While Phuket seems to have everything you would want in a vacation destination (think: warm weather, blue skies, clear seas, amazing shopping, and lively nightlife), you may want to get out and about to explore more of Thailand during your trip. If you do, you’re in luck as there are loads of incredible day trips to be had from Phuket. Whether you’re seeking even more picture-perfect beaches or want to discover alternative towns, there is a day trip for you. Read on to find out about our favorite day trips from Phuket.
Krabi is up there with Phuket as one of the most popular Thai holiday locations thanks to its great range of beaches and bars and a wealth of charm and character. It’s an easy day trip destination from Phuket island (approx. 1.2-2 hours), with English signs and major paved roads pretty much the whole way. While Krabi is similar to Phuket, it’s always good to have a change of scenery, and being in Krabi allows you to reach other beaches or islands that are less accessible from Phuket.
Spend your day driving through rubber and palm plantations, taking in the lush verdant views, before hopping on a boat tour to explore Koh Poda or relaxing on the shores of Railay Beach.
Koh Hae or Coral Island
Coral Island is situated just 6km from the shores of southern Phuket meaning it’s ideal for a quick day trip during your vacation. This peaceful island is perfect for snorkellers and beach bums who want to spend the whole day in and out of the warm Andaman waters. The ocean here is filled with tropical fish who are friendly and confident allowing you to get close enough to snap some awesome pics!
The rest of your day can be spent enjoying water sports or simply eating and drinking delicious fresh food and refreshing beers and cocktails – dreamy!
Khao Lak is another fun day trip destination from Phuket as it allows you to combine mainland exploration (during the drive there) with beach relaxation when you arrive. The area of Khao Lak actually stretches around 20km and comprises of a number of villages, beaches, waterfalls and national parks.
Check out Chong Fah and Lampi Waterfalls before stopping at one of the many markets in the area for a hearty lunch. You can then spend the rest of the afternoon while away hours on the golden beaches, waiting to watch an incredible sunset before heading back to Phuket.
Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is one of the most breath-taking areas in southern Thailand, with towering karst peaks covered in green vegetation piercing out of the sea. The best way to explore this region is by boat, floating serenely around the islands, stopping off to explore further by kayak or paddle board. The water here is crystal-clear too making it ideal for snorkelling.
The whole area is known as Ao Phang Nga National Park but is actually broken down into a number of smaller islands such as Koh Tapu (made famous by the James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun), Koh Ping Ghan and Naka Island – all of which you should be able to visit if you book the right tour.
King Cruiser Wreck
If diving is your jam then you’ll want to make the most of diving day trips from Phuket. Most dives will take you out to explore coral reefs and tropical marine life, but if you’re seeking something a little different, look no further than a dive at the King Cruiser Wreck. This shipwreck only ran off course in 1997 but it has since become one of the most interesting and popular dive sites on the island.
While coral is yet to thrive here, there are plenty of crabs, fish and other marine life for you to witness as you investigate this mysterious site. Plus, the ship is positioned between 12 and 30 metres making it accessible to both beginner and advanced divers – how convenient!