in the views from lookout points, or visit the beaches in Kata, Karon and Patong. See the marble Big Buddha statue and visit the Wat Chalong pagoda temple. Use the time to see the Chinese and Portuguese architecture of the historic city center and learn the history behind the elegant facades. Benefit from insights and ideas about activities you can try on your own. All cars are set up with hand sanitizer. Extra hygiene precautions are being taken due to the COVID-19 virus. All vehicles, equipment, and passenger seats are thoroughly disinfected after each trip.

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What people are saying about Phuket City

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,938 reviews

It was a fantastic experience. We had Mr Tum, who came to pick us up from our hotel, sharp on time. We asked him to plan the day for us as we wanted to visit the important sights in Phuket. He immediately put our minds at ease with his friendly attitude and drove us around. He also took us to one of the best Thai restaurants for lunch and it was an amazing experience. We honestly can’t thank him enough for this beautiful and memorable day. I highly recommend to book the 8-hour trip and take advantage of a beautiful trip into the amazing sights of Phuket.

Das melhores excursões que fiz de sempreeee Pelas óbvias paisagens e águas cristalinas, à equipa fantástica que nos acompanhou do início ao fim com um profissionalismo incrível!!! Quero aproveitar para agradecer de coração ao fotógrafo , o fantástico Mr.Yellow, que registou momentos inesquecíveis da minha família que vou guardar para sempre. Recomendo a 1000% ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Informative and loads of yummy food. The walkabout is a good way to burn those calories! Thanks Nam!

Jean Mi was a great instructor, very patient and always making sure you are comfortable!

our host 'goodies' was amazing! this trip was worthwhile!