Silky white sand, nodding palm trees and emerald sea. That’s what makes Phuket one of the top beach destinations in the world. Yet, being in the Pearl of the South, there are many options for getaways in the region. We previously covered the best day trips from Bangkok and our top 3 trips from Chiang Mai. Today, we’ll go over the best day trips from Phuket.
Phi Phi Islands
A trip to the Phi Phi Islands is on everyone’s bucket list. Dreamy beaches, crystal water, clear skies and sublime views. However, it’s just a small part of what these six fabulous islands can offer.
Without a doubt, the biggest attraction is the vertical limestone cliffs jutting out of the sea. Sightseeing wise, Maya Bay is the best spot for that. Furthermore, the emerald water is perfect for snorkeling and diving. The islands are famous for the epic nightlife and the parties often last until dawn. Quite tempting, right?
You can reach the islands with speedboats or traditional long-tail boats. Usually, the journey from Phuket takes around 2 hours.
Phang Nga Bay
Does the James Bond island ring a bell? Of course it does!. A day trip from Phuket to Phang Nga Bay is worth just to see that famous needle formed limestone rock. However, this by far is not the only reason to get there.
Book a cave tour to explore some of the most impressive caves and gorgeous hidden lagoons in the area. Moreover, Phang Nga Bay is perfect for kayaking and diving. Go find a secluded beach and relax on the golden sand before you head to Koh Panyee, the floating village.
There are many ways to get to Phang Nga Bay from Phuket but the best option is to book a boat tour. Most of them offer a full day package including activities, lunch, and dinner.
Koh Yao Noi
Koh Yao Noi is one of the few islands remained almost free of tourists. This secluded island is a home to local farmers and fishermen. Therefore, it’s ideal if you want to escape the hassle in Phuket.
Be adventurous and head to the jungle. Take one of the trails and explore this almost 13km wide island. Or enjoy the unique vibe of the rural life and relax on some of the gorgeous beaches. By the way, there is a killing view of Phang Nga Bay on the west side.
It might be a bit challenging to get to Koh Yao Noi from Phuket but the journey absolutely worth the effort. Once you set a foot on the island you’ll love it.
How about a beach hopping day trip from Phuket? There is no better place than Khao Lak. Imagine nearly 20km beach line, coconut palms and lush green nature.
Khao Lak is a laid-back beach town that can easily become your tropical paradise. Start your day on the White Sand Beach and make the most of the unspoiled water of the Andaman Sea. Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular activities in the area.
If you are tired of beaches, visit Khao Sok National Park and enjoy the serene beauty of the jungle.
Khao Lak is located a bit more than an hour from Phuket. Therefore, it’s an ideal day trip destination for both beach and nature lovers.
Similan Islands are part of the Mu Koh Similan National Park located 60km off Thailand’s west coast.
This is a group of 11 islands but since the territory is protected, just two of them are accessible. However, people usually don’t come here because of the beaches. The Similan Islands are known as the scuba diving paradise.
Still, with its white sand beaches, lined palms, and calm bluish water, it’s the most picture-perfect place in Thailand. You can’t find with a better background for your photos. That said, it’s still a good idea to learn how to take travel photos that will leave a lasting memory.
Coming from Phuket, you’ll need to get up early and prepare for a long journey to Similan Islands. It won’t be easy, but well rewarded.